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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.
28th April 2014 Michael Byrne The Great War and Offaly
Offaly Naturalists' Field Club Programme
The 2014 programme is currently being devised and will be available by the end of February. Download the Offaly Naturalists' field club programme for 2013.
Slieve Bloom Walks
For a full programme of walks in the Slieve Blooms see www.slievebloom.ie