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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'Now that the intensity of Battle of Clontarf commemorations has ended we start our new season with a selection of talks that cover a wide selection of topics that should prove to be both interesting and enjoyable. Brian Boru hasn't gone away just yet, though. As you will see, our December meeting will be a review of the commemoration activities - but with the added attraction of our usual Christmas fare of mulled wine and mince pies as we bid him farewell! Our programme of talks for the New Year has not yet been finalised but it will be published as soon as speakers and topics have been confirmed.

Programme of Talks

September to December 2014

(Details of programme January to May 2015 to be announced later)

Mon 8th September 2014 at 8.15pm 'The Secrets of Dublin Placenames'
by Cathy Scuffil
Dublin is a fascinating city, with a proud and long history. But did you know that this history can be told through the place and street names that are so familiar to us on a daily basis? So if you would like to know the origins of say Dame Street or Fishamble Street, or if you have ever wondered how Marrowbone Lane was thus named, 'The Secrets in Dublin's Placenames' may provide some answers. Catherine Scuffil, Local Historian will present this talk on Monday 8th September at 8.l5pm at the Parish Resource Center, St.Johns Church, Clontarf Road. All welcome.


Mon 13th October 2014 at 7.45pm Annual General Meeting of Society
followed at 8.15pm approx. by
'The History of The Asgard 1905 to 2014'
The life of this famous yacht in Irish history
by Pat Murphy
Pat Murphy presents the life of this famous yacht in Irish history from her launch in 1905 to her conservation today in Collin's Barrack Museum. Her 23 day voyage to collect guns and ammunition for the Irish Volunteers and the landing of them in Howth in July 1914 is described in detail with unique photographs


Mon 10th November 2014 at 8.15pm 'Watson's Nursery, Clontarf (1880 - 1920)'
by Bernadine Ruddy
One of the best-known nursery gardens in the twentieth century was Watson's in Killiney. What is not generally known is that this nursery had its origins in Clontarf. Hollybrook Grove (off Strandville Avenue) now occupies the site. This talk traces the 40-year history of the nursery in its Clontarf days.


Mon 8th December 2014 ay 8.15pm Summary of the Battle of Clontarf Commemorations 2014 by the many people involved in its success. Display of photos, memorabilia, and music.

Followed by Christmas refreshments.

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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