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Historical Society Trip Photos & Upcoming Talk regarding disputed sales of Hamilton Lands in 1874

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I hope everyone who joined us on the Day Trip to Cavan Museum enjoyed the day, and if you weren't there it is well worth a visit for the WWI Trenches and the 1916 exhibit as well as many more attractions.

Our September talk is next week and we have just announced our plans for the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Sack of Balbriggan.

Balbriggan & District Historical Society presents:

Title: The Balbriggan Foreshore Dispute 1874-76 (Part 1) Speaker: Rory McKenna Wednesday September 25, Town Hall, Balbriggan at 8.00pm Admission €5, Members Free

The Foreshore dispute arose when the Hamilton Lands, which included most of Balbriggan, were being prepared for sale in 1874 and the foreshore and beach was included in the sale. This led to objections from the Balbriggan Town Commission and the Board of Trade in London. The issue arose again in in 1876 in relation to an application by Mrs Amelia Fancourt Hamilton for an exclusive lease of the foreshore adjoining her land, located where Hampton Cove is now. This led to an Enquiry in Balbriggan Courthouse in July 1876 before Arthur Fairfield an official from the Board of Trade in London.

Rory McKenna is a long standing member of Balbriggan & District Historical Society and an expert on Maritime history and has presented many talks for the Society, He will examine these very interesting events in Balbriggan's History in two talks, the 2nd of which will be presented in 2020

Sack of Balbriggan Commemoration

The centenary of the Sack of Balbriggan by the Black and Tans in September 1920 takes place next year and Balbriggan & District Historical Society is working to commemorate this major historic event in an appropriate and inclusive manner. Please find attached Press release detailing our plans.

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Bernie Kelly


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