Foxrock Local History Club

                The Next Public Event of                      Foxrock Local History Club

Is on Tuesday  21 March 2017     (As usual the 3rd Tuesday of the month.)

THE MAIN TALK

THE GRAND CANAL REVIVAL – THE ROYAL CANAL RESTORED.  

This talk will outline the great work that was carried out in the restoration of the Royal and Grand canals for returning these to navigational use. The canals and locks had fell into disrepair since boats ceased to operate on these and they became overgrown with vegetation over many years of neglect. Hear about the amazing work carried out over the years in getting the canals revived for amenity purposes. Navigation of both canals to the River Shannon is now possible. There are walking and cycling trails along its banks from Dublin to the Shannon. This talk will encourage you to appreciate the great facility close to our doorstep.

 By  John McKeown.

 

THE SHORT TALK

NEWTOWN FIFE AND DRUM BAND IN THE GREAT WAR

Newtowncastlebyrn is one of the hidden villages in our area. It had in the early 20th century a vibrant social life with football pitches, a community hall, as well as a Fife and Drum Band. In World War One the members of this band went off to fight in the war and many band members were killed. It is only in recent times that their sacrifice has been recognised. This talk will explain show some interesting artifacts unearthed in recent times in connection with this community and the Fife and Drum Band.

 By Conor Dodds

Our Venue is as usual

Foxrock Pastoral Centre    –    Beside Foxrock Church  –      (at Jct. Kill Lane and N11 Bray Rd.) Free parking available.
Bus stops at Foxrock Church   46A and 145.
Meeting Starts at 8.00 p.m.