History Festival of Ireland June 9 – 10 in Co. Carlow

Lisnavagh House

June 7, 2012

For those who love exploring and debating Irish history, and are committed to having fun while doing so, the beautiful Lisnavagh estate in Rathvilly, Co. Carlow is the place to be this weekend. On June 9 and 10, over 30 of Ireland’s leading scholars and presenters of history, oral historians, genealogists and other voices from the field will gather for the first History Festival of Ireland.

The festival, a part of the larger Éigse Carlow Arts Festival, will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in both Lisnavagh’s grand library and in a specially built marquee on the house’s lawn. The marquee will host a range of talks, readings and presentations, including two History of Ireland Hedge Schools, an interview on the Vanishing Ireland project, discussion on oral history in Ireland, and a presentation entitled Alternative History of Ireland through maps, slides and song, led by Paddy Cullivan, a satirist and leader of the band on RTE’s Late Late Show.

In the library, a lively series of debates and panel discussions will take place. Far from a staid affair, topics will range from whether the British Empire would have existed without the Irish (with speakers Senator David Norris, journalist Kevin Myers and Trinity College Dublin professors Micheál Ó Siochrú and Patrick Geoghegan), villains and heroes who “put the hiss in history,” such as Oliver Cromwell, Countess Markievicz and Dermot MacMurrough; whether those who left the Irish Army to fight for Britain in World War II should  be classed as deserters; and unsung heroines of Irish history, including Lola Montez, Maria Edgeworth and Hilda Tweedy.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.thehistoryfestivalofireland.com

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