In July and August we take a break, however if you would like to participate in the ‘Fieldnames Project’ please email

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

Abarta Heritage have been appointed as consultants to progress the project and give training on a method of collection and ideas of where to collect information, so that there is a consistent approach by all the groups. Work will be carried out over the next year and hopefully it will be possible to see patterns or themes emerging. Themes to look out for will be fieldnames to do with topography, local people, local events and names in Irish.

The first training session was held on Wednesday, 6th June and the second training session on Wednesday 27th June. A 3rd training session will also be held – date and venue to be confirmed.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project and/or attending the training session please register your interest by contacting SHS at or text or ring Geraldine Clarke on 086-3468602

You don’t need to be a member of Skerries Historical Society. It’s for everybody in the local community.

Next Meeting – Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 8.15 pm

Sinking of the RMS Leinster 1918.

by Niall O’Reilly

October 10th will mark the 100th anniversary of the greatest loss of Irish lives at sea when the “mail boat” (RMS Leinster) was sunk within sight of shore, ten miles off Dun Laoghaire in 1918 just before the end of WW1. Over 500 people were lost when the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat.

How did it happen that a passenger ship was attacked so near the end of the War? Who and what was on board the boat? Why were so many lost so near the shore? Could more have been done? Are there any local connections? Why have we not heard much about this before? What is being done to mark the occasion?

Niall O’Reilly has been researching these RMS Leinster questions for a few years after finding out that a relation of his was one of those lost. He will give an illustrated talk about the ship, the people onboard, the attack, the aftermath and his journey of discovery.

Niall, originally from Malahide, has lived in Skerries for over 40 years and has been a contributor to the Christmas Miscellany and other Society social events. This is his first talk to the Society.

Location & Time: Location Skerries Bowling Club, Tennis Court Lane side of SuperValu carpark. Time 8.15pm, 11th September 2018.


Membership & Renewal

Membership fee of €10 is now due for the new membership year, 2017/18, can be paid on the night.

Alternatively you can re-new your membership online. Just go to Membership renewal.
If you do not have a PayPal account you can pay by credit/debit card.

Applications for new membership welcome. Please print the application form, fill it in, and give it to any member of the committee, or bring it along to one of our meetings.

Time & Tide 10

Looking for the perfect present then look no further than the latest volume in the Time & Tide series, Time & Tide 10, is now on sale at €15 a copy. Time & Tide 10 contains a new selection of research papers on Skerries related topics. Each volume in the Time & Tide series contains a mix of subject matter from authors both historical and contemporary who in their different ways contribute to our knowledge and appreciation of Skerries, the people and the place.

Committee Members 2017/18

Chair – Brendan Grimes
Vice Chair – Marie Bashford-Synnott
Hon Secretary – Stephanie Bourke
Hon Treasurer – Elaine Skehan
Hon Librarian – Maree Baker
Hon Archivist – Hugh Halpin
PRO – George Hand
with Carmel Power, Geraldine Clarke, Brendan Morrissey, Oona Roycroft, Bill Kee and Pauline Hanlon.