About Malahide Historical Society


Malahide Historical Society was founded in 1978 with the following aims:

● . To find out the history of the Malahide area.
● . To gather details of events both major and minor, record them and narrate them through lectures and walks. 
● . To instil a love of Malahide village and surroundings among the people who live here.
● . To preserve the unique qualities of Malahide, which may be in danger of being lost.
● . In the long term to produce a booklet on the history of the Malahide area. 
● . To establish a Museum.

The Society organises regular lectures, usually on the second Wednesday of the months from October though May on a wide variety of topics. See programme on Home page. These take place in the Presbyterian Church Hall, Dublin Road, Malahide at 8 PM 


The last aim was achieved in 1988 when the Cottage Museum was opened in the grounds of Malahide Castle, just inside the main gates on the Back Road. In 2007 the museum moved to new premises in the Craft Courtyard adjacent to the rear entrance to the Castle. However, when the Castle and courtyard underwent major conservation and development works In 20012 the museum closed and the collection was put in storage. Fingal County Council  subsequently granted us several rooms in the building known as the Steward's House, the two storey three bay house in the coach park adjacent to the visitor reception area for the castle. We have an eclectic collection on display together with several audio visual programmes. Entry is free and the museum is manned by Society volunteers - see Home page for opening hours. 

Several issues of the NEWSLETTER are distributed to mebers annually. 100 issues have been published to date.  These contain articles of local historical interest. A complete bound set of the back numbers is available in the Local Studies of Malahide Library. Copies of back numbers and a comprehensive index of sources for local historical research are available at a cost of €1 per copy with postage free for orders in excess of three from the address below. The index will be available on-line at this site at a later date.

● Photographic Archive.
The Society has built a substantial archive of images of Old Malahide comprising, postcards, old photographs and digital copies where the owner wishes to retain the originals or copyright restrictions may apply. We are always keen to receive additions either as gifts or to make digital copies and return originals.

● 'Malahide Houses of Note' Project
This on-going project aims to collect as much history as possible about significant houses in the Malahide area, of which over seventy have so far been identified. Society members are encouraged to 'adopt' a house and research it's history and former residents.
Anyone (including non members) wishing to become involved or with information to contribute is asked to contact the project coordinator Michael Ryan at 43 Biscayne, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland, Tel. 01 8451967 or write to the e-mail address below.

● Shops, Cinemas and other Businesses in Malahide
Another on-going project collecting information about businesses, trades, shops, etc. in Malahide in the past. See the Shops page.

● Schools Liaison 
The Society works with 6th class teachers with regard to the local history module of the curriculum.

● Oral history recording
Selected older residents are approached to record their reminiscences.

Malahide Historical Society is seeking new members. The subscription is €15. No special skills are required; just an interest in the past or perhaps some of the above activities. Your support would be much appreciated.

Roger Greene, 121 Millview Lawns, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel. (01) 8451967 or send an e-mail to