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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.

New Publication! The Landscape of Clonmacnoise by John Feehan - launched 11th December 2014 in Shannonbridge.

This publication is 130+ pages, A3, full colour and in John's unique style it details the evolution of the landscape of the Parish of Clonmacnoise. It is published by Offaly County Council and retails at €45.00. It is available in Midland Books High Street, Robbins Tanyard Lane and Offaly History on Bury Quay all in Tullamore, in the Gala Shop in Shannonbridge, Clonmacnoise visitor centre and Celtic Roots shop in Ballinahown.

Cover of the Landscape of Clonmacnoise

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 Society Programme for 2015, in Bury Quay, Tullamore. All talks start at 8.00pm 

Monday 19 January Paula Lalor on "Queen Victoria's visits to Ireland, 1849,1853, 1861, a view from the Country House".

Monday 16 February James Lytttleton on the The Jacobean Plantations in seventeenth-century Offaly: an archaeology of a changing world which looks at the impact of the plantations on a number of Gaelic Lordships in west and south Offaly, and how buildings like tower houses, fortified houses and churches can provide insights into the life-ways of the natives and planters who lived through these tumultuous times. The lecture will be based on Dr Lyttleton’s book published in 2013 and will be given a formal Offaly launch. This lecture will be held in Banagher to promote the subject and the history of West Offaly.

Monday 23 March James Scully "The Grand Canal in Offaly 1794 - 1804." 2014-15 is the bicentenary of the connection from the Liffey with the Shannon. The talk will be based on contemporary sources, primary and secondary but mostly on the Grand Canal Minute Books. 

Monday 20 April Professor David Dickson of TCD on: 'The rise and rise of Dublin 1600-2000: A Midlands perspective' 

14-19 April, Society Trip to Germany limited to 25 places more details shortly and at a special price. Please see enclosed information pack. Please book early. Priority given to members and their partners. Details of the trip can be emailed to you and are on our website.

Sunday 7 June Visit to Crinkill Military Cemetery, Birr with Stephen Callaghan

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