14 January 2020 – Cricket in Skerries, 1887 – 1969

James Bennet

Cricket has been part of the social history of Fingal since the mid-1820s. The context for the paper will be provided by examining briefly its “Big House” origins through to its status as a mainstream sport in the late 1870s. The subsequent decline of cricket in much of Ireland was not replicated in parts of Fingal, and the reasons for cricket remaining a mainstream sport in this area will be addressed. The main focus of the paper will be on cricket in the Holmpatrick and Skerries districts from the late 1890s through to 1969.

Biographical Details

James Bennett, a native of Portlaoise, has worked in Fingal for his entire professional career, firstly in St Peter and Paul’s BNS, Balbriggan in 1969 and then in St Colmcille’s BNS, Swords from 1970 until his retirement in 2015. He has been a member of The Hills CC for many years and served as President of the club from 2001 until 2015.


Location & Time:  Skerries Bowling Club at 8.15 pm. 

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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.

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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 2019/20

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.