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This online and walk in exhibition explores one of the most difficult episodes in Lisburn’s recent past: the Swanzy Riots of August 1920. The assassination of R.I.C. District Inspector Swanzy on a quiet, sunny Sunday in Lisburn led to days of vicious looting and rioting, forcing many of the town’s Catholics to flee.
While a significant, but not well known, event in Lisburn’s rich history, the Riots are part of the wider story of the War of Independence (1919-1922) on the island of Ireland.
This exhibition features, for the first time, a database of 300+ compensation claims relating to the Riots, and an interactive map developed in conjunction with local historians, Pearse Lawlor and Pat Geary, and Charlie Roche (University College Cork/Atlas of the Irish Revolution).
- Guide dogs permitted
- Toilets for disabled visitors
- Open Mondays
Children & Infants
- Baby changing facilities
- COVID-19 measures in place
- Accept coach parties - must be pre-booked
Parking & Transport
- Frequent bus services - on main Belfast to Lisburn route
- Parking (charge) - pay and display car parks nearby
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - just outside the building
- Station nearby - bus and train stations only a short walk away
- Taxi rank nearby - only a short walk away
- In town/city centre