June presentation in Skerries Bowling Club: Humanitarian Aid in War Zones

by Ray Taylor

Long term Skerries resident, Ray Taylor, will talk about his long and varied career in overseas aid work with such organisations as OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), Concern Worldwide, UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), and in joint operations with UNWFP (United Nations World Food programme.


With nineteen overseas missions under his belt, he has visited some of the poorest and most devastated parts of the world including Bosnia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Darfur, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Lebanon. What does it take to really make a difference? Find out from someone who has been at the front line. Ray is the author of Mr Ray Would  Like a Monkey: A Memoir from the Front Line of Humanitarian Aid 

This meeting will be IN THE BOWLING CLUB on Tuesday 14 June at 8:15pm. All welcome. €5 entrance fee for non members

Annual Membership fee for season 2021/ 22

The Annual Membership fee remains €10 for 2021/22. Many thanks to all who have already renewed. Email oldskerries@gmail.com if you are not sure if you have paid. You can renew by dropping the cash into Oona in Kelly’s Bay (email oldskerries@gmail.com for the address and mark the envelope clearly!) or renew online here.

Time & Tide Vol 12

Time & Tide, Volume 12, published September 2020, contains ten papers on diverse topics from our archive. they include an account of the production of the musical Show Boat, industrial history, a townland in the 19th century, and boats using Skerries harbour at the turn of the 20th century among others

Time & Tide can be purchased online by clicking here.

It is also available in several local shops: Skerries Mills, Skerries Bookshop, Skerries News and Greg Reddins.

Fingal Fieldnames project

Skerries Historical Society is one of six groups chosen by Fingal County Council to help with the Fingal Fieldnames Project

This is a continuing project in which we hope to record as many of the names of the fields of Fingal as possible.

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

Committee Members 2019/20

Chair – Brendan Grimes
Vice Chair – Carmel Power
Hon Secretary – Stephanie Bourke
Hon Treasurer – Oona Roycroft
Hon Librarian – Maree Baker
Hon Archivist – Sally Murray
PRO – vacant
with Geraldine Clarke, George Hand, Aidan Herron, Edward Mullarkey.