Historical Research

The Society encourages historical reseach, particularly in relation to Malahide, its environs and its people. We will also be pleased to consider publishing suitable material on this website.

NEWSLETTER index by subject

NEWSNEWSLETER index by issue



An average of three editions per year of the "NEWSLETTER" have been distributed to members since the Society was founded in September 1978. The 100th edition was issued in 2013. A very wide variety of topics of mainly local historical interest have been covered in this journal over the years. However, please be aware that an entry might refer to anything from a passing reference to substantial detail. The back numbers should provide plenty of inspiration and information, particularly for those doing school projects or essays.

An  alphabetical index and an index by issue number may be consulted via the links above.

Back numbers are available by post and at the Society's museum at a cost of €1 per copy.

Files containing copies of many issues may be consulted free at Malahide Public Library.


Local books

There are two recently published, fairly comprehensive books available in local bookshops.

"Old Malahide", 200 pages, by Roger Greene, 2012  €12.99 

"Portmarnock", 300 pages, by Garry Ahern, 2013  €15.00



Some titles may be available in Malahide Public Library, or in Fingal Local Studies Branch of Fingal Libraries, Clonmel House, Forster's Way, Swords.

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-room/     A very extensive resource.

W. Joyce   The Neighbourhood of Co. Dublin

J. Dalton   The History of Co. Dublin​

Hayes Periodical Sources for History of Irish Civilisation

Dr. George A. Little   About Malahide, Parts I & II

J.S.Sloane   Fingall - The Irish Builder

Rev. Professor Stokes   Irish Builder (1897)

Dix   Excursion to Nth. Dublin, Wed. 1st July 1891, Lusk, Swords and Malahide

W.E.V.   Notes on Malahide

Mr. & Mrs. S.C. Hall   Ireland: Its scenery, character, etc. ( Finglas, Swords & Malahide mentioned.

E.L. Deale   Memorable Irish Trials

L.B.Smyth   The Carboniferous Coast section at Malahide

A. Williams   Wild bird Protection in Co. Dublin ( The Island mentioned)

W. Anderson   On the Re-construction of the Malahide Viaduct

H.G.Leask   Irish Churches &Monastic Buildings - Medieval Gothic - the Last Phases

The Poetical and Dramatic Works of Gerald Griffin (includes 'Bridal of Malahide')


Baile Atha Cliath: Cumann Logainmneacha Malahide-36 Gaelic spellings of Malahide​

Dignam's Dublin Guide (covers Malahide, Clontarf & Howth)

W.F.Wakeman   Dublin:Whats to be Seen and How to See It (Malahide, Swords, Howth & St.Doulagh's)

P.J.Hartnett   Malahide Abbey, Co. Dublin

J. Milton   A collectionof select views from different seats of the nobility and gentry

D. Guinness & W.Ryan   Irish Houses and Castles

E. McMahon   Historic House of United Kingdom (Malahide Castle included)

A.J. Rowan   Georgian Houses in Ireland (Malahide Castle included)

Samuel Lewis   History & Topography of Dublin City & County (1837)

Warburton, Whitelaw & Walsh   History of the City of Dublin

Robt. A. Walsh   Fingal and its Churches (1888)

Norris Brewer   Beauties of Ireland, (1828)

Samuel Gurey   Isabel Lady Talbot, (1935)

Dillon Cosgrave   North Dulin City & County, (1909)

Noel Flanagan   Malahide Past & Present

Swords Historical Society   Swords Voices I, 2, 3, 4, etc.

Tom O'Shea   Illustrated Guide to Historical Malahide 

Joseph Byrne   War and Peace - The Survival of the Talbots of Malahide

FÁS /Fingal Heritage Group (1994)   Working Life in Fingal 1936 - 1959

Patrick Archer   Fair Fingall

Tom O'Shea   The Belcamp Story

Tom O'Shea   The Talbots and Malahide Castle

Tom O'Shea   The Harry Baily Story

Grove Tennis Club   History of the Grove Tennis Club

Dúchas The Heritage Service (2002)   An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Fingal

Dúchas The Heritage Service (1998)   Record of Monuments & Places: Fingal

Stout,G & Stout,M (1997)   Patterns in the Past: Co. Dublin 5000BC-1000AD

FH Aelen, K.Whelan,M.Stout   Dublin City & County: From Prehistory to Present (Dublin: Geography Publications, 1992)

Keeling, D & Keeley,V (1994)   Excavation of a Flint Scatter, Paddy's Hill, Malahide, PRIA 94C, pp.1-24

Mitchell, G.F.(1972)   Further excavations of an early kitchen midden at Sutton, Co. Dublin, JRSAI 102, pp. 51-9

Office of Public Works (1991)   Medieval Church Sites of North Dublin: a Heritage Trail

Simms,A & Fagan,P (1997)   Villages in Co. Dublin

Stout,M (1997)   The Irish Ringfort. Dublin

Stout, G (2003)   Archaeological History of Fingal - paper to Skerries Partician Group, 2003

Dargan, Pat   The Military Architecture in Fingal - paper to Skerries Partician Group, 2003

