Nicky Byrne on stage for History Festival

Published 11/06/2013 | 05:24

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Nicky Byrne from Westlife will take to the stage in Carlow this weekend but in an unexpected role.

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The Westlife singer will be taking part in the second History Festival at Duckett's Grove over the weekend. Nicky, who was the Grand Marshal of the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin last year, will be on stage with festival organiser and curator Turtle Bunbury on Sunday at 3.45 p. m.

Director of Timeline Research Nicola Morris will chat with Nicky also and operate a Genealogy Clinic at the festival. Some interesting facts about the singer's history and the head of the O'Byrne clan will be revealed on the day.

Fifty leading historians and thinkers from Ireland, the UK and the USA will contribute to over 30 debates, discussions, readings and interviews. Confronting subjects from a Bronze Age gold rush to the 1970s, the History Festival will examine topics like how Easter Rising shape our relationship with the USA? Was the Great Famine a tragedy, or was it genocide? How did the Tudors maintain control in Elizabethan Ireland? What was Mother Teresa doing in Belfast?

There will also be stage shows on both the Great Hunger and Winston Churchill's private encounters with Michael Collins, as well as musical recollections from the 1913 Lock-Out and the world of James Joyce, and a cinema showing a series of epic historical documentaries.

One ticket will give you access to all of the talks, lectures, performances and debates for the whole day. Food and refreshments can be purchased throughout the day and parking is free.

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