Professor Dan Masterson visits Balbriggan

May 20, 2012 0

Professor of History Dan Masterson who is in the process of researching material for a publication dealing with the Black and Tans in Ireland met up with Balbriggan locals on Sunday. Dan had a good deal of information on the infamous Sack of Balbriggan which occurred on Monday the 20th September 1920. The group held a question and answer session which came up with some new information of what happened on that terrible day for our town.

Among those present were Colm Lawless grandson of Seamus Lawless who along with John Gibbons was done to death by the Black and Tans. Chairman of the Balbriggan and District Historical Society Brian Howley presented Dan with a copy of “Balbriggan A History of the Millennium” which covers the Sack of Balbriggan. Also on the day Joe Costello performed his very own version of the balled of “The Sack of Balbriggan” which was follow by Martin Fanning with the older version of the “Sack” to the tune of Kevin Barry.

To finish off the day the group led by Chamber Chairman Kevin Tolan paid a visit to the memorial bridge and also to the site of some of the houses torch on Clonard Street. I’m sure Dan will have fond memories of his visit to Balbriggan and we look forward to the publication of his new book.