Hinterland Festival 2019 Programme & Tickets

Tickets for events can be purchased in advance online below or by phone via the Box Office on 089 436 9868.

Tickets are also available in advance in Kells from the BOOK MARKet Café (11am-3pm Tuesday to Saturday) and in Trim from Antonia’s Bookstore (tel – 046 943 7532).

During the festival, ticket collection and sales are available at the ticket office in Kells Theatre on Kenlis Place. For further information on visiting Kells and the Festival, please call 089 436 9868.

You can also see a schedule view of the programme here.

History

The RTE Radio 1 History Show and Hinterland/Kells will collaborate again this year (having teamed up for Gallipoli100 in 2015) in the first History Show Festival. A dozen leading historians will participate as the festival commemorates the centenary of 1918 and the fiftieth anniversary of 1968.

In our ‘Remembering 1918’ strand Sergeant Paul Maher will examine changing roles of the RIC and the DMP at the end of the Great War. Dr. Emma Lyons of UCD will discuss the role of women in that conflict. RTE presenter Dr. David McCullagh will highlight the increasingly important role of Eamon de Valera, subject of his recent biography, in Irish politics in 1918, while Dr. Ida Milne of TCD will assess the impact on Ireland of  the appalling influenza pandemic of that year. Professor Pauric Travers emeritus professor at DCU will examine the course of the Conscription crisis in April 1918 and beyond, while Liz GillisHistory Show researcher will underline the role played by women in the fight against involuntary enlistment. Broadcaster, archivist and History Show contributor Catriona Crowe will assess the role that Irish suffragists played in the struggle for votes for women, and Professor Roy Foster will look at some of the most significant and influential members of the younger generation of Irish nationalist activists in 1918.

In ‘Remembering 1968’ Catriona Crowe will celebrate the ‘second wave’ feminists of the Women’s Liberation Movement. History Show presenter Dr. Myles Dungan will look at the pivotal 1968 U.S. Presidential election, fought on the hustings and the streets of America. Professor Glen Gendzel from San Jose State University will discuss some of the truisms and the myths of the Vietnam War. Berkeley, California historian Tony Bucher will cast his eye over the radical and subversive underground press in the Bay Area of the late 1960s. He will also mark the legalisation of cannabis in California by looking at the state’s relationship with ‘weed’ in the 1960s.

In addition to our themed events Trim-based historian Noel French will be talking about his new book on the history of our own precious hinterland, Discovering the Boyne Valley.

David McCullagh

De Valera: Rule 1932–1975

Event  4 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Broadcaster and historian Dr David McCullagh is probably best known as a presenter of Prime Time on RTÉ 1 TV, and as former RTÉ Political Correspondent. David is also an accomplished historian and is biographer of former Taoiseach John A. Costello (The Reluctant Taoiseach, 2010). In 2017 he produced the first of a two-part biography of Eamon de Valera covering the years 1882–1932 (De Valera: Rise) and followed that up last year with De Valera: Rule 1932–1975. He returns to Hinterland to examine the controversial career in power of our most enigmatic of leaders.
Price €8.00
 
 
David McCullagh

Patricia Byrne

A Battle for Souls in Famine Achill

Event  2 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Clergyman Edward Nangle’s nineteenth-century mission to Achill Island aimed to lift a destitute people out of ignorance, poverty and idolatry. The fury of the island elements, the devastation of the Great Famine, Edward Nangle’s own volatile temperament, and the unbearable suffering of his wife Eliza and their children all threatened the project’s survival. The ugly charge of ‘souperism’, offering food and benefits in return for religious conversion, tainted the Mission’s work. Then a spectacular conflict erupted between Nangle and Archbishop John MacHale. In The Preacher and the Prelate writer Patricia Byrne tells this incredible Achill story which continues to excite controversy and division to the present day. “Told with pace and panache…an extraordinary and important read” (Irish Independent).
Price €6.00
 
 
Patricia Byrne

Cecelia Hartsell

Frederick Douglass and Ireland

Event  3 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Sometimes it took an outsider to capture the misery and the impoverishment of Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. Frederick Douglass was that man. By rights we should never have heard of Douglass. He could have lived and died as a slave on a southern plantation. Instead he became the most famous abolitionist and spokesman for African American rights of the nineteenth century. But he also visited and wrote about Ireland. That he compared the plight of Irish peasants to that of African American slaves is telling. Historian Cecelia Hartsell will share her expertise on Douglass’s life and philosophy, and the reasons for his empathy with the doomed Irish peasantry of the 1840s.
Price €6.00
 
 
Cecelia Hartsell

Liam McNiffe

The 1922 Garda Mutiny

Event  1 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Contrary to popular perception, the new police force set up by the Irish Free State was fully armed. For six weeks in 1922 the recently recruited guards mutinied. Kells-based historian and author of A History of the Garda Síochána Dr Liam McNiffe will explore the origin, course and very important results of that mutiny.
Price €6.00
 
 
Liam McNiffe

Margaret Kelleher

The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and

Event  5 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
1882 was a year for vicious murders in Ireland. Aristocrats and peasants alike fell victim to the ongoing Land War. But nothing that year compared to the callous murders of five members of the Joyce family of Maamtrasna on the Mayo-Galway border. Nothing, perhaps, except the famously unjust treatment meted out to four of their cousins accused of involvement in the murders. In The Maamtrasna Murders Professor Margaret Kelleher offers a “powerful and meticulous new history of the murders and their aftermaths” (Irish Times) and exorcises the ghost of the tragic Maolra Seoighe (Myles Joyce).
Price €6.00
 
 
Margaret Kelleher

Diarmaid Ferriter

500 Kilometres, 200 Crossings - A History of ‘The Border’

Event  6 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Occupant of the prestigious post of Professor of Modern Irish History at University College, Dublin, Diarmaid Ferriter is also a prolific author and ‘go-to’ historian for many radio and TV programmes. His first significant success was The Transformation of Ireland 1900–2000, and his biographical study of Eamon de Valera, Judging Dev, quickly followed. A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913–1923 dealt with the revolutionary generation which delivered Irish independence in 1922. Now Diarmaid has turned his attention to the recent history of a frontier that has come back into sharp focus in recent months. In The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics he examines the history of partition and of a frontier that Margaret Thatcher once complained was “full of kinks and wiggles”.
Price €8.00
 
 
Diarmaid Ferriter

Gareth Russell

The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era

Event  10 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
It was one of the biggest news stories of the infant twentieth century. It was a narrative of heroism, selfsacrifice, cowardice and abject failure. In this original and meticulously-researched narrative history, Gareth Russell uses the sinking of the Titanic, the ship of dreams, as a prism through which to look at the end of the Edwardian era and the seismic shift to modernity the 1910s have come to mark in the West. In his study Russell, an historian and novelist from Belfast – the birthplace of the ill-fated RMS Titanic – examines social class, the movie industry, the American Gilded Age and the Irish Home Rule crisis through that Titanic window.
Price €6.00
 
 
Gareth Russell

Lindie Naughton

Countess Markievicz: The Life and the Letters

Event  12 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
She was the first woman elected to the House of Commons as an MP (though she never took her seat) and the first female member of an Irish cabinet (and if you don’t think that was significant, the second one was appointed in…1979!) She was a leading member of the Irish Citizen’s Army, spent more time in jail than Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins put together, and has been dividing historians ever since. In two volumes of history, Markievicz: A Most Outrageous Rebel and Markievicz: Prison Letters and Rebel Writings, journalist Lindie Naughton recovers the Countess from the realms of polemic, and offers a rounded portrait of one of the most celebrated women in modern Irish history.
Price €6.00
 
 
Lindie Naughton