Our next planned public talk is on ZOOM for HERITAGE WEEK  Tuesday August 17th 2021 @ 20:00 p.m.


By Padraig Laffan  




The Killruddery Hunt song was jointly written by the actor Tomas Mozeen (1720-1768) and Owen Bray the landlord 0f the Loughlinstown Inn, Co. Dublin. It was set to the old Irish Tune “SIGHILE NI GHADHARADH,” or Celia O’Gara. It was first published in a volume called The Lyric Pacquet by Mozeen in 1764, and soon became enormously popular. The ballad was a prime favourite with Theobald Wolfe Tone, who in a letter dated 25th April 1797, quoted a line of it: ‘Set out from Cologne ‘at five in the morning by most of the clocks’ on my way,’ etc. Padraig will give an illustrated tour of the course the hunt took and some of  various characters and items mentioned in the song.  This Zoom talk will highlight the heritage of the local area as recalled in song.

mEMbers will receive an e-mail with the invite password.         

Non-Members please send an email to: info@foxrocklocalhistory.ie for a password to this meeting.



(Assumption – Parish Hall will not be fully available for large groups and Zoom being used in conjunction with the hall – Check back if changes occur with dates etc)





  2nd TUESDAY 


Sept 14th   2021

80th Anniversary of the North Strand Bombing.

Speaker – Padraig Laffan

Sept 21st National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire 

Speaker – Donal O’Sullivan 

Oct 12th  

George IV 

Speaker – Frank Woods

Oct 19th UCD and the Development of Belfield.

Speaker – Finola O’Kane

Nov 9th    


Nov 16th Dublin’s Housing Crisis in Revolutionary Times, 1915-1923. 

Speaker – Cathy Scuffil

DEC 14th or 21st


XMAS Event

Jan 11th 2022

The history of Christ Church lands in and around Deansgrange.

Speaker – Martin McCarthy

Jan 18th Beyond 2022 – The National Archives

SpeakerCiaran Wallace

Feb 8th

Irish Teachers in Africa – a personal experience.

Speaker – Joe Glynn


Mar 8th

George McElroy: Irelands Forgotten First World War Fighter.  

 Speaker -Philip Lecane  

Mar 15th Digging up the Raj in Deansgrange Cemetery

Speaker -Shabnam Vasisht

Apr 12th

Dun Laoghaire Street Names  

Speaker – Michael O’Flaherty

Feb 15th Liam Devlin: Tough Times, Toffee and Textiles

Speaker – John Healy

May 10th

Dublin Airport

SpeakerTony Keane

May 17th  Ireland and the EU: Past Present and Uncertain future.

Speaker – Catherine Day (Former EU Head of Civil Service)


All our meetings are held in the Foxrock Pastoral Centre, which is at the junction of the N11 and Kill Lane. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month between September and May. The meetings start at 20:00 and firstly is a short talk of 20 to 25 mins. this is then followed by the main talk. After the talks there is an opportunity for questions and answers. Then after the vote of thanks, tea and biscuits are served and you can get a chance to meet the speakers and ask questions you may have.

Admission for members is Free.

Admission for Non- Members is EUR 5.00


MEMBERSHIP – Our Annual Membership is EUR 25.00 and this covers free admission to our eight meetings in the year ( Admission is EUR 5.00  for non-members per meeting). Members also get first choice on our annual outing.  Membership  year is from January to December