Local Historian Honoured

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Cathy Scuffil with her medalWe are delighted to announce that Cathy Scuffil, Historian in Residence with Dublin City Council (South Central area) has been awarded a silver medal by the Old Dublin Society for her paper on the South Circular Road on the eve of the First World War.  Professor Frank Barry from Trinity College Dublin presented the medal to Cathy on 21st June and praised her research which she undertook initially for an MA in Local History from Maynooth University.  Cathy brings her knowledge and love of history to groups and schools all over the Crumlin, Ballyfermot, Dolphin’s Barn, Walkinstown, Kimmage and Dublin 8 areas of the city.


the Old Dublin Society medal

Some information about the Old Dublin Society medal:

The Old Dublin Society was founded in 1934. Ten years later, the President at the time, Dr George Little, gave a silver medal for the best paper read by a member at one of the Society's meetings and published in 'The Dublin Historical Record'. This was known as 'The President's Medal' and this continued until Dr Little’s resignation in 1955. The Council then decided to continue awarding the medal, but calling it 'The Society's Medal'. Since 2016 articles submitted for publication by non-members of the Society are now eligible for the award as long as they feature original research on aspects of the history of the city and county of Dublin. The medal is now awarded for the best paper published in 'The Dublin Historical Record' in a calendar year, the winner being decided by majority vote of the Council.


I missed your recent talk in Drimnagh Castle. I was looking forward to hear your thoughts on the history of Drimnagh .I lived all my life beside the Castle and remember it when it
entered by the main gate in Lansdowne Valley . The gate framing the Castle door with precision. The long passage between the circular entrance and the castle was impressive.
MR. HATCH (a dairy farmer ) was the resident in the castle. He also had a town address in Leeson Street. He told us at the time that he was taking steps to ensure the castle and
land would be secured. We later found that left the Castle and the land to the Archbishop of Dublin in his will.( IRISH TIMES 1971)hence the building of the schools there. My main
interest is that we helped FR. DWYER to set up the chapel in the coach house ."The Sunday Irish Press" done a feature on Mass in a castle with photographs. I would love to
see the photographs of the castle at the time again. Can you locate these photos?
Best Regards,
Dermot Miley

Hi Dermot,

Cathy may not see your comment here .


If you wish to find the photograhs you mention your best bet might be to use the 'Irish Newspaper Archives' service available in all Dublin City libraries. Staff can show you how to search for the article you mention.


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