The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until May 17th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute 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 will re-open to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect from 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.

Did you know? 100 quirky facts about County Offaly, collated by Amanda Pedlow, Heritage Officer and published by Offaly County Council 2013

. . . 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

This book retailing at €10.00 is available Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, Offaly Historical Society and Birr Castle and Gardens Science Centre Shop and local books shops. It features 100 selected, quirky aspects of the county with a brief text and illustration for each one. Note a box of 20 can be paid for and collected from Offaly County Council in Charleville road for the wholesale rate of €100.00.

It was reviewed by Rosita Boland of the Irish Times on 15 January 2014.