A conference exploring the impact and role of Gallipoli will take place as part of the Hay Festival in Kells this April.

The three day event will mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli, where over 2,500 Irishmen died in 1915.

It begins with First World War historian Philip Orr delivering the Francis Ledwidge Memorial Lecture on April 24 followed on April 25 by a talk on the journalism and poetry of the First World War, titled 'The First Draft of History - Journalism and Poetry in the Great War.

Among the speakers confirmed are Heather Jones for the London School of Economics, Myles Dungan from The History Show on RTE and Mark Duncan from Century Ireland.

That evening Declan O'Rourke will perform 'Poems of War, Songs of Peace', in a First World War inspired musical evening. 

Sunday 26 April will see a selection of lectures devotes to the Gallipoli campaign from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, the GAA, and many more.

The weekend will also include a walking tour of First World War sites in Kells and talks from a range of professionals. 

All events will take place at St Columba's Church in Kells and tickets can be purchased by email: kells@hayfestival.org

Click here to access the full programme for the Hay Festival which will be announced soon.

Event Details


St Columba's Church
Market Street


Friday, April 24, 2015 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 21:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

Three day conference exploring the Battle of Gallipoli