The Dublin Lectures 2016

The Dublin Lectures chart the history of Dublin and her people. This acclaimed series is sponsored by Davy and Carmen Wines. Each lecture begins or ends with a Carmen wine reception, and the speakers for 2016 include Pat Rabbitte, Catriona Crowe and Kevin Myers. Here is the complete programme. 

Note: season tickets are now sold out. A limited number of individual tickets (€12) will be available to purchase on the door, 15 minutes before the start of each lecture. 

January 20th

5.30pm The Unmanageable Revolutionary  
Margaret Ward celebrates the life of Maud Gonne, who was born 150 years ago 

7pm How to Stage a Revolution
Fearghal McGarry tells the extraordinary story of the Abbey Theatre’s 1916 rebels


February 17th

5.30pm Pomposity, Presumption & Public Memory
Anne Dolan of Trinity College asks how the Easter Rising should be remembered

7pm On Fighting for Ireland
Retired army officer Tom Clonan offers a personal reflection on the Easter Rising – and fighting for Ireland


March 23rd

5.30pm Bombshells and Bulletholes
Lar Joye of the National Museum examines the weapons used during the Easter Rising

7pm A Disaster for Ireland
Kevin Myers argues that we should not celebrate the Easter Rising


April 13th

5.30pm Women of the Revolution
Liz Gillis
celebrates the women of the Easter Rising

7pm How to remember the Easter Rising
The complex legacy of 1916 is unpacked by Catriona Crowe


May 18th

5.30pm The Sheehy Skeffingtons
The lives of Francis & Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, as told by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

7pm Behan’s Big Apple
John Brannigan on why Brendan Behan was feted as the King of New York during his time in America


June 22nd

5.30pm This Old House
The amazing story of the Heuston Family, who once owned 15, St Stephen’s Green, as told by Peter Murtagh of the Irish Times

7pm The Irish in the Somme
Timothy Bowman remembers the Irish who fought in one of the bloodiest battles in human history


September 21st

5.30pm The Making of Dublin
David Dickson attempts the impossible: a 45 minute history of Dublin since 988 AD

7pm Hard Labour
Pat Rabbitte on the good, the bad and the ugly in the last 30 years of Irish politics


October 19th

5.30pm Dublin and the Arts and Crafts Movement 1886-1925
Nicola Gordon Bowe on the fascinating Arts and Crafts Movement

7pm Whatever happened to the Irish Left?
Daniel Finn charts the bumpy history of left-wing politics in Ireland


November 16th

5.30pm Henry Grattan’s Last Words to Dublin
Our greatest orator gave his last speech in 1800. Elaine Byrne explains why it demands a response today

7pm Irishman of the 20th Century
Anne Chambers profiles TK Whitaker, one of the most important figures in modern Irish history


December 7th

5.30pm The Home Place: Brian Friel’s Ireland
Anthony Roche on the life and work of legendary playwright Brian Friel

7pm Hallelujah!
Jonathan Bardon tells the amazing story of Handel’s Messiah, which premiered in Dublin and changed music forever


The Dublin Lectures are supported by Davy, Carmen Wines, the Sunday Times and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The curator of the 2016 series is Chantal Brown.