Updated 10th January 2018

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

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Remember to check our website for the latest reports from Oona Roycroft.
For the current season they can be accessed via the Programme menu, select the season, then click on the title of the talk. For past Seasons go to Publications, Reports, select the season/year you want, then click on the title of the talk.

Recent additions are:-

(1) September 2017 meeting – Early printed maps of Ireland: a Skerries perspective

(2) August 2017 – Fingal in Ten Items

Fingal Commemoration Programme 2018 – 2023

Fingal County Council is developing a Commemorations Programme for the period 2018-2023, when there will be many aspects of our past which need to be remembered and commemorated. These may form part of the Decade of Centenaries in which we will remember significant historical events that took place between 1918 and 1923, or may relate to other aspects of Fingal’s history and heritage. The Council is now embarking on a consultation process so that the people of Fingal can have their say on what we should remember and commemorate. This process will also encourage a discussion on how such commemorations can develop a deeper and more lasting engagement with our past.

While many events, persons and themes related to the struggle for independence in the period 1918-1923 will be commemorated during the period 2018-2023, the Council also wishes to consider other significant events, persons or themes of relevance to Fingal and its communities, including from outside the Irish experience, which should be commemorated during the period 2018-2023.

You may wish to give your input on the Fingal Commemorations Programme 2018 -2023.

Visit and complete the survey by 24 January 2018.

Report on Heritage Culture Night in Balbriggan.

This very successful event was held on Friday evening, 13 October, 2017 in the Milestone Inn, Balbriggan. Skerries Historical Society was represented. A report is to be found at the following:-

Fingal Heritage Plan 2018-2023.

Fingal Co. Co. would like to hear your views on their proposed Fingal Heritage Plan for 2018-2023. For further information please see

Military History Society of Ireland – Lecture Programme 2017-18.

Click to view a copy of the programme. Military History Society of Ireland, Lecture Programme 2017-18

Buried in Fingal website.

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

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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