Museum Opening Hours
The museum is closed for the Winter but will open again for the start of the tourist season.
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 ?
Available from: Manor Books,Church Road, Malahide
and at this society's museum at Malahide Castle.
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
'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
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:
Name and postal address
€15 annual subscription
121 Millview Lawns,
make yourself known at the door at one of our talks or at the museum.
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 Spring 2020 seaons:
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:
Site updated 2 Jan., 2020
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