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Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Telephone: 057-9321421

Opening hours 9 a.m-4.30 p.m Mon-Friday Office and Family History

Thursdays 7.30p.m – 10.30 p.m Library evening


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April 2015 Newsletter

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Yarn Testing Machine - Offaly History

Machine For Testing Yarn @ Offaly History

Originally from Tullamore Yarns and now stored in Offaly History
Includes Optic, Machinery and Old Yarn Spool
Yarn Sample Reference Book
Contains Records from 1939 to its closure in 1982

Take a look at the gallery of this machine by clicking the image above or clicking here.
This machine was used to test the amount of twists in the yarn per inch at Tullamore Salts.
A more modern version of this machine can be seen by clicking here

 Forthcoming Events


Professor David Dickson of TCD on: ‘The rise and rise of Dublin 1600-2000: A Midlands perspective’
Monday 20 April at Offaly History Centre, Tullamore at 8pm

‘The rise and rise of Dublin 1600-2000: A Midlands perspective’ As explanatory paragraph, perhaps the following: Dublin’s growth as a major European city only began in the seventeenth century, and its expansion, at times rapid, at times sedate, has continued ever since. But how was the city fed, how it was heated, how was it peopled as it grew over the last four hundred years from a town of little more than 5,000 to a metropolis in excess of a million inhabitants now?


The city has had both a maritime and a territorial supply hinterland, and the counties of west Leinster have formed a major part of the latter. But the intensity of that relationship between the Midlands and Dublin has varied greatly over time, and this talk will try and explore the issue. The old road system, the canals, the fairs, the railways, even farming and land-ownership in the Midlands have all been profoundly affected by the force field of Dublin. But what of the Midlands impact on Dublin?

Old Weighing Scales, Offaly History

March 2015 Newsletter

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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)