Fingal Festival of History 22 – 29 September
The second annual Fingal Festival of History, a week of history talks and events organised by Fingal Libraries, takes place from Saturday 22nd – Saturday 29th September. This year’s programme features History at the Castle: Ireland 100 years ago – a day of talks on Saturday 29th September in historic Swords Castle, which is a […]
The second annual Fingal Festival of History, a week of history talks and events organised by Fingal Libraries, takes place from Saturday 22nd – Saturday 29th September. This year’s programme features History at the Castle: Ireland 100 years ago – a day of talks on Saturday 29th September in historic Swords Castle, which is a national monument and cultural attraction in the care of Fingal County Council. Talks and events will also take place in library branches.
Fingal County Librarian Betty Boardman says, ‘’Fingal’s Festival of History brings together an excellent mix of local, national and international topics, which will appeal to anyone with an interest in the Irish revolutionary period, women’s rights, World War I and Irish art. The festival gives us the opportunity to showcase our libraries in Fingal and the magnificent Swords Castle, which in itself is a rich source of history and a notable cultural attraction.’’
Festival talks include Dónal Fallon’s 1918: The Year Everything Changed – an exploration of a decisive point in the Irish revolutionary period. This year, Fingal commemorates the centenary of the death of Richard Coleman. Cathal Boland will look at his life and legacy in his talk Richard Coleman, Family, Neighbours and Comrades. This year is also the centenary of the Representation of the People Act when (some) women obtained the right to vote and Catriona Crowe will explore this in her talk The Hammer and the Pen: the first wave Irish feminism. Conor Kostick looks at The Conscription Crisis of 1918, when the British War Cabinet’s decision to impose conscription on Ireland gave rise to an extraordinary popular movement that humiliated the imperial authorities. In her talk, Ireland and India: the infection of example, Dr. Kate O’Malley explores the comparisons and connections that influenced revolutionary activists in Ireland and India. Cathal Dowd Smith’s talk, Frances, Fingal and Female Enfranchisement, looks at the life of Frances Power Cobbe of Newbridge House, Donabate. Philip Lecane speaks about The Sinking of the RMS Leinster on 10 October 1918. Architectural Conservation Officer for Fingal County Council, Helena Bergin examines the work of renowned Irish stained glass artist Harry Clarke (1889-1931) which can be seen in churches throughout Fingal. The Blanchardstown-Castleknock History Society will give a talk on the History of the South West Islands along the Wild Atlantic Way. Children will love Irish History Live’s interactive workshop on the women of 1916.
By Orla Drohan, Fingal County Libraries