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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 , 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 [email protected] Open 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri

The Shannon Navigation (Hard Back)


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The Shannon Navigation is a treasure waiting to be discovered. As Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon’s banks and lakes were once a major commercial waterway bustling with colour and trade. Today, the Shannon Navigation continues to boast busy harbours, peaceful bays, lively villages and fascinating historical sites. You’ll be amazed at the range of activities along the Shannon Navigation, all set against a backdrop of stunning natural scenery. Harbours and marinas in villages welcome all kinds of watersports and boating enthusiasts. With thriving boat-hire companies and activity centres scattered along the water’s edge, everything you need for your water adventure is located around each flowing bend. If it’s a tranquil escape you’re looking for, enjoy a leisurely wander or take a soothing ride from the seat of a bicycle. Brand new multi-activity trails for paddlers, walkers and cyclists provide a unique and safe experience for visitors. Along the Shannon Blueway and Lough Derg Blueway, new adventures are to be had by young and old alike. For anglers and golfers there are abundant spots and lush courses throughout the countryside just waiting foryou to arrive for a relaxing day of practising your skills. With many spectacular sights along the Shannon, discover the rich history along this ancient trail. From the sixteen-arch bridge at Shannonbridge, said to have been built against a feared Napoleonic invasion, to the 1,400-year-old settlement of Clonmacnoise with its round towers casting shadows over one of the oldest monastic communities in Europe, the River Shannon’s stories run so deep you can almost feel them emanating from its surface. If a day spent exploring the many towns and villages along the Shannon takes your fancy, moorings are readily available along the waterway. You’ll be spoilt for choice as Irish music pubs and fine-dining restaurants and cafés are dotted along the banks. To experience true community spirit and local culture, plan your visit around the many festivals and events held throughout the year that effectively capture the unique character of the area. Visit the Scarriff Harbour Festival and the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, or one the many music, sports and cultural events happening up and down the length of the Shannon.

Additional information

Weight 1.933 kg
Dimensions 30.5 × 24 × 2.6 cm

Hard Or Paper Back


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