Hillsborough Castle Centenary Lecture with Fintan O’Toole

2021 Hillsborough Castle Centenary talks programme

2021 Hillsborough Castle Centenary talks programme




Ticketing information

This event has been postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Adults of all ages are welcome.


Adults £15

Concessions £13

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Due to circumstances beyond our control we regretfully have to postpone the date for our evening with Fintan O’Toole – due to take place this Sunday 9th January. We are working to confirm a new date and all tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event once it is confirmed.

Historic Royal Palaces present a series of special talks by esteemed speakers that will generate conversation around the Centenary of Northern Ireland. The talks will take place in the politically symbolic surroundings of Hillsborough Castle with a view to drawing out the complex history of the past 100 years and its implications on our present and future. 

Join preeminent Irish columnist, author, literary editor, and drama critic Fintan O'Toole for a special Centenary lecture, drawing on his nuanced perspective on Irish and British history.

Fintan O'Toole is an Irish columnist, author, literary editor, and drama critic. He has written for the Irish Times since 1988, was drama critic for the New York Daily News from 1997 to 2001 and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His latest book, Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain is a cultural analysis of the political ideas behind Brexit. 

Photograph of Irish columnist Fintan O'Toole

COVID Status Checks

In line with current government legislation, all attendees at this event aged 18 and over will be required to complete a COVID status check.

Attendees will need to provide one of the following in order to gain entry:

  • Proof of full vaccination by one of the following means:

     - Use of the COVIDCert NI app to display a COVID passport that will be scanned by a member of our team using the COVIDCert Verifier app.

     - Use of a paper certificate obtained from the HSCNI.

     - Use of your COVID-19 Vaccination card showing both vaccination dates along with photo ID matching the name on your vaccination card.

  • Proof of a negative lateral flow test taken no more than 48 hours prior to attending the event. Attendees using this method are required to report their negative test result in advance here in order to obtain digital proof by email and/or text message.
  • Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 taken in the previous 30-180 days.

No personal data is stored or collated in any way as part of this process. As part of the legislation, any guest who is unable to comply with the COVID status check requirements will not be permitted entry to the event.

Find more information here on the COVID Status Check requirements. Please note that masks must also be worn while entering, leaving and moving around the venue.


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