President Michael D. Higgins to deliver Dublin Festival of History closing address
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will deliver a special address to close the Dublin Festival of History on Sunday, 7th October at 7pm at The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
President Higgins’s address will conclude two weeks of free history events, including talks, walks, tours and exhibitions. 140 events are taking place in total for the Festival, which kicked off last Monday (24th September).
Announcing details of the Festival’s closing event, Brendan Teeling, Dublin City Librarian (Acting), said: “We are honoured to have President Michael D. Higgins close the 2018 Dublin Festival of History. Our Festival this year has a strong focus on women’s suffrage and on the Decade of Commemorations. President Higgins has made significant contributions to the public debate on these issues, drawing attention to the importance of embracing the complexity of our past, and our Festival strives to explore the many narratives and genres of history”.
President Higgins’s closing address will take place as part of the Dublin Festival of History ‘Big Weekend’ series of talks at City Hall and The Printworks, Dublin Castle, running from Friday, 5th to Sunday, 7th October. In addition to the President, the speaker line-up for the weekend includes Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum, Monty Python star Michael Palin, and best-selling historian Helen Rappaport.
“President Higgins has spoken in the past about how history is the ‘inheritance of all our people’ and he has stressed the importance of making history accessible to as many people as possible,” said Brendan Teeling. “These are principles that underpin the Dublin Festival of History – our aim is to engage as many members of the public as we can in history, and encourage them to explore and discover history collections, whether print or digital, in our public libraries and archive.
“So far, our 2018 Festival has been a tremendous success. People have been attending events across Dublin exploring themes of sport, music, social history, women in history, Decade of Commemorations events, including seminal moments in Irish history, and much more.”
The full programme for the 2018 Dublin Festival of History is available at www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie. Places at President Michael D. Higgins’s closing address will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and the event is free to attend.