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This year's Festival of History hosts an exciting programme packed full of legends, stories, archaeological findings and much much more...

Let this year's festival take you on a bit of a deeper dive into the histories that make up the fabric of Dublin 8 - an area which hosts some of the cities most historic neighbourhoods.

See below for our list of events centred around the history of Dublin 8.

Don't forget to check the links provided for more information, times and any ticket booking requirements. 

Find out something new about your neighbourhood and make a Culture Date with Dublin 8 for Festival of History!


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 Dublin 8 - Witness To The Revolution

22nd September - 6.30 - 7.30pm

This event will be presented by historians Liz Gillis and Cathy Scuffil (DCC Historian-in-Residence), hosted online by Dolphins Barn Library.There will be a video which will explore the extraordinary events and stories of this turbulent time in Irelands history. The public will be able to walk through the streets and laneways of some of Dublin 8s historic and fascinating locations.

The Countess Prayerbook: An Exploration of Countess Markieviczs Prison Prayerbook

22nd September - 7-8pm
Join Collections Curator Brian Crowley of Kilmainham Gaol Museum as he shares the contents of Countess Markievicz's prayer book, exploring the insights it offers into her life and the remarkable events of those revolutionary years.

Bring me into the spotlight of a London conference’: Michael Collins from Truce to Treaty

23rd September 8-9pm

The National Archives and National Library presentBring Me Into the Spotlight of a London Conference: Michael Collins from Truce to Treaty, a lecture by Dr Anne Dolan and Dr William Murphy, moderated by David McCullagh.

22nd Medieval Dublin Symposium

24th & 25th September

This symposium is organised by the not-for-profit Friends of Medieval Dublin and presents the latest research by scholars working on Dublins story from its earliest stages in the pre-Viking Age to its rebirth under the Tudors at the end of the Middle Ages.

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

24th September 7-8pm

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.

Is That the Way Now?The Life of Michael O’Donoghue, a Late 19th Century Police Sergeant Living on Kevin Street

25th Septmeber 11am-12pm

Kevin Street Library will be hosting a talk about Michael O’Donoghue, a Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) sergeant who lived most of his life at 9 Lower Kevin Street in the late 19th century.

Childrens History Workshop: Illustrating History with John Farrelly

26th September 4-5.30pm

Join Dublins Historian-in-Residence for Children Dervilia Roche and illustrator, cartoonist, and author of the Deadly Irish History childrens book series John Farrelly in this free, interactive Zoom workshop for children.

From the Grand Canal to the Dodder – Illustrious Women

27th September 7-8pm

The Dublin suburbs situated between the Grand Canal and the River Dodder consist of distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own character and style. It is an area which was in the past, and continues to be, home to poets, writers, artists, politicians and academics, all of whom in their own way, contributed to Irish life. In this talk, Dr Beatrice Doran tells of the lives of some of the most fascinating women who once lived on the leafy roads and avenue of this interesting area of the city.

Reading, Teaching and Collecting Anatomy in Early Modern Europe

29th September 2-3pm

The Edward Worth Library presents a series of webinars investigating how anatomy was taught in early modern Europe.

DCC / NUI International Viking Lecture: Viking Age York by Julian Richards

30th September 6-7pm

Dublin City Council and National University of Ireland International Viking Lecture Viking Age York by Professor Julian Richards.

Free Family Tour of Dublinia

3rd October 11am-12pm

Dublinia, located at the heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin, is a step back in time and a journey through the city as it was back then. Experience what life was like onboard a Viking warship, visit a Viking house, take a trip down a Viking street, and learn of the myths and the mysteries surrounding the Vikings and their legacy.