Her­itage group un­veils new Swords Voices and presents lit­er­ary awards

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

IT’S been a busy cou­ple of week for Swords Her­itage Group.

Not only did it play a very ac­tive role in the an­nual her­itage week, it has just launched the 24th in its se­ries of Swords Voices book­lets and held the pre­sen­ta­tion of its an­nual lit­er­ary awards.

All roads led to the Lord Mayor’s pub in Swords for these two events, which saw Anne Lawler from Por­trane claimed first place in the Short Story Com­pe­ti­tion.

She was awarded the Tom O’shea tro­phy for her en­try called ‘The Good Suit’. Run­ner-up was Michele Cal­lan from Lusk with ‘The Spar­row Hawk’ and in third spot was Marie Smyth from Beau­mont with ‘Turn­ing a Limited Edi­tion’.

In the Poet of Fin­gal sec­tion, the Mcdon­agh tro­phy was awarded to Pauline Giffney from Killester for her en­try ‘I’d love to be at my own fu­neral’. Run­ner-up was Moira Burke from the Malahide Road with ‘Words’ and in third place was Paddy Ryan from Malahide ‘Se­tanta Leaves Home’. The win­ner of the ‘What Swords Means to Me’ and the Brid­get Brown Tro­phy was Joseph Smyth from Port­marnock for ‘A Seatown Child­hood’. Run­ner-up was Mare Mof­fitt from Seatown for ‘My Swords’. Highly com­mended was Carly Mof­fitt.

Mean­while, the launch of the lat­est in­stal­ment in the Swords Voice se­ries also took place.

Dr. James Ben­nett gave a run down on the con­tents with slides and ex­plained that the cover de­picted events dur­ing the last year.

The top­ics fea­tured in­clude the pass­ing of Vin­nie De­laney of the Mum­mers, as well as photo of lo­cal au­thor Maria Hoey when she won the short story con­test in 1995

Now that Maria has her own books pub­lished, she dropped down as guest of hon­our and gave some ad­vice to en­trants who were present. Bou­quets were pre­sented by Chair­man Liam Heron to the Mayor of Fin­gal Cllr Mary Mc­cam­ley and Maria..

The group also launched a video, first shot in 1986 which sees mem­ber Ber­nadette Marks and Bill Barry walk­ing down Main Street.

The video was res­ur­rected re­cently and re-edited and al­ready has had 10,000 views on Youtube.

The video we launched is part one of a big­ger project and this time Jim Ben­nett has come on board to help.

Jim was a school teacher at Swords Boys’ school for 45 years and has a good knowl­edge of lo­cal his­tory to­gether with my mem­o­ries.

Present on the night was TD Bren­dan Ryan, Cllrs Dar­ragh But­ler, Joe New­man and Dun­can Smith.

The principal spon­sors were Fin­gal County Coun­cil, Mary Mccor­mack from the Tara Winthrop Clinic and the daa.

Thanks to all who en­tered the con­tests, gave their mem­o­ries for the Swords Voices, par­tic­u­larly com­mit­tee Geral­dine Mcgovern who helps in the cen­tre, Liam Heron and Mary Nu­gent Jim Ben­nett and Jim Hawkins (Video).

Thanks also to Joe Sav­age Lord May­ors for host­ing the re­cep­tion.

Joseph Smyth with Fin­gal Mayor Mary Mc­cam­ley at the launch of 25th Swords Voices in the Lord Mayor’s.

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