Updated 20th August 2019

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Talk by Christine Baker, Fingal Community Archaeologist


Launch of Bremore Castle brochure,

by Kevin Halpenny, Senior Parks Superintendent, FCC

Venue : Balbriggan Library

Time : 6.45-7.45pm, Thursday 22nd August 2019

Community archaeology is about connecting people to their past in a unique and collaborative way. Fingal County Council has supported various community archaeology projects which have allowed hundreds of people realise their ambition to take part in digs, learn new skills alongside professional archaeologists, and connect with their local archaeological sites and monuments.

Fingal’s community archaeologist Christine Baker will speak about these projects including the results of Bremore Castle Big Dig.

Kevin Halpenny, Senior Parks Superintendent will launch the Bremore Castle brochure and talk about future plans for St Molaga’s graveyard.

Molly Wherity, long-standing member of Skerries Historical Society, celebrates her 90th birthday in style!

Molly Wherity is celebrating her 90th birthday in the Grand Hotel, Balbriggan, on Saturday 24 August from 4pm to 7pm, where tea/coffee and finger food will be available along with a power-point presentation of images over her relatively long life.  

These will run continuously on a screen without commentary. Any members of the Skerries historical society who would like to come along at any time during those hours to wish her well, will be most welcome indeed. Molly would love to see as many of you as possible there.



at St. Sylvester’s Parish Centre Malahide 

on Wednesday August 21st 2019, 8pm – 10pm     


8.00 pm  Opening address by Christine Baker Fingal Community Archaeologist

Launch of Fingal Heritage Plan by Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien 

8.15pm  MC Berni Marks Swords introduces speakers

  • Donabate:  Peadar Bates – A friendship of 200 years ago with an unhappy ending

  • Rush & Loughshinny Historical Society: Adrienne Cassidy -The Orange Tent

  • Skerries Historical Society:  Oona Roycroft – Jacksies, Tops and the May Bush 

  • Rowlestown : Vincent Coyle- Dalin’ in the town

  • Ballyboughal:  David O’Connor –  Songs from Fingal Coastal towns

        • 9.00 pm to 9.10 pm  Break for refreshments   

  • Lusk Tidy Towns/Heritage Society: Pat Kelly – Stories and old Photographs of Lusk in Past Times

  • Cloghran Historical Society:  Myles Reilly – Memories of Cloghran

  • Malahide:   Paddy Ryan -Nathaniel Hone, artist and Malahide resident

  • Black Raven Group: Sean O’Gorman- Thomas Hand From Cattle Drover to Republican Magistrate

  • Swords:  Jim Bennett – The game of Cricket in Fingal 

Each talk approx. 8 minutes. Event must finish by 10pm sharp.

Fingal Fieldnames

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.

This is for everybody in the local community, you do not need to be a member of Skerries Historical Society. If you are interested in participating please contact Geraldine Clarke on 086-3468602 or email

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 Vol 11

An excellent present.