A SWORDS-based artist has uploaded a fascinating and fully illustrated web page charting the history of his home down over the last few centuries.
Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin, who has exhibited widely around Ireland, grew up in the Fingal capital, has uploaded the page at http://gaelart.net/swords.html and it should be a great source of information for anybody looking to do find out more about the town, from its growth from a small village to major urban centre. 'It is an illustrated history of Swords from the 1790s to the present day compiled from my collection of historical photos and engravings, my photos, and other sites. It also contains published articles about Swords from the 1830s to the 1860s,' he told the Fingal Independent 'I think it will be an invaluable aid to schools and institutions who are interested in Dublin's history and especially interesting for the Irish diaspora who will remember the town from different periods in the past.'
The renowned artist studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin where he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art. His work consists of drawings and paintings and features cityscapes of Dublin, images based on Irish history and other work with social/political themes. Caoimhghin subsequently undertook post-graduate study in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies in Dublin City University obtaining a Masters degree in Communications and Cultural Studies. He is an Irish speaker and holds a PhD in Language and Politics which is published under the title Language from Below: The Irish Language, Ideology and Power in 20th- Century Ireland. He completed work in Dublin City University as a Post-Doctoral researcher on the TRASNA project (a web-based database of references to translations of Irish literature globally). He currently works as a parttime lecturer on Aesthetics and History of Irish Art for Boston University and Intercultural Communication for Champlain College in Dublin while doing research on a database of Realist and Social Realist art from around the world.
These paintings can be viewed country by country on his blog at http://gaelart.blogspot.com/. His interests vary widely from Irish history, history of art, Gaeilge, philosophy, world cinema, photography, Asian cuisine, travel, walking, swimming, listening to Irish traditional, world and classical music, teaching Set and Ceilí dancing and researching Ó Croidheáin family history. Caoimhghin is currently learning Spanish while concentrating his time on a new series of oil paintings examining the daily existence of people making a living in the worst working conditions in the global economy.