Welcome to Skerries
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Skerries ( Na Sceirí, meaning "(The Rocks") is a seaside town in Co Dublin, now part of theFingal council area. The name comes from the Norse word Skere which has descended into the Irish word Na Sceirí which means ¨The Rocks.¨
Skerries has five islands off its coast. These are Shenick Island, St Patricks, Colt and Rockabill. Rockabill is in fact two islands, "The Cow" and "The Calf", separated by a narrow channel. There is also Red Island, which is a Tied Island. The town itself is built around two long streets - Strand Street and Church Street and between the surrounding hills of North Fingal and low-lying beaches. Red Island, Mill Hill, Hillside, the public Ardgillan Park and Demesne, Barnageera and to a lesser extent Baldungan Castle are high points on which you can look over the town.
Rockabill has the largest numbers of breeding Roseate Terns in Europe. It is also the farthest away from the town and has a Lighthouse. On Shenick Island can be found a Martello Tower, one of a number of defensive towers erected during the Napoleonic era along the Irish coast by the British. Shenick is accessible on foot at the lowest tides, but this is inadvisable, due to the relatively rapid fill caused by the turning tide. The other islands are harder to reach, but it is possible by boat. Red Island also has a Martello Tower. St Patrick's Island is so called because this is where the Irish Patron Saint is reputed to have landed and begun his mission to convert the country to Christianity.
Population in 2011 in the Urban area was 8,344.
Skerries Reaching Out
We are currently researching worldwide for descendents of people who originally came from Skerries or its environs with a view to assisting them in their research and inviting them back to the town of their ancestors for a visit or by becoming part of an extended 'virtual' community.
Our team members are:- John Coleman (Chair), Geraldine Clarke (Hon. Sec.), Michael Branagan (Treasurer), Emer McLoughlin, Martin Scully, Ollie Grimes, David Diebold, Valerie McGuinness, Joan Guildea, Oona Roycroft, Dee Langton and Eugene Osborne.
We would be delighted if you would leave a message on our message board. Alternatively contact us directly by email:- firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you and being of assistance.
Best of luck with your research.