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Joining / Renewing Offaly History Membership for 2014 / 2015

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OFFALY HISTORICAL & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Telephone: 057-9321421

Opening hours 9-4.30 Mon-Friday office and family history

Thursdays 7.30p.m.- 10.30 p.m. Library evening Web site: Email:

New to Offaly History- A Nightingale Falling DVD

A Nightingale Falling
This Film is available to purchase online or to pick up at our shop in Bury Quay.

Ireland 1920. On discovering a wounded British Officer during the Irish War of independence, two sisters must outwit British and IRA forces in an attempt to save his life as well as confront their own personal rivalry. A powerful drama of deep dark secrets based on the acclaimed novel by PJ Curtis.

Forthcoming Events


Adams Graham poster

Adams Graham poster

Library Catalogue (PDF Format, Downloadable)

Library Catalogue

Germany Trip April 2015


For details on the society’s trip to Germany in April 2015  click here ITINERARY East Germany Booking form for Germany trip Here

Family History

Family History

Offaly Historical Society is the designated research centre for the counties of Offaly (formerly called King’s County) and Laois (formerly called Queen’s County). The Centre offers a full research service. All initial enquiries are answered promptly within 2 – 3 working days and you will be advised how much information is located within all the Church Records, Civil Records, census records, some graveyard records and all other sources that are available at our centre.  Our head research officer Margaret has sixteen years experience working in family history. She also has a wealth of local knowledge and is on hand to advise on the local area.

Enquirers can write to us with their request to Offaly History. Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Ireland or fill in an application form on our website here  or why don’t you email Margaret your family history request- The name of the family, the location, the dates or any information you know and she will search all records available and let you know how much information she may uncover on your ancestors. The fee for this initial assessment is Euro 20.

She will advise if there is enough information uncovered to compile a family history report and put together in a book form, to include a map of the parish where your family came from, also photos of the area long ago.  if you require baptismal certificates, she will furnish you with the name of the Parish Priest.


December 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter


Lectures on Offaly History Topics for 2015 and available to towns and villages in Offaly

kings_baronies_1770.jpgOffaly History want to develop a list of lectures and walks that we can advertise on line as being available from our members and friends and dealing with County Offaly. The drawing up of this list arises from the fact that each year local societies/towns and villages are looking for speakers and topics and we want to make the story of our own County and subjects  available to the public for a nominal charge to cover expenses and to ensure that adequate preparation is done locally to facilitate the talk. The intention is to promote the subject in County Offaly and border counties. Please note the list is a draft only and your help in improving and extending it would be appreciated. No one has been excluded intentionally so please send your suggestions. The Society will make projection facilities, screen and stand available as may be required.


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