Fingal Festival of History – Presented by Fingal County Council

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24 September @ 6:30 pm

Frances Power Cobbe of Newbridge House, Donabate, was one of the leading female political figures of the 19th century and one of the first female professional journalists. Cathal Dowd Smith will reveal her work for animal rights, women’s rights in divorce and abuse cases, the enfranchisement of women, higher education and social reform. Booking required: @fingallibraries  

RMS Leinster sinking


27 September @ 6:30 pm

On the 10th October 1918, in the final month of the First World War, German submarine UB-123 sank the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead mail boat RMS Leinster near the Kish Bank. Over 560 died in what was the greatest ever loss of life on the Irish Sea and the highest death toll on an Irish owned ship. This talk tells the story of a long forgotten event in Irish history. Booking required: @fingallibraries


29 September @ 10:00 am

HISTORY AT THE CASTLE: Ireland 100 years ago. A series of talks at Swords Castle 2018 is the centenary of the death of Richard Coleman. A native of Swords, he was an Irish Volunteer and captain of the Swords Company. This talk will look at his role in the 1916 Rising and beyond, including his death in prison in North Wales and his large funeral to Glasnevin Cemetery where he is buried beside his fellow Fingal officer Thomas Ashe. This…

1918: The Year Everything Changed with Donal Fallon

29 September @ 11:15 am

HISTORY AT THE CASTLE: Ireland 100 years ago. A series of talks at Swords Castle. 1918 is a decisive turning point in the Irish revolutionary period; witnessing mass movements emerge against conscription and state repression of nationalist organisations. The year witnessed the Representation of the People Act, which finally put the vote into the hands of (some) women, and the outlawing of nationalist organisations including Sinn Féin. This talk will examine events from this momentous year including Gaelic Sunday, the…

THE CONSCRIPTION CRISIS OF 1918: How Ireland successfully defied the British Empire with Conor Kostick

29 September @ 12:30 pm

HISTORY AT THE CASTLE: Ireland 100 years ago. A series of talks at Swords Castle. When, in April 1918, the British War Cabinet decided to impose conscription on Ireland, an extraordinary popular movement took place that humiliated the imperial authorities. Instead of 300,000 men being brought over to the trenches, a huge general strike took place that stunned participants as much as the British generals who had been insisting on conscription for Ireland. Hear the story of this pivotal event…

THE HAMMER AND THE PEN: the first wave Irish feminism with Catriona Crowe

29 September @ 2:00 pm

HISTORY AT THE CASTLE: Ireland 100 years ago. A series of talks at Swords Castle. This talk explores the development of first wave Irish feminism, which was driven by many forgotten women who fought for education, property rights, child custody rights and voting rights for their sisters. This exploration begins in 1792 with Mary Wollstonecraft and ends in 1918 with the Representation of the People Act. This event requires booking: @fingallibraries

IRELAND AND INDIA: the infection of example with Kate O’Malley

29 September @ 3:15 pm

HISTORY AT THE CASTLE: Ireland 100 years ago. A series of talks at Swords Castle. During the first half of the twentieth century, an affinity between Irish and Indian nationalists blossomed on the strength of their respective independence movements. This talk will look at the comparisons and connections that influenced the respective revolutionary activists. All events require booking: @fingallibraries

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