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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.

Our Mission
To promote Offaly History including community and family history

What we do:

  • Promote all aspects of history in Co. Offaly.
  • Genealogy service for counties Laois and Offaly.
  • Co. Offaly photographic records for study and sale in addition to a limited number of publications on Laois and Irish general historical interest.
  • Purchase and sale of Offaly interest books though the Society’s book store and website.
  • Publication of books under the Society’s publishing arm Esker Press.
  • The Society subscribes to almost all the premier historical journals in Ireland.

Our Society covers a diverse range of Offaly Heritage:

  • Architectural heritage, historic monuments such as monastic and castle buildings.
  • Industrial and urban development of towns and villages.
  • Archaeological objects and artifacts.
  • Flora, fauna and bogs, wildlife habitats, geology and Natural History.
  • Landscapes, heritage gardens and parks, farming and inland waterways.
  • Local literary, social, economic, military, political, scientific and sports history.

Offaly History is a non-profit community group with a growing membership of some 150 individuals.

The Society focuses on enhancing educational opportunities, understanding and knowledge of the county heritage while fostering an inclusive approach and civic pride in local identity. We promote these objectives through:

  • The holding of monthly lectures, occasional seminars, exhibitions and film screenings.
    Organising tours during the summer months to places of shared historical interest.
  • The publication of an annual journal Offaly Heritage – to date nine issues.
  • We play a unique role collecting and digitising original primary source materials especially photographs and oral history recordings
  • Offaly History is  the centre for  Family History research in Counties Laois and Offaly.
  • The Society is linked to the renowned Irish Family Foundation website and Roots Ireland where some 900,000 records of Offaly/Laois interest can be accessed on a pay-per-view basis worldwide. Currently these websites have an estimated 20 million records of all Ireland interest.
  • A burgeoning library of books, CD-ROMs, videos, DVDs, oral and folklore recordings, manuscripts, newspapers and journals, maps, photographs and various artifacts.
  • OHAS Collections
  • OHAS Centre Facilities

The financial activities of the Society are operated under the aegis of Offaly Heritage Centre Limited, a charitable company whose directors also serve on the Society’s elected committee. None of the Society’s directors receive remuneration or any kind. All the company’s assets are held in trust to promote the voluntary activities of the Society. Our facilities are largely free to the public or run purely on a costs-recovery basis.

Acting as a policy advisory body –  Offaly History endeavors to ensure all government departments, local authorities, tourism agencies and key opinion formers prioritise heritage matters.

Meet the current committee:

Our Committee represents a broad range of backgrounds and interests. All share a common interest in collecting and promoting the heritage of the county and making it available to the wider community.

2017 Committee

  • Helen Bracken (President)
  • Pat Wynne (Vice President and Joint Treasurer)
  • Niall Sweeney (Vice President)
  • Michael Byrne (Secretary)
  • Lisa Shortall (Deputy Secretary)
  • Dorothee Bibby (Record Secretary)
  • Charlie Finlay (Joint Treasurer)
  • Darrell Hooper
  • Brian Pey
  • Fred Geoghegan
  • Noel Guerin
  • Henry Edgill
  • Peter Burke
  • Angella Kelly
  • Rory Masterson
  • Shaun Wrafter
  • Ronnie Matthews
  • Oliver Dunne
  • Ciara Molloy
  • Stephen Callaghan (Heritage Items)

If you would like to help with the work of the Society by coming on a sub-committee or in some other way please email us or let an existing member know.

+353-5793-21421 info@offalyhistory.com Open 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri

Offaly Heritage 7

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Offaly Heritage 7, 2013

Editor’s Note Ciarán Reilly

Contents – PDF Format

Notes on Contributors

  • A Ballyduff boy in the new world: my grandfather, Tom Daly, Robert Rovinsky
  • Excavation and conjecture of a late Bronze Age farmstead at Tober, county Offaly Fintan Walsh
  • Tihilly high cross: An exploration of the background, dating, interpretation and commentary on the Tihilly monastic site and high cross, Peter Harbison,
  • Tullamore and surrounding parishes in A Dictionary of Irish Saints Pádraig Ó RiaIn
  • The Ordnance Survey letters of King’s County: their place in the historical literature of the county Michael Byrne
  • A world renowned Ferbane scientist: The Hon. Mary Ward (nee King), 1827-69, Brendan Ryan
  • The case of Alice Delin (Dillon) of Geashill : a death in gaol without due process of law,  Michael Byrne
  • ‘The years are passing overhead and passing dreadful quick’: 150th commemorations for Erin Go Bragh arrival at Moreton Bay Jennifer Harrison,
  • Uncovering William Morris: Designs for Charleville Castle, Tullamore Emma Burke,
  • The minute book of Edenderry Poor Law Union, 1895 Ciaran Reilly,
  • The death of Jim Farrell: Community, society and mortality in county Offaly in the early 1900s Lorna Farrell,
  • The military burials at Birr: From the pyramids of Egypt to the beaches of Normandy Stephen Callaghan,
  • The fall and hopeful rise of Tullamore town centre Fergal MacCabe,

SECTION TWO – FAMILY & ORAL HISTORY

  • James Thomas Jackson of Ballyoran, 1868-1938 Ron C. Cox,
  • From Ballyduff to Langemarck and places in between: A report on research in progress on the Joughin family from Ballyduff, near Tullamore Joe Deverell,
  • Collecting oral history In county Offaly Maurice & Jane O’Keefe
  • The Nestors of Kilnagarnagh: The discovery of an ancestral family line Rosemary McCann,

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