Welcome to the Website of Howth Peninsula Heritage Society


We are pleased to advise and to confirm that arising from the effectiveness of the ongoing vaccination programme, with its consequential easing of health concerns around the Covid crises, our ‘live’ monthly lectures in the Sea Angling Club have resumed after a 2-year period of online ‘zoom’ talks.

We are currently exploring a ‘hybrid’ option to facilitate by ‘zoom’ those members and supporters who are unable for any reason, or restricted in any way, from attending at the Club.

Members and supporters will be advised of progress with this ‘hybrid’ option through our Facebook page or through this website, www.howthheritage.com


Tribute by Lorcan Blake, chairperson of the Howth Peninsula Heritage Society, on the death of Dermot Quinn, long-time secretary of the Society.

Dermot's funeral mass took place at St. Fintan's Church on Thursday 12 May at 10am.

Irene, Helen, Stephen and the extended Quinn family, I wish to express on behalf of the Heritage Society, our deepest sympathies on your great loss. Dermot's commitment to the Society, as our long serving and most respected Honorary Secretary and M.C. of our monthly talks, had no bounds. His attention to detail, to decision making and to the most accurate accounts of proceedings is legendary. His passing leaves a huge void and a legacy of gentleness, kindness and loyalty. Dermot was a fountain of knowledge and in essence the rock of the society. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

- Lorcan Blake, Chairman, HPHS.

On behalf of the Committee of the HPHS:
Daire Ni Laoi, Lorcan Blake, Pat Murphy, Gerry Langford, Billy Morgan, Paddy Daly, Edgar McLoughlin, Sean O'Brien, Richard Dunne, Philip O'Connor and Jeannette Brazel

+++ Update 2020/09/28 +++

From September 2020, in view of the continuing pandemic-related situation placing restrictions on social gatherings, we are changing our lecture delivery to an online mode. The inaugural presentation via online, was "East Asia by Yacht - Its History and People", which was presented by Pat Murphy on September 29, 8:00 PM.

Please click here to our Activities / News page to read more about this announcement and our plans going forward.

Function of the Society

The primary aim of the Society is to promote all aspects of history and heritage as they relate to the Island of Ireland, and where relevant, to the Howth Peninsula. In pursuit of this, the Society will aim to preserve all key historical, cultural and environmental features of the Howth Peninsula and will contribute to the local community by promoting educational, tourism, and recreational initiatives and developments, which are underpinned by our unique natural and cultural heritage.

Monthly Lectures of the Society

By seeking to enquire and to explore into relevant areas of heritage and history, the Society runs a monthly lecture series excluding the summer months of July and August, and the Christmas month of December. The meetings are held normally on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Sea-Angling Centre on the West Pier, Howth.

A list of upcoming lectures, including date and venue, is maintained to the right on this page; click on each poster link to view an enlarged version. The type and variety of lectures may be gleaned from the sample of past lecture posters which can be seen on the right of the page by scrolling down. A full list of past lectures and events we have arranged may be viewed on our Archives Page.

Local Community Activities of the Society

In addition to running the monthly lectures series, the society concerns itself with: