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Thanks to lots of hard work – an almost complete listing of our Library is available online.
This extensive listing currently includes 9561 entries. This will only grow.

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As Placido Castro, Galicia, Spain visits Ireland in the late 1920s
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Of Planters and Settlers – Brendan Ryan
Available in our Store

Of Planters and Settlers
In this work the author seeks to trace the origins of the first settlers who acquired land in west King’s County, estates that had belonged to the MacCoghlan clan (or hundreds of years. In some cases he succeeds in unearthing their Doom back to the 16th century. Some of these landed gentry faded into oblivion while others found fame and fortune on life’s broader canvas. Famous names like Guinness and Mahon Bank, Estee Lauder and Lafayette Photographers all had their connections in the west Offaly countryside. And how a rural village in Cumbria, England, gave its name to a King’s County village, Belmont.

4 New Books added to the Store

Ballinabrackey Parish History Ballinabrackey, Castlejordan and Ballyboggan (Trim 2013) SB, €10
Noel French

The Parish of Ballinabrackey is located between Kinnegad and Edenderry. The modern parish is made up of almost equal parts of counties Meath and Offaly. Within its borders is the meeting place of the three small rivers which make up the early course of the river Boyne. There are a number of significant historic sites within the parish: Ballyboggan Abbey, Castlejordan, Kilkieran and Ballinabrackey. This booklet describes the area and records its story from pre-historic times. The history of a number of the important people connected to the area is recalled including J.L. Carew, friend of Parnell, Thomas Hussey, first President of Maynooth College and Fr. Robert Callary, founder of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society.

Flour Power, The Story of the Odlum Flour Milling Families (2015) SB,€14
Stephen Odlum

This book traces the history of five generations of the Odlum family involved in flour milling in Ireland from the 1820s to the 1990s. It examines the social, political and economic environment in which they lived and worked. Once an important part of the industrial and farming framework of Ireland, flour milling has all but disappeared. This book looks at the highs and lows of that industry that came to be dominated by the Odlums brand whose distinctive owl logo is still a familiar sight today.

Heritage of Our Land Ballykilmurray/Ballinamere (Tullamore, 2015)  SB, €10.
Michael Dalton

The book starts with the Esker Riada – a product of the ice age, which was formed in Ireland approx 10 thousand years ago. It also researches the Heritage of the area together with information on Ballycowen Castle, Tahilly Church and High Cross, the De Burgo Chalice, Ballykilmurray Castle, the Mass Rock in Ballinough taking us back to Penal times.  The book also provides valuable information on areas like Ballinamere and Doory.

Racing through the Midlands  Westmeath & Offaly (Kilbeggan 2015) SB, €20
Stan McCormack

The book includes the story of Pat Smullen, Michael O Leary’s famous Gigginstown House Stud and Tally Ho’s historic stud. The book covers famous horses like Brown Jack, L’Escargot and Vaguely Noble.  It also includes the history of  Kilbeggan Racecourse and other Midland racecourses.  The racing family the Brabazons and Aubrey Hasting’s trainer of 4 Grand National winner is mentioned.

Reflections The Goodbody Factory Is also back in stock.

This book is an attempt to record the reflections of some former employees of J & L F Goodbody Ltd., of their years working at the factory. It is hoped that the book brings enjoyment to the reader and may enlighten future generations of the life and times of the employees of J & L F Goodbody Ltd., during the period from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Offaly Heritage Books For Sale Updated October 2015

Offaly History Newsletter October 2015

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Offaly Heritage 8 available for sale!

Offaly Heritage 8 - Hardback

Offaly Heritage 8

This is the eight volume of essays by the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society on the history of county Offaly,
Formerly Kings county.

With essays from historians, writers and academics the volume makes a significant contribution to existing scholarship.

It is available in two versions on our Store, Paperback and Hardback.

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The Admin Team on the Clara Past Facebook page are in the process of creating a book of photographs from people connected to Clara both at home and overseas.
If you would like to have your photograph considered for inclusion in the book’ Go to the Clara Past Facebook page and upload your Photograph.

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.


Clann E-Newsletter Feature!!

Offaly History was featured on the current issue of Clann – The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Foundation.

You can view the current issue here or download the PDF from their website.

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