Ireland’s biggest history festival is back this September

Pic: Julien Behal Photography

Are you a history lover?

If so, we’ve got the perfect festival for you.

The Dublin Festival of History is back for its 11th year.

With over 200 free events taking place across Dublin City and county, this year’s festival is set to be the biggest and best yet. The event, which is organised by Dublin City Libraries in partnership with Dublin City Council Culture Company will take place from Monday, September 25 to Sunday, October 15.

This year’s line-up has some new additions including walking tours, screenings, exhibitions and theatre performances, with the annual “Big Weekend” of talks taking place in The Printworks in Dublin Castle from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1.

All events over the course of the festival are free, but will require pre-booking in order to gain entry.

The majority of events will take place in library branches throughout the city and county. There will also be a variety of events held in locations north and south of the Liffey, including Kilmainham Gaol, the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, the Casino Marino, the RDS Library and Archives, the National Gallery of Ireland and The Orchard Community Centre in Cherry Orchard, to name a few.

The festival will cater to all audiences, with both daytime and evening events; a programme of events as Gaeilge; and a host of family-friendly activities. A number of the events will also have Irish Sign Language interpreters.

Speaking at the festival launch today, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste said: “I am delighted to officially launch this year’s Dublin Festival of History programme. It is wonderful to see a wide range of diverse events, walking tours, exhibitions and more take place in libraries and partner venues the length and breadth of the city. History will be coming alive in Dublin for the three weeks of the festival, and I would encourage as many as possible to check the programme to see what events are taking place on their doorstep.”

The full programme of events is available online at www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie and from libraries throughout Dublin city, and from the Festival’s partners.


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