Re­vis­it­ing the past!

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

FIN­GAL’S his­tory buffs are in for a treat later this month when the re­gion’s rich past is to be cel­e­brated and re­mem­bered in style.

The Fin­gal Fes­ti­val of His­tory, or­gan­ised by Fin­gal Li­braries in part­ner­ship with New­bridge House and Farm, takes place in the his­toric Don­abate her­itage prop­erty from Fri­day, Septem­ber 29 to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1.

His­tory-lovers can ex­pect fas­ci­nat­ing talks, a tour of New­bridge House, a fam­ily-friendly his­tory event and a screen­ing of Fin­gal’s Finest - a fea­ture length drama doc­u­men­tary, telling the ex­tra­or­di­nary and lit­tle-known story of the 5th ‘Fin­gal’ Bat­tal­ion, Dublin Brigade of Ir­ish Vol­un­teers and their ac­tions dur­ing the 1916 Easter Ris­ing. Ad­mis­sion to all talks and events are free. Mayor of Fin­gal Cllr Mary Mc­cam­ley said: ‘I am de­lighted to see the pro­gramme of events or­gan­ised by Fin­gal Li­braries De­part­ment and you could not get a bet­ter set­ting than New­bridge House to bring you back in time for a Fes­ti­val of His­tory.’

Paul Reid, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Fin­gal County Coun­cil said: ‘Fin­gal has such won­der­ful his­tor­i­cal build­ings and it is great to see them opened to the public through such ini­tia­tives as the Fes­ti­val of His­tory in Part­ner­ship with Fin­gal Li­braries De­part­ment.’

This year is the cen­te­nary of the death of Thomas Ashe and Brian Arnold looks at his legacy in Fin­gal and Ire­land in his talk ‘Thomas Ashe, The Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Teacher’.

2017 is also the cen­te­nary of the Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion and Dó­nal Fal­lon will ex­am­ine the strange con­nec­tions be­tween Ir­ish na­tion­al­ism and Rus­sian Bol­she­vism in the rev­o­lu­tion­ary pe­riod in his talk ‘Ire­land and the Bol­she­viks: What did the Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion mean for us?’

Hugh O’don­nell looks at the role of 1916 as a key ful­crum for, not only Ire­land’s self-de­ter­mi­na­tion but its res­o­nance for peo­ple in other parts of the world.

Cathal Boland fol­lows the Ket­tle fam­ily through the 19th and 20th cen­tury as each gen­er­a­tion made its mark on Ir­ish So­ci­ety in his talk, ‘The Ket­tles: An In­ter­est­ing Fin­gal Fam­ily’. Young his­tory lovers are catered for in Michael Moy­lan’s In­ter­ac­tive fam­ily-friendly event, The 1916 Show. Chil­dren get to learn about the fash­ion, daily work and weaponry of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary pe­riod through han­dling real ar­ti­facts.

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