Martello Tower

The Martello Tower situated on the coast line of Balbriggan is the most northernly of twelve towers found all along the coastline of Fingal. These towers were built for defensive purposes following the renewal of war between England and France in 1803.


Balbriggan lighthouse was built in 1769 under the supervision of the Hamilton family of Hampton hall.The harbour itself was built between1761-1765.Candles were the original means of illumination.George Hamilton was the keeper of the lighthouse for the first 43 years.

Bremore Castle

A branch of the Barnewall family occupied Bremore as a manorial seat from the early fourteenth century, and since that time some kind of castle would have been erected.


Cumann Staire Cheantar Bhaile Brigín

Balbriggan & District Historical Society

Balbriggan & District Historical Society was established in 1981 with the goal to promote an interest in the local history of Balbriggan & District through lectures, publications and exhibitions, and to establish a Museum in the Balbriggan District.

We hold six talks each year in March, April, May, August, September and October. These are held at 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month in the Town Hall Balbriggan.

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A History of Balbriggan Youtube video with Brian Howley

A History of Balbriggan Youtube video with Brian Howley

A History of Balbriggan Listen to our Chairperson Brian Howley as he gives a tour of Balbriggan and an introduction to its rich history. Learn about the name Baile Brigín, Sinéad De Valera, the harbour and lighthouse, the coming of the railway, the rich hosiery tradition including Smyth & Co and ‘Balbriggans’ and of course… Continue Reading