Sunday 22 July 2018

New exhibition on Early Christian Swords to open

An exhibition titled 'Early Christian Swords' is set to open at in St Cronan's Pastoral Centre.

It will run from Saturday, April 14 to Saturday, April 27.

The Swords area is steeped in history and it was an important centre for Christianity in the early days of the Irish Church.

The town is probably best known historically as the resting place of Brian Boru following his death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. His body lay overnight in the church at Swords and later processed to Armagh where the High King was buried.

The exhibition will feature displays on St Colmcille's Monastery, Glasmore Abbey/The Nunnery, and the local Holy Wells of St Colmcille, St Cronan and St Werburgh. The exhibition will also feature information on recent important archaeological findings in the Swords area.

These include the discovery in 2003 of a previously unknown cemetery at Mount Gamble. This cemetery was in use from the arrival of Christianity in circa AD 550 until 1150.

There will also be displays on the recently rediscovered Ecclesiastical complex in the Mooretown/Oldtown area, on either side of the Rathbeale Road.

Since 2010 Fingal county council has a Conservation and Management Plan in place for this area. The plans include the establishment of four archaeological parks to preserve the historical sites.

Exhibition co-ordinator Paddy O'Byrne has thanked Courtney Deery Heritage Consultancy who carried out the design and editorial for the exhibition.

The organisers would like to thank Fingal County Council and Creative Ireland for their generous grant of €1,500, as well as annon Homes for their kind donation of €2,000 towards the cost of the exhibition.

The exhibition is open to all and there will be no entrance charge.

Fingal Independent