Heritage groups and societies
The Fingal Heritage Network brings together heritage groups from around the county to work together and pool information and resources. The network also represents the views of its members and seeks to inform policy making in Fingal County Council and other relevant organizations.
The heritage network currently has a membership of eleven historical and heritage societies operating in Balbriggan, Cloghran, Donabate, Howth, Fingal South-west (Dublin 15), Liffey Valley, Loughshinny and Rush, Lusk, Malahide, Skerries and Swords.
The societies run a wide variety of activities in their areas, including talks, walking tours and exhibitions. Other activities include restoring local places of historical importance such as graveyards and holy wells, and producing publications on local history. Most of the societies organize an event once a month.
Balbriggan and District Historical Society. The society holds about 6 talks a year, usually on the last Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm in the Town Hall Balbriggan, and a Summer outing in June as well as Historical Walks. www.balbrigganhistory.com
Cloghran Historical Society. The society usually meets on the last Thursday of the month at 9pm in the Coachman’s Inn.
Donabate Historical Society. The society organizes talks throughout the year, except in the summer when historical walks are held instead.
Blanchardstown-Castleknock History Society. The society usually meets on the last Saturday of the month at 2pm in Blanchardstown library.
Howth Peninsula Heritage Society. The society organizes about 9 talks a year, usually on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 8pm in the Howth Angling Centre.
Liffey Valley Park Alliance. The society usually holds talks on the third Monday of the month at 8pm in St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Lucan.
Loughshinny & Rush Historical Society. The society holds talks from October to June, usually on the 4th Thursday of the month at 8.15pm in the Strand Bar, Rush
Lusk Heritage Group. The group aims to promote the heritage of the area through recording the stories of local people. The group also holds a variety of events throughout the year.
Malahide Historical Society. The society holds talks on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm in the Presbyterian Church Hall onDublin Road.
Skerries Historical Society. The society usually holds talks from October to June on the second Tuesday of the month at 8.15pm in the Bus Bar, Keane’s Lounge Skerries.
Swords Historical Society. The society runs a museum and heritage centre at the Carnegie Library,North Street, Swords weekdays from 1pm to 4.30pm. The society also runs Fingal Genealogy, with researchers available to help those wishing to trace their roots.
Contact the Fingal Heritage Network