LGBT+ history of Ireland at Dublin Festival of History 2020

An event exploring of The Queer history of Kilmainham Gaol’ returns to the Dublin Festival of History 2020 line-up, taking place on Saturday, 12th September. A festival favourite, this tour has consistently booked out over recent years.

This special ‘virtual’ tour of Kilmainham Gaol will focus of the lives of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender prisoners associated with the building, including some who played leading roles in struggle for Irish independence, as well as those convicted of homosexual crimes in the 19th and early 20th century.

On Tuesday, 29th September, civil rights activist, journalist and historian, Tonie Walsh, will present ‘Queer Treasure’, an online event looking at the importance of collecting, documenting, and celebrating previously hidden, marginalised histories of Ireland’s sexual minorities.

At the event, Tonie will also provide an overview of the Irish Queer Archive, its foundation and the historic transfer in 2008 to the National Library of Ireland, as well as examine how Ireland’s national cultural institutions have embraced LGBTQ+ histories.

Now in its eighth year, Dublin Festival of History will take place largely online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but will still play host to an international and domestic line up of speakers and panels. The festival will shine a light and fresh perspective on topics such as the construction of the notion of race, Ireland’s last great pandemic and the history of Ireland’s partition.

All events are free, but booking is required. For the full programme of events, and to book, please visit:

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