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Most people know Dublin is a Viking city whose name is derived from old Nordic "Dubh Linn" meaning "Black Pool" but not as many know the direct Viking roots of Baldoyle -"Baile Dubhghaill" which means "The Town of the Dark Stranger".  Did you know?  That is why our school crest features an image of a Viking Long Boat!

Michael J. Hurley, a renowned historian and author, has previously regaled our boys with the fascinating history of our locality.

Michael was born in Baldoyle in June 1950.  He has harboured a lifelong interest in the history of the local hinterland. Michael has written the following books on the locality:

  • Where Came Dark Stranger

  • The View from The Grandstand

  • The Train to Howth

  • Tales of Old Baldoyle

  • Baldoyle The Racecourse Village

  • Baldoyle, Portmarnock, Sutton - A Local History

  • An Introduction to The Wild Flowers of Baldoyle

He has also released two DVD programmes on the locality.  He has a photo collection of some 3,000 local images and gives talks and walks and photo presentations to community groups in the area of north Dublin.  Click here to contact Michael.

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