Heritage Week

The following are events organised or supported by Fingal County Council for Heritage Week. For a full listing of events in Fingal see www.Heritageweek.ie 


 Fingal Fieldnames Project Event Heritage Week


17 August, 7pm - 8:30pm

  • Fingal Fieldnames Project (Fingal County Council & Abarta Heritage)
  • The Strand Bar, Main Street, Rush
  • Co. Dublin – Fingal

Join us for an evening of stories and folklore about the fieldnames and landscape of Fingal. The Fingal Fieldnames Project is hosting an informal event open to all to share stories about our heritage.

The Fingal Fieldnames project was initiated in 2018 by Fingal County Council and has been gathering field names from across North Dublin along with stories and folklore. At this storytelling evening we will share tales about fields across Fingal linked to Collier the Robber, Saint Mobhi and Oliver Cromwell, amongst others. Anyone is welcome to come along and share their own stories or just listen in. This is an informal event in the relaxed setting of The Strand Bar in Rush.

 Heritage Week 2

This is an opportunity to join an archaeological excavation. We are trying to answer questions about activity to the rear of the graveyard in the Naul. Positioned between the Black Castle and the site of the medieval church the site would have been within the core of the medieval village. Does any evidence from this period survive? Was the site used as a garden in the 19th century? To answer these questions we need you to come and dig.


From 17-23 August2019. We will be open for digging from 10am-4 pm (closed Sunday 18). If you want to dig you need to be over 18. However families are welcome to visit. Sign up with Fingal Community Archaeologist Christine Baker at christine.baker@fingal.ie


Heritage Week talk in Balbriggan Library :






Thursday 22nd of August

6.45 – 7.45 pm

Balbriggan LibraryTel: 8704401


Talk on Community Archaeology in Fingal

Community Archaeology in Fingal - Christine Baker

Have you ever wanted to take part in an archaeological excavation? Community archaeology is about connecting people to their past in a unique and collaborative way. Fingal County Council has supported various community archaeology projects which have allowed hundreds of people realise their ambition to take part in digs, learn new skills alongside professional archaeologists, and connect with their local archaeological sites and monuments. Fingal’s community archaeologist Christine Baker will speak about these projects including the Swords Castle Digging History project, Bremore Castle Big Dig and Digging Drumanagh. 

Will also include the launch of Bremore Castle brochure

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Fingal Heritage Network Event Supported by Fingal County Council

 Heritage week

21 August, 8pm - 10pm

  • Fingal Heritage Network
  • St. Sylvester's Parish Centre Malahide
  • Co. Dublin – Fingal

A great evening of storytelling is in store as the Fingal Heritage Network comes together to share stories at the Past Times and Pastimes Heritage Week Event in St. Sylvester's Parish Centre from 8pm.

Members of various Historical Societies will share stories of Fingal's old traditions and pastimes. The Fingal Heritage Network brings together heritage groups from around the county to work together and pool information and resources. This event is in the tradition of the Network getting together to celebrate and preserve the rich heritage of this area of Dublin. Supported by Fingal County Council.


The Future of Newbridge - The Demesne & its Historic Landscape


17 August, 4pm

Fingal County Architect, Fionnuala May, will present on the plan for this historic park. Free to attend but booking is required. Book here


 Library events in Fingal Libraries 

Bioscaping with Aoife Munn: Learn how to shape the landscape around you to facilitate the movement of birds, bats, bees and butterflies in this interactive talk aimed at an adult audience. All welcome

Howth Library: Monday 19th August @ 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Donabate Library: Wednesday 21st August @ 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Swords Library: Thursday 22nd August @ 6.45 – 7.45 pm

Bees pollinators 

Children’s Bee workshop with the Rediscovery Centre

The Bee workshop introduces the bees of Ireland and their importance for plants, biodiversity and humans. Join Rediscovery Centre to discover the natural world around us which is just buzzing with biodiversity!  What would it be like to be a bee?  Learn about these amazing pollinators that are fundamental to the survival of millions of plants and crops every year, understand how they live. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years old. Booking essential

Baldoyle Library: Saturday 17th August @ 2.30- 4 pm 

Garristown Library: Monday 19th August @ 3 – 4.30 pm

Rush Library: Tuesday 20th August @ 11 am – 12.30 pm

Balbriggan Library: Thursday 22nd August @ 3 – 4.30 pm


To find my soul a home: Evidence in marriage for Irish family history - Genealogy Talk from Fiona Fitzsimons (Eneclann)

This talk explores how marriages were made in Ireland, from courtship, to reading the banns, negotiating the dowry, the marriage ceremony and consummation. If any step was omitted, it undermined the lawful basis of the marriage.  What evidence survives, and what does it tell us about love and marriage in the past? All welcome

Malahide Library: Tuesday 20 August @ 6.30 – 7.30 pm


History & Genealogy - You can't have one without the other - Talk from Declan Brady (Irish Family History Centre)

This talk looks at the complementary use of both historical and genealogical sources to trace family and local history and how both types of sources are interdependent and complementary, particularly in circumstances where one hits a brick wall in using genealogical records. All welcome

Declan Brady is a professional genealogist with the Irish Family History Centre and holds an MA (Hons) in history from Maynooth University where he is currently a John Hume scholarship PhD candidate in history. He lives in Swords, Co. Dublin.

Baldoyle Library: Thursday 22nd August @ 6.45 – 7.45 pm


Other events in Fingal Libraries

Fashionable Seaside Town - Balbriggan  Balbriggan Library Tuesday Aug 20th 6.30pm

Learn about the one-time illustrious tourist resort of Balbriggan. Since the 1760s, Balbriggan had been a well-known seaside town, famed for its fresh sea air and hot seaweed bath.  Speaker David Sorensen Organisor Balbriggan Heritage Group

Past Times and Pastimes Blanchardstown Library Saturday Aug 24th 1.30pm to 3pm

This Blanchardstown/ Castleknock History Society Heritage Week Talk, Pastimes and Past-Times, explores recreational activities people took part in in the past, it has a lot of scope for general discussion among the members, What pastimes have been left in the past and what pastimes are still very much in vogue today, will any of them be carried on to future generations?

For information on more Heritage week events visit https://www.heritageweek.ie/