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

View our committee member – Michael O’Flaherty’s tour of Deansgrange Cemetery below. © David Owen

Our next public talks are via ZOOM on Tuesday January 11th & January 18th @ 20:00 p.m.

January 11th 2022 The History of Christchurch lands Housing Crisis in and around Deansgrange

Speaker Martin McCarthy        

This talk will be on a very local topic. It explores the fact that Christ Church cathedral in Dublin owned huge tracts of land in and around Deansgrange, acquired in the Middle Ages, held onto for centuries and only finally let go of in the nineteenth century. Following the Reformation, the until-then Augustinian priory and cathedral church of the Holy Trinity, known as Christ Church, became a secular cathedral of the Church of Ireland with a dean and chapter. We have retained the link to Christ Church in the name of the townland – the dean’s grange. How Christ Church acquired the lands, how it retained them, and an example of how it finally relinquished its hold, provides our story.

Martin McCarthy is a member of Foxrock Local History Club. He developed his interest in local history following his retirement. Living in Deansgrange, he has a special interest in the area.

January 18th 2022 Beyond 2022 – The National Archives

Speaker Dr Ciarán Wallace         

 In 1922, seven centuries of priceless records were lost in the destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland during the Irish Civil War. The loss has limited Irish historical scholarship ever since. As the centenary of the calamity approaches, however, a new research project involving historians, archivists and computer scientists, is virtually recreating the building and – as far as possible – its contents. 

‘Beyond 2022’ has already identified extensive volumes of transcripts, summaries, calendars and indexes created by archivists, administrators and scholars in the years preceding the fire (over 20 million words to date). Digitally reuniting them in a Virtual Reality recreation of the destroyed building offers exciting opportunities to restore Ireland’s lost archival and historical record. https://beyond2022.ie/

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 


Feb 8th

Irish Teachers in Africa – a personal experience.

Speaker – Joe Glynn

Feb 15th Bill Stapleton and the Irish Recording Company  

Speaker – Harry Bradshaw

Mar 8th

George McElroy: Irelands Forgotten First World War Fighter Ace.  

 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



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