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We have been having a particularly busy time with all the 1916 commemorations in the Fingal area. In our own group at least four members are sons and daughters of veterans of the Rising. Some twenty six people buried in St Colmcille's Graveyard in Swords were involved in the Fight for Freedom in the Battle of Ashbourne or in Dublin City at the Mendicity Institute. Various pictures on this page show descendants of these brave men and women participating the the various events organized by Fingal Co. Council and other local groups.
THE 22nd SWORDS VOICES WAS LAUNCHED RECENTLY:
SWORDS HERITAGE WEEK - LITERARY AWARDS - RESULTS 2014
SWORDS HERITAGE WEEK LITERARY AWARDS 2013
SWORDS HERITAGE WEEK
RESULTS OF LITERARY AWARDS 2012-08-29
SHORT STORY COMPETITION
1st The Tuesday Outing, Paddy Ryan, Malahide
2nd ‘Cosmo’s Wonderland, Isobel Smyth, Portmarnock
3rd ‘Matthew’ Tony Devlin, Blanchardstown.
1st Prize Winner hold the Tom O’Shea for a Year.
POET OF FINGAL
1st ‘Husband’ Alyn Fenn,Cork
2nd ‘A Wedding In Certaldo Alto’ Tony Devlin, Blanchardstown
3rd ‘Autumn Twilight Brigid Flynn, Tallaght
1st Prize Winner holds the McDonagh Trophy for one year
WHAT SWORDS MEANS TO ME
1st ‘Visits to Home’ Paddy Savage, Chicago
Runner Up: What Swords Means to Me’ Geraldine McGovern, Swords.
SWORDS HERITAGE WEEK 2012
proved to be as popular as ever. Because of the economic climate we decided to combine two of our events. Consequently the Literary Awards and launch of Swords Voices happened the same night; the 28th Aug. in The Star, Swords. Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan was on hand to launch the 19th in the Swords Voices series and present the prizes for the various literary contests. Unfortunately the winner of the poetry competition lives in Cork and could not be there on the night. He has to be content with a photo of his Trophy!
We are most grateful to those who have supported us over the years and who have been more than generous again this year including: Fingal Co. Council, Organon (I) Ltd., Tara Winthrop Clinic, Mrs Mary McCormack., Freight Management. JCs, Taylors the Star, Carnegie Court Hotel.
The Heritage Hamper presented by JCs was won by Peadar Bates of Donabate Historical Society. It was full of goodies from JCs – Heritage being their ‘own brand’ at their well-known local Supermarket.
We also celebrated 30 years of Swords Historical Society and the last event of the week was the popular Art Exhibition at St Columba’s Church. While giving local artists a forum for their work, the event also encourages people up to the heritage site which is where Swords was founded in 650 AD when St. Colmcille’s established his monastic settlement.
The week was rounded off by a walk around historic Swords organised by the local Tidy Towns Group with our society members along to fill in on snippets of local history. Bernie Leneghan of our society had his video camera so no doubt some footage of the event will fill in some winter evenings.
Again, many thanks to all you have supported our effort.
SWORDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY is 30 years old this year.
It began at a meeting of likeminded people in March 1982 at Swords Old Borough School. Many people have volunteered over the years and the Society is responsible for spearheading many projects of a heritage and cultural nature in the greater Swords area. Swords Museum, Genealogy Project and Oral History Projects to name just a few. The Swords Voices series now in its 19th years will be published. The Society plans to have a’Bumper’edition to celebrate 30 years, so if you have a tale to tell, a photo to loan or donate, they would be delighted t hear from you. Why not records your memories of ‘old Swords’ for posterity?
During our recent annual SWORDS HERITAGE WEEK the 18th in our Swords Voices series was published. This is the outcome of an on-going oral history project which has created an archive of stories of the greater Swords area told by those from their own memories.
SWORDS VOICES are available at €5.00 each
Some back numbers are also available.
Others publications available are:
‘A Hard Auld Station’ Musings on St.Colmcille’s Church, Swords.
It contains history on many local families who donated plaques & windows to the Church since 1880…
The Awards in our Literary Contests took place during Heritage Week on September last. Results were as follow:
POETRY lst Patricia Byrne, Swords, ‘A Lock Out’
2nd Tony Devlin, Blanchardstown . ‘Broken’
3rd Patrick Condon, Swords. ‘The Fisherman’
SHORT STORY: 1st Martin Whelan, Malahide. ‘Stern Reality’
2nd E. Hughes, Swords ‘Dogged’
3rd Daniel J.Boland, Rush. ‘Farewell Drink‘
‘WHAT SWORDS MEANS TO ME’
A category sponsored for a work on the town of Swords
1st Liam Heron, Swords. ‘Reminiscences’
2nd Liam Clare, Lusk. ‘The First Match’
EASTER RISING COMMEMORATIONS: Tom Seaver & Bernadette Marks at State Reception, Dublin Castle Easter Sunday 2016
BERNADETTE MARKS & MARY NUGENT at Dublin Castle, Easter Sunday 2016.
Enjoying the Walk about Swords - 'Architectural Gem' in background (North Street).
Pupils of Fingal Community College, Swords visiting our Museum Oct. 2015
Visiting today were Margaret Bermingham Moran from Australia. Margaret left Swords some years ago to settle in Australia was accompanied by her daughter Mary who flew in from Chicago. Margaret was reminded of old times by our collection of photographs. Brother Leo and Elaine also came along.
