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September 2021

The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small: Neil Jordan in conversation with Stella Tillyard

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online, Online Only
Free

Multi-award-winning author and director Neil Jordan will be discussing his new novel, The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small, with distinguished historian Stella Tillyard. Blending the drama of real events with Jordan’s inimitable storytelling ability, this work spotlights a long-forgotten chapter in Ireland’s history. The tale is related by Lord Edward Fitzgerald’s manservant Tony Small, a runaway slave who rescued Lord Edward after the Battle of Eutaw Springs during the American War of Independence. While the details of Lord…

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Nazis and Nobles: The History of a Misalliance: Stephan Malinowski in conversation with Robert Gerwarth

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Free

In the annals of the Third Reich, little has been said about the role played by the German nobility in the Nazis' rise to power. Nazis and Nobles now fills this gap, providing the first systematic investigation of the role played by the nobility in German political life between Germany's defeat in the First World War in 1918 and the consolidation of Nazi power in the 1930s. As Stephan Malinowski shows, the German nobility was too weak to prevent the…

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The Darkness Echoing: Exploring Ireland’s Places of Famine, Death and Rebellion: Gillian O’Brien in conversation with Michael Staunton

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Free

Ireland is a nation obsessed with death. We find a thrill in the moribund, a strange enchantment in the drama of our dark past. It's everywhere we look and in all of our beloved myths, songs and stories that have helped to form our cultural identity. Our wakes and ballads, our plays and famine sites, all of them and more come together to tell ourselves and the world who we are and what we have suffered to get here. Always…

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October 2021

Fallen Idols – 12 Statues That Made History: Alex Von Tunzelmann in Conversation with Hugh Linehan

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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In 2020, statues across the world were pulled down in an extraordinary wave of global iconoclasm. From the United States and the United Kingdom to Canada, South Africa, the Caribbean, India, Bangladesh, and New Zealand, Black Lives Matter protests defaced and hauled down statues of slaveholders, Confederates, and imperialists. Edward Colston was hurled into the harbour in Bristol, England. Robert E. Lee was covered in graffiti in Richmond, Virginia. Christopher Columbus was toppled in Minnesota, beheaded in Massachusetts, and thrown…

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Lavender Walk: LGBT History Tour of Dublin

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Entrance of Dubh Linn Gardens, Dublin Castle
Dublin 2, Leinster Ireland
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Activist and social historian, Tonie Walsh, unpicks the hidden histories of Dublin LGBT life, locating them in the wider development of the capital city, along the way also highlighting its architectural and social landscape. BOOK TICKETS

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The Best Catholics in the World: Derek Scally in Conversation with Rachael English

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Free

When Dubliner Derek Scally goes to Christmas Eve Mass on a visit home from Berlin, he finds more memories than congregants in the church where he was once an altar boy. Not for the first time, the collapse of the Catholic Church in Ireland brings to mind the fall of another powerful ideology - East German communism. While Germans are engaging earnestly with their past, Scally sees nothing comparable going on in his native land. So he embarks on a…

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Lavender Walk: LGBT History Tour of Dublin

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Entrance of Dubh Linn Gardens, Dublin Castle
Dublin 2, Leinster Ireland
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Activist and social historian, Tonie Walsh, unpicks the hidden histories of Dublin LGBT life, locating them in the wider development of the capital city, along the way also highlighting its architectural and social landscape. BOOK TICKETS

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Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth – Iain MacGregor in Conversation with Jane Freeland

October 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Iain McGregor's book is a powerful, fascinating, and groundbreaking history of Checkpoint Charlie, the famous military gate on the border of East and West Berlin. East Germany committed a billion dollars to the creation of the Berlin Wall in the early 1960s, an eleven-foot-high barrier that consisted of seventy-nine miles of fencing, 300 watchtowers, 250 guard dog runs, twenty bunkers, and was operated around the clock by guards who shot to kill. Over the next twenty-eight years, at least five…

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Blood & Iron – The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918: Katja Hoyer in Conversation with Roger Moorhouse

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online, Online Only
Free

Before 1871, Germany was not a nation but an idea. Its founder, Otto von Bismarck, had a formidable task at hand. How would he bring thirty-nine individual states under the yoke of a single Kaiser, convincing proud Prussians, Bavarians and Rhinelanders to become Germans? Once united, could the young European nation wield enough power to rival the empires of Britain and France - all without destroying itself in the process? In a unique study of five decades that changed the…

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Northern Protestants – On Shifting Ground: Susan McKay in Conversation with Martin Doyle

October 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
In-person at The Printworks, Dublin Castle and online, Dublin Castle
Dublin 2, Ireland
Free

Twenty years on from her critically acclaimed book, ‘Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People’, Susan McKay talks again to the Protestant community in Northern Ireland. The book contains interviews with politicians, former paramilitaries, victims and survivors, business people, religious leaders, community workers, young people, writers and others. It tackles controversial issues, such as Brexit, paramilitary violence, the border, the legacy of the Troubles, same-sex marriage and abortion, RHI, and the possibility of a United Ireland, and explores social justice issues and…

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