Registry of Deeds hosts launch of Dublin’s Festival of History

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In 2019, the Registry of Deeds is joining Dublin’s Festival of History as an event partner for the first time.  Dublin’s Festival of History is Ireland’s biggest free history festival with over 150 history events taking place in 65 venues across Dublin City between 1-12 October 2019.

To launch the Festival, a photo call was held at the Registry of Deeds, Henrietta Street on Monday 26th August which was attended by Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe, RTE radio presenter Joe Duffy, and Dublin City Librarian Mairead Owens.

Chief Executive of the Property Registration Authority Liz Pope shows RTE radio presenter Joe Duffy and Dublin City Librarian Mairead Owens an 18th century transcript book at Registry of Deeds.

As part of the Festival, Registry of Deeds have organised a lecture on 08 October at 6.30pm with Karl Deeter, Frank Quinn and Simon Farrell titled: “Dublin House Prices:  A 300 Year History of Boom and Bust 1708-2008”. The three speakers will outline research they carried out a Registry of Deeds to compile a comprehensive historic house price index.  As well as highlighting  their discoveries of records relating to figures such as Arthur Guinness, Charles Stewart Parnell, and Jonathan Swift , the lecture will analyse the historical volatility of Dublin’s property market, and the lessons from history which can be applied to today’s market.

Joe Duffy, Mairead Owens and Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe look at records at the public counter at Registry of Deeds at launch of Dublin’s Festival of History.

Three lunch time tours will also be held at Registry of Deeds at 1pm on 03, 10, 17 October around the themes of family history, famous landmarks and famous figures in Irish history. Each tour will give visitors an introduction to collections held at the Registry of Deeds, outline how to carry out research and demonstrate the value of these important historical records.

Joe Duffy and Mairead Owens on the 19th century cantilever staircase at Registry of Deeds

Full details of the Registry of Deeds events and how to book a free ticket can be found at:

The full 2019 Dublin Festival of History program consists of a wide range of topics from the moon landings, the start of the troubles, Russian history and Lemon’s sweets! The ‘big weekend’ of talks at Print Works, Dublin Castle 18-20 October includes international speakers such as Jung Chang, Tom Holland and Robert Service. As noted by Mairead Owen, Dublin City Libriarian “With a thought-provoking and richly diverse programme of events, the history festival is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in history”

The full program can be viewed at

All photographs are by Julien Behal Photography and published courtesy of Dublin’s Festival of History.