Update 8/03/2023

Main Street, Blackrock at the turn of the 19th century


See previous lectures for 2022 and 2020/2019 HERE


A Life and Experiences Abroad – Peter Gunning

Peter Gunning

The next talk will be on Thursday the 23rd March and will be by Ambassador Peter Gunning – former Irish Permanent Representative to the Council of the European Union, and other Irish Ambassadorial roles throughout the world. The talk will be on aspects of Peter’s experiences in the EU, USSR/Russia, and the Middle East – including Egypt and Iran and should prove to be fascinating in the current challenging political climate.

Please note there is an attendance charge of €5 for non-members of Blackrock Society


Further talks and lectures will be confirmed over the next few weeks and this site will be updated. If you are interested in giving a talk, please contact Douglas by email at info at blackrocksociety.ie


All lectures are at 8.00pm and are held in





Blackrock Society is supported by local businesses and is a Member of the Federation of Local History Societies.

Blackrock Society – Aims

Rowan Gillespie’s Blackrock Dolmen erected in 1987

The aims of Blackrock Society are to:

To create an awareness of the history, culture and indeed, the peculiarities of the County Dublin town of Blackrock, together with its surrounds, thus adding to the local community’s sense of itself.

To help preserve the unique character of Blackrock from diffusion or loss.

To record details of events, both local and national, consider their impact, and disseminate them through lectures and visits.

To publish an annual illustrated journal of our activities including lectures, discussions and trips.

We have been endeavouring to promote these aims from our inception in 1992.

Want to join Blackrock Society? Then please click here to download our membership form