Next Meeting – Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 8.15 p.m.


The rise and fall of John Spicer’s ‘Model Bakery’, Balbriggan (1904 – c.1999): Part 1, 1904 to c.1942

by Frank Whearity

This presentation tells the story of John Spicer, a Navan based miller and baker who opened a branch bakery in Drogheda Street, Balbriggan, in April 1904. Frank will explore how the new bakery changed the lives of Balbriggan and Skerries natives alike. He will also examine the great rivalry that grew up between Spicer’s and the Mills Bakery owned by William Ennis in Skerries. Part one brings the story up as far as 1942. The rest of the history of Spicer’s in Balbriggan will follow at a later date.

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Location & Time:  Skerries Bowling Club at 8.15 pm.  Admission to Non-Members €5

Annual Membership fee for season 2018/19 now due.

The Annual Membership fee of €10 for season 2018/19 is now due, if you have already paid thank you. Members can re-new at any of our monthly meetings or online here.

Time & Tide Vol 11

Time & Tide, Volume 11, published October 2018, contains a collection of papers from our archive. The papers chosen include oral history from the early 20th century, Milverton School, Balrothery Workhouse, the Easter Rising and the revolutionary period, maritime history, histories of Holmpatrick and Holmpatrick Church, a story from the Second World War, and a short history of Skerries Tidy Towns.

Time & Tide can be purchased online by clicking here.

It is also available in several local shops. Skerries Mills, Skerries Bookshop and Greg Reddins.

Fieldnames Project

Skerries Historical Society is one of six groups chosen by Fingal County Council to help with the Fingal Fieldnames Project

Abarta Heritage were appointed as consultants to give training to the six groups on a method of collection and ideas of were to collect information along with research resources.

This has now been consolidated into a manual which provides information and guidelines to volunteers on all aspects of the project.

This is a continuing project to be worked on until as much of the fields of Fingal have been recorded as possible.

Phase 2 of the project will continue to expand on the work started in Phase 1.

If you are interested in participating please contact Geraldine Clarke on 086-3468602 or email oldskerries@gmail.com.

This is for everybody in the local community, you do not need to be a member of Skerries Historical Society. 

Committee Members 2018/19

Chair – George Hand
Vice Chair – Carmel Power
Hon Secretary – Stephanie Bourke
Hon Treasurer – Brendan Grimes
Hon Librarian – Maree Baker
Hon Archivist – Oona Roycroft
PRO – vacant
with Geraldine Clarke, Bill Kee and Pauline Hanlon.