Clontarf Historical Society - Programme of Talks - September to December 2014

26 Aug 2014


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

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 at 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.


All meetings are held in the Parish Resource Centre, St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road

Annual membership: September to August, (includes entry to all talks) €20.00

Individual talks: €5.00

New members are always welcome