Talk on Wednesday 11 December at 8 pm in Presbyterian Church Hall, Dublin Road. Admission: Members €3, Others €5 

 

Headfort House, Kells and the Taylour Legacy

 

A talk by George Williams, Antique Dealer

 

This well-illustrated lecture explores the wealth of riches surrounding the house and family from the late 17th right up to the early 20th century. A rare insight into the furnishing and running of this great house. With great illustrations of its original furniture, portraits and receipts from the estates records giving accounts from the family records.
 

George has delivered many lectures to a range of public bodies including;

An Taisce, The Irish Georgian Society, The Irish Antiques Dealer’s Association, Westmeath Historical Society, Waterford Treasures Museum, Clonmel County Museum, and The Highlanes Gallery Drogehda.All based on Ireland in the 18th century, George’s huge interest and knowledge of the period is brought to life for the audience with the help of his richly illustrated power point images.

Museum Opening Hours

Saturdays and Sundays during November .  2 - 4.30 pm .

Closed December, January, February and March

Admission is free but donations towards upkeep are always most welcome.

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A large selection of cigarette cards is currently on display.

Topics covered include Wild Flowers, Garden Flowers, Plants of Commercial Value, Irish Scenery Views, Dogs, Famous Irish Greyhounds.

Other attractions include detailed models of a WWI airship or blimp of the type based at the Castle, Malahide Castle, St. Sylvester's Church and a Viking longship.

Currently there is be a special exhibition of Match Boxes from around the world.

 

MATCHES and MATCH BOXES


There are four main types of match boxes:
 

  • Book matches usually produced for promotional purposes and containing two layers of card matchsticks
     

  • Standard sized wood or card boxes containing 40 – 50 wooden matchsticks. Some with stuck-on promotional labels
     

  • Oversize variously shaped boxes containing numerous extra long wood matchsticks
     

  • Undersize variously shaped boxes, usually produced for promotional purposes, and containing a small number of wood matchsticks.

 

 

The matches themselves come in three main types:

 

  • Tear out impregnated card matchsticks produced in book match form
     

  • ‘Friendly’ or ‘strike anywhere’ wood matchsticks tipped with a chemical mix that will light when rubbed vigorously against a slightly abrasive surface
     

  • ‘Safety’ wood matchsticks tipped with a chemical mix that will light when rubbed against a special chemically coated surface
     

HISTORY OF MATCHES

 

Numerous more or less successful chemical mixtures were invented for matches from about 1830. They were often hazardous, unreliable and unpredictable in performance. Workers in match factories suffered severe health problems arising from exposure to the chemicals used in manufacture.


It was not until the first decade of the 20th century that the match, as we know it today, became ubiquitous.

 

Sales of matches have plummeted with the decline in pipe, cigar and cigarette smoking.

 

Maguire and Paterson of Smithfield in Dublin had a virtual monopoly of the Irish match market for most of the 20th century. The design on their ‘safety’ and ‘friendly’ matchboxes changed little over most of that century.

 

Most other countries also had a dominant manufacturer. They tended to promote their products with a brand icon such as a star (estrella) or a sailing vessel or in sets depicting a particular theme such as steam engines, local costumes, nature, etc.

Want to learn lots more about Malahide ?

'Old Malahide' 

Available from: Manor Books,Church Road, Malahide

and at this society's museum at Malahide Castle.  

200 pages

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If you have roots in Malahide -

'Malahide Snapshot 1901'

An analysis of the people, society and economy of central Malahide as revealed in the 1901 census.

The book also has a template for doing a similar detailed analysis of any other district.

Available from Manor Books,Church Road, Malahide

263 pages

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'Portmarnock - it's people and townlands'

Local features,land ownership and salient events in the ten townlands comprising Portmarnock.

Avilable from Spar and Lidl in Portmarnock

309 pages

Further  reading about Malahide and Portmarnock history

Family History Enquiries

The society does not maintain genealogical records and does not have facilities for dealing with family history enquiries.

The links page offers some pointers that may be of help.

Malahide Historical Society

welcomes new members.

Joining is easy - just send the following:

  1. Name and postal address

  2. Contact number

  3. Email address

  4. €15 annual subscription

​  to:

  Roger Greene,

  Hon Treasurer

  121 Millview Lawns,

  Malahide,

  Co. Dublin

  or 

  make yourself known at the door at one of our talks or at the museum.

Monthly  talks

All talks take place in Presbyterian Church Hall, Dublin Road at 8pm on 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Free parking in public car park opposite.
Admission: Members €3.      Non-members €5

All welcome, no booking required.

Speaker programme for the Winter 2019 and
Spring 2020 seaons:


October: Finnuala May: The Casino, Malahide and Fry Model Railway


November: Ida Milne:  'Stacking the Coffins - The Flu Pandemic 1919, 


December: George Williams: Headfort House and the Taylour Legacy.


January; A. Herron on the Development of Ardgillan House


February: S. Boyne on Emmet Dalton 1916 and the Free State Army.


March: Garry Ahern: The Southern Cross Flight from Portmarnock, 1930 and its Global Circumnavigation.


April: R. Goodbody on The Creation of Howth Harbour .


May: Recent MHS photographic acquisitions.

 

We welcome suggestions re possible speakers or topics, preferably with a local relevance. Ideas to: malahidehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Site updated 5 Nov, 2019
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Updated 27 January 2018

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