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Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm

Heritage Section
Offaly County Council
Áras an Chontae
Charleville Road
Co. Offaly

Phone: 057 9346839
Fax: 057 9346868
Email: heritage@offalycoco.ie

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Annual Offaly Heritage Seminar November 15th 2014

This seminar is held annually to give people interested in Offaly's heritage an opportunity to meet and to provide information on current Offaly Heritage projects. In 2014 we visited the new Lough Boora Discovery Park and then participants had the choice of a revamped Science Centre tour in Birr or a tour of Birr Castle. In the afternoon subjects ranged from the Banagher Swords finds by Andy Halpin and Carol Smith of the National Museum of Ireland, to the de Renzi papers by Lisa Shortall, burial ground survey by Stephen Callaghan and architecture research by Andrew Tierney culminating by an aerial tour of the Boora Bogs by Tom Egan of Bord na Mona. It was gret to have members of the Shannonside SubAqua Club joining us for the Banagher Swords paper as they are responsible for the finds and contacting the National Museum promptly. Download the 2014 Offaly Annual Heritage Seminar brochure. If you would like to attend the seminar in 2015 do register with heritage@offalycoco.ie or follow us on facebook.

Offaly Naturalists' Field Club Programme 2014

Dowload a copy of the 2014 Offaly Naturalists' Field Club programme here or pick up a copy in the library or email heritage@offalycoco.ie for a hard copy.

Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society Talks Programme for 2014, in Bury Quay, Tullamore 8.00pm

Monday 17 February, Caimin O’Brien on Living the Dream - life in the medieval castles in Offaly

Monday 24 March, Ciaran Reilly, Uncovering pre-Famine Offaly using the Morpeth Roll.

Monday 14 April Con Manning Pre-Norman churches in Ireland with special reference to Co. Offaly.

Monday 12 May, National Library of Ireland Collections by Elizabeth M. Kirwan of NLI

June Visit to Athlone Castle and Library

July  Visit to Armagh over Saturday and Sunday                  

August Heritage Week/ Four speakers on topics of Offaly interest

September Dr David Doyle On the Delaney and Kirwan executions.

Monday 20 October 2014 James Scully The Grand Canal in Offaly 1794 - 1804. 2014-15 is the bicentenary of the connection from the Liffey with the Shannon.

Monday 17 November   Margaret Hogan on the third earl of Rosse (died 1867)

Friday 5 December Harman Murtagh President of the Military History Society of Ireland on Ireland and the First World War

Edenderry Historical Society 2014 Lecture Series

Please note all lectures will take place in the Edenderry Parish Centre (behind St Mary's RC Church) at 8pm. All welcome. Admission €2.

Friday 21 February Mary O'Connor, Edenderry: The town I love so well

Friday 21 March Damian Shiels, Midlands men in the American Civil War

Friday 25 April Fintan Lane, 'Knight of the Plough: Benjamin Pelin of  Edenderry and social radicalism, 1852-1934'

Friday 23 May  Declan O'Connor, 'Marquees, Mineral Bars and Romance'..a little history of the Edenderry and Offaly Show bands

AUGUST  Heritage Weeks events to be confirmed

Friday 26 September Edmund Joyce, 'The Irish country house'

Friday 24 October Ida Milne, 'The quiet corner back: The role of Protestants in the GAA in the 26 counties'

Friday 21 November Fidelma Byrne, 'From the wilds of Wicklow to the backwoods of Upper Canada': the human experience of nineteenth century landlord assisted emigration.

Birr Historical Society - Meetings in the Resource Centre behind Costcutter Supermarket, Townsend Street, at 8.15pm

Monday10th March 2014 Patricia Shelley The Siege of Birr.  

Monday 28th April 2014 Michael Byrne  The Great War and Offaly    

Monday May 19th 2014 Margaret Hogan The Third Earl of Rosse in  Birr, 1800-1867

Monday 4th August at 8pm Commemorating the anniversary of the start of World War 1
On the 100th anniversary of the day the war began,  Birr Historical Society will commemorate the event with a special meeting
Speakers will include: Brian Kennedy. 'Reasons men went to war in 1914', Teresa Ryan-Feehan. 'The story of It's a Long Way to Tipperary', Jimmy Shortt.' Review of Birr Newpapers of 1914' and Lord Rosse.' Reflections on his grandfather (the 5th Earl) who died as a result of war wounds'.
Birr people with relatives who fought in the Great War are especially welcome to share their memories. Please bring any medals or memorabilia along on the night.
Slieve Bloom Walks

For a full programme of walks in the Slieve Blooms see www.slievebloom.ie