Sack of Balbriggan and how it inspired his successful children’s novel “Pawns”

As part of the Fingal Festival of History


16/09/2020 at 12:00am

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.

Sack of Balbriggan and how it inspired his successful children’s novel “Pawns” – Brian Gallagher

This talk will cover the background history, how the novel came about, the importance of the nearby Gormanston Camp, and its switch from an RAF base to a centre for the Black and Tans, and how the burning of Balbriggan 100 years ago, with loss of civilian life, caused questions to be raised in parliament in Westminster. As part of the talk he will read the climactic scene from Pawns in which Balbriggan is set ablaze.

Brian Gallagher is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain & Canada. His novels for adults Invincible, Flight, Payback and Pursuit have won widespread acclaim and in more recent times he has produced an array of historical fiction books for older children including Across the Divide, Taking Sides, Storm Clouds, Friend or Foe, Arrivals and Resistance. He is currently working on a new novel Making a Stand due for publication in Spring 2021.

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.