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
Dr. Bernard Kelly

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
Donal Dineen

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

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

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

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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