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Michael John Hurley was born in Baldoyle County Dublin 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,The Light of Other Days, An Introduction to The Wild Flowers of Baldoyle, A Quick Guide To Old Baldoyle, The Story of Stapolin. Cill Fhionntáin, Sutton, Baldoyle Musical Society 40th Anniversary, Baldoyle 1911 - The Census Year, The Great Northern Railway (Ireland) in the areas of Baldoyle, Howth, Sutton, County Dublin,The Howth Peninsula From Old Postcards (with Anne Murphy). 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 photo presentations to community groups in the area of north Dublin.