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Fingal County Council is committed to providing its citizens with a free, accessible, user-friendly, and professional Archives Service. We preserve and provide access to the local government archives and records of Fingal County Council, and its predecessors Dublin County Council, the Dublin Rural District Councils, Town Councils, Boards of Guardians, and County Dublin Grand Jury.

What do we do?

We provide research facilities at Fingal Local Studies & Archives,46 North Street, Swords to anyone interested in the history of local government in Dublin County, in family, social, or local history.

Who uses us?

Researchers, both professional and amateur, groups or individuals, contact us for information held in the Archives. Queries are also welcome by phone, post, or e-mail. Contact details are available at the end of this page.

What do we have?

The Archives hold both public and private-created records and archives.

The Public Records include the records of Fingal County Council, Dublin County Council and other local bodies such as: Council Minutes; Registers of Electors; Departmental Files, Maps and Drawings.


The Private Records include collections either acquired or donated to the Archives, such as:

The Hely-Hutchinson Collection; The Fingall Estate Papers; the Papers of the Hamilton Estate, Barons of Abbottstown; the Records of Cloghran Stud; papers relating to the Battle of Ashbourne 1916, and Bridgid Connolly; the Shackleton Mill Archives, the Minutes of the Fingal Farming Society, and a number of small collections.

How do you access the archives?

From Monday 20th October, researchers and other visitors to Fingal Local Studies and Archives, 46 North Street, Swords will need to make an appointment in advance.

While the reading room will be open as usual, it will be necessary to make an appointment in advance of your visit by telephoning 01-8704496 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected]

Mon - Fri: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Saturday: Closed 

First meeting

Current Events
The Hely-Hutchinsons of Swords and the Great War - An Exhibition

Local history enthusiasts enjoying the exhibition


Our archivist has compiled a list Fingal’s World War 1 Dead, based on a variety of sources.  This database is held in Clonmel House and can be viewed there. While not claiming that it is definitive, it may however prove useful to researchers interested in this topic.

A description of the Hely-Hutchinson Collection is available on the Irish Archives Resource Portal

Irish Archives Search Page

The Minutes of Balbriggan Town Council/Commissioners were digitised for the 150th anniversary of this local government body in Fingal. The Minutes are searchable online at:

Contact Us

The Archivist can be contacted at telephone (01) 8704496 or by email at [email protected]. Most of the archives are available on-site, but some records are held off-site a pre-visit phonecall is always recommended.

By Post : Fingal Local Studies & Archives, 46 North Street, Swords, Co.Dublin
By Email: [email protected]
By Telephone :  (01) 8704496