The 2014 Programme – events at Dublin Castle – 26th to 28th September – TICKETS

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Altered Pasts: counterfactuals in history – Sir Richard J. Evans in conversation with Diarmaid Ferriter

Altered Pasts: counterfactuals in history – Sir Richard J. Evans in conversation with Diarmaid Ferriter

Friday 26th Sept. at 5.30pm – FREE –  BOOK NOW

The question ‘what if?’ has always fascinated historians. Over the past few decades alternative history has become a popular stomping ground for serious historians.

In his new book, Altered Pasts, Richard J. Evans turns a critical, slightly jaundiced eye on […]

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Dublin: the making of a capital city – with David Dickson, Mary E. Daly, Colm Lennon and moderator Raymond Gillespie

Dublin: the making of a capital city – with David Dickson, Mary E. Daly, Colm Lennon and moderator Raymond Gillespie

Friday 26th Sept. at 7.00pm - FREE –  BOOK NOW

Dublin has many histories: for a thousand years a modest urban settlement on the quiet waters of the Irish Sea, for the last four hundred it has experienced great – and often astonishing – change. A quartet of leading […]

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Killers of the King – Charles Spencer in conversation with Jane Ohlmeyer

Killers of the King – Charles Spencer in conversation with Jane Ohlmeyer

Friday 26th Sept. at 8.30pm FREE – BOOK NOW

January, 1649. After seven years of fighting in the bloodiest war in Britain’s history, Parliament faced a problem: what to do with Charles I, a defeated king who refused to surrender? Parliamentarians resolved to disregard the Divine Right of Kings […]

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‘We charge at dawn’ – Poetry of the First World War in association with Poetry Aloud

‘We charge at dawn’ – Poetry of the First World War in association with Poetry Aloud

Saturday 27th Sept. at 11.00am – FREE – BOOK NOW

From idealised verse on the valour and honour of war to the grim, visceral reality of the trenches, so aptly framed in Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et decorum est, this event gives voice to the poetry of the First World War. Six students, […]

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Dublin in the Viking World – Sean Duffy and Philip Parker with moderator Elva Johnston

Dublin in the Viking World – Sean Duffy and Philip Parker with moderator Elva Johnston

Saturday 27th Sept. at 1.00pm - FREE – BOOK NOW

What was Dublin like in the Viking era and what status did the city enjoy in the greater Viking world? In this anniversary year of the Battle of Clontarf, two historians bring their expert knowledge to this debate.

Sean Duffy’s Brian Boru and the […]

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The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 - Tymoteusz Prochnik in conversation with Zbyszek Zalinski

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 - Tymoteusz Prochnik in conversation with Zbyszek Zalinski

Saturday 27th Sept. at 3.00pm – FREE – BOOK NOW

2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. In August 1944, the Polish resistance Home Army fought in vain to free the city from Nazi occupation. After 63 days of fighting and around 200,000 deaths, most of them civilians, the Polish […]

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Women at War 1914-18: History Ireland Hedge School

Women at War 1914-18: History Ireland Hedge School

Saturday, Sept. 27th at 5.00pm – FREE – BOOK NOW

The Great War was Europe’s first ‘total war’ which affected whole populations, male and female, and not just the men fighting in the trenches. How did Irish women respond to the war? To what extent was their response determined by the divisions […]

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The Green Fields: the Road to War – A work of documentary theatre on the role of Ireland in the Great War

The Green Fields: the Road to War – A work of documentary theatre on the role of Ireland in the Great War

Saturday, Sept. 27th at 7.00pm – tickets €5 – BOOK NOW

Over 200,000 Irishmen served in the British Army during the First World War, the biggest single deployment of Irish soldiers in the country’s military history. ‘The Road to War’ uses speeches, songs and letters from 1914 and 1915 […]

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The Virgin Queen and the Marriage Game – Alison Weir

The Virgin Queen and the Marriage Game – Alison Weir

Sunday 28th Sept. at 12 noon – FREE - BOOK NOW

Their affair was the scandal of Europe. From the time of her accession in 1558, the young Elizabeth I and her dashing, but married, Master of Horse, Lord Robert Dudley, recklessly pursued their passion for each other. Many suitors sought Elizabeth’s hand in marriage […]

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Remembering the Great War - Sir Hew Strachan in conversation with John Horne

Remembering the Great War - Sir Hew Strachan in conversation with John Horne

Sunday 28th Sept. at 2.00 pm – FREE – BOOK NOW

Sir Hew Strachan is one of the world’s foremost experts on the First World War. His three-volume history of the conflict, the first of which was published in 2001, is likely to become the standard academic reference work on the war. […]

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The Last Stalinist: the life of Santiago Carrillo - Paul Preston in conversation with Paddy Woodworth

The Last Stalinist: the life of Santiago Carrillo - Paul Preston in conversation with Paddy Woodworth

Sunday 28th Sept. at 4.00pm – FREE – BOOK NOW

From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively led for two decades by Santiago Carrillo, was the most
determined opponent of General Franco’s Nationalist regime. Admired by many on the left as a revolutionary and a pillar of the anti-Franco struggle and […]

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Red Fortress: the secret heart of Russia’s history – Catherine Merridale in conversation with Séamus Martin

Red Fortress: the secret heart of Russia’s history – Catherine Merridale in conversation with Séamus Martin

Sunday 28th Sept. at 6.00pm – FREE – BOOK NOW

Both beautiful and profoundly menacing, the Kremlin has dominated Moscow for many centuries. Behind its great red
walls many of the most startling events in Russia’s history have been acted out. It is both a real place and an imaginative idea; a shorthand […]

Rathmines library

Branch Library Programme

We have a packed programme of events in our 21 branch libraries throughout the City.

Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane

Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane

Visit the new exhibition ‘Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War’ from 24th
September 2014 – 18th January 2015.

Walks

Historical Walking Tours

Take a walk around Georgian Dublin and a hidden historical gem with our Walking Tours.

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Historical Writing Workshop

We have a limited number of places on our Historical Writing Workshop with Martina Devlin.

Film

See our programme of films and discussions at the Irish Film Institute and Pearse Street library.

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