The Festival is honoured to have President Michael D. Higgins close the 2018 Dublin Festival of History in Printworks, Dublin Castle at 7pm on 7th October. Our Festival this year has a strong focus on women’s suffrage and on the Decade of Commemorations.  President Higgins has made significant contributions to the public debate on these issues, drawing attention to the importance of embracing the complexity of our past, and our Festival always strives to explore the many narratives and genres of history.

President Higgins has spoken in the past about how history is the ‘inheritance of all our people’ and he has stressed the importance of making history accessible to as many people as possible. These are principles that underpin the Dublin Festival of History – our aim is to engage as many members of the public as we can in history, and encourage them to explore and discover history collections, whether print or digital, in our public libraries and archive.

This is a FREE event and there is no need to book tickets, all welcome on a first come, first served basis. 

Welcome to the programme for the sixth annual Dublin Festival of History. We are pleased to bring you over 140 FREE history events in venues across the city.

See what’s on in your local library, in other venues around the City, and on our final Big Weekend in City Hall & Dublin Castle, including a closing address by the President of Ireland.

We’ve also got lots of free walks and exhibitions and a dedicated day of Fingal History.

With so many lectures, walks, exhibitions, songs, maps and film in our diverse programme, we hope you’ll join us for a slice of history – and don’t forget you can borrow a history book for free in any public library and at the Pop-up History Library at the Big Weekend in Printworks, Dublin Castle.

You can also pick up a copy of the programme at your local library, or download a copy now.

All events are FREE, but some need to be booked – please see individual events for details.

The Dublin Festival of History is proudly brought to you by Dublin City Council.