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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
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Tullamore Annual 2017

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Tullamore Annual 2017

The Tullamore Annual is the primary source of revenue for the Tullamore Lions Club. All funds raised are put to work for the benefit of the community. No income goes towards administrative costs which are met from member subscriptions. The money raised as a result of your purchase of this publication will continue to allow local charitable and community needs to be met. We hope this Annual will be a source of information for readers and will evoke surprise in people at the depth and breadth of what happens in and around our Big Hill and beyond. One of our primary objectives is to introduce the reader to the various businesses, organisations, community groups, charities and individuals that make Tullamore and surrounding areas such a vibrant and stimulating area in which to live and work. It is with great pride that we feature some of the people whose lives have been spent serving our community, many of whom will be well known to you and others who until now, may have been below the radar. We hope that you enjoy your literary stroll around the town of Tullamore and discover something new to you.

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Tullamore Annual 2017

The Tullamore Annual is the primary source of revenue for the Tullamore Lions Club. All funds raised are put to work for the benefit of the community. No income goes towards administrative costs which are met from member subscriptions. The money raised as a result of your purchase of this publication will continue to allow local charitable and community needs to be met. We hope this Annual will be a source of information for readers and will evoke surprise in people at the depth and breadth of what happens in and around our Big Hill and beyond. One of our primary objectives is to introduce the reader to the various businesses, organisations, community groups, charities and individuals that make Tullamore and surrounding areas such a vibrant and stimulating area in which to live and work. It is with great pride that we feature some of the people whose lives have been spent serving our community, many of whom will be well known to you and others who until now, may have been below the radar. We hope that you enjoy your literary stroll around the town of Tullamore and discover something new to you.

It is 41 years since the charter members of the Tullamore Lions Club first established themselves in our midlands town. By establishing a firm foundation, the club has grown and evolved to remain current in a vastly changed society. The founding members, many of whom are still active in the club today, must take full credit for the subsequent success the club has had in its endeavors to serve the local community. Tullamore Lions strongly adhere to the Lions Club International motto, “We Serve”. It is a task that takes many forms such as engaging in Mental Health initiatives, mentoring Youth Projects, organising the Christmas Food Hamper Appeal, responding financially to local,  national and international disasters and supporting local causes such as our Trabolgan holiday for senior citizens as well as individual needs. Income from sales of the Tullamore Annual fund all of these initiatives.
Much of this work, and indeed the very existence of the club, depends on the support we receive from the people of Tullamore and surrounding areas. We are fully conscious that the Tullamore Lions Club belongs not just to its members alone, but to everyone who supports the club by whatever means available to them. The publication of the Tullamore Annual is only made possible as a result of the hard work and hours put in by the committee driving it forward. We are grateful to all who contributed articles and photos. We are especially indebted to our advertisers for their continued support, without which this publication would not be possible. , Special thanks to Michael Byrne of Offaly History who continues to be the conduit for many interesting historical articles and photographs. We also wish to acknowledge the contributions of Jeff Harvey, Paul Moore, Tullamore Tribune, Geraldine Grennan, Paul Rouse, Brian Jaffray and Brian Lowry for supplying photos and material as required. We would also like to acknowledge how fortunate we are to have available to us, the professional design and print expertise of Diarmuid Guinan, Andrew Moore and all the team in Brosna Press.
Thank you for purchasing the Tullamore Annual 2017 and we wish you a happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.
Brian Cloonan, President, Tullamore Lions Club
Larry Fleming Honorary Editor

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