Dublin Festival of History: 25th September to 15th October

Three weeks and 195+ events, talks, walks and tours to delight history and heritage buffs


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Now in its eleventh year, Dublin Festival of History has built a reputation for shining a fresh perspective on history and its importance in our everyday lives, attracting best-selling Irish and international historians to Dublin for a high-profile programme of history talks and debate each Autumn.

This year’s Festival of History will run from 25 September to 15 October 2023, with a Big Weekend at the Printworks in Dublin Castle from Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October. Enjoy 195+ free in-person & online events at venues all across the city (including our own fab Kevin Street Library!). Here’s some highlights:

  • Weaving in The Liberties – Join Dublin City Council Historian in Residence, Cathy Scuffil, as she explores the many links between the Liberties and Weaving, while making the case to revive the craft in its historic core – 28th September, 4th October and 12th of October.
  • South Circular Road 1911 – Join Dublin City Council Historian in Residence, Cathy Scuffil, as she brings you on a journey along the South Circular Road in 1911 in a city on the cusp of monumental change – 5th October
  • Buttresses, Bridges & Bones: Conserving Christ Church Cathedral – Christ Church will host a series of talks discussing the past, present and future of this iconic Dublin building. Various dates, lunchtime lectures
  • Dublin: A Writer’s City – author Chris Morash sets out to produce a literary map of the city, area by area, looking at the ways in which knowing the literary heritage of our own neighbourhoods enriches our experience of living in the city – 10th October
  • Friends of Medieval Dublin Symposium – The 24th Medieval Dublin symposium, presented as part of the Dublin Festival of History, will showcase new research in the history and archaeology of medieval Dublin. The symposium will take place at the Neill Lecture Theatre in Trinity College Dublin. For the full lineup and more information, please see www.fmd.ie – 7th October
  • Open Days at the Edward Worth Library – Come see the beautiful early eighteenth-century of Edward Worth (1676-1733), a Dublin physician who bequeathed a magnificent collection of books to Dr Steevens’ Hospital. Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the festival. All tours must be booked info@edwardworthlibrary.ie – 26 and 27 September; 3, 4, 10 and 11 October. Tour times 11:00 12:00 14:00 and 15:00 each day.
  • Around Dublin’s Medieval Walls – Join an exciting walk around the old city of Dublin’s Medieval walls, with discussion of the layered and violent history they witnessed, including war, invasions, fire, plague, and bloody rebellions – 27th September and 3rd October
  • Dolphin’s Barn Brickworks – Join Cathy Scuffil, Dublin City Council Historian in Residence, as she unravels the story behind the Dolphin’s Barn Brick Company and the people associated with it – 5th October

And there’s lots more! See www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie for more details and booking links.


The Dublin Festival of History is an annual free festival, brought to you by Dublin City Council, and organised by Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with the Dublin City Council Culture Company www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie.


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