Welcome to a new year and a look back to 2018

Welcome to another year with Balbriggan & District Historical Society and we hope you can join us at one of our events this year. We are busy putting together our programme for 2019 which will be available on our website www.balbrigganhistory.com soon. We hold 6 talks each year and they are always the last Wednesday in the month in the Town Hall Balbriggan so why not come along to this year’s first talk on March 26th – we would love to see you.
2018 was a great year for our Society with the two highlights being the Balbriggan People and Places 1893 Photographic Exhibition in the Bracken Court in October and the tour of Bremore Castle we hosted as part of the Summerfest in May.  We have a long association with the Bremore Castle restoration project and are delighted to see the plans for a regional park adjacent to the castle which will help showcase it as a centerpiece of Balbriggan’s rich heritage. The wonderful photographs we acquired in 2016 of Balbriggan in 1893 are of huge interest and definitely merit a further exhibition – watch this space! Research into Balbriggan’s rich history is one of our core aims and we are proud that 4 of our 6 2018 talks were presented by our own members Jim Walsh on Man O War and the Turks Head, Brian Howley on Bremore Castle, Ide Ní Liathan on The 1918 Election and Anne Collins on the Schools Folklore Project. We will continue to promote Local History in our Programme in 2019 as well as commemorating major National Events.  The Sack of Balbriggan in 1920 is one such major National Event we will be commemorating next year and our plans are well advanced in that regard . Our final talk of 2018 featured the research done by Loreto Secondary School Students on that topic.
We were delighted to attend the launch late  last year of the Our Balbriggan Consultation  regarding the exciting Socio Economic Plan plan which will transform Balbriggan. We welcome the importance of history recognised in the opening of the Mission Statement  “Building on its rich history….” .  and look forward to the plans implementation in our town.
For further information on our Society visit www.Balbrigganhistory.com or read one of our books which are on sale in Eason’s Millfield and The Book Haven Drogheda Street.