Welcome to Ballsbridge Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society  (bdshistsoc (at) gmail.com)




 2022 Events:  








Our Lunchtime lectures are held in conjunction with Pembroke Library. They are  free to attend and open to all.  Booking is required via Pembroke Library:  pembrokelibrary@dublincity.ie / 01 222 8450 (please note new telephone number)


History Talk at Pembroke Library: 13th March 2024 @1pm:  Dr Beatrice Doran

“Between the Grand Canal and the Dodder: Former Women Residents of Dublin 4”


AGM, The Hive, Herbert Park, Saturday 13th January, 2024 - 12.30.  Refreshments will be served

Late January 2024:  some Members visited the 'Solidarity Exhibiton' at Dublin Port


2023 Events: 

AGM in The Hive, Herbert Park, January 2023

2023:  15th March@ 1pm:  Leopardstown Races  Opening Day & Origins by Prof Fergus D'Arcy


2023: 5th April @ 1pm: The Murder of Judge Bell outside the RDS at Ballsbridge by James Scannell


2023: 26th April,@ 1pm:  Lofcadio Hearn, Irish Experiences and the Making of a Writer, by Paul Murray

 2023:Saturday 1st July:  Some members enjoyed a most interesting Boat Tour of Dublin Port, hosted by Lar Joye, Dublin Port.  

2023: Wednesday 20th September @1pm:  The Painters of Dublin 4, by Adrien le Harivel, NGI - booking required via Pembroke Library

2023:  Wednesday 8th November @1pm:  Oliver St. John Gogarty – by grandson Guy St John Williams: 


2022 Events:

Wednesday 21st September at 1.00pm:  'Rathgar and James Joyce' by Ged Walsh


Wednesday 26th October at 1.00pm:   'Rathmines, Irish Historic Towns Atlas: Dublin Suburbs'  by Dr Seamus O'Maitiu


Wednesday 16th November at 1pm:   ‘Estella Solomons , Artist and her Family’  by Francis Jacobs , Wednesday 16th November at 1 pm.



Wednesday 18th May 2022, at 1pm via Zoom:  Cathy Scuffil will deliver a talk:   “Dublin’s Housing Crisis in Troubled Times'.  We are delighted that Cathy, Historian in Residence, Dublin South City is offering this talk.  

Recording of this event is here:  



Saturday 23rd April 2022 at 11.00am - Our Chairperson, John Holohan, will lead a 'Walk and Talk' of Ballsbridge.  Meet at Pembroke Library, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.


Wednesday 23rd March, 2022 at 1pm, via Zoom - The Lost Village of Milltown by Dr. Patrick Salmon.  Booking is via Eventbrite.  This is a free event.

Recordings of previous 2022 Zoom events available below

Thursday, 24 February 2022 at 1pm, via Zoom - Rory O'Farrell:  The Buildings and Personages of Dublin 1760-1820.  Please note, you may need to try a different web browser or device for the following Zoom link: 



Recordings of 2021 Zoom events available below:

Thursday 27th May at 1pm via Zoom - Lar Joye - Murder by the Throat - the War of Independence in Dublin 4, 1919 to 1921. 

This event was recorded and is available at the link below:



Wednesday 28th April, at 1pm - 'The Quakers in Ireland', by Dr Christopher Moriarity, via Zoom:  A recording of this event is available at the link below:    



Thursday 25th March - 1pm - Beatrice Doran - 'From The Grand Canal To The Dodder - Illustrious Lives' :  A recording of this event is available at the link below:



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