(See the Annual Membership page for the details on how to join the history club and pay for membership) 

Our next public talks are via ZOOM on Tuesdays February 8th and 15th @ 20:00 p.m.

February 8th 2022 Irish Teachers in Africa – a personal experience

Speaker  Joe Glynn  

Joe Glynn, our speaker on this topic, has been one of the many Irish people who went to Africa to teach in the schools in this part of the world. Joe’s experience with the local people and the various events that occurred during his time in Africa will show how close the African and Irish worked together to help better the countries that the Irish taught in. Hear the stories of life in Africa during the turbulent 1960s Africa. 

February 15th 2022 Bill Stapleton and the Irish Recording Company 

Speaker  Harry Bradshaw

After the ending of the Second World War, Kilkenny-born Bill Stapleton embarked on a plan to open a recording studio in Dublin. While catering for a wide variety of customers in his new studio, it subsequently came to his attention that the recording of Irish traditional music was then largely in the hands of English and American record companies and this situation prompted him to make additional plans in 1948 to create an Irish-owned record label.

Despite the ill-fortune that ultimately befell Stapleton’s imaginative and ambitious record label plans, his pioneering work resulted in him recording an extensive body of traditional music on disc. This collection, made by some of the leading traditional music exponents of those times, has remained unknown up to now

By good fortune, many of the new labels planned releases survived the intervening 73 years since they were recorded and a selection of 50 of these discs were issued on CD in 2021 to mark the centenary of Bill’s birth. These original disc recordings from 1948 /’49 along with a selection of  contemporary photographs tell the story of Bill Stapleton’s early life and his pioneering work in the field of sound recording in Ireland.

MEMBERS WILL BE SENT AN EMAIl 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 to see if changes occur with dates etc.)





  2nd TUESDAY 


Mar 8th

SS Isolda: Censorship, Secrecy and Grief in Emergency Ireland 

Speaker -Elleesa Rushby   

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 it’s origin and early years

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



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