1917 – Muriel MacDonagh, wife of executed 1916 leader Thomas MacDonagh, drowns while swimming on Skerries south beach.

Muriel Gifford was born in Rathmines, Dublin, of a Catholic solicitor father and a fiercely Protestant mother, the children were raised Church of Ireland, an unremarkable phenomenon among the wealthy professional classes of the time. The fact that three of the sisters, Nellie, Muriel and Grace, could be involved in the Easter Rising, and that […]

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The Legend of St Patrick’s Footprint, Red Island, Skerries, Co Dublin

When St. Patrick landed on a small island off Skerries. It became known as St. Patrick’s island in his honour. Legend has it that when the saint arrived on the island he was accompanied by a goat which provided milk. From this island, St. Patrick would come to the mainland to convert the people. While […]

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Baldongan Church and Tower, Skerries, Co Dublin

This national monument are the ruins of a fortified church constructed by the Knights Templar in the 13th century. A castle which lay adjacent to the church has completely disappeared. The church was built in the 15th century and was furnished with a 70 foot high fortified bell tower. The castle was the home of […]

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Today in Irish History – 1st February:

In the liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St. Brigid. It is also celebrated in the Celtic nations as Imbolc – the first day of spring. 1177 – John de Courcy invades Ulster and seizes Down; he defeats its king, Rory MacDonlevy, twice, even though the northern clergy use sacred relics as talismans […]

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