I proceeded to Dundalk, town famous in the annals of Ireland. Is well situated for trade and has the advantage of a very safe bay. From the ruins of the walls and castles, concluded it must have been formerly a place of great strength.
C.J. Bowen, A Tour through Ireland 1790, (Dublin,1791), p.242.
The Society was established in the late Autumn of 1964 and in the intervening months had regular meetings, at which lectures were delivered or papers read on many varied subjects covering the historical, ecclesiastical, educational, and industrial life of the town from earlist times to the present day.
The Society in the early years of its foundation were actively pursuing the following projects :-
- Reclamation of Seatown Graveyard.
- Publishing of Tempest Annual. (Final publication of the Annual 1976) Compiling of a History of Dundalk Port.
- Provision of a Museum.
- Research covering many aspects of the town’s history.
- Preparation of a guide- book to Dundalk and district.
All the above projects were eventually achieved, and or were brought about by various interventions.
The re-publishing of The Tempest Annual and Dundalk town directory in 1965 to 1976 (10) issues was a watershed initiative on behalf of the Society for developing a renewed interest in local history in Dundalk.