By Balbriggan Historical Society
August is an important month for Heritage as Heritage Week takes place from August 15th to 23rd. Of course due to COVID-19 restrictions it will be very different this year as no public events can take place, instead there will be an emphasis on projects, research and online events. This year’s theme is “Heritage and Education Learning from our Heritage” and what better subject for research than the 1930’s Schools Folklore Collection. Balbriggan Schools were included in this project and a wealth of knowledge about our town and its history and traditions can be found in this fantastic resource available at Duchas.ie. The collection was initiated by the Irish Folklore Commission under the direction of Séamus Ó Duilearga and Seán O Suilleabháin and between 1937 and 1939 more than 50,000 children from 5,000 schools were enlisted to collect folklore in their own district. Why not delve into the stories of our grandparents when they were children and share them with your own children today. We will be sharing some insights into the School collection and of course Balbriggan on our website so watch this space.The Centenary of the Sack of Balbriggan is fast approaching so we will be focussing on this on our Social Media and Website during Heritage Week. We also have exciting news, we will shortly be taking delivery of a limited number of beautiful commemorative coins which will be available to purchase. The coin depicts a scene from the Sack of Balbriggan and the Balbriggan town crest and comes with a booklet which contains a short history of each. We anticipate that this coin will be in huge demand as a momento of this important commemoration, along with the Calendar we produced earlier. Our Chairperson Brian Howley gave a historical tour of Balbriggan for Fingal County Council during July and if you haven’t seen this already you can check out a link to it on our website and Facebook page, you’ll be delighted how much you will learn about your town. The Centenary of the Sack of Balbriggan takes place in September and in line with Government Guidelines it looks like much of that may have to be online also, but we will keep you updated with our plans. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Balbrigganhistory.com.