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Irish National Foresters - St Molaga Branch, No.315 (Balbriggan) 1897-1942 by Jim Walsh

Irish National Foresters - St Molaga Branch, No.315 (Balbriggan) 1897-1942

Speaker: Jim Walsh Date: Wednesday March 30th 8pm Venue: Bracken Court Hotel Balbriggan

After a difficult two years Balbriggan & District Historical Society are delighted to announce that we are returning to in-person talks and we look forward to meeting up again with old and new friends of the Society.

Jim Walsh

Our first talk of 2022 is "Irish National Foresters - St Molaga Branch, No.315 (Balbriggan) 1897-1942 " by Jim Walsh and takes place on Wednesday March 30th at 8pm in the Bracken Court Hotel Balbriggan. Jim Walsh is very well known to you I am sure as a founding member of the Society and an expert on Balbriggan history who has given many talks on a variety of subjects.

The Irish National Foresters Benefit Society was founded in 1877 embracing the dictum of Unity, Benevolence and Nationality. Offering much needed financial and medical assistance to its members this social movement spread rapidly throughout the entire island of Ireland. When the Balbriggan branch was formed in 1897, there were already 300 branches already established in Ireland. In the year 1911, Balbriggan Branch numbered 111 members. A female branch named the Molly Bawn was founded in the following year 1912. Payments garnered from branch membership funds were disbursed to families for sickness, death, widows and orphans and sundry “distress”. The Irish branches held on to the English branch protocols in terms of costumes and particular functions such as Chief Ranger, Woodwarden, Beadle etc. Having met in the Balbriggan Band Rooms for the members erected their own edifice in Hampton Street in the year1913. Jim's talk will shed light on this almost forgotten subject.

If you would like to join our society it costs €15 per annum, €10 Students and OAP’s, €20 for a family. This entitles you to free entrance to our 6 talks per year , usually the last Wednesday in the months - March. April. May, August, September and October, but you are welcome to attend individual talks for €5. We also have other events such as historical walks, exhibitions and trips.

Be sure to spread the word about our Society and our events.

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Bernie Kelly


You will find a number of recorded talks on our youtube channel and also on our website

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