Jonathan Swift, (1667-1745), is generally regarded as the greatest satirist who wrote in the English language. His satire was often bitter, but it was also delightfully humorous. His publication in 1726 of Gulliver's Travels was a landmark in the history of literature. Originally aimed at an adult audience, it has also proved to be an enduring favourite with children.

What is not widely known is that Swift wrote most of Gulliverís Travels whilst he was staying with the family of Thomas Sheridan in Quilca, County Cavan, Ireland. In celebration of this little known fact, Cavan County Library Service commissioned PJ Lynch to paint two large panels for the new Johnston Central Library in Cavan. Although little experienced in oil painting, PJ Lynch eagarly accepted the challenge. The finished panels were revealed in 2006 to widespread acclaim.

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