It’s Time to Renew your Annual Membership for the Foxrock Local History Club  2021/22 Season (See the Annual Membership page for details) 

Our next public talks are on ZOOM   on Tuesdays 12th October & and 19th October @ 20:00 p.m.

October 12th George IV – his 1821 visit to Ireland

Speaker Frank Woods  

The first English king to visit Ireland without an accompanying army was George IV who arrived two hundred years ago. George IV was the first king to visit Ireland since the Act of Union in 1801. The King arrived in Howth on August 12th 1821, his 59th birthday, with a belly full of goose pie and Irish whiskey. (picture)  An imprint of the spot where he first stumbled upon shore with his ‘sacred feet’ was later cut out by a stonemason and can be viewed to this day. His departure from Dun Laoghaire was a cause to rename the town as Kingstown. Frank Woods has studied King George’s life and times and has uncovered some interesting facts about this visit. This will be an entertaining night of royal tales.

October 19th UCD and the Development of Belfield

Speaker Fiona O’Kane

This talk by Fiona on Belfield will examine the unique architecture of Ireland’s largest university. Fiona will have some rare and unseen illustrations and photographs of the university’s development. This talk will challenge the often-limited conception of University College in Dublin’s architectural landscape. It will be an exploration and celebration of the misunderstood and lesser-known gems across campus, and with the 50th anniversary of the UCD Belfield campus in 2020 the talk is timely to the city’s history.

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 to see if changes occur with dates etc.)





  2nd TUESDAY 


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

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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