Heritage group unveils new Swords Voices and presents literary awards
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.