Dublin Festival of History

Past Masters: Dublin Festival of History

03 October 2017
3 min read

From medieval Ireland to Bolshevik Russia, discover amazing facts on a huge range of topics during the Dublin Festival of History.

Running from 29 September until 14 October, the Dublin Festival of History has returned for a fifth year to uncover the stories and secrets of the past for modern-day audiences in Dublin Castle, the Mansion House, local libraries and many other venues. Delve into the past with over 90 free events and world-renowned speakers from Ireland and beyond.

Dublin’s libraries have long been fierce protectors of some of the capital’s most important historical documents and records, as well as providing a place for citizens to increase their knowledge about local, national and international histories. So it’s fitting that Dublin City Public Libraries organise this ambitious annual series of events, talks, walks, films, seminars and debates on behalf of Dublin City Council.

Delve into the past with over 90 free events and world-renowned speakers from Ireland and beyond.

The topics covered in this year’s festival are wide-ranging, so there’s something for every kind of history lover.

Marvel at Dublin’s Georgian silver, examine Russia’s 1917 October Revolution, find out the fascinating history of Edges Hardware in Marino, discover the legacy of the Iveagh Trust and go back in time with JFK and the summer of 1963.

This high-profile festival is attracting a host of Irish and international speakers, including former Governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten, historian Janina Ramirez and Trevor White from the Little Museum of Dublin.

And for younger history buffs, Richmond Barracks is organising a family day out for children aged 6-12 years. Sword fighting, vintage vehicles and prizes for the best historical costume are set to attract a big crowd from 11am on Saturday, 7 October.

Dublin Festival of History is running now until Sunday, 14 October and is supported by Creative Ireland, Dublin City Libraries and Dublin City Council.