Ballyduff Church, Tullamore where mass is again celebrated after a gap of over 200 years. By Offaly History
The old Catholic church at Ballyduff was erected in 1775 and was the first post-Reformation church in Tullamore parish. It was erected in the remote townland of Ballyduff near the centre of Tullamore parish to minimise upset to the authorities at a time when the Penal Laws were still in force. It appears to have … Continue reading Ballyduff Church, Tullamore where mass is again celebrated after a gap of over 200 years. By Offaly History […]
Francis Hitchcock’s War: Stand To, A Diary of the Trenches and its legacy. By Ruth Barton
I first came to Lt Col Francis Clere Hitchcock, OBE, MC via his brother Reginald (Rex). I was writing my biography (Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Hollywood Screen) about the older Hitchcock, and soon realised that one of the defining influences on his life and work was his close relationship with his brother. … Continue reading Francis Hitchcock’s War: Stand To, A Diary of the Trenches and its legacy. By Ruth Barton […]
Mapping Offaly Specially contributed for Offaly History
For Offaly History Mapping Offaly began as a project to map the archaeological sites in Offaly in the mid-1970s. The state archaeological survey was in progress but nothing had been published and some members of the society decided to embark on a project they knew little about but were excited about the prospects. The then … Continue reading Mapping Offaly Specially contributed for Offaly History […]
Ballinagar fifty years ago by John Malone of Ballinagar Historical Society
Ballinagar 50 years ago was a much smaller place than it is now. There were no housing estates, no streetlights or footpaths. There was a row of cottages on the Geashill road and a few houses in the village. Close by was a church and a run-down hall which was the old school. The … Continue reading Ballinagar fifty years ago by John Malone of Ballinagar Historical Society […]
The Papers of St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg. By Damien Burke and Lisa Shortall
Offaly Archives is pleased to announce the publication of the catalogue of the Papers of St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, the result of a collaboration with the Irish Jesuit Archives, Leeson St, Dublin, where the papers are permanently housed. This blog outlines the history of the college at Tullabeg, the scope of what is contained in … Continue reading The Papers of St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg. By Damien Burke and Lisa Shorta […]
Barbados to Birr, the story of Sergeant Gordon Brooker, Leinster Regiment. By Stephen Callaghan
The 11th March 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Sergeant Gordon Brooker of the Leinster Regiment, a soldier who for the best part of the last 96 years was buried in an unmarked grave in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. This is his story. Gordon McNeill Brooker was born around 1886 in the parish of … Continue reading Barbados to Birr, the story of Sergeant Gordon Brooker, Leinster Regiment. By Stephen Callaghan […]
Brigade Activity Reports of the IRA, 1916–23 and Tullamore and Clara in the aftermath of the killing of RIC Sergeant Cronin in October 1920 during...
The Brigade Activity Reports (BAR) series of the Military Service (1916–1923) Pensions Collection, released by the Military Archive recently were compiled from 1935 onwards to assist in the verification of individual applications for pensions; nearly all of the reports include brief descriptions of particular operations undertaken or planned including some in Tullamore, the attacks on … Continue reading Brigade Activity Reports of the IRA, 1916–23 and Tullamore and Clara in […]
Fate and the killing of Sergeant Cronin of Tullamore in October 1920 during the War of Independence: release of Brigade Activity Reports from the...
Two memorial cards: :Terence McSwiney and Henry Cronin. One was killed in retaliation for the death of the other. Most people will readily agree that good fortune in life is dependent on hard work and luck. Getting a break can make all the difference. Policeman Sergeant Henry Cronin was shot at Tullamore’s Henry Street (now … Continue reading Fate and the killing of Sergeant Cronin of Tullamore in October 1920 during the War of Independence: release of Brigade Activity Reports from […]
Early Aviation in and around Offaly by Guy Warner
In 1910, about six weeks before the first successful powered flight in Ireland by Harry Ferguson in Co Down, the King’s County Chronicle reported as follows, ‘Mr Michael Carroll, cycle mechanic, conducted experiments in aviation in the hills adjoining Birr reservoir. An apparatus constructed from calico and bamboo made one or two fitful attempts to … Continue reading Early Aviation in and around Offaly by Guy Warner […]
Jane Molony, the hot lover from Clonony Castle near Ferbane by Cosney Molloy
Spring is in the air and I decided to tip down to Offaly during the week of St Valentine’s and see my old friends in Killoughy and Banagher. There are a still a fair number of Molloys in that part of the world. Everywhere I go now I hear about Tullamore because of the … Continue reading Jane Molony, the hot lover from Clonony Castle near Ferbane by Cosney Molloy […]
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.