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Swanzy Riots

Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn, Co, Antrim, BT28 1AG
Image of destruction following the Swanzy Riots in Lisburn City Centre August 1920


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). 



  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors
  • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Toilets for disabled visitors

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Pay and display car parks within walking distance
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Parking outside building

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  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

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  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Exhibition in 17th century Market House

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Season (24 June 2021 - 24 June 2022)

* Mon to Sat 9.30am - 4pm

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