News from the East Coast

NUI Certificate in Local History 2012 – 2013

The NUI Certificate in Local History will be offered at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, from Tuesday September 4th 2012 to Tuesday April 30th 2013. The closing date for completed applications in Friday August 17th 2012. Application forms are available from Dublin City Library & Archive, call 01-674 4997 or email:

Dublin City Council offers two Bursaries in connection with the NUI Certificate in Local History – closing date for completed Bursary applications is Friday August 3rd 2012. Further details from Dublin City Library and Archives.


Local History Society Goes Japanese

In April a number of members from the Bray Cualann Historical Society which covers the Bray and North Wicklow area, including Chairperson Brian White and Hon Treasurer Jim Lynch were interviewed by Japanese tv programme makers on William Dargan and Bray. The completed 60-minute programme was screened on the Japanese TV Station BS – Japan Arts and Travel – on Tuesday May 22nd.


3rd Old Dublin Society County Lecture

On Wednesday April 4th the Old Dublin Society held the third of its half-yearly County lecture hosted by one of the other local authorities in Dublin and in April it was the turn of the Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council Library Service to host this lecture in their Deangrange branch library at which Brian MacAongusa presented his lecture ‘ Hidden Steams of South County Dublin ‘ in which he covered the history of the numerous streams in south County Dublin , most of which have been build over or culverted and whose presence is not currently seen at surface level.

Brian MacAongusa, after graduation from University College Dublin pursued a public service career in the Department of Finance (Irish equivalent of H.M. Treasury) and RTÉ, becoming Controller of Programmes RTÉ Radio in 1983. In 1988 he became the first CEO of Gael Linn, an organisation which promotes the Irish (Gaelic) language, music and culture, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

He is the author of several books including The Harcourt Street – Back on Track ; From Harcourt Street to the LUAS, Broken Rails, and Hidden Streams.


Easter in Bray. Co. Wicklow 100 Years Ago lecture

On Saturday April 14th James Scannell for the Bray Cualann Historical Society presented the annual lecture ‘ Easter in Bray 100 Years Ago ‘ in Bray Library, the fourth year that this lecture has taken place. At the presentation a minute’s silence was observed in memory of John Lamb, from Glencree, near Enniuskerry, Co. Wicklow, who was the sole Co. Wicklow passenger lost during the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Bray Library itself mounted a 3-week exhibition of newspaper articles assembled by the library staff covering the loss of the RMS Titanic, which was on view during normal library hours.



Local History Society receives Cultural Award of the Year

At the 2012 Greystones Co. Wicklow People of the Years Awards held in April at the Charlesland Golf Club, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society, established in 1988, was presented with the Cultural Award 2012. Established in 1988, the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society, has held lectures, visits to places of interest, an annual 3-day long distance visit and publishes a journal every here or four years. The Society is also a participant in the annual La Touché Seminar weekend and organises the Sunday morning talk for it which deals with some aspect of local history or personage. The Society received the Cultural Award 2012 for “ outstanding work in making known our [Greystones] history and helping to preserve what is here for the future “. Greystones Town Council makes these awards each year.

James Scannell:     Hon. correspondent for Local History News published by the British Association for Local History.