Saturday 18 November 2017

Ten artefacts tell their story

John Manning

THE story of Fingal's rich heritage will be told this Wednesday in Malahide with the help of ten precious artefacts that represent the region's history and tells the story of its people.

Historical societies from all over Fingal are gathering at the Michael Gaffney Centre in Malahide this Wednesday, August 27 for the special event which is part of the county's contribution to National Heritage Week.

The Skerries group will be bringing along a neolithic hand axe fragment and some flint tools and arrowheads in a bid to explore Fingal's prehistoric past.

The Rolestown and Oldtown Historical Society will use garments to tell the story of the Irish peasant soldier with Una O'Brien delivering a 10-minute talk on the subject.

The Donabate and Portrane group and noted local historian Peadar Bates claim to have solved a mystery and will present a talk, intriguingly titled 'The Mystery of Luffrey's College Solved'.

The Swords Historical Society will be represented by local historian Bernie Marks and she will take a personal approach to the task by showing a picture of her own mother taken in Skerries in 1906 and presenting a view of social history through her mother's eyes.

Malahide Castle has offered up an interesting artefact for the town's local historical group to examine. Roger Greene will use a travel kit from a gent's bedroom in the castle to talk about old medicines.

Pat Kelly will be up next to talk about Lusk. Using drawings of thatched cottages in the village from the 1940s, Pat, from the local heritage group will present a picture of life in the north Fingal village from around that time.

A sporting twist on the theme will be presented by a group from Blanchardstown and Castleknock with a poem about Arkle written by the late Tommy Bracken and some associated pics, looking at the racing heritage of the the area.

The 1961 plane crash at Dublin Airport will be the subject of a talk from a group in nearby Clogharan with photos to illustrate the story and the Loughshinny and Rush group will talk about the 'The Tulip Fields of Rush' with photos and some special bulb planting tools used to illustrate the story.

Fingal Independent

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