Notice of AGM December 17th

Notice of AGM December 17th, 2020 at 8pm
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions Balbriggan and District Historical Society AGM will take place online via Zoom for 2020. We apologise but this is the only option. If you would like to attend please email before December 16th and we will send you the Zoom Meeting invitation.

Updating email addresses

If you haven’t been getting our updates and you were on our mailing list it may be because you have changed your email address, particularly if you used to be with If your email has changed or if would like to be added please email with Mailing list in subject line.
Commemorative Medal

Looking for ideas for Christmas presents for Balbriggan people at home or abroad? We have produced a beautiful Sack of Balbriggan Commemorative Medal which depicts a scene from the Sack of Balbriggan and comes with a booklet containing a short history. It is available to purchase by Paypal on our Website at   Or if you are local just ring the Society at 083 0269848 (Brian) or 087 7852644 (May) to pay by cash for local delivery or collection. We anticipate that this medal will be in huge demand as a memento of this important Anniversary so get your order in soon.

Seminar available Online and looking back at 20202020 has certainly been a very interesting year with the catastrophic effects and challenges posed by Covid-19 on an unprecedented global scale and pages of history books will be filled with it in the future. We historians of today just had to rise to the challenge of still commemorating the Centenary of the Sack of Balbriggan in an appropriate manner.e We were delighted to record or Sack of Balbriggan Commemorative Seminar with Diarmaid Ferriter as our keynote speaker. The other talks were by our own Jim Walsh relating the key events of the Sack. Giving the RIC perspective on events was visiting speaker Jim Herlihy while Frank Whearity spoke about the experiences of the Costello family who lived on Clonard Street and Brendan Matthews looked at the effect on the then thriving town of Balbriggan. Jim Glennon, former TD  whose grandfather was the owner of the Gladstone Inn gave an insight into his own family’s experience.  A link to all the talks is available on our website also including a new digital version of a video from 1992 of three eyewitness accounts of this tragic night.

We also commemorated the Sack of Balbriggan by laying a wreath in memory of Seamus Lawless and Sean Gibbons at a ceremony on September 20th and displayed photographs in town shop fronts as well as the entries in our schools competition.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and friends for their support during this challenging year, and we hope that you and all your family and friends are keeping well and safe. The Society can be contacted at or on our website and we are also on Social media.