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New Book set in Balbriggan around the time of the the Sack of Balbriggan to be Launched 23rd August.

Book launch of “Pawns” by Brian Gallagher and Summer Stars Presentation Balbriggan Library

Brian Gallagher’s latest children book “Pawns” will be launched by the Mayor of Fingal Councillor Mary McCamley in Balbriggan Library on the 23rd August 2017 @3pm. Along with the launch of Brian’s book, the Mayor and Brian will be presenting certificates and medals to the children of Balbriggan who took part in the Summer Stars reading programme.

The book “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. It is the latest offering from established author Gallagher who in recent years he has concentrated on historical fiction for older children/young adults, and his novels including “Friend or Foe” set during 1916, have been hugely popular.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Mary McCamley, speaking ahead of the launch says “I am delighted to launch the book and I believe it is appropriate for the launch to happen in Balbriggan Library, in the heart of the town where the story is set.” 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 “Having Brian and the Mayor present certificates gives the children the opportunity to meet the Mayor and a real author in person and the chance to learn some history about the area they live in.”

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

Speaking about the award, Brian commented “I would not have been able to complete the book without the support of the Fingal Arts Office”.

Dermot Bolger who assessed Brain’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.”

Following the launch the book “Pawns” will be made available for borrowing in Balbriggan and other Fingal Branch Libraries and it promises to be very popular.