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Dublin Festival of History to Celebrate Muhammad Ali’s Croke Park Fight and More Incredible Moments

The Dublin Festival of History has announced its 2022 return with over 100 in-person events taking place across the city.

The festival last for three weeks between September 26 and October 16, and is put together by Dublin City Libraries in partnership with the Dublin City Council Culture Company. The festival’s line-up will shine a light on some of the most significant events in Dublin history and present new perspectives on topics such as the centenary of the Irish Civil War, trailblazing female figures, including Dublin’s first female Councillor and Lord Mayor, and queer activism in 1970s and 1980s Ireland.

As part of the celebrations, there will be a Dublin Festival of History ‘Big Weekend’ on October 1 and 2 at at the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute on Pearse Street. The line-up for this includes in-person talks and seminars that will also be livestreamed and includes Dutch-born art historian and writer Willem-Jan Verlinden who will discuss his historical biography that brings Vincent Van Gogh’s three sisters out from their brother’s shadow.

There will also be Sister Against Sister: Women and the Irish Civil War which will see leading historians reflect on events leading to the Irish Civil War and the contribution made by women. The Celts: A Sceptical History sees British writer Simon Jenkins discuss how theories of Celticism continue to fuel many of the prejudices and misconceptions that divide the peoples of the British Isles to this day.

Elsewhere in Dublin over the three weeks of the festival, a slew of interesting and enlightening events will be taking place. This includes Ali at Croke Park, an evening of conversation and talks about this memorable sporting occasion to mark its 50th anniversary.

Gay and Lesbian Activism in the Republic of Ireland, 1973-93 is also taking place which sees academic and author Patrick McDonagh trace the emergence of visible gay and lesbian communities across the Republic of Ireland and their impact on public perceptions of homosexuality.

Speaking at the launch of the festival, Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said, “the festival offers everyone an opportunity to explore the capital’s rich history, not only through a local lens, but at a national and international level, too.”

Dublin City Librarian Mairead Owens commented, “it’s wonderful to see such a wide-ranging and diverse programme line-up and there are two events that I am particularly excited about, dedicated to trailblazing women. We are all delighted to be returning to in-person events, but I know that online events make the Festival even more accessible to audiences in Dublin and further afield. So, I am pleased to say that many events, including those in the Big Weekend, will be live-streamed.”

As well as fascinating in-depth discussions about various aspects of Dublin history, there will be plenty for the kids to enjoy as part of Dublin Festival of History with special events taking place across a number of Dublin City Libraries’ locations. The full programme of events can be viewed on Dublin Festival of History’s website.

Source: Dublin Live


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