As the old saying goes, history is written by the winners, but, time has a wonderful way of letting the truth slowly rise to the top.
And that elusive truth is usually buried somewhere in that fascinating grey area between the black and the white.
It’s here that any good historian will dwell, weighing up the evidence on both sides, recognising the good in the bad, and the bad in the good. And it’s just this kind of deep diving that makes Greystones’ annual Festival Of History such a delight for attendees, and a major draw for many of Ireland’s most noted history boys and girls.
Happening this year on Friday, September 13th and Saturday 14th, the 6th Festival Of History concentrates on Ireland Through The Turbulent ’30s, as the country attempted to get back on its feet and stand firm, just as Europe began to succumb to the Second World War.
With tickets starting at just €5 a lecture, €30 for the entire weekend, or €50 for the entire weekend plus Saturday’s closing Seminar Dinner, you can check out the full list of events and speakers here.
In the meantime, we caught up with curious George to find out how these weekends come together, why Irish history is ill-served at school, and why so many swingers love Greystones’ festival weekend…