June presentation – The Darkness Echoing: Ireland’s places of famine, death and rebellion

by Gillian O’Brien

It’s no secret that the Irish are obsessed with misery, suffering and death. And no wonder, for there is darkness everywhere you look, in cemeteries and castles, monuments and museums, stories and songs. Beginning in Skerries this talk will take the audience on a tour of some of Ireland’s most fascinatingly dark tourist sites. Alongside some ghosts, wakes and accidental imprisonment the talk will challenge some old tropes about Irish history and question what we really know about our own past and what impact that has on our present and future.
Dr Gillian O’Brien, originally from Skerries, is a Reader in Modern Irish History at Liverpool John Moores University. Her book, The Darkness Echoing, was praised by History Ireland and The Irish Times.
8:15pm in Skerries Bowling Club on Tuesday 11 June
All welcome. Non-members €5

Annual Membership fee for season 2023/ 24

The Annual Membership fee remains €10 for 2023/24. 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 13

Time & Tide, Volume 13, published October 2022, contains nine papers on diverse topics from our archive. Topics explored range in date from the mid-19th century to the turn of the 21st century and concern education, sport, travel, local folklore, the arts and community projects, industrial heritage and the Irish Civil War.

Time & Tide can be purchased online by clicking here.

It is also available in several local shops: Skerries Mills, Skerries Bookshop and Greg Reddin’s.


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 2023/24

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 Jean Harrison, Bill Kee, Bernie McKenna, Edward Mullarkey and Seamus Murray.