The weight of history: Dublin Castle then and now (192, April 2018)

What does Dublin Castle mean to you? Is it the big gaff in the middle of the city that houses tribunals and the like? Is it somewhere with a history which you don’t really know that much about? Is it the place you recommend to visiting pals but which you never visits yourself?

As the Making Majesty exhibition comes to a close, it’s an apt time to consider Dublin Castle’s position in terms of history, politics and society. While Dublin Castle itself is often viewed as a bastion of British rule for hundreds of years, the exhibition focused on the motivations behind the building’s grand regal designs, something we often forget about today.


Given the current focus on independence-related events from a century ago and Brexit-related events right now, this Banter discussion will look at the responsiblities and challenges of dealing with Dublin Castle’s past in 2018.

The panel: Martina Devlin (writer and columnist at The Irish Independent), John Gibney (Royal Irish Academy historian and author of Dublin – A New Illustrated History), Diarmaid Ferriter (Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, author, broadcaster and columnist at The Irish Times) and Myles Campbell (Making Majesty exhibition curator).

The details: Banter on Dublin Castle then and now will take place at the State Apartments, Dublin Castle on Saturday April 21st at 3pm. Tickets are available here.