May 1st Talk : A Balbriggan Tragedy, 1930- Jim Walsh

Title: A Balbriggan Tragedy, 1930, Speaker: Jim Walsh Date & Time: May 1, 2024 8pm Venue: Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan Admission €5, Members Free

Note due to unforeseen circumstances this talk has been postponed from April 24th to May 1st
Balbriggan & District Historical Society would be delighted if you can join us for our next talk on May 1st at 8pm in the Bracken Court Hotel when we welcome our own Jim Walsh, who I am sure is known to you all.

His talk will tell the story of the tragedy of the Bolingbroke children in 1930. He will talk about their death in a fire in Balbriggan, and the impact on the Bolingbroke family and the community of a tragedy remembered in Balbriggan almost a century later. 

Bio – Jim Walsh is a local historian and retired librarian. He is a current committee member, former chairman and founder member of Balbriggan & District Historical Society since 1981. Jim has given numerous talks on a range of Balbriggan topics and is an expert on the history of Balbriggan. You can access some of his talks, most notably on the Sack of Balbriggan on our Youtube channel.

Dates for your Diary:

On the two weekends 25th and 26th May and 1st & 2nd June we will have a Pop up Museum in the premises on the corner of Clonard Street and Bridge Street. Be sure and call in to see just a selection of the artefacts we have. We will also be leading our Historical walk as part of the Summerfest on June 1st, so a busy time ahead.

For our May talk on the 29th we welcome Aiden Arnold for a presentation based on his recent book Barnewall de Berneval – 800 years of a Norman Irish family.  As we all know the Barnewall family were associated with Bremore Castle in Balbriggan so this will be of huge interest. 

All our talks take place in the Bracken Court Hotel at 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month, and all are welcome. Membership is €15 individual, €20 family or €10 for seniors or you can pay €5 for any individual talk.

Looking forward to seeing you there and I would appreciate it if you could spread the word to anyone you think may be interested, particularly those who aren’t on Social Media.