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Fingal Community Awards with Swords Historical Society members Mary Lowndes, Mary Nugent, Sylvia
Maxwell, Geraldine McGovern, Fingal Co. Council CEO, Paul Reid, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mags Murray
and Mary Kennedy with Bernadette Marks who was awarded for her services to local heritage.
Council who meet in the handsome, mod -
ern County Hall which was built on the site of
Swords House might remember the Taylors of
Swords and their involvement in politics
through the years.
Don't forget if any of the surnames men-
tioned in the Taylor Family Tree are of interest
to you, or you think they may be your ances-
tors, please get in touch and we will try to do
further research for you.
Fingal Genealogy (Dublin North), Carnegie
Library, North St., Swords, Co. Dublin.
We are open weekdays from 1.00pm to 4.30
pm. Geraldine and Bernadette are avail-
able to help you trace that elusive ancestor.
We have an extensive range of local
sources. Historical walks visiting local grave-
yards can be arranged.
she and Josiah resided at Swords House.
Josiah soon became involved in the local
community and sat on many committees in
the town. They had one son, Col. James
Fitzeustace Forster, who had a distinguished
career in the British Army. When he died in
1915 the house was used as a `Billet' for the
army during World War I and was later sold
to a Mr. Nicholas Long. This family which
had been in Swords for hundreds of years
suffered through turbulent times, always
remaining true to `the old faith'. Elderly
Swords people have spoken kindly of Col.
Forster and the family's charity to the local
poor. James Taylor donated the site for the
present St. Colmcille's Church in Swords in
1827 and the family were honoured for their
faith when, in 1992, Francis Taylor of the
branch of the family which settled in Dublin
City, was one of the Irish Martyrs beatified by
Pope John Paul II.
The forty county councillors of Fingal County