McMorrow, Leo   Role of Communities in Heritage Town Development-paper to Skerries Partician Group,2003

Reeves-Smyth, Terence   Country Houses & Designed Landscapes of Fingal-paper to Skerries Partician Group, 2003

O'Reilly, Barry   Vernacular Architecture of Fingal - paper to Skerries Partician Group, 2003

Dublin Public Libraries &Dublin Heritage Group   Vernacular Buildings of East Fingal (1993)

Skerries Historical Society   A Selection of Folklore and Folkways (1995)

Skerries Historical Society   Time & Tide, various volumes- papers from the Society's archive 

Dublin Cemetaries Committee & FÁS   Glasnevin Cemetary -A Historic Walk (1997)

Bates, Peadar   Donabate & Portrane - a history (2001)

Doyle, Oliver   Malahide Railway - Journal of Irish Railway Record Society, Vol.20, Nos. 142 & 143

Johnson, Stephen   Johnson's Atlas & Gazateerof the Railways of Ireland.(Leicester: Midland Publishing Limited, 1997)

Walsh, Jim   Church of St. Peter & Paul, Balbriggan a historical perspective

Balbriggan & District Historical Society   Balbriggan - A History for the Millennium

Bates, Peadar   1798 Rebellion in Fingal (1998)

Ardgillan Castle & FÁS   Ardgillan Castle &The Taylor Family (1995

Aalen, Frederick H.A.   The rehousing of rural labourers in Ireland under the Labourers (Ireland)    Acts, 1883 -1919. Journal of Historical Geography, 12, 3 (1986) 287-306.

Aalen,F.H.A., Whelan,K, and Scott, Matthew,Eds.   Atlas of the Rural Irish Landscape, University Press, Cork ,( 1997).

Bence-Jones, Mark   A Guide to Country Houses-Vol.I, Ireland, Burke's Peerage Ltd., London, (1978).

Harbison, Peter   Guide National Monuments Ireland, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin (1979)

Gailey, Alan   Rural Houses of the North of Ireland, John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh. (1984)

Moody T.W. and F.X. Martin, Ed    The Course of Irish History, The Mercier Press, Cork, (1967).
Shaffrey, Patrick and Maura    Irish Countryside Buildings, The O'Brien Press
Shaffrey, Patrick and Maura    Buildings of Irish Towns, Templegate Publishers, Springfield, Illinois
Shaffrey, Patrick    The Irish Town: An Approach to Survival (Dublin:O'Brien Press, 1975)
Rothery, Sean    A Field Guide to the Buildings of Ireland: Illustrating the Smaller Buildings of Town & Countryside (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1997)
Doorly, Mary Rose   Abbeville:The Family Home of C.J.Haughey(Dublin:Town House,1996)

Grimes, Brendan   Irish Carnegie Libraries:A Catalogue & Architectural History (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1998)

Laing, Alastair   Clerics & Connoisseurs:The Coobe Family & Newbridge House (London: English Heritage & Azimutt Editions Ltd., 2001)

McBrierty, Vincent   The Howth Penninsula (Dublin: North Dublin Round Table, 1981)

Office of Public Works (1991)   Survey of Thatched Houses in Cos. Dublin, Wicklow & Carlow ( OPW,1989)

Roche, Nessa   The Legacy of Light: A History of Irish Windows (Bray:Wordwell, 1999)

O'Keeffe,P.J. & Simington, Tom   Irish Stone Bridges:History & Heritage (Dublin:Irish Academic Press,1994)

Inglis, Brian   West Briton, subsequently updated and re-issued as 'Downstart'

Greene, Roger   Old Malahide, (Dublin: Fingal Libraries, 2012)    Also available at Manor Books, Church Road, Malahide at €12.99

Harris, Paul   Fingal Sporting Heroes, (Dublin: Fingal Libraries, 2011)

Baker, Christine   Antiquities of Fingal, (Dublin:Wordwell Ltd., 2010)

Bolton, Jason   Discovering Historic Fingal, (Dublin: Fingal Co. Co., 2009)

Fingal Studies - Local History Journal of FingalCounty Libraries, (Dublin: Fingal Libraries, 2010, 2012, 2013 )

Stanley, Dr. Derek   North Dublin Images (Dublin: Nonsuch Publishing Ltd., 2006)

Aspin, Chris   The Unfortunate Philanthropists - Irish cotton mills (Helmshore Local History Society, 2010)

Collins, Sinead   Balrothery Poor Law Union, 1839-1851 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005)

Broderick, David   Local Governmentin 19th C.Co. Dublin (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007)

Ahern, Garry  Portmarnock, (Dublin: Fingal Libraries, 2013)

Kingston, Gerry, Malahide Snapshot 1901 People, Society, Economy. 1901 Census Analysis. (Dublin: Fingal Libraries, 2018)    Also available at Manor Books, Church Road, Malahide at €9.99

Talbot, Stephen  Into The Lion's Den - A Biographical History of the Talbots of Malahide. Published by the author 1912. Available at Fingal Libraries. Also on sale at Malahide Castle Gift Shop €30 or via www.intolionsden.com