Historical Events In Skerries

The Old School (Little Theatre) SkerriesThe Old School (Little Theatre) Skerries

Skerries based Historian Gerard Shannon has organised several upcoming events to mark the centenary this July of the death in Skerries of Muriel MacDonagh, widow of Easter Rising leader, Thomas MacDonagh.

On July 8th from 11am to 5pm at The Old School beside Skerries Community Centre, there will be a series of talks on the revolutionary period both nationally and locally including the death of Muriel MacDonagh off Shenick Island. Local historian Marie-Bashford Synott will talk about Cumann na mBan organisation in Skerries.

On the day they are hoping to launch the ‘Skerries War of Independence 1919 – 21 Commemorative Committee’ on the day. It currently exists as a working group, and it’s hoped they can elect a proper committee over the period of the events. They have also gotten the services of the Irish Volunteer Dublin Brigade commemorative organisation, who have a travelling exhibition that can also be seen at the Old School, on the day.

Other talks will include Gerard Shannon on the death of Muriel MacDonagh off Shenick Island, noted historian Liz Gillis on the other women left widowed after the Rising, historian John Dorney (of ‘The Irish Story’ website) on the year 1917.

They are also planning a commemorative parade on the July 9th from 2.30pm, at the Sea Memorial to the South Strand where Muriel lost her life. This will involve members of the MacDonagh family. For further information mail gerardshnnn@gmail.com