Hugh Mahon: Patriot, Pressman, Politician, Volume 2: Politician: the years from 1901 to 1931 [now published] By Jeff Kildea
Introduction from Offaly History As a political agitator, journalist, businessman and politician, Hugh Mahon had a varied and fascinating life. Born in Offaly, he and his family migrated to America in 1869, but returned to Ireland in 1880 after their American dream failed. He was active in the Land League in County Wexford which led … Continue reading Hugh Mahon: Patriot, Pressman, Politician, Volume 2: Politician: the years from 1901 to 1931 [now published] By Jeff Kildea
The Story of Bog Butter. By John Dolan
Bog butters are large white or yellow waxy deposits regularly discovered within the peat bogs of Ireland and Scotland. They represent an extraordinary survival of prehistoric and later agricultural products, comprising the largest deposits of fat found anywhere in nature. Often found in wooden containers or wrapped in animal bladders, they are considered to have … Continue reading The Story of Bog Butter. By John Dolan
Lady Beaujolois Bury, the prayerful artist of Charleville Castle, Tullamore. By Michael Byrne
The prayer book of Lady Beaujolois Bury of Charleville Castle, Tullamore was donated to the Offaly History Centre by the late Jane Williams some years ago. Like some family bibles it contains on two of the blank pages scraps of the family lineage of her ladyship and her siblings, the third and fifth earls of … Continue reading Lady Beaujolois Bury, the prayerful artist of Charleville Castle, Tullamore. By Michael Byrne
Offaly GAA blessed with some great club history publications: sources for Offaly History and Society, no. 7. By Kevin Corrigan
Offaly GAA blessed with some great club history publications: sources for Offaly history and society, no. 7. GAA is very fortunate to have a number of fabulous club history publications at its disposal. Clubs such as Clara, Daingean, Edenderry, Kilcormac/Killoughey, Seir Kieran and Tullamore have produced particularly comprehensive and detailed club histories and their value … Continue reading Offaly GAA blessed with some great club history publications: sources for Offaly History and […]
The rediscovery of Bloomville, County Offaly. Christopher Fettes
On June 15th 1991, I climbed a locked gate marked Bloomville, just as the rain stopped and the sun came out. There were some lovely beeches, but no sign of a house. I then spotted two ancient chestnuts, and it was only then that I could see the house in the distance. It was a … Continue reading The rediscovery of Bloomville, County Offaly. Christopher Fettes
6 Sources for Offaly History and Society. ‘Offaly one hundred Years Ago’: A compendium by John Wright and published in 1890 as ‘The King’s...
Written and compiled by John Wright- owner/editor of the King’s County Chronicle, Birr, from 1872 until his death in 1915 – the book was published early in 1890 as ‘The King’s County Directory’. His son Archie succeeded and died in 1954. Increasingly, over the intervening years, it has been treasured as an invaluable source of … Continue reading 6 Sources for Offaly History and Society. ‘Offaly one hundred Years Ago’: A compendium by John Wright and published in 1890 as […]
THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
James Scully NOTEABLE FUNERARY MONUMENTS IN COUNTY OFFALY PART 1. OCCUPATIONAL SYMBOLS Over the past few months I have been finalizing a book on the memorials in Saint Rynagh’s Graveyard in Banagher. For some time now the recording of the transcriptions has been complete but the decision to add a description of each memorial has … Continue reading THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
5 Researching Irish history – using historic maps: exploring Geashill village, County Offaly since the 1830s
Researching Irish family history can be challenging due to the lack of written records. Owing to variation in the legislative union of Ireland, Scotland and Wales with England, registration of births, deaths and marriages was different in each country and comparatively late in Ireland. In Ireland, state registration of non-Catholic marriages began in 1845, … Continue reading 5 Researching Irish history – using historic maps: exploring Geashill village, County Offaly since the 1830s
Thomas Dunne of Ballinagar, Offaly: ‘A Sterling Irishman’. By John Malone
In December 1968 Thomas [Tommy] Dunne received the tribute of a soldier’s burial from surviving I.R.A comrades in Offaly and the army in Annaharvey graveyard, near Tullamore. Thomas Dunne grew up in Ballinagar (between Daingean and Tullamore) along with his siblings Mary, Richard, Margaret and James in the late 1800s. Their father was Tommy … Continue reading Thomas Dunne of Ballinagar, Offaly: ‘A Sterling Irishman’. By John Malone
4. Sources for Offaly History from NUIG
This week we have a really useful guide to local studies from our friends in NUIG. It provides guides and links to major topographical sources and will save time while providing useful links. https://library.nuigalway.ie/media/jameshardimanlibrary/Local-Studies-Resources-Guide-2014.pdf
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.