Tuesday 23 January 2018

History of baking and food production explored in Swords

Nicola Donnelly

The history of baking and food production was explored at a public art event held in Swords Castle as part of the Swords Castle: Digging History programme.

Artists Fiona Hallinan and Sabina McMahon explored baking through cooking, performance and an audience discussion.

'This Dirt' event, part of Fingal County Council's Creative Ireland programme, is the first chapter of 'All Bread is Made of Wood, a public art project commissioned by the Council's Public Art Coordinator Caroline Cowley and curated by Anne Mullee.

'This Dirt brings together methods of banking and food production from North County Dublin's past and present,' said Caroline Cowley, Public Art Coordinator with the Council.

'Recent archaeological finds at Swords Castle reveal its history as an important site of a granary storing rye, barley, wheat and oats, grains which provided its medieval inhabitants with porridges, stews and breads. Therefore, it is an ideal location from which to explore contemporary and ancient local food culture, somatic learning and haptic processes of making.'

Swords Castle will be open for digging from 10am to 4om every day, except Mondays, until Wednesday of this week ( September 6). Those wishing to participate in the dig need to be over 18 but visitors of all ages are welcome to come and watch, wash pottery found or bag artifacts. Training will be provided.

To sign up contact Christine Baker at or on 01 890 5691. For further updates on Swords Castle Digging History project and the programme of activities please visit the facebook page

Fingal Independent

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