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Offaly History and Archaeology Complete List of Books For Sale

New Publications 2017

Rare and Old Books For Sale at Offaly History

Planning in Tullamore and the making of O’Connor Square – Michael Byrne

Agreeing on what will make Tullamore better is not a simple task

O’Connor Square, Tullamore is in the news because of the proposed enhancement works for Tullamore based on a budget of €3m which will see Main Street connected to the Bridge Centre, the laying underground of cables in some of the streets and the re-ordering of O’Connor Square to remove the motor car, in so far as politically possible. What are proposed now are enhancement works to have more pedestrianisation and less of the motor car. It is not planning in the grand manner as the owner of the town, Charles William Bury, the earl of Charleville, was able to do in the fifty years of great expansion in Tullamore from the 1780s to the 1830s. That is the subject of this review, but in looking at the historical record, it is interesting to see how decisions taken at particular junctures over the past 300 years of the town’s history can have an adverse impact later.  [Continue Reading]

Collections relating to 1916 in Offaly History Archives – Lisa Shortall

December 2016 sees the publication of two new books on the subject of the 1916 Rising in Offaly. The first is the latest edition of the journal of Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, Offaly Heritage 9, a collection of essays to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, edited by Dr. Ciarán Reilly. A sister publication from the Society, a new book by Michael Byrne, Tullamore in 1916 – the making of the Tullamore incidentlooks at Tullamore town as a place to live during this tumultuous period of Irish history and the issues confronting the town in terms of housing, local government and employment.[Continue Reading]

Recent and Upcoming Events

At 8 30pm on the 30th of January – Offaly History Centre – Stephen Callaghan will speak on
Stories of the War Dead from Offaly, 1914-18 with a note of awards and medals

Join Stephen Callaghan for an analysis of Offaly’s War dead of the Great War, find out which towns suffered the most casualties and at which battles and in what years. This talk is not just numbers and dates, it is also interspersed with individual stories of bravery, courage and self-sacrifice of those from Offaly who gave the supreme sacrifice.

Stephen will also sign copies of his new book on the old St Brendan’s cemetery in Birr .If you have already bought it bring it along.

Fergal McCabe was at Offaly History centre in Tullamore on the 8th of December to present his lecture on AMBITION AND ACHIEVEMENT-The Civic Visions of Frank Gibney.

Offaly History were at the National Ploughing Festival, Tullamore 2016
Lovely books, maps and DVDs and not only about Offaly. Good discounts for farmers. Discover Rural Ireland today.

Online Archives Catalogue


We launched an online catalogue for archives in August 2016 which is available at It is a work in progress and many more archival descriptions will be added to the database as soon as collections have been catalogued.

It also hosts, in conjunction with Offaly County Council Heritage Office and with the kind permission of Lord Digby of Minterne, Dorset,  digitised images from the Digby Irish Estates Papers, the originals of which remain in Dorset. This is a marvellous resource for researching 19th and early 20th century Offaly, and over 1000 images of rental accounts for the Geashill Estate 1857-1872 are already online, with many more to come in the months ahead.

Offaly History and Offaly Heritage Office would like to acknowledge the support of the Heritage Council for sponsoring both the initial digitisation of the rental volumes and the ongoing archives work in Offaly 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 €10.

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.

Offaly History Books for Sale Catalogue (PDF Format, Downloadable)


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