About the Raheny Heritage Society
Raheny Heritage Society was founded in January 1987 to encourage interest and research into both local and family history. Membership is open to anyone interested in either subject. Non-members are welcome to attend meetings and other society activities.
The society meets regularly and holds exhibitions, outings and lectures on historical and genealogical topics. Over the years the society has assembled a large collection of old photographs and documents relating to Raheny as well as many books and magazines of general historical interest.
Society members are available to give talks to local clubs and schools and to assist those engaged in local history projects and genealogy.
Aims of the Society.
(a) To assist members in personal family history research by discussion, meetings, etc.
(b) To promote and encourage the study of local history.
(c) To collaborate with similar organisations to the extent permitted by the resources of the Society, financial and personal.
Raheny is a modern suburb on the northside of Dublin City, close to the sea and a short commuter distance to the city centre. Formerly it was a compact rural village, surrounded by private estates, small farms and labourers’ cottages. It remained largely unchanged until the spread of Dublin City began in the 1950s when new housing estates crept over the green countryside, with schools, churches and shops built to cater for the growing population. However, with its remaining eighteenth and nineteenth century houses, churches and railway station, it still retains its village atmosphere more than many suburbs of Dublin City.
Some places of interest
- St. Assams Church (C of I)
- The Hayes Cross
- The Millennium Clock
- St. Annes Park Gates
- Raheny Station master's House
- Crescent Cottages in Raheny, built for Samuel Dick, c1790
- An example of a plaque, written by RHS and erected by Raheny Business Association
- The old C of I National School (now a Montessori)
- All Saints Church
- St. Assam’s Church (R.C.
- Milestone on the Howth Road
- Dicks Charity School (now a restaurant)
- Estate Cottages