Dublin Festival of History: 24th Sept to 7th Oct – Queer History Tour of Kilmainham Gaol on 29th Sept

The sixth annual Dublin Festival of History (Féile Na Staire Baile Átha Cliath) is taking place from 24th September to 7th October, with over 140 FREE history events in venues across the city.

On 29th September, there will be a Queer History Tour of Kilmainham Gaol by Brian Crowley. The tour is going to focus on the lives of LGBT prisoners incarcerated at Kilmainham Gaol, and will also explore the use of the Gaol as a place of punishment for those convicted of homosexual crimes in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The image below is of a pamphlet produced in 1884, which promoted the ‘disinfection’ of Dublin Castle due to its infiltration by gay men, as revealed in the 1884 Dublin Castle Scandals, which will be discussed during the tour. (All images courtesy of Kilmainham Gaol: View of East Wing from cell 1 – Image: Peter Moloney Photography).

Kilmainham Gaol: View of East Wing from cell 1 – Image: Peter Moloney Photography

On the 2018 programme, the breadth of history stretches from the Vikings’ arrival on this Island right up to the development of gaming!

On 27th Sept at 6.30pm in Drumcondra Library, they’ll be looking at The Inevitable Seduction: Pop culture and Ireland since the 1950s. This illustrated talk will cover aspects of fashion, music, design, youth culture, advertising, and lifestyle. and explore the forces that shaped modern Ireland.

You can also see what’s on in your local library, in other venues around the City, and on the final Big Weekend in City Hall and Dublin Castle.

There are lots of free walks and exhibitions and a dedicated day of Fingal History.

With so many lectures, walks, exhibitions, songs, maps and film in their diverse programme, they hope you’ll join them for a slice of history. Don’t forget you can borrow a history book for free in any public library, and at the Pop-up History Library at the Big Weekend in Printworks, Dublin Castle.

You can pick up a copy of the programme at your local library, or download a copy now.

All events are FREE, but some need to be booked – please see individual events for details.

The Dublin Festival of History is proudly brought to you by Dublin City Council.

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