Update 9/9/2023

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


18th September 2023

See previous lectures for 2023,22,20 and 2019 HERE
Professor Michael Laffan

Michael Laffan lectured widely in Ireland and across the globe, including UCD, for over three decades. He was head of the UCD School of History and Archives. He is now an emeritus professor, and former President of the Irish Historical Society. He has published widely on Modern Irish History. The editor of The Burden of German History; 1919-1945 (1988), his writings include The Partition of Ireland 1911-1925 and The Resurrection of Ireland: The Sinn Féin Party, 1916-1923.

The Irish Civil War:

A Centenary Assessment

by Professor Michael Laffan

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


Further talks and lectures for the Autumn and Winter will be confirmed over the summer months 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