Military Internees, Prisoners of War and the Irish State during World War Two

Fingal Local Studies & Archives Fingal Local Studies & Archives, 46 North Street, Swords, Dublin

Dr Bernard Kelly Between 1940 and 1945 a total of 269 Axis and 45 Allied service personnel were interned in the Curragh military camp in County Kildare. Their presence caused the de Valera government a series of challenging problems, as it sought to balance its duties as a neutral country with its continual tendency to...

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From the Bloody Oakwood to the Iron Mountain in the footsteps of giants

Blanchardstown Library Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15, Dublin

‘From the Bloody Oakwood to the Iron Mountain in the Footsteps of Giants’, is a walker’s guide, following the epic journey of Donal Cam O’Sullivan Beare, as he and his followers battled against a ruthless enemy, intolerable weather conditions, hunger and betrayal, as they traversed an Ireland ravaged and wasted by English armies in the...

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Wrecks and Rescues off Balbriggan’s Shores

Balbriggan Library Balbriggan Library, St. George's Square, Balbriggan, Dublin

  While many might associate the rough Atlantic waves off Ireland’s south and west coast as being most hazardous to seafarers over thelast few centuries, it is, in fact, our eastern coast that contains the sites of the majority of identified shipwrecks. Balbriggan has witnessed both tragic ship losses and heroic rescues off its coastline....

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The Two Churches of St. Marnock

Malahide Library Malahide Library, Main St, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Dublin

This presentation will initially look at the Medieval, pre-Reformation, Church of St. Marnock and its associated Holy Well as well as the later church, also named after St. Marnock, which was built by the Church of Ireland in 1790 and continued to be used until 1960. This church once housed an early 1800s Parish School...

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A Dangerous Man: Frank Lawless and the War of Independence in Fingal with Dr. Bernard Kelly

Swords Castle Swords Castle, Bridge St., Townparks, Swords, Dublin

Frank Lawless was one of the most dynamic regional leaders of the revolutionary period. Born into a farming family in Swords, County Dublin, in 1870, he followed his grandfather and father into nationalist politics before becoming central to the republican movement in North County Dublin. Although most of his political life was spent in prison,...

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Peace to the Ashes: a commemorative film about the life and legacy of Frank Lawless T.D. with introduction by broadcaster & filmmaker Donal Dineen

Swords Castle Swords Castle, Bridge St., Townparks, Swords, Dublin

Introduction by broadcaster & filmmaker Donal Dineen As part of Fingal County Council’s Commemorative Programme 2022, the broadcaster and filmmaker Donal Dineen was commissioned by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office to make a film commemorating the life and legacy of Frank Lawless. Donal was struck by a powerful photograph of Frank Lawless’ funeral on 18th...

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The year 1922 in Fingal: From Treaty to Civil War and a return to normal political life

Swords Castle Swords Castle, Bridge St., Townparks, Swords, Dublin

Dr Declan F. Brady A month by month chronological account of political and everyday life in Fingal in 1922: from the Treaty debates at the start of the year; the untimely death of Frank Lawless, the brief Civil War experience in Fingal; and the slow return to normal political life. This talk will recall the...

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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

Swords Castle Swords Castle, Bridge St., Townparks, Swords, Dublin

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...

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The Story of Cricket in Fingal with James Bennett

Swords Castle Swords Castle, Bridge St., Townparks, Swords, Dublin

James Bennett Fingal in North Dublin has been described as the heartland of Irish Cricket. In this talk by James Bennett, the story of cricket in Fingal will be told from its origins in the 1820s to the present day. The factors which enabled cricket to survive and then thrive are analysed in detail and...

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Ceol an tSraidbhaile Ros Eo with Rinceoil Fingal & Friends

Swords Castle Swords Castle, Bridge St., Townparks, Swords, Dublin

Rinceoil Fingal will perform traditional music and songs specific to Rush County Dublin. The session will provide an excellent finale to a day of history at Swords Castle. Rinceoil Fingal is a traditional Irish group which promotes Irish music and dance. They were founded in 1994 by Lenny Martin and Jimmy Archer. The group expanded...

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