Revisiting the past!
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.