Updated 14th June 2017

For details of other talks which may be of interest to you please also check the Skerries Historical Society’s Facebook page see SHS – Facebook

Sam Becton from UCD contacted us and asked that we bring the following to your attention. He is writing a book based on the research he did last year and has created a new survey in order to collect primary data to see if Brexit has made a difference on the survey results collected from last year.

Please see this link

Sam is looking for respondents, aged 18+ that reside within the Republic of Ireland. If you can help by completing the survey Sam would be very greatful.

Buried in Fingal website launched.

On the 24th May 2017 Fingal County Council Archives launched a new free online database of its burial records. The council has responsibility for 36 burial grounds and has records of burials in 33 of them dating back to the turn of the last century.

Check out the website at Buried in Fingal

Remember to check the website for the latest reports from Oona Roycroft. They can be accessed via the Programme menu, select the season you want, then click on the title of the talk to view the report.

Recent additions are:-

(1) April 2017 meeting – The Ardgillan Halt by Maurice Harmon & David Grundy

(2) March 2017 meeting – The Kieran family, Skerries by Gavin Butler

(3) February 2017 meeting – Skerries Phonebook 1954 by Bob Laird

(4) January 2017 meeting – Skerries Electricity Works – 1915-1940 by Hugh Halpin

On Saturday 4th February 2017 ‘The Holmpatrick Graveyard historical information panel’ was launched by Dr Eoin Grogan of NUI Maynooth in Skerries Mills. A description can be found here. Holmpatrick Graveyard—a description [Abstract]

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Skerries Historical Society is pleased to announce that our Time & Tide publications can now be purchased online. Cost per book plus P&P is shown on each Time & Tide page. Example see Time & Tide 10

An excellent present.

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Ardgillan Castle are currently recruiting new volunteer tour guides to add to their team. If you would like to learn about history and guide at a historic property then this role is for you.

Training will be provided, but an interest in history is essential. If you are interested and think you have what it takes please contact Danielle Wilson Higgins, Culture & Heritage Officer at Ardgillan Castle either by email at or by phone at 01 849 2212


SHS exhibition ‘Skerries Men and Women of 1916’. To see some photographs from the launch night click here

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Book by Frank Whearity – ‘The Easter Rising of 1916 in north County Dublin: a Skerries perspective’. Click on image to enlarge.

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Book by Aidan J Herron entitled ‘to the Beat of a Savage Drum’.

Aidan Herron is a Winner of the Irish Writers Centre 2015 Novel Fair. ‘To the Beat of a Savage Drum’ joins the very short list of fiction set around the Battle of Waterloo and commemorates the 27th Inniskillings, the only Irish Regiment of Foot to take part in that epic encounter.

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Skerries Historical Society is delighted to find that one of our past speakers, P J Mathews, has produced a wonderful new book in collaboration with fellow UCD academic Professor Declan Kiberd.

Regulars at the SHS talks will recall P J Mathews’ talk in January 2012 when he painted a fascinating verbal portrait of his grandfather, Paddy Mathews, the Milverton Quarry stonemason.

P J and his collaborator, Prof. Kiberd, have now gathered a varied collection of texts from the period between 1891 and 1922 for the ‘Handbook of The Irish Revival’, which has been nominated for an Irish Book Award in the Best Irish-Published Book of the Year class. There are six books shortlisted in this class – all of them look to be very interesting – and we wish P J and Declan all the best in the Irish Book Awards.

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