Swords Heritage Festival
Swords Heritage Week 2010
Welcome to the 24th annual celebration of Heritage, Art a- Culture of Swords. Because of the downturn in the economy,
our committee felt it best to focus on events that give a forum for artists and writers, story tellers and musicians to remind
us of the past while looking to the future. Many of us remember a different kind of Swords and these memories are recorded
in the annual publication of `Swords Voices'. A focus on our heritage; St Columba's Towers and Swords Castle is presented
to those who go on walks, and attend art and photo exhibitions. Those new to the town are afforded an excellent opportunity
to learn about where they have put down roots.
The Heritage Week would not be possible without the interest and support from Fingal County Council, local businesses
and interested people who `like to help'. Many people have come and gone on our committee over the years, but there are a
few stalwarts left, plus a few new-comers.
You should find something to interest you and you are very welcome to join us
at any of the events during the week. `By the way, the week starts on a Thursday this year and runs until the following Wednesday
1st September. This means that we encompass NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK with Swords Heritage Week. Nothing like a change!
MARKS SWORDS HERITAGE WEEK
Committee: Mary Lowndes, Margaret Thorpe,
Pauline Langan, Geraldine McGovern, Liam Heron,
Bernadette Marks, Mick Kelly.
With grateful thanks to all others who
(Swords Pride of Place/Swords Historical Society Ltd)
THURSDAY AUGUST 26th
Cars Society meets Swords Historical Society. 10.30 am at Lord Mayor's.
Walking tour starting at St Colmcille's Well 11am,
proceeding to St Columba's & Swords Castle.
Official Opening of 24th Swords Heritage Week
& 5th Annual Art Exhibition at St Columba's Church by Cllr. Ken Farrell, Mayor or Fingal. 8.00 p.m. Local artists exhibit
their work in this unique historic setting. Musical entertainment by Garrett Snow, Swords Young Musician of the Year. Profit
in aid of Church funds. — Wine & Cheese Reception. All Welcome.
FRIDAY August 27th
Exhibition — St Columba's 12.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SATURDAY August 28th \~
Exhibition, St Columba's 12 .00 a.m. to 5 p.m. \A\\
Car Boot Sale — Old Borough School — 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. (Opposite Church)
SUNDAY August 29th
Walk around historical Swords
starting at St. Coimcille's Well at 3pm, (Well Road) with Swords Historical Society — Tales of Monks, Ghosts, Potwallopers
Historic graves at St Columba's.
MONDAY August 30st
Visit Swords Museum,
Carnegie Library, North Street. 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. Exhibition of Swords in old photos.
Annual Literary Awards presented by Cllr: Ken Farrell, Mayor of Fingal.. Awards in Short Story,
Poet of Fingal and What Swords Means to Me Contests. 8.30 p.m.
Why not join in the excitement. Reception courtesy David
and Mary Grant.
WEDNESDAY September 1st
LAUNCH of Swords Voices by Michael
Kennedy, T.D. at THE STAR Main Street Swords. 8.30pm The publication is the 17th in the series by Swords Historical Society.
will be music, mumming, and craic. Courtesy `The Star'.
SWORDS PRIDE OF PLACE & SWORDS
HISTORICAL SOCIETY LTD are more than
grateful to all who have helped our
WEEK take place. In these
times of economic downturn we feel it is
good to give people something to divert
the vicissitudes of life.
We thank all our sponsors, and supporters.
FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL:
Art & Heritage Officers,
Dept. (particularly Helen our Judge); `°mha'~` 1-G.11 Parks, Corporate Affairs, and
ORGANON (IRELAND) LTD McINERNEY & SAUNDERS MRS. MARY McCORMACK
THE CARNEGIE COURT
MR GERRY LARKIN
CENTRA, MAIN STREET
OF IRELAND SWORDS
ST. COLUMBA'S PARISH
ST. COLMCILLES PARISH