Updated 19th October 2018

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Balbriggan: People and Places 1893 Photographic Exhibition

Venue: Hamilton Suite, Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan
When : Friday October 19th from 8pm & Saturday October 20th 12-6pm

Balbriggan & District Historical Society is proud to announce a unique photographic exhibition of the people and places of Balbriggan taken in the year of 1893.
In 2016, the Society acquired a collection of photographs taken by Mr. Lewis Whyte, amateur photographer and Managing Director at Smyco factory on Railway Street. Many of the photographs were taken on a single day and capture the people and familiar places of our town.
Since acquiring these photographs they have been digitised and a selection of them printed. We feel that the conservation and exhibition of these albums is an important contribution by our Society to the cultural heritage of Balbriggan.
Admission is Free.
See some samples of photos below.


Invitation to Fingal Fieldnames Information Event – Monday October 22nd, Swords

The event will take place in the Atrium, County Hall, Swords on Monday October 22nd at 6.30 p.m.

There will be a short presentation on the project to date and on some of the field names gathered. Each of the 6 groups involved in the training for this project will present some of the findings and discoveries made so far. The intention is that each group will select a couple of fieldnames to discuss so that each presentation is around 3 – 4 minutes.

Geraldine Clarke will represent Skerries Historical Society . Society members are also invited to attend.

Cultural and Heritage Studies Course in Dublinia

The course is a level 5 QQI approved programme runs full time for 50 weeks from January 2019 . It would be of interest to anyone who wants work in the heritage industry or anyone who has an interest in learning more about Irish history and archaeology.

The culture and heritage course begins on 7th January 2019.

Modules on the course include; Local History, Irish Archaeology, Appreciation of Irish Culture, Irish Folklore, Irish Heritage and more.

For more information please see


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.

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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