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Oct 11th 2022 via ZOOM only, at 20:00

Anna Haslam – Quaker and suffragette.

Speaker Carmel Kelly 

Carmel Kelly, the head librarian in the Lexicon, will talk about Anna Maria Haslam, (1829–1922), who was a campaigner for women’s rights, she was born Anna Fisher at Youghal, Co. Cork. Anna stated that her Quaker upbringing meant she always took women’s equality for granted, she engaged in famine relief with her sisters and founded a local knitting industry. She was involved in temperance, anti-slavery, and pacifist societies. From 1861 Anna was active in groups promoting women’s education and in 1882 she founded the Central Association of Irish Schoolmistresses and Other Ladies Interested in Education. In 1876 Anna became secretary of the newly founded Dublin Women’s Suffrage Association, she also served as secretary of the Dublin branch of the Ladies’ National Association for the Abolition of the Government Regulation of Vice. Her last years were spent in reduced circumstances she died 28 November 1922. Anna, and her husband Thomas, are commemorated by a bench in St Stephen’s Green. The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, has a portrait of the couple by Sarah Purser. Anna Haslam represents a tradition of middle-class liberal unionist reformism whose contributions to later developments has been overshadowed by the triumph of populist nationalism.

Oct 18th 2022 – in the Parish Hall only at 20:00

Kathleen Clarke: Guardian of the Flame.

SPEAKER Liz Gillis 

Mother, Widow, Prisoner, Judge, Politician, Women’s Rights Activist, Senator, Lord Mayor, and Revolutionary. These are just some of the roles that Kathleen Clarke undertook during her remarkable life. A woman not afraid to speak her mind, she devoted much of her life to the cause of Irish freedom, a cause her husband Thomas Clarke was executed for on 3 May 1916. On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, join historian Liz Gillis for a lecture on the life of this founding member of Cumann na mBan and first female Lord Mayor of Dublin. Liz Gillis is the Historian-in-Residence for South Dublin County Council. She has a degree in Modern Irish History and specialises in the Irish Revolutionary period She is the author of several books including: Revolution in Dublin: A Photographic History 1916-1923, Women of the Irish Revolution, and May 25: Burning of the Custom House 1921. She was the recipient of the Dublin City Lord Mayor’s Award in 2018 for her contribution to history .

Nov 8th 2022 via ZOOM only, at 20:00



      1. Introduction by the Chairman.
      2. Minutes of 2021 AGM for approval by the Members.
      3. Audited financial report and Appointment of the Auditor for the following year. for approval by the Members  
      4. Membership report.
      5. Honorary Secretaries report.
      6. Members issues or concerns
      7. Election of the committee from the nominated names received.

Nov 15th 2022 – in the Parish Hall only at 20:00

Dr. Ella Webb: Children need help and I am going to help them.  (ON THE 15th November in the Parish Hall at 20:00)

SPEAKER: Dr. Declan Warde

Dr Ella Webb (1877-1946) was active in the Women’s National Health Association, which focussed on finding ways to eradicate tuberculosis by coordinating pasteurised milk distribution, opening healthcare centres and addressing the social conditions and issues surrounding the extremely high infant mortality rates that existed in Ireland.  She worked on a voluntary basis in at least two Dublin “Babies Clubs”. In 1918, Ella Webb, was appointed to the Adelaide Hospital medical staff as a designated post of anaesthetist in Ireland thus became the first female to be appointed to this role. In St Ultan’s hospital, which assumed a major role in the fight against tuberculosis in the city, was the first hospital in Britain or Ireland in which the BCG vaccine against the disease was administered. Ella Webb worked there from its foundation and continued to do so for most of the remainder of her life. By the early 1920s, as knowledge expanded, sunlight was being promoted for rickets prevention and healing.  She and her friend Letitia Overend looked for somewhere to care for children during convalescence. In 1924 a suitable site became available in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, and following fundraising efforts a wooden bungalow-type house with two wards, each with a south-facing veranda was planned. The Children’s Sunshine Home opened on St Patrick’s Day 1925. By the mid-1940s, her health was failing. She continued to work in both St Ultan’s and the Sunshine Home, and as a volunteer with the St John Ambulance Brigade, until shortly before her death, aged 69 years, on April 24th 1946.


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  )




DEC 13th or 20th  




Jan 17h 2023

The History of Weather Reporting

Speaker – Evelyn Cusack

Feb 21st  

Eileen Gray (1878-1976) Irish designer and architect

Speaker – Patricia O’Reilly 

Mar 21st

Researching Dún Laoghaire harbour – some recollections and personal observations.

Speaker – Donal O’Sullivan: 

Apr 18th

Knocksinna Foxrock – The Houses and the People


Speaker – Vincent Delany 

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