Tel 018400080.   


POSTAL ADDRESS IS: Swords Historical Society Ltd,
Carnegie Library, North St., Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Cheques should be made out to Swords Historical Society Ltd.

Phone No,  018400080
Mob 086 8650122

Join Swords Historical Society

€ 10 

SWORDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY is thirty years old having been founded in 1982. Since then the voluntary group has spearheaded many projects keeping within their brief to promote, record and research the history of Swords.  Their achievements so far include;   Opening of Swords Museum at the Carnegie Library in 1987;  Initiating Fingal Genealogy Project 1988; Oral History Project (Swords Voices) 1992. They are represented on Fingal Co. Council’s Heritage Forum, Fingal Heritage Network and Board of the Irish Family History Foundation.

If you would like to support this  important work in the community, ensuring future generations will have recorded knowledge of their ancestors and social history of the area,  why not join Swords Historical Society –Membership Fee if €10.00 per annum.

A Hard Auld Station

€ 10 

A HARD AULD STATION or MUSINGS ON ST. COLMCILLE’S CHURCH. SWORDS was published 8 years ago. The history of the church which was built in 1837 is presented by giving a family history of the donors of the Stations of the Cross c1882.


If your family descended from any of these Swords families you should find the book an interesting read:


Taylors and Forsters of Swords House.

Aungiers of Knocksedan and Roganstown

Creans of Knocksedan House

Dunnes the Bakers on North Street

Hoeys from Baskin

Longs of Milton

Longs of Castlefarm

Kettles of Drynam

Phillips who ran the ‘Big Tree’

Valentine and Monica O’Connor

Patrick Cuffe of Mantua

Dr Francis Davis of Cremona

Russell Cruise of Drynam House


The Book containes numerous colour and black & white photos of past priests, school photos a various people who contributed to the life of the parish over the years.


€10.00 including postage.

Initial Search, Your Dublin roots

€ 20 


If your ancestors came from North Dublin, why not let us trace your roots.

20.00 covers the cost of an initial search of our records, which include Parish Registers, Headstone Inscriptions, Interment Records, Swords Roll Books and Apprenticeship records. Dog Licence Registers, Vaccination Records. We also have wide experience of local history, local names, place names, and ‘great houses’. If you wish to avail of our service we will let you know promptly if we can help you. 


Swords Voices

€ 8 


SWORDS VOICES’ our annual publication, now in its nineteenth year is well worth a read to those who wish to hear about the ancient town from those who have experienced its evolvement into what it is today. The stories we present here are just a small sample of the subjects covered, as well as areas outside Swords.


If you would like to read more why not purchase some of our publications:

Swords Voices 1 to 6 are out of print, but others are from No 7 to 18. They cost €7.00 each including postage.. All the books are told in the contributors’own words and are interspersed with lovely old photos illustrating Swords now long gone.


Main Street
Swords, Co Fingal
Our New Swords Voices 2016 edition is now available 

 FINGAL GENEALOGY (NORTH DUBLIN) is managed by Swords Historical Society Ltd.  Affiliated to the Irish Family History Foundation and founded in 1988, the group is part of a network of county centres throughout the island of Ireland.  Researchers are available to help those who wish to trace their North Dublin roots.  Parish Registers  (C.I & R.C) have been indexed by the group with various other local sources; Headstone Inscriptions, Interment Records, Vaccination Records, Roll Books, Dog Licence Records, etc., all aid to finding that elusive ancestor, local place name or town land.        Tel 018400080                                              email:

The 23rd Swords Voices

€ 8 


The 23rd in the Swords Voices series was launched on Sept. 1st last.
This issue contains many stories of 'old Swords' interspersed with photos
old and new.  Stories include Mr James Bennett's  story of 45 years teaching
in St Colmcille's Boys' School, Swords.   Mrs Mary McCormack's tale of how she 
came to live in Swords via Mayo when she was 6 years old.  Memories of 
Swords in days gone by. Mrs Mary Graham, remembered by her daughter Mary and
her shop on North Street.   The Weston ladies in 1916 Rising also 1798. 
Tale of the Kelly Brothers who fought at Ashbourne and GPO during Easter
Week 1916 - varies snippets and poems for your entertainment.. 
Stories of 1916,  A few copies still available