The Swanzy Riots, 1920 – Online Exhibition


‘The Swanzy Riots, 1920’ details events in Lisburn following the assassination of R.I.C. District Inspector Oswald Ross Swanzy in Market Square. The murder, by members of the Cork and Belfast I.R.A., led to two nights and three days of vicious rioting, looting and burning, largely aimed at the town’s Catholic community.

Using photographs, artefacts, videos, books and uniforms, this exhibition tells the story of a significant – but not well known – event in Lisburn’s rich history, and its part in the wider story of the War of Independence (1919-1922).

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Lisburn & Castlereagh

Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Organiser Bio: The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum aims to collect, safeguard and interpret artefacts and information relating to the Irish linen industry and the history of Lisburn and the Lagan Valley.

Contact Name: Reception

Contact Number: 028 9266 3377

Contact Email: Ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Address: Market Square Lisburn BT281AG

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