Updated 17th August 2017

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Fingal Heritage Network presents ‘Fingal in Ten Items’

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 in Gaffney Hall, St Sylvester’s Parish Centre, Main Street, Malahide, at 8 pm.

Skerries Historical Society will be represented by committee member Geraldine Clarke who will give a 10 minute talk entitled ‘A Hedgerow in Skerries’. A Short history of hedgerows from medieval times in Britain and Ireland, including field work carried out in May 1985 on two hedgerows in Skerries.

Members are welcome to attend this free event. To view programme click FINGAL in 10 Items

Fingal Community Archaeology Project 2017

Ever wanted to take part in a dig? Big Dig 2017 at the following locations:-

Swords Castle from 18th August to 6th September 2017 – for full details click Swords Castle

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) June 2017 meeting – A look at Shenick Island Martello Tower by Frank Whearity

(2) May 2017 meeting – Historical Research on the Internet by Elaine Skehan

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

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

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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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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