Heritage Events from Offaly History 18-31 August 2019
Yes we are extending our events to conclude on 31 August with the Mary Ward book launch about which more in our blogs of 24 and 31 August. In the meantime you can download a PDF from Offaly County Council Heritage Officer Amanda Pedlow of all the county events. Lots of things including book launches … Continue reading Heritage Events from Offaly History 18-31 August 2019 […]
Tanyard Lane, Tullamore: a hive of economic activity. Michael Byrne
Offaly History has organised a walking tour of Tanyard Lane on Sunday 18 August as part of Heritage Week at 2.30 pm meeting at the Library. The place has changed over 270 years right up to 25 July when the new Lidl store opened largely on site of the laundry, glass factory/wholesale and part of … Continue reading Tanyard Lane, Tullamore: a hive of economic activity. Michael Byrn […]
Vintage Week before it was Vintage! Military sports and spectacles at Birr Barracks in August 1919. By Stephen Callaghan
For the past 51 years Birr Vintage Week has commenced around the month of August, with only in recent years it taking in the August bank holiday weekend. While the festival is in its 51st year, 100 years ago on 4 August 1919 the army at Birr Barracks had organised a program of military sports … Continue reading Vintage Week before it was Vintage! Military sports and spectacles at Birr Barracks in August 1919. By Stephen Callaghan […]
The Harbour of my Dreams – Tullamore’s very grand canal dock by Fergal MacCabe
All over the world, as maritime trade moves downstream and heavy goods are transported by motorway, redundant docks and harbours have become prime targets for urban redevelopment. In my work as a town planning consultant, I visited renewal schemes from Buenos Aires to Barcelona and from Boston to Bilbao. Some have been very successful – … Continue reading The Harbour of my Dreams – Tullamore’s very grand canal dock by Fergal MacCab […]
Old friends in Bank of Ireland, Tullamore: forty years on, 1979–2019 by Cosney Molloy
I once again visited my old friends in Tullamore in the last few weeks. I was down from D4 to sort out a charity account with Bank of Ireland in O’Connor Square. I had to make my way through the bollards with the footpath widening. I came on the train of course (thanks Charlie, nice … Continue reading Old friends in Bank of Ireland, Tullamore: forty years on, 1979–2019 by Cosney Molloy […]
Fr Willie Cleary, parish priest of Tullamore (died 2015) and fifteen eventful years in Tullamore. By Declan McSweeney
Fr Willie Cleary died after a short illness at Tullamore hospital on Sunday 19 July 2015 aged 80. He had been parish priest of Tullamore from December 1989 until his retirement from that post in September 2004. He was then transferred to Laytown as a curate and was serving there at the time of his … Continue reading Fr Willie Cleary, parish priest of Tullamore (died 2015) and fifteen eventful years in Tullamore. By Declan McSweeney […]
Charlotte Bronte and her association with Banagher. ‘It is a solemn and strange and perilous thing for a woman to become a wife.’ Offaly Literary...
Banagher’s Cuba Court (now demolished) is said to date from the 1730s and may have been constructed by one George Frazer, a former Governor of Cuba and perhaps to a design of Sir Edward Lovett Pearce. The house was unroofed in 1946 because, like so many Irish houses, it was ruined by the policy on … Continue reading Charlotte Bronte and her association with Banagher. ‘It is a solemn and strange and perilous thing for a woman to become a wife.’ Offaly Literary […]
The Fireworks in Birr in 1851: Optimism after despair. By Michael Byrne
What a marvel it must have been in Birr in the year 1851. The town and the country were barely emerging from the shocking catastrophe of Famine and the associated fevers and deaths. Emigration was everywhere and Irish towns presented a shocking appearance of want and degradation. The town’s historian, Thomas Lalor Cooke, had reflected … Continue reading The Fireworks in Birr in 1851: Optimism after despair. By Michael Byrn […]
Flann O’Brien and the Tullamore Connection. Offaly Literary Associations, no 5. Michael Byrne.
The flat countryside around Tullamore left a deep impression on the future writer’s mind. And when, 20 years later, he wrote an existentialist murder mystery called The Third Policemen, set mainly in a nether afterworld, he used Offaly as his model. Flann O’Brien (1911-66) was the well-known Irish novelist and political commentator. He was born … Continue reading Flann O’Brien and the Tullamore Connection. Offaly Literary Associations, no 5. Michael Byrne. […]
Local Government in Offaly: The county council and marking 120 years of local democracy. Michael Byrne
Poor Law Unions from 1838 The development of local government institutions in County Offaly can be traced back to the mid-nineteenth century when poor law unions under boards of guardians were established at Roscrea, Birr, Mountmellick, Edenderry and Tullamore. Each union had its workhouse financed by the striking of a poor law rate. The … Continue reading Local Government in Offaly: The county council and marking 120 years of local democracy. Michael Byrn […]
Offaly History (short for Offaly Historical & Archaeological) was first formed in 1938 and re-established in 1969 and is located at Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly since 1993(next to the new Tullamore D.E.W Visitor Centre).
We are about collecting and sharing memories. We do this in an organised way though exhibitions, supporting the publication of local interest books, our website Offalyhistory.com , Facebook, open evenings, our library and offices at Bury Quay.