Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Telephone: 057-9321421
Opening hours 9 a.m-4.30 p.m Mon-Friday Office and Family History
Library evening : Thursdays 7.30p.m – 10.30 p.m

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Recent Books Available to Buy at Offaly History

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Offaly Heritage Books For Sale Updated October 2015

Placido Castro

Placido Castro, Galicia, Spain visits Ireland in the late 1920s PDF DOWNLOAD

Pa Martin talking about his beloved Tullamore

A recording made by Dr Brendan White and Paddy Broderick, c. 1965-70

The Offaly History Centre is pleased to be able to give you the voice of Pa Martin talking about his beloved Tullamore. The recording was made by the late Dr Brendan White and his friend Paddy Broderick.


Michael Byrne Talks about the Tullamore Incident of the 20th of March, 1916 @ Offaly History.

The Tullamore incident is a simple story and yet underneath the surface it shows the varieties of tension and the complexities that existed in the Tullamore community and in every town in Ireland at the time because of divided loyalties to the status quo, the men at the Front and to the independence of Ireland. Apart from that the incident has a significant place in the sequence of events leading to the rising, although views differ on how it was perceived at the time.

James P Cullen (Retired General – US ARMY) came to the Offaly History Centre to give his expert analysis on the events of the 1916 Rising in Dublin. This is a talk not to be missed.

Paul Rouse assesses the place of sport in Irish life, tracing the origins of its ball games and the significance of animals to the Irish sporting tradition, from the role of horses and dogs in racing and hunting, to the cocks, bulls, and bears that were involved in fighting and baiting.


ohasbookshelfThanks 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.

Click the link and either search or use the top left bar to select a sub-collection.

As Placido Castro, Galicia, Spain visits Ireland in the late 1920s
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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)