The 24th Medieval Dublin Symposium: Dublin Festival of History 2023

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The 24th Medieval Dublin Symposium: Dublin Festival of History 2023 is a one day symposium organised by the Department of History and the Friends of Medieval Dublin, with support from the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

The 24th Medieval Dublin symposium  takes place on Saturday, 7 October 2023, 9:30am – 5pm at Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

is presented as part of the Dublin Festival of History, and will showcase new research in the history and archaeology of medieval Dublin.

The purpose of the annual Medieval Dublin symposium is to provide a way through which specialists, amateurs, historians, archaeologists, teachers, students, and everyone whose talents and interests are required to make complete the business of history, excavation and post excavation, can collaborate and provide us, and the Dubliners of the future, with a clearer picture of the early growth of this remarkable city.

The event is free and all are welcome.

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

For further details or queries please email the honorary secretary of the Friends of Medieval Dublin Dr Caoimhe Whelan at

Symposium Programme

9.30–9.40 Introduction
Seán Duffy

9.40–10.20 Counting change: excavations at the medieval exchequer of Dublin
Paul Duffy

10.20–11.00 If bones could talk: early medieval graves encountered recently in Dublin
Maeve Tobin

11.00–11.30 Break

11.30–12.10 City Limits: a moated site and medieval roadway associated with St Kevin’s church, Dublin
Marc Piera

12.10–12.50 Castleknock Castle: Ireland’s first polygonal keep
Daniel Tietzsch-Tyler

12.50–14.00 Lunch

14.00–14.40 The far side of the ditch: recent work in the Iveagh Markets, Dublin 8
Franc Myles

14.40–15.20 From grain to flour: excavations of a medieval watermill at Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Ian Russell

15.20–15.45 Break

15.45–17.00 Panel discussion: Where was Áth Cliath, ‘The Ford of the Hurdles’?
Con Manning, Linzi Simpson, Seán Duffy

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Conferences
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Professor Seán Duffy
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