The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until further notice. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Oral History Recordings

Series 1 - 2006 - Laois Offaly

In 2006 Laois and Offaly County Councils, with support from the Heritage Council, commissioned Maurice O'Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore to carry out a series of recordings on the theme of traditional crafts.

Series 2 - 2007 - Offaly

Offaly County Council commissioned a second series in 2007 from Irish Life and Lore on industries in Offaly focusing on Tullamore Dew, Irish Mist, Salts in Tullamore and Goodbody's in Clara.

Series 3 - 2008 - Offaly

In 2008 the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society in Bury Quay, Tullamore commissioned a third series.

The 2012 Interviews

Offaly County Council commissioned a number of interviews under the Engage with Architecture project, featuring Billy Kelly, blacksmith from Tullamore, the Earl and Countess of Rosse discussing their life in Birr Castle, the Molloy family on their family home in the thatch at Killurin, Alan Lindley, lock keeper at 30th lock in Rahan and Mrs Kennedy of Quigley's shop in Banagher.

In the autumn further interviews were undertaken mainly focusing on blacksmithing. Paddy Heaney, Paddy Lowry, Seamus Claffey and Robert Wilson all shared their blacksmithing memories and Thomas Nallen discussed his role in the Banagher Maltings. These interviews were supported by  funding from the Heritage Council.

Where can you access the Oral History CDs?

The Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society has a full set of the three years of recordings and the Offaly County Library has the series from 2006, 2007 and 2012 available to borrow.