Fingal County Council’s Our Balbriggan project has been short-listed for a top European award by The Innovation in Politics Institute, a Vienna-based organisation which works on a nonpartisan, pan-European level to enable politicians from different countries to share best practice, to network and to build bridges.
Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Fingal has announced an exciting new "Shop Fingal" initiative to promote local businesses in the run-up to Christmas. In partnership with Fingal Independent, LEO Fingal will provide paid advertisements for up to 120 businesses, helping them increase visibility while showing that they are open and available for trade.
Consumers and businesses in Fingal are being encouraged to shop local this Christmas and are reminded of the huge range of goods and services they can access on their own doorsteps with a new Government campaign to ‘Look For Local’ launched on Wednesday 25th November 2020.
Student entrepreneurs across Fingal have begun their journey in this year’s Student Enterprise Programme (SEP), with eyes on next year’s National Final. This programme run by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is being delivered differently given the current restrictions across the country, and the Final, which will take place on Friday 14th May 2021, will be a virtual one.
Fingal County Council have launched our very own podcast channel titled, Inside Fingal. A podcast is an audio programme, just like Talk Radio, but you subscribe to it on your smartphone and listen to it whenever you like, in the car, out walking or cutting the grass, you choose.
Fingal’s Sports Office are looking for expressions of interest from people who would like to be part of a volunteer team to organise a new junior Parkrun being planned for Millennium Park in Blanchardstown once Government restrictions on sporting events are lifted.
Fingal County Council has developed Draft Heritage Signage & Heritage Trail Guidance in order to provide clear direction and advice on how to develop heritage signage and heritage trails-and they want your opinion
Fingal County Council is delighted to announce the official opening of the Casino Model Railway Museum, Malahide following the completion of a €4m restoration programme on the historic Casino building and conservation of the Fry Model Railway Collection.
Fingal County Council invites applications for the Artists’ Support Scheme 2021. This strand of funding allows professional artists to avail of an award up to €4,000 towards travel/professional development opportunities, a residency or towards the development of work.
Fingal has about 50 holy wells. The veneration of water had its origins in prehistory, when people threw offerings into sacred springs, rivers and lakes-a tradition we mirror when we throw coins into a fountain
There are 54 historic graveyards within Fingal which form a significant element of the county’s heritage. Many are still in use. Some such as Lusk, Swords, St Douloughs and Grallagh are associated with saints and date from the earliest periods of Christianty. Others like Cloghran, Holmpatrick and Mulhuddart are medieval parish graveyards.
Mary Ellen (Molly) Adrien was born on 25 September 1873. She is remembered as one of Fingal’s ‘Revolutionary women’. Molly joined Cumann na mBan after its establishment in April 1914 and is said to have been instrumental in forming the Lusk branch. On Easter Sunday 1916, Cumman na mBan were ordered to assemble at Black Church Phisboro, an order countermanded and were sent away to await recall. However Molly remained in the city and was chosen to bring the order to rise from Pearse to the leader of Irish Volunteers Joseph Lawless and then to Thomas Ashe Commandant of the North County Brigade.
Saturday the 16th May is National Drawing day which brings to mind the importance of illustrations, drawings and paintings of our heritage sites that have survived through the ages. In the 18th century the fashion for drawing antiquities was exemplified by Gabriel Beranger whose paintings of his Rambles thro’ the County of Dublin in 1770s beautifully recorded now long gone castles and monuments in Fingal.
Fingal has an ancient and varied maritime history from Viking raids and the medieval havens of Howth where the pague arrived, to the pirates of Lambay and the smugglers of Rush and Loughshinny. By the later fourteenth century the mouth of the Liffey had silted up and merchandise had to be landed elsewhere along the coast.
Contrary to popular belief most of Ireland’s natural forests were cleared before 1600, much of this clearance in prehistoric times. In medieval times there were scattered woods and copses throughout Fingal but forest cover reached a critical low in the 17th century. Much of present day Blanchardstown was covered in woodland known as the Great Scaldwood. There was an organised wolf cull in the Great Scaldwood in 1652.
Hundreds of sites in Fingal are both archaeological monuments and protected structures. Take Brazil house (as the archaeologist’s recorded it) or Brazeel House (according to the architects). This was the former residence of the Bolton family, many of whom had distinguished legal careers, including Sir Richard Bolton, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, in the reign of Charles the First.
2019 was an exciting year. It marked the start of the Rejuvenation Plan, which by 2025 is set to transform the town. A number of key projects have got underway with good progress being made on our 20 things in 12 months.
The 2019 Fingal Festival of Fire is fast approaching with spooktacular events planned for Blanchardstown, Balbriggan and Swords on Thursday, Oct 31 as part of the Safer Halloween initiative. Check out this fabulous fireworks video. Residents can expect more of the same this year.