Dublin Festival of History to focus on city during First World War
Festival runs in its second year
This year’s Dublin Festival of History is already underway .
The second successive running of the festival is focusing on events such as the centenary of the First World War.
Dublin City Council has said the festival is part of its "commitment to building awareness of the Library and Archive as the memory of the City and encouraging interest in the history of Dublin and beyond".
Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes, who has been involved in organising the festival, said: “4,000 people attended last year’s Festival showing how important history is to Dubliners and visitors alike."
"The Festival allows Dublin City Council to mark significant historical anniversaries and this year, Dublin’s involvement in the First World War will be remembered."
"As well as talks by historians there will be a specially commissioned piece of theatre, narrated by actor Bryan Murray, which will bring the war experiences of ordinary Dubliners to life. There will also be a new exhibition of First World War prints at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and many more events.”
Renowned historians and speakers on the itinerary include international guests Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Richard Evans, and Charles Spencer, as well as Irish historians such as Mary Daly, David Dickson and Sean Duffy.
Events over the next week nclude:
• 1 October, 6.30pm, Cabra Library, Kevin Kenny marks the centenary of the Shackleton Exhibiton (ISL interpretation provided).
• 1 October, 6.30pm, Marino Library, James Curry on Rosie Hackett, the trade unionist after whom Dublin’s newest bridge is named.
• 4 October, 10.30am-12.30pm, Council Chamber, City Hall, Home Rule Centenary Debate.
• 7 October, 1.10pm, City Hall, Tom Burke on the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
• 8 October, 6.30pm, Inchicore library, Librarian Maire Kennedy on Dublin’s 18th Century
The festival will run from September 26 to October 8, 2014 and has been organised by Dublin City Public Library service, which works to ‘preserve and promote the record of Dublin and Irish heritage’.
All events will be free to enter and emphasis has been placed on the opportunity for the public to engage with professional historians on what remains a fascinating and hugely transformative period in Dublin’s past.