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Fingal Festival of History Newbridge House, Donabate, Friday 29th September


Newbridge House, Donabate, Friday 29th September - Sunday 1st October 2017


Paul Reid CE of Fingal Mayor of Fingal Mary McCamley, County Librarian Betty Boardman, Manager of Newbridge House Ann Brophy

On Tuesday, 5th September the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mary McCamley was joined by Chief Executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid, County Librarian Betty Boardman and Ann Brophy in a photo call at Newbridge House, Donabate, to publicise the upcoming Fingal Festival of History. The Fingal Festival of History, organised by Fingal Libraries in partnership with Newbridge House and Farm, takes place in Newbridge House from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October 2017. History-lovers can expect fascinating talks, a tour of Newbridge House, a family-friendly history event and a screening of Fingal’s Finest - a feature length drama documentary, telling the extraordinary and little-known story of the 5th 'Fingal' Battalion, Dublin Brigade of Irish Volunteers and their actions during the 1916 Easter Rising. Admission to all talks and events at the Fingal Festival of History is free and all our welcome.

Speaking at the launch Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley said “I am delighted to see the programme of events organised by Fingal Libraries Department and you could not get a better setting than Newbridge House to bring you back in time for a Festival of History. “


Paul Reid CE of Fingal, Helen O’ Donnell & Susan Lovatt Fingal libraries, Mayor of Fingal Mary McCamley, County Librarian Betty Boardman, Manager of Newbridge House Ann Brophy

Paul Reid, Chief Executive Fingal County Council commented “Fingal has such wonderful historical buildings and it is great to see them opened to the public through such initiatives as the Festival of History in Partnership with Fingal Libraries Department”

This year is the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe and Brian Arnold looks at his legacy in Fingal and Ireland in his talk Thomas Ashe, The Revolutionary Teacher. 2017 is also the centenary of the Russian Revolution and Dónal Fallon will examine the strange connections between Irish nationalism and Russian Bolshevism in the revolutionary period in his talk Ireland and the Bolsheviks: What did the Russian Revolution mean for us? Hugh O’Donnell looks at the role of 1916 as a key fulcrum for, not only Ireland's self-determination but its resonance for people in other parts of the world. Cathal Boland follows the Kettle family through the nineteenth and twentieth century as each generation made its mark on Irish Society in his talk, The Kettles: An Interesting Fingal Family. Young history lovers are catered for in Michael Moylan’s Interactive family-friendly event, The 1916 Show. Children get to learn about the fashion, daily work and weaponry of the revolutionary period through handling real artifacts.


Paul Reid CE of Fingal, Helen O’ Donnell & Susan Lovatt Fingal libraries, Mayor of Fingal Mary McCamley, County Librarian Betty Boardman, Manager of Newbridge House Ann Brophy

Newbridge House, Donabate, where The Fingal Festival of History takes place is one of Fingal’s heritage properties - a Georgian Villa built to the design of James Gibbs in 1747 for the then Archbishop of Dublin, Charles Cobbe. Newbridge House was purchased by Dublin County Council, now Fingal County Council in 1985 from the Cobbe family, who, with permission of the Council, retain access to a private apartment on the top floor of the House. This arrangement ensures that the Cobbe Collection of Old Masters, family portraits and antique furniture remain in Newbridge House in their original setting ensuring an authentic experience for visitors to the House. Fingal County Council restored the house, grounds and farm and has increased the collection of Irish furniture and artifacts within the house. The Council has invested substantially in the redevelopment of the old stable blocks to create a new visitor centre incorporating a restaurant, retail and reception area along with a new terrace and a complete refurbishment of the inner courtyard. This project is nearing completion and is expected to open in autumn 2017. This year also saw the start of the redevelopment of the old Croquet Lawn which is being developed to international standards. In 2018 tennis courts will be added to restore the pleasure gardens to their former glory. The Fingal Festival of History features a tour of Newbridge House and a talk by the Cobbe Family Archivist, Cathal Dowd Smith, on Life in Newbridge House during the turbulent period 1914 – 1918.

The Festival closes with a screening of ‘Fingal's Finest', a feature length drama documentary telling the extraordinary and little-known story of the 5th 'Fingal' Battalion, Dublin Brigade of Irish Volunteers who, led by Thomas Ashe defeated a much larger force of Royal Irish Constabulary at the Battle of Ashbourne in 1916.

Programme:

Friday, 29th September

6.15 – 6.30 pm - Introduction to Newbridge House - Ann Brophy

6.30 – 7.30 pm - Thomas Ashe, The Revolutionary Teacher - Brian Arnold

7.30 – 8.30 pm - Ireland and the Bolsheviks: What did the Russian Revolution mean for us? – Donal Fallon

Saturday, 30th September

12.45 – 1.00 pm - Introduction to Newbridge House - Ann Brophy

1 – 2.15 pm - The 1916 Show - Michael Moylan

2.15 pm – 2.30 pm - Tea / Coffee break

2.30 – 3.30 pm - Embers of Empires – Hugh O’Donnell

3.30 – 4.30 pm - Life in Newbridge House 1914 – 1918 - Cathal Dowd Smith

Sunday, 1st October

12 – 12.15 pm - Introduction to Newbridge House - Ann Brophy

12.15 – 1 pm - The Kettles: An Interesting Fingal Family - Cathal Boland

1 – 1.20 pm - Tea / Coffee break

1.20 – 2.20 pm - Life in Newbridge House 1914 – 1918 - Cathal Dowd Smith

2.20 – 3.20 pm - Tour of Newbridge House

3.20 – 4.50 pm - Fingal’s Finest Screening


Library room Newbridge House, Paul Reid CE of Fingal Mayor of Fingal Mary McCamley, County Librarian Betty Boardman,


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