Encouraging an awareness of the history and heritage of Clontarf and its environs...

The society was established in 1978 and is a member of the Federation of Local History Societies. The main objective of the society is the encouragement of an awareness of the history and heritage of Clontarf and its environs by researching and recording the history of the area and its people, and by promoting this through regular lectures, talks, discussions, and outings.

However, the society’s interests are not confined exclusively to matters of local interest, so our monthly lectures cover a wide range of topics, both local and national. Consequently, our meetings are of interest to all who have either a wide interest in historical topics or to those whose interest is purely local.

The society is anxious to record all matters of historical interest to Clontarf, so if anyone has documents, photographs, or other records that have a bearing on the area they are encouraged to make contact with the society. If the owners wish to retain the originals, especially photographs, the society would welcome an opportunity of scanning the material, saving it, and returning the originals without any undue delay, even within a few hours.

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11​th​ ​September​ ​2017​ - 1916​ - What​ ​Happened​ ​Next​ ​by​ ​Dr. Charles​ ​Hannon

Developments in the Volunteers post-1916 until formation of Dail 1919.

This talk covers how 1916 affected Redmond’s and MacNeill’s Volunteers. The reorganisation of the Volunteers by IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) and the relationship between the Volunteer leadership and the emerging Sinn Fein politicians.

9​th​ ​October​ ​2017​ - ​The​ ​legacy​ ​of​ ​19th​ ​century​ ​German​ ​Immigrant Pork​ ​Butchers​ ​in​ ​Dublin​ ​by​ ​Karl-Heinz​ ​Wustner​ ​and​ ​Derek​ ​Bauer

The vibrant history of German pork butchers who came to live and work in Dublin by the end of the 19th century is the subject of the talk. It will explore why these German immigrants left their homes in the small southern region of Hohenlohe and how they all found promising professions in the pork butcher trade. As a result German sausages, pork pies, jellied brawn, rissoles and trotters made their appearance in the shops that they founded in Ireland's capital. These shopkeepers were well-respected until the outbreak of the 1914-18 War in which they were regarded as suspects by the British. Only a few of these businesses managed to survive, although there are still names such as Hafner, Olhausen, Seezer, Horlacher, Youkstetter and Mogerley that are well remembered and were part of Dublin's glorious past.

13​th​ ​November​ ​2017​ - ​Erwin​ ​Schrodinger​ ​A​ ​Nobel​ ​Scientist​ ​who lived​ ​in​ ​Clontarf​ ​ ​by​ ​Niall​ ​McDevitt

A talk on the life and loves of a brilliant Austrian Nobel Scientist prize winner who was passionately interested in people and ideas.

11​th​ ​December​ ​2017​ - ​THE​ ​DUBLIN​ ​CAMINO​ ​by​ ​Cathy​ ​Scuffil

This talk highlights historic links to places in Dublin associated with St. James and pilgrimages to the famous Camino de Santiago in northern Spain in the Middle Ages.

Centred on the ancient parish of St. James in Dublin 8, travelling pilgrims made the final leg of their journey through the city of Dublin, before embarking on ships to Spain. This route is still in existence today, with fascinating clues in street and place names, together with bigger artefacts are passed without notice by Dubliners as they go about their daily business and by tourists en route to Guinness and Kilmainham. This presentation explains these clues, whilst telling the story of the Camino connections in Dublin.

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 8.15 p.m. in the
Telephone Enquiries to: 8338711 or clontarfhistorical@gmail.com

The Clontarf Historical Society also act as the editor of historical content on the Clontarf.ie website, which is a resource for both residents of and visitors to Clontarf. Our events and articles are available to view at www.clontarf.ie and links to this content are also available below.

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Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 8.15pm from September to June in the Resource Centre, in the grounds of St.John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road

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