Programme & Tickets

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

Tickets will also be 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.


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.

Coming soon...