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Skerries Monument Erected in 1950 in Memory of Three Fingal Patriots – John ‘Terry’ Sherlock, Thomas Hand and John Reginald ‘Jack’ McGowan

October 15, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Frank Whearity

Local historian Frank Whearity presents on a Skerries monument dedicated to the three townsmen who gave their lives for Ireland, and which stands in the Holmpatrick Cemetery, Skerries.

It was unveiled on Sunday 29 October 1950, to commemorate John ‘Terry’ Sherlock, a single man aged 22 years who was killed by Black and Tans on 27 October 1920 near his home at Cabra Terrace, Skerries; Thomas Hand, a married man aged 42 years who was killed by Black and Tans on 5 December 1920 at Baltrasna Lane, Barnageeragh, Skerries; and John Reginald ‘Jack’ McGowan, a single man aged 21 years whose death occurred on 1 July 1922 in a Dublin City Hospital. The work had been commissioned by a small group of Skerries men in 1942 and who, over eight years, raised the funds to pay for the project. Among them was James Murray whose personal papers have provided much of the primary source material that Frank Whearity will use in his presentation.

Frank Whearity is a local historian who lives in Skerries. He holds an MA in local history from NUI Maynooth and has several publications to his name. He has also written numerous articles for local historical publications.

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October 15, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Swords Castle
Swords Castle, Bridge St., Townparks, Swords
Dublin, K67 X439 Ireland
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Frank Whearity