Wednesday 21 March 2018

New book set during War of Independence launched in Balbriggan

Balbriggan Library was a hive of activity recently as it hosted both a book launch and the completion of a popular reading programme for younger people.

Mayor of Fingal Mary McCamley was on hand to launch the new book from Brian Gallagher called 'Pawns'.

And then after the launch of Brian Gallagher's book "Pawns", the Mayor and Brian awarded certificates and medals to the children of Balbriggan who took part in the Summer Stars reading programme.

'Pawns' is set in Balbriggan around the time of the War of Independence and the Sack of Balbriggan, an important historical event which took place in September 1920.

This single event changed the landscape of Clonard Street and the surrounding areas of Balbriggan town.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mary McCamley was delighted to launch the book and believes it is appropriate for the launch to happen in Balbriggan Library.

Patricia Brady, Senior librarian is pleased to have the launch coincide with the presentation of certificates to the children who took part in the summer reading programme.

She remarks that having Brian and the Mayor present certificates gives the children the opportunity to meet a real author, a mayor and the chance to learn some history about in which they live.

Brian commented that 'he would not have been able to complete the book without the support of the Fingal Arts Office'.

Fingal County Council Arts Office was delighted to award Fingal author Brian Gallagher with €2,000 in order to develop his book 'Pawns'.

The funding was provided under the 2016 Artists' Support Scheme.

This strand of funding allows professional artists to avail of up to €4,000 of an award towards travel and professional development opportunities, a residency, or towards the development of work.

The objective of the Artists' Support Scheme is to support individual professional artists from Fingal to develop their artistic practice.

The award seeks to provide time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their artistic practice.

Dermot Bolger who assessed Brian's application noted that Gallagher is a 'very experienced and committed author of children's books……… that based on the quality of his writing I believe that he strongly deserved support….. both a source of some financial support for him in his writing and of public acknowledgement of his talent'

Fingal Independent