April 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dublin Castle
2 Dame St
Panel Discussion: 'The Weight of History' - Dublin Castle then and now @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

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 panel discussion, hosted by Jim Carroll, will look at the responsiblities and challenges of dealing with Dublin Castle’s past in 2018.


  • Diarmaid Ferriter (Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, author, broadcaster and columnist at The Irish Times);
  • Martina Devlin (writer and columnist at The Irish Independent);
  • John Gibney (Royal Irish Academy historian and author of Dublin – A New Illustrated History


  • Jim Carroll (journalist, editor of RTE Brainstorm, and producer of Banter)

Suitable for adults. This panel discussion is part of our Making Majesty programme.