Launch of 'Swords Castle-My Castle' Community Archaeological Dig, Sept,2015,
The latest edition of Swords Voices is now available.
We have a number of books for sale
A WALK AROUND HISTORIC SWORDS…Pupils of St.Finian’s College. Swords with their teacher Anne Chadwick, recently visited St. Colmcille’s Well, St.Columba’s Towers, and Swords Castle, where they were given a short talk by Swords Historical Society member B. Marks. They were most interested in learning about St. Finian as their college is named after the local Saint.
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Bernadette Marks presenting Swords Voices to Eamon O'Keeffe,TD
Photos at Memory Makers Mary Nugent, B. Marks, Mary Lowndes.
Bernadette Marks admiring the 1916 exhibition which
B. Marks, Joe Condron & Sean Ryan enjoying the many
Sisters Nora Agnew Rogers and Kathleen Agnew Markey at Wreath laying ceremony St. Colmcilles.
State Reception, Dublin Castle Easter Sunday 2016.
Arran from Fingal Community College, Swords helping Emmet Wilson trace his ancestors in old school roll books at our centre; Emmet has done extensive family research with the help of rootsireland.ie
David and Arran from Fingal Community College helping to catalogue items of a genealogical nature in Swords Museum
Presentation of Life & Lore 1916 Oral History to National Library;
Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams dropped into Swords Museum while on a ramble through Swords to view their 1916 exhibition. Also in pic Caith Ni Cheallaigh, Loiuise O'Reilly (Sinn Fein) and Berni Marks.
Brendan & Jane Wilson from Bermingham visiting Swords Museum with his cousin Liam Heron from Swords. Brendan's family were originally from Drynan.
Sword Historical Society visiting Swords I.C.A, keeping them up to date with the history of the area.
Robert Tomlinson from Yorkshire traced in Gannon roots to Swords where he met a third cousin, Mary Nugent for the first time. Mary's mother is a Gannon while Robert's grandfather was James Gannon. Seen here last June visiting grave at St. Colmcille's Swords.
Swords Heritage Week 2015: Launch at Fingal County Hall of Swords Heritage Trail;Neil Jackman,Abarta Guides, Paul Reid, CEO Fingal Council, Berni Marks, Swords Historical Soc., Gerry Clabby, Heritage Office, Minister James Reilly, Mayor of Fingal David O'Connor.
Walk around St. Colmcille's Graveyard, Aug. 30th. Pic at Monument to A.J.Kettle, known as Parnell's Right hand man' and father of Tom Kettle
Mary & Liam visiting St Colmcille's Well where Swords was founded in 560 AD.
Swords Castle Archaeological Dig 2015; Liam, Berni & Sylvia admiring the photographic exhibition in the Chapel of the Castle.
Launch of 22nd in the Swords Voices series. Paddy Gerrard one of the contributors singing a song. The Star, Swords.
Group at walk about St. Colmcille's Graveyard Aug 31st.
An excellent turn-out for the walk about St. Colmcille's Graveyard, Swords on Aug. 31st last. They listened to the many stories from the headstones, and were fascinated by the huge tree that has grown over a headstone.
Marie Dullaghan who won the 'What Swords Means to Me' Contest at this year's Swords Heritage Week.
Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Ted Leddy
at the launch of the 21st in the Swords Voices
series. With Liam Heron at The Star during
Swords Heritage Week.
Michael Burke, Lusk, 2nd Prize Winner in
Swords Heritage Week 2014: Paddy Ryan, Malahide came first in Short Story Competition: Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mags Murray presents him with The Tom O'Shea Trophy.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mags Murray speaking at Swords Heritage Week 2014 Literary Awards
Gearldine and Bernadette on a trip to Lambay Island
On the high Seas, Bernie And Phil on their way to Lambay Island.
The late Tommy Murray from ~Trim, who won the Poet of Fingal
PADDY SAVAGE, Chicago – winner of the Swords category in Literary Competitions .Swords Heritage Week, He holds the Bridget Browne Trophy for a year, sponsored by Mrs Mary McCormack, Tara Winthorp Clinic, in honour of her late mother.
Des Becton, Swords Tidy Towns, Bernadette Marks, Paddy Savage in Swords Museum.
ENJOYING THE LITERARY AWARDS 2012:
Geraldine McGovern. Runner-up Swords Section, Geraldine O’Dowd
& Maureen Cullen who were short listed in Short Story Contest.
HISTORICAL WALK with Swords Tidy Towns:
Bernadette Marks, Monica Fitzsimon, Alexandra Dermody
at the grave of United Irishman, John Sweetman.
Trip to Lambay Island 2014
P. Archbold, J. Hunt, RIP., B. Marks, E. Monaghan, T. Beades.
SWORDS CELTIC 50th Anniversary 2012: B. Marks, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Gerry Maguire,G. McGovern.
Mr Trapotoni, G. McGovern, B. Marks.
LITERARY AWARDS 2011; Liam Heron Bridget Browne Trophy for
Boys from St. Finian's College visiting St. Colmcille's Well.
100th Anniversary Dublin/Drogheda Railway 1990s. Raheny Historical Society.
Swords Celtic with Mr. Trapotoni.
Boys from St. Colmcille's Boys' School 1969/70.
Photographs Copyright Swords Museum (C) 2016