Updated 18th March 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 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) January 2018 meeting – Quiet Please: Inside Dublin Libraries

(2) November 2017 meeting – Draining Skerries

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

The Old Dublin Society Local History Group Day

Saturday 24 March from 9.45am to 2.30pm in Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Local History Group Day is a chance to hear current research being undertaken by local history groups and societies throughout the country.

All welcome and booking is not required. Come early to ensure a place.
The schedule for the day is as follows:

9.45am – Registration
10.00am – Welcome and Introduction
10.05am – Starting a Local History Group. James Madigan, Liberties Cultural Association
10.35am – Closure of a Unremunerative Railway Line: Harcourt Street to Bray, 1958. James Scannell, The Old Bray Society
11.05am – The Meeting at Rochestown Avenue, 1884 and related history. Thomas Burke, Local History Alumni Group
11.35am – “Dear Miss B” – a Collection of Edwardian Postcards. Brian McCabe, Kill History Group
12.05pm – Tea/Coffee
12.30pm – An Irish Country House in Cloyne, Co. Cork. Marie Guillot, Cloyne Literary & Historical Society
1.05pm – Lesser Known Dubs – The Good, the Bad and the Downright Despicable. Ken Finlay, The Old Dublin Society
1.35pm – My Experience as a Dublin Docker 1963-2009. Thomas Walsh, Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society
2.05pm – A Resource for Local History Groups. Jacqueline Hill, NUI Maynooth –
2.20pm – Discussion
2.30pm – Finish

Please contact (01) 6744999 or if you have any queries. All are welcome!

Location Details: The Conference Room
Dublin City Library & Archive
138 – 144 Pearse St
Dublin 2

Lady Of The House: a six week course about the wives, mothers and managers in Irish country houses

Taking on the mantle of ‘Lady of the House’ was a challenge faced by many young brides like Marianne Taylor when she returned from her honeymoon to live at Ardgillan Castle as chatelaine. Chatelaine was the name given to this full-time occupation that included managing the house, the accounts and a team of servants. Many chatelaines acted as hostess – often a grand scale- and some also had to manage the estate or building projects. Marianne and many like her were required to produces heirs, nurture a social circle, minister to the poor and sick, and display some ‘polite accomplishments’ – and all this while deferring to their husbands, and wearing a corset!

Marking the 100 anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote we will look at the unsung heroines of the domestic sphere. Using memoirs, diaries and contemporary advice manuals this series of six talks examines the experiences and challenges faced by 19th century ladies who became the wives, mothers and managers of the big house.

The Lady of the House course will be delivered by Jennifer McCrea who has many years experience working with national and international organisations in the heritage sector and she specialises in interpreting domestic life in the country house.

At Ardgillan Castle on Wednesdays 10:30 – 12pm.  From 4th April to 9th May 2018.

€120 per person for the six weeks.   Payment must be made in full on the first day.

Danielle Wilson Higgins
Culture and Heritage Officer,
Ardgillan Castle,
Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 8492212

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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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