Dublin History Festival To Address 1916 Commemorations

A panel discussion on 'how should 1916 be commemorated?' os to be held at the third annual Dublin Festival of History, to be held between 25 September and 10 October.

As the centenary of the 1916 Rising approaches, the Festival will open with a panel of Irish historians Diarmaid Ferriter, Anne Dolan, John A. Murphy and Eamon Phoenix, reflecting on recent commemorative events, and looking ahead to the plans to mark the centenary of the Rising.

The 1916 Rising also features strongly in the programme in the branch libraries with talks on the fire brigade in 1916, the re-development of Richmond Barracks and the labour movement at Easter Week 1916. There's a focus on women's history, with talks on the women who took part in the Rising, the lives of the Pearse sisters, and women's political participation in Ireland.

Speaking at the launch An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, said: "Building on the enormous public interest in centenary events to date, Dublin City Council's third Dublin Festival of History invites Dubliners and visitors alike to gather to listen and to debate a wide range of historical themes. The Festival is packed with interesting lectures, debate, film and walks and is a real treat for the history buff."

The programme for the 2015 Festival runs from the 1916 Rising to the Second World War, from the history of soccer in Ireland to medics in the trenches, from the field of Croke Park to the field of Waterloo, and from the streets of Dublin to the streets of Samarkand.


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