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Dublin Festival of History Events

Dublin Festival of History Events

The Dublin Festival Of History will take place from the 20th of September to the 10th October this year. Currently in its 9th year running, the event focuses on the importance of history in everyday life. It is being organised by Dublin County Council in collaboration with Dublin City Libraries and the Dublin City Culture Company. Here are some of the online events currently lined up for those interested.


Children’s History Workshop

September 26th – 4:00 PM – Online

For any kids out there who love to draw, John Farelly, the illustrator and author of Deadly Irish History, will be hosting an online event where children can see live drawing demonstrations. They can bring their own pen and paper and participate. It seems like a great way to combine history with humorous cartoons. Farelly will be joined by Historian-in-Residence for Children Dervilia Roche. The event is suitable for children aged 9-12.


Pre-Recorded Pop Up Talk – The Tri-colour Flag

September 21rst – 2:00 PM – Online

Museum Guide Sharon Callahan will be speaking about the history of the tricolour flag that was raised over the Mendicity Institute in 1916. It is part of a series of short films about looking at objects from the 1916 rising. Members of the team were tasked with selecting an artefact which connected with them. The film will be made available to watch on youtube and facebook. The online event is free to attend.


Dublin 8: Witness to the Revolution

September 22nd – 6:30 PM – Online

Historians Liz Gillis and Cathy Scuffil will show a video exploring the events of the Irish Revolution. The video will take viewers through the streets and lane-ways of Dublin 8, drawing on the rich history of the area. Episode 1 will be shown at an online event by Dolphin’s Barn Library, and there will be a discussion afterwards.


22nd Medieval Dublin Symposium

24th September – 2:00 PM to 18:00 PM- Online / 25th September – 10:00 AM to 13:00 PM

This event will showcase the newest research from scholars piecing together Dublin’s history from its earliest times. Eight papers will be presented over the course of two days. Topics include Anglo/Norman Dublin, the invasion of Dublin by the Ostmen, the evidence for leprosy in Medieval Dublin and Iconography of the High Cross at Finglas. This event is sure to be thorough and detailed about the latest research in the History of Dublin, with a wealth of speakers. Like many others online it is free to attend.

These are just a few of the online talks lined up for the Dublin Festival of History, and there really seems to be something for everyone. Anyone interested can see the full program and book attendance for the talks at:

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