I seem to be surrounded by history at the moment. This year’s National Famine Commemoration was held in Newry – the first time this important event was held in Northern Ireland.
I took part in a large event organised for schools held in St Dallan’s Primary School in Warrenpoint, where children from over 30 schools came along to find out about the Famine. In the afternoon we did a live video conference with almost 90 schools and also linking with Pittsburgh in the USA, where former US ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney, talked about his own family having to emigrate from the port at Warrenpoint during the time of the Famine.
As part of the Dublin Festival of History I talked to a lovely group in Dublin Castle. What a wonderful setting to talk, as it is steeped in centuries of Irish history.
The Dublin Festival of History runs until 10th October with lots more events in Dublin Castle and in libraries around the city.
It was lovely to go along to the Dublin’s Writers’ Centre for the launch of Martina Devlin’s thought provoking new book About Sisterland which is set in a society that is run by women.
I met lots of writers and publishing friends.
What a great way to kick-off the autumn book season by toasting Martina’s latest work!
Maebh Ruane, Marita, Claudia Carroll and June Considine
Marita, Martina Devlin and Sarah Webb