August 2018 newsletter
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18-26 August
There is a tremendous amount of activity across the county so enjoy it to the full. Offaly History has organised the following and we hope to see you at as many events as possible. Click on the logo above to get a full listing for Offaly.
19 August, Sunday, Heritage Week tour of Sites of