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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:

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February 2015 Newsletter

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 Forthcoming Events


Stephen Callaghan on his Survey of the Offaly Cemeteries

“Stephen Callaghan, intern with the heritage office, Offaly County Council will present a talk on his work creating the Offaly burials ground database. The talk will illustrate the burial grounds in the county and the benefits of the project, also the different, unusual, unique and quirky burials encountered during Stephen’s sites visits to over 150 burial grounds in Co. Offaly.”

Monday 2 March

Offaly History Centre – 8pm

 The Grand Canal in Offaly 1794 – 1804

James Scully
Offaly History Centre
8pm Monday 23 March 

2014-15 is the bicentenary of the connection from the Liffey with the Shannon.
The talk will be based on contemporary sources, primary and secondary but mostly on the Grand Canal Minute Books.

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)