Offaly Heritage 10

Join us on Monday 24 September at Offaly History Centre, Tullamore for the launch of Offaly Heritage 10.

has pleasure in inviting you to a reception
at 8.00 p.m. on Monday 24 September 2018
Offaly History Centre
Bury Quay, Tullamore
To celebrate the publication of
Offaly Heritage 10
A collection of essays on County Offaly
 Edited by Ciaran Reilly, Ph.D
Offaly Heritage 10 will be launched by
Councillor Danny Owens, Chairman of Offaly County Council
R.S.V.P. (Regrets only)
Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Telephone: 057 – 9321421; email:
Launch by Danny Owens, chairman of Offaly County Council, at 8 pm on Monday 24 September 2018
Venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore.
This is the tenth volume of essays by the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society on the history of county Offaly, formerly King’s County. With essays from historians, writers and academics this tenth journal makes a significant contribution to existing scholarship on the county and on Irish local history.

The volume also contains information on the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, the county heritage office and reviews of recent books of Offaly interest.
464 pages including 24-page Gallery of Events in 2016 and 2017 in full colour
150,000 words
18 articles
200 illustrations
Paperback and softback 
Stitched for durability
Already published in this series are:
Offaly Heritage, Journal of the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society,
volume 1 (2003)
volume 2 (2004) out of print
volume 3 (2005)
volume 4 (2006)
volume 5 (2007-08)
volume 6 (2011)
volume 7 (2013)
volume 8 (2015)
volume 9 (2016)
volume 10 (2018)
Offaly Heritage 1-10 (excluding no. 2) are available from Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Ireland, 05793 2141 and local bookshops. The number of issues of each journal is small and forms a valuable and growing library for County Offaly. The online bibliography of Irish History known as www. Irishhistoryonline cites almost 700 articles and books directly about Offaly History and of these at least 100 are from this Offaly Heritage publication series first commenced in 2003.
This new series is a wonderful repository to be referred back to time and again for detail on the history of the county. Offaly Heritage 10 is priced at €15 in paperback and €20 in hardback and is excellent value and priced to make it available to a wide market. Comparable publications are generally at least double this price. 

The book is printed to a high standard and runs to 464 pages covering aspects of the story of the county from ideas about the monastic towns of the midlands to Seir Kieran and on to the difficult sixteenth century. Of the local families, that of Michael Molloy the Tullamore distiller is looked at as are the O’Briens and Sherlocks of Rahan. Sudden child death in the mid-nineteenth century is analysed from inquest records. So too is the scattering from Crown lands in Kinnitty and the building and management of the workhouses in Offaly in the nineteenth century. When did people leave and did they receive assistance. Jennifer Harrison in her article on Fr Patrick Dunne talks of his career in Eastern Australia. How did we develop our courts during the revolutionary period? Did you know that we had a second prime minister born in Tullamore.  Now when was that and who was he/she? There are stories of the O’Regans and of love and romance in Birr and a pioneering ‘Speedway’ ace, Fay Taylour, also from Birr. Memories of the rural electrification schemes in Offaly are recalled.

Our cover is of Croghan Hill to mark the purchase of the field at the summit of the hill by Offaly County Council. The council successfully defended its possible destruction in the mid-1970s.

Contents of Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), softback €15, hardback €20. 

Lorcan Harney, ‘Early Medieval ‘Monastic Towns’ or ‘Forts and Fields’:  Reflections on the urban character of Viking Age ecclesiastical settlements in light of the emerging archaeological evidence’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 2–20.
Muiris O’Sullivan, Michael ‘Bodhi’ Rogers, Denis Shine and Stephen Mandal, ‘Seir Kieran: Place, pilgrimage, and tradition in the monastic midlands’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 21–42.
Diarmuid Wheeler, ‘Good borderers or mean men advanced by service to great wealth?  An analysis of two martial men in Elizabethan Offaly c. 1558–1582’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 43–52.
Michael Byrne, Michael Molloy, the founder of the Tullamore Distillery, 1777–1846, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 53–84.
Michael Byrne, ‘Rahan Parish, county Offaly: The O’Brien-Sherlock estate and the founding of the Presentation Convent’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 85–133.
Lisa Shortall, ‘Instances of death in infancy and childhood in the inquest casebooks of James Dillon, King’s County Coroner, 1836–1859’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 134–67.
Tim P. O’Neill, ‘The Crown lands at Kinnitty’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 168–84.
Brendan Ryan, ‘The Workhouses of Ireland and their manifestation in King’s County’,
Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 185–228.
Jennifer Harrison, ‘ “One of the most picturesque of the early priests”: Father Patrick Dunne in Eastern Australia’ in Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 229–38.
Steven Egan, ‘Just another cog in the Revolution machine? .An Examination of the Dáil Éireann Courts of County Offaly, 1920–1922’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 239–73.
John Gibbons, ‘Rural Electrification and the arrival of the “Electric” in county Offaly’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 274–86.
Joachim Fischer, ‘Georg Heinrich Bacmeister (1807–1890): A forgotten son of Tullamore’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 288–91.
Redmond O’Regan, ‘Denis Joseph O’Regan (1874–1941)’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 292–96.
Rosemary Raughter, ‘Letters to Parsonstown, 1898–1901’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 297–302.
Pádraig Turley, ‘Offaly’s Queen of Speedway: The career of Birr’s Fay Taylour’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 303–28.
Book Reviews, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 330–44.
Michael Byrne, ‘Writings on Offaly history, 2016’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 345–50.
Michael Byrne, ‘Writings on Offaly history, 2017’, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 351–55.
Launch of Offaly Heritage 9 and Tullamore in 1916, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 356–58.
Obituaries, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 360–81
Amanda Pedlow, Report from Offaly County Council Heritage Office for 2016 and 2017, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 382–93
Conferring of Honorary Life Membership on Fergal MacCabe, Celestine McNeill and Brendan Ryan, 7 December 2017, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 394–97.
Annual report on Offaly History for 2016, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 398–408.
Annual report on Offaly History for 2017, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 408–26.
List of Members of Offaly History, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 427–8.
Gallery of photographs of events 2016 and 2017, Offaly Heritage 10 (2018), pp 429–51.
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