Updated 19th September 2018

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The works of Harry Clarke in Fingal.

A talk by Helena Bergin will be held in Balbriggan Library Thursday 27th September from 6.30 – 7.30 pm. Booking essential phone 01 8704401 or email

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The sinking of The Leinster, by Cormac F. Lowth.

Presented by Balbriggan & District Historical Society on Wednesday 26th September in the Town Hall Balbriggan. Admission €5, members FREE.

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Holmpatrick Church celebrates its 150th Anniversary of the consecration of the church building.

As part of their celebrations there will be a Historical Display running over two days. Please click on image to enlarge for details.

Cultural and Heritage Studies Course in Dublinia

The course is a level 5 QQI approved programme runs for a year from October 2018 and is free. It would be of interest to anyone who wants to be a tour guide or work in the heritage industry or anyone who has an interest in learning more about Irish history and archaeology.

Modules on the course include; Local History, Irish Archaeology, Appreciation of Irish Culture, Irish Folklore, Irish Heritage and more. For more information please see poster attached or

Fingal Fieldnames

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.

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.

Remember to read the latest reports of our meetings by Oona Roycroft.
For the current season, 2018, they can be accessed via the Programme menu, select Season 2018, then click on the title of the talk.
For past Seasons, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, go to Publications, Reports, select the season you want, then click on the title of the talk.

Recent additions are:-
(1) June 2018 meeting – Entertainment in Independent Ireland: a Skerries Perspective

(2) May 2018 meeting – Unexpected Drama: The History of Holmpatrick Church

(3) April 2018 meeting – News from the North West Frontier – RCH Taylor’s letters home

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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Muriel Gifford drowned off Skerries in 1917.

There is an interesting piece by Shane Mawe posted on the 29th September 2015 which you can read at the following link

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

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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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