Digital Heritage Projects

The current circumstances have provided an opportunity to move a number of our heritage projects online. Below are pieces of oral history captured on video, drone films, an online exhibition and colouring book pages to download.


Fingal’s Heritage from Above

The is a series of films featuring the heritage sites of Fingal that was launched during Heritage Week 2020. A collaboration between Mark Broderick, Digital Officer and Christine Baker, Heritage Officer the series begins with the intriguing stories of the Skerries Islands and continues with Drumanagh Promontory Fort and Newbridge Demesne.

Skerries Islands:

Drumanagh Promontory Fort:

Newbridge Demesne: 



Fingal Heritage from Above - Balbriggan

Fingal Thatch Tradition - Thatch Project Video

Fingal Thatch Project Video

Fingal was renowned in the past for its thatched buildings. Unfortunately there has been a reduction in the numbers of thatched cottages and houses that survive. There is also an important social history aspect to the heritage of thatch from language and folklore to traditional skills. The Fingal Thatch Project 2022 is surveying and recording the surviving buildings and sharing the stories of thatch.

For #HeritageWeek2022 as one of our Fingal Heritage Digital Projects we are premiering our Fingal Thatch Project Video above


The Heritage X Climate Project

The Heritage X Climate Project is asking people across the county to get involved while out and about in their locality to help to monitor, measure and report the impacts of climate change on the heritage of the county. This is a means of engagement with the tangible impacts of climate change through the already familiar heritage features within the local landscape. Not only does the project raise awareness of the effects of climate hazards to beloved local landmarks of sites, monuments, geology, gardens and structures but provides a positive means for communities to monitor these effects and contribute to the response to climate change. For more details visit  Heritage and Climate Change



Heritage X Climate Project 2022

Fingal Heritage: Two Minute Talks 

A range of Fingal County Council staff who encounter heritage in their work, share short stories that shows the rich and diverse nature of heritage of Fingal form the curtains of Newbridge House to combining creativty and heritage

Karen de Lacey - Fingal Archives, The Burning of Coast Guard Stations in Fingal.

Fionnuala May – County Architect, The Newbridge House Curtains.

Tricia Matthews - Creative Ireland and Heritage.

Christine Baker – Heritage Officer, The Archaeology of Small Things.

Caroline Cowley – Public Art Co-ordinator, The Perishable Picnic.

Bríd Ryan - Conservation and Remodelling works at the Casino, Malahide – a New home for the Fry Model Railway.

Brian O’Connor – Stella's Tower & St. Catherines Church, Portrane.

Bernie Kelly – Irish officer, Ag ceiliúradh ár dteanga dhúchais, cuid lárnach d’ár noidhreacht chultúrtha / Celebrating our native language Irish a central part of our culture.

Duncan Henderson - Ardgillan Castle – Combining Heritage With Creativity.

Helena Bergin - Architectural Conservation Officer,  Protecting Fingal’s Architectural Heritage.

St Doulagh’s Church 3D Virtual Tour

The 3D Virtual Tour, developed by Resurrecting Monuments and the Friends of St Doulagh’s provides online access to a self-guided tour of the church building and baptistry. The present church of St Doulagh’s has elements from the 12th century with a series of later additions. The vaulted stone roof is at 68 degrees the steepest in Ireland. Associated with the anchorite St Doulagh, there is a hermit’s cell in the entrance hall reputed to the burial place of the founder. An archaeological geophysical survey was undertaken in the surrounding fields in 2009 showed the church site was enclosed by a series of ditches, one of which was radiocarbon dated in to the mid-9th century. By the roadside is a short-armed granite cross that was formerly in the graveyard. Also, nearby are holy well, one of which is enclosed by an octagonal baptistry.

Access tour here: St Doulagh’s Church 3D Virtual Tour

St. Doulagh's

Snapshots of Fingal’s Past

Snapshots of Fingal’s Past presents photographs that capture Fingal’s past and the stories that lie behind them. This heritage project takes the form of an online exhibition featuring the stories of people, places, sports and traditions submitted by the people of Fingal. Members of the Fingal Heritage Network also present stories from their areas.

To view the Snapshots online exhibition go to

To see Fingal Heritage Network pieces:

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Eamon Madden, Kettles Heritage Society

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Pat Kelly, Lusk Heritage Group

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Jim Lacey, Blanchardstown/Castleknock Historical Society

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Brendan Grimes, Skerries Historical Society

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Peader Bates, Donabate Historical Society

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Eamonn Grogan, Donabate Historical Society

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Jim Owens, Howth Peninsula Heritage Society

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Cloghran Historical Society

Snapshots of Fingal's Past: Swords Historical Society



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Colouring Fingal’s Heritage

This colouring book depicts wonderful illustrations that capture the essence of Fingal's exceptional heritage. By matching cultural heritage with creativity this publication aims to introduce these sites and stories to new and varied audiences, both young and old(er)! Drawings are of varied detail to encourage all levels of colouring enjoyment. The majority of the sites included are open to the public and are there to be enjoyed by all the family. The project was undertaken by the Christine Baker, Heritage Officer in conjunction with Sara Nylund of Abarta Heritage. Copies can be collected from Fingal Libraries Week or you can download the individual pages here