(c) 2016 Mount Merrion Historical Society
8.00pm, Thursday 2nd April, 2020
Mount Merrion Community Centre
Illustrated talk by Brendan Matthews
The Sack of Balbriggan
atrocities carried out by the Black & Tans in September 1920
This presentation talk will focus on the Economic, Social & Political situation regarding the town of Balbriggan from the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence from 1919 and of how the town was to prosper and progress during the year of 1920 when most of the country was in fact witnessing a recession. However, all of this was to abruptly change during the later summer of 1920 and by mid-September of that faithful year, the name of the coastal town of Balbriggan was to echo around the world as the Black & Tan forces from their nearby base at Gormanston converged on the town following the shooting of a comrade in what was to become a night of terror.
Brendan Matthews is an independent Community Historian who specialises in all aspects of community history from settlement, through transport, education, health, politics, industry, folklore, archaeology; the customs & traditions of communities and how such communities have declined and/or progressed over time. Brendan has worked in a voluntary capacity at the Drogheda Museum at Millmount since 2005 and he is the regular historian with the Old Drogheda Society. He has worked in and supervised on a number of Archaeological excavations across Ireland.