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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

Would you like a reminder of Offaly Heritage News & Events?

If so, register with the Offaly heritage office for email reminders. You can also get regular updates from Offaly Heritage on facebook and twitter.

Offaly Heritage Week 2014

The brochure for Offaly Heritage Week 2014 is now available. For more information on Offaly events or for events outside of the county see www.heritageweek.ie.

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. Please note that the summer school with John Feehan is booked out.

New - Did you know? 100 quirky facts about County Offaly, collated by Amanda Pedlow, Heritage Officer and published by Offaly County Council

This book retailing at €10.00, is available in bookshops in County Offaly. It features 100 selected, quirky aspects of the county with a brief text and illustration for each one.

. . . one of Ireland's last public hangings took place at Tullamore Gaol . . . Croghan Hill is a volcano . . . Offaly has some of the finest eskers in Europe . . . letterboxes are more political than you thought . . . the first All-Ireland Hurling Final took place in Birr . . . an ancient Pilgrims' Road leads to Clonmacnoise . . . a railway line once ran from Clara to Banagher

View Irish Times Review by Rosita Boland January 2014


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