Balbriggan & District Historical Society will hold our AGM on Wednesday November 29th in the Town Hall Balbriggan at 8pm. We are delighted to announce that our recently reprinted publication Frank Whearity's study Balbriggan a History in Maps 1655-1900 will be available to purchase on the night.
Frank is a native of Balbriggan and he holds a BA (Hons) in Local Studies, and an MA in Local History from Maynooth University. This book is the result of his many years research into the maps (beautifully reproduced in this publication) and in it, using information from other sources, Frank brings to life the history of Balbriggan and it’s hinterland encapsulating themes such as religion, architecture, education, legal, proprietorial status, and the rich industrial & maritime heritage. Many of the milestones in Balbriggan's history are featured in the book, including the coming of the railway, the world famous “Balbrigganers” produced by Smyth & Co and the dire poverty of the tenant farmers in the 1840’s. When the book was launched last year Jim Walsh then Chairman of Balbriggan & District Historical Society said on the night “We are privileged to publish this remarkable work of prodigious research with not just an array of maps but also relevant textual narrative which will become a standard work i
n years to come for anyone who wants to learn about the history of our town". Jim's words were prophetic as it was a huge success and had sold out but we were glad to have had it reprinted and it will be available from local bookshops as well as directly from the society.
At the end of a very busy and successful year we are also delighted to launch our new website www.Balbrigganhistory.com on the night. On the site you can revisit our activities during the year including the very moving commemoration in July of Siege of Jadotville Veteran Private Terence McMahon, our Sack of Balbriggan Research Skills seminar and all our talks, walks and other activities during the year. Developed by Dorothy Bentley the site will provide a valuable archive of our Society as well as links to websites which are useful for historical research and will provide easier access to information on our future talks and other events.