1920 – Local Government & the War of Independence in Fingal

As part of the Fingal Festival of History


17/09/2020 at 12:00am - 11:00pm

The Fingal Festival of History takes place between the 12th – 19th September

This year’s festival will focus on the Sack of Balbriggan as 2020 is the centenary year for this event in history.

All Castle talks this year will be recorded in the Chapel at Swords Castle and will be available on Fingal Libraries YouTube channel and across our social media platforms.

1920 – Local Government & the War of Independence in Fingal – Declan Brady

Declan will discuss an often-overlooked dimension in the War of Independence that is the part played by local government in bringing the crown establishment to the negotiating table. The talk will include

reference to the year 1920 including the local elections for Dublin County Council, Balrothery Rural District Council and Poor Law Guardians, when Sinn Féin won a majority and how they pledged their

allegiance to Dáil Éireann.

Declan Brady is a historian and genealogist based in Swords, Co. Dublin with a history

Masters from Maynooth University, where he is currently a John Hume PhD scholar.

Additionally there is also an exhibition associated with the Fingal Festival of History

Exhibition – Sack of Balbriggan

Fingal Local Studies & Archives have produced an exhibition about the Sack of Balbriggan. The exhibition, curated by Catherine Keane, Senior Librarian will be on display in the Atrium at County Hall, Swords during September. This exhibition will also be available for viewing online.

Booking not required.