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Offaly History (short for Offaly Historical & Archaeological) was first formed in 1938 and re-established in 1969 and is located at Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly since 1993(next to the new Tullamore D.E.W Visitor Centre).

We are about collecting and sharing memories. We do this in an organised way though exhibitions, supporting the publication of local interest books, our website , Facebook, open evenings, our library and offices at Bury Quay.

Our Mission
To promote Offaly History including community and family history

What we do:

  • Promote all aspects of history in Co. Offaly.
  • Genealogy service for counties Laois and Offaly.
  • Co. Offaly photographic records for study and sale in addition to a limited number of publications on Laois and Irish general historical interest.
  • Purchase and sale of Offaly interest books though the Society’s book store and website.
  • Publication of books under the Society’s publishing arm Esker Press.
  • The Society subscribes to almost all the premier historical journals in Ireland.

Our Society covers a diverse range of Offaly Heritage:

  • Architectural heritage, historic monuments such as monastic and castle buildings.
  • Industrial and urban development of towns and villages.
  • Archaeological objects and artifacts.
  • Flora, fauna and bogs, wildlife habitats, geology and Natural History.
  • Landscapes, heritage gardens and parks, farming and inland waterways.
  • Local literary, social, economic, military, political, scientific and sports history.

Offaly History is a non-profit community group with a growing membership of some 150 individuals.

The Society focuses on enhancing educational opportunities, understanding and knowledge of the county heritage while fostering an inclusive approach and civic pride in local identity. We promote these objectives through:

  • The holding of monthly lectures, occasional seminars, exhibitions and film screenings.
    Organising tours during the summer months to places of shared historical interest.
  • The publication of an annual journal Offaly Heritage – to date nine issues.
  • We play a unique role collecting and digitising original primary source materials especially photographs and oral history recordings
  • Offaly History is  the centre for  Family History research in Counties Laois and Offaly.
  • The Society is linked to the renowned Irish Family Foundation website and Roots Ireland where some 900,000 records of Offaly/Laois interest can be accessed on a pay-per-view basis worldwide. Currently these websites have an estimated 20 million records of all Ireland interest.
  • A burgeoning library of books, CD-ROMs, videos, DVDs, oral and folklore recordings, manuscripts, newspapers and journals, maps, photographs and various artifacts.
  • OHAS Collections
  • OHAS Centre Facilities

The financial activities of the Society are operated under the aegis of Offaly Heritage Centre Limited, a charitable company whose directors also serve on the Society’s elected committee. None of the Society’s directors receive remuneration or any kind. All the company’s assets are held in trust to promote the voluntary activities of the Society. Our facilities are largely free to the public or run purely on a costs-recovery basis.

Acting as a policy advisory body –  Offaly History endeavors to ensure all government departments, local authorities, tourism agencies and key opinion formers prioritise heritage matters.

Meet the current committee:

Our Committee represents a broad range of backgrounds and interests. All share a common interest in collecting and promoting the heritage of the county and making it available to the wider community.

2017 Committee

  • Helen Bracken (President)
  • Pat Wynne (Vice President and Joint Treasurer)
  • Niall Sweeney (Vice President)
  • Michael Byrne (Secretary)
  • Lisa Shortall (Deputy Secretary)
  • Dorothee Bibby (Record Secretary)
  • Charlie Finlay (Joint Treasurer)
  • Darrell Hooper
  • Brian Pey
  • Fred Geoghegan
  • Noel Guerin
  • Henry Edgill
  • Peter Burke
  • Angella Kelly
  • Rory Masterson
  • Shaun Wrafter
  • Ronnie Matthews
  • Oliver Dunne
  • Ciara Molloy
  • Stephen Callaghan (Heritage Items)

If you would like to help with the work of the Society by coming on a sub-committee or in some other way please email us or let an existing member know.

+353-5793-21421 Open 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri

GDPR and you

We have updated our Privacy Policy

Offaly History takes member data seriously. In May, the EU is introducing
a new regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR.
GDPR gives people greater access to their personal information collected
by organisations and control of how it is used.
In line with these new privacy rights we are updating our Privacy Policy to
make it easier for you to understand your choices and the control you have
over your data.

What are the key changes for you
GDPR sets out the following rights:

  • The right to access the personal information an organisation holds
    on you
  • The right to have your personal information sent directly to yourself
    or another organisation
  • The right to have inaccuracies corrected
  • The right to object, including in relation to direct marketin
  • The right to restrict the processing of information
  • The right to have information erased
  • These rights come into effect on 25th May 2018
  • There is no change to how you use our products or services, and no need
    for you to do anything differently as a result of this new legislation.

Your data
You can be confident that we take protecting your data seriously and we
only use it to enhance the products and services we provide to you. The
typical data we collect is information you have provided to us. We usually
ask you for personal details

  • when you join as a member of the Society
  • when you register as a customer to order books and services online
    at when you purchase a family history report through the Laois/Offaly Family History Service
  • when you register to use our Offaly History Archives service
  • when you visit any one of our websites:;;
  • when you sign up to our newsletter subscription service via

How we use your information
We use your data primarily

  • to contact you via postal or email newsletter about upcoming events
    if you are a member of Offaly Historical and Archaeological
    Society or have requested the newsletter.
  • to contact you if your membership subscription has expired or at
    risk of expiring
  • to contact you in relation to a family history report
  • for our legitimate interests (which you can object to) in keeping a
    record of all researchers who have accessed original manuscripts
    using Offaly History Archives services.
  • for our legitimate interests (which you can object to) in measuring
    the use and performance of our websites (using anonymised

Data security
Securing your personal data is extremely important to us which is why we
take appropriate measures to protect your data. We use a range of
technologies and processes to protect your data.

Controlling your data
You have ultimate control over your data. You can manage your data, your
contact preferences and how you can opt in or out of marketing

Registered users are free to view  their account data using the following request form.


Registered Account Deletion (

Registered users are free to delete their account data if they wish using the following request form.

Third parties
We do not share your data with third parties.

How long do we hold your data?

  • For members of Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, we
    store your data for the duration of your membership and up to two
    years thereafter.
  • For customers of the Laois/Offaly Family History Service, we store
    this data indefinitely as part of a Reports Record.
  • For researchers of Offaly History Archives, we store your data
    indefinitely as a part of manuscript production control.
  • For registered customers of, we store your data
    for no longer than is necessary from point of purchase
  • For guest customers of, we store your data for no
    longer than is necessary from point of purchase.

We use data cookies on our websites to provide you with a more
personalised service and present you with information online that is of
interest to you. Most web browsers give you some control over whether
you allow cookies to be collected. You can also easily delete or clear
cookies on your browser at any time.

Get more information
If you have questions about GDPR or your personal information, you can
contact us at the address below:

Offaly History Centre
Bury Quay
Co Offaly

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Privacy Policy
Updated on: August 2017
Effective on: August 2017

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without prejudice to any express provisions to the contrary in any written licence or subscription
agreement which you have with Offaly History in respect of the use of any online service provided via
the Website.


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offered on such website. It is up to you to take precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your
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Service Access

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liable if for any reason the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. Access to the Website
may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair
or for reasons beyond our control.
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the world; or
• which is technically harmful (including, without limitation, computer viruses, logic bombs, Trojan
horses, worms, harmful components, corrupted data or other malicious software or harmful data).
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