Lectures/Walks/Outings – 2019

28th Edition of our Journal now available

Please note that Annual Membership Subscriptions are due on January 1st

Single €10:00  Family €15:00  Retired/Unwaged €8:00  Retired Family €12:00

Lectures take place in The Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire at 8 p.m.

Admission Fee : €3.00


Saturday 13th July 

Summer Outing to Cavan County Museum & Martry Mill

The annual Summer Outing this year is to Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff (cavanmuseum.ie) & Martry Mill in Kells (Martrymill.ie) on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Cavan Museum exhibitions include : G.A.A. History, Medieval Gallery, The Great Famine, The Farnham Gallery, The Pighouse Collection, The Nun’s Story, Percy French,  Folklife Gallery, Boat Room, Archaeology Room, Historical Sites and W.W.1 Trench Experience.

Martry Mill has been grinding grain since 1641 and the Tallon family have been producing stoneground wholemeal flour since 1859.

Cost: €60.00 to include Tea/Coffee break and Dinner in the evening in Trim Castle Hotel.

To book a place contact Brendan Mc Govern on 086-2734200 

Heritage Week

Wednesday August 21st        

Guided Walk of Northumberland Avenue

Meeting Place: Dunnes Stores  Time: 7 pm.

Walk will be guided by Colin Scudds.

Northumberland Avenue – one of the oldest roads in Dun Laoghaire, with a great history, including Joycean and Napoleonic connections, also a Castle that looked on to the Avenue from a height.

Sunday 15 – Tuesday 17 September 

3 day/2-night tour of Sligo, Longford, Roscommon & the North West

(Fully booked but if you wish to go on the waiting list contact Maria on 087 2884069)

Cost: €260.00 per person sharing a twin/double room, €320.00 for single rooms. 

Hotel: 4-star Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo. – 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast.

Guided Tours of the following:

  • Corlea Trackway Visitors Centre –  interprets an Iron Age bog road that was built in 148 BC across the bog lands of Longford. Inside the centre an eighteen-metre stretch of the preserved trackway is on display.

  • St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford – the foundation stone laid in 1840 but did not open until 1856 due to the famine. There are beautiful stained-glass windows by artist Harry Clarke at the end of the side chapel.

  • Castlecoote House – a magnificent Georgian building incorporating parts of a sixteenth-century castle. The present owners bought Castlecoote House in 1997, the house was a ruin and the restoration took 5 years.

  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery – the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country’s oldest with monuments ranging from 5,000 to 5,800 years old.

  • Lissadell House is a Neo-Classical Greek Revival style house built of local cut grey limestone designed by Francis Goodwin. It is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore-Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore-Booth.

  • Belleek Pottery & Museum – see the Masterpiece Collection Laurel Basket being made by talented craftspeople. Also, the museum contains pieces dating back to when the pottery was started in 1857.

  • Mullaghmore Harbour – short stop here.

  • Drumcliffe Church & Cemetery – located in an area of outstanding natural beauty in north county Sligo and has connections with Saint Columba, W.B. Yeats and the Gore-Booth family.

  • Sligo Abbey – a Dominican Friary founded in the mid-thirteenth-century by Maurice Fitzgerald. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, a well-preserved cloister and the only sculptured fifteenth-century high alter to survive in an Irish monastic church.

  • Parke’s Castle – a restored plantation castle of the early seventeenth-century, situated on the shores of Lough Gill, once the home of Robert Parke. There is evidence of an earlier sixteenth-century Tower House once owned by Brian O’Rourke who was executed in Tyburn, London in 1591.

  • Florence Court – a Georgian mansion and Irish estate which is the creation of three successive generations of the Cole family who were powerful Fermanagh landowners in the plantations of the seventeenth-century.

  • Light LunchesDay 1: Longford Golf Club, Day 2: Tea Rooms, Lissadell House, Day 3: Stables Restaurant, Florence Court

Wednesday September 18th

“Old Manufacturing Firms of South Dublin”.

Speaker: Frank Barry.

 Wednesday October 16th     

“The Oratory”

[formerly Dominican Convent] this hidden gem decorated in the Celtic Style by Sister Concepta Lynch. 

Speaker: Liz Pilkington.

 Wednesday November 20th

“History of Bullock Harbour”.  

Speaker: Rob Goodbody.

 Wednesday December 4th   

“Cash from the Attic”

[objects of everyday use around the house, now forgotten]

Speakers: Colin Scudds and Seamus O’Connor.

We have a Facebook pageDun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society – please sign up to view all our activities.

To contact the Federation of Local History Societies, go to – www.localhistory.ie – to view all the activities

Book Stall available at all our meetings

28th edition of our Journal is now available @ €7:00

Street History /Kingstown – Dun Laoghaire, Carrickbrennan Graveyard, Pavilion, Glasthule Book, Artists & Writers of the Borough – all at €6:00

Some back issues available at reduced rate – €3:00, secure some of the journals you are missing. Post and packaging: – Ireland €3:50  UK & rest of the world €4:50.

Hon Sec:  Anna Scudds, 7 Northumberland Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. PH:(01)2806213 not after 9pm local time.