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 SECOND TUESDAY OF APRIL  (APRIL 11th 2023 @ 20:00)  

ZOOM TALK on The Life and Times of pugilist Dan Donnelly.

SPEAKER: Larry Breen

Born in the docklands area of Dublin City in 1788, Dan Donnelly became a legend in his own lifetime but his exploits and fame have now been largely forgotten. He became a heavyweight champion pugilist in the bare-knuckle era of boxing, a publican, a playboy and a womaniser all rolled into one. He was a remarkable man who won the hearts and helped raise the spirits of an Irish population still suffering from the failed rebellion of 1798 and who lived in conditions of poverty and deprivation. A quiet boy, the ninth of seventeen children, he followed his father into the carpentry business. Controversy followed Dan in death as it did in life. His body was stolen by body snatchers but due to a public outcry it was returned but not before the surgeon cut off his right arm. The arm had a chequered history, being first used in Edinburgh for medical research, then it travelled all around the UK in a travelling circus, was on show as an exhibit in the Duncairn Arms public house in Belfast and finally on exhibit for many years in the “Hideout” public house in Kilcullen Co. Kildare close to the scene of his famous victories over his English opponents. Larry Breen, who is P.R.O./Editor/Webmaster/Data Protection Officer of the Federation of Local History Societies, and founder of the Clane Local History Group, he is based in  Naas. Larry will give a full account of the exploits of Dan Donnelly.

THIRD TUESDAY OF APRIL (April 18th 2023 – in the Parish Hall only at 20:00)

Knocksinna Foxrock – The Houses and the People.  

SPEAKER: Vincent Delany

The best collection of Art Moderne style houses in the city were constructed around 1937 at Knocksinna off the Bray Road. These are a late Art Deco style by the International Moderne Movement which emerged in the late 1930s and influen

ced the building style of this period. Sailing historian Vincent Delany is a member of the Association of Yachting Historians, and an active sailor in Water Wag, SOD and Squib classes. He has written a thesis on ‘Yachting and yachtsmen on the River Shannon 1830-1930.’ He has lectured on the history of The Water Wag Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, and the Killinure Yacht Club, He has written two sailing books ‘The Water Wags 1887-2012′ and ‘The International 12-foot class in Ireland‘. Vincent Delany is now writing a book on these houses and people and his talk will give us a flavour of this interesting road beside Foxrock.

Our annual membership fee from September 2022 to July 2023 is €20.  Please renew this as soon as possible to help us manage the club’s running expenses. See the “Annual Membership Subscription” page for details on how to pay.

MEMBERS WILL BE SENT AN EMAIl with the ZOOM invite password.         

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



( The talks are on the third Tuesdays of the month in the Foxrock Parish Pastoral Centre Hall  )




May 16th

Treaty Debates in the Dáil and Westminster  

Speaker – Gabriel Doherty 

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 with an introduction, this is then followed by the main talk. After the talk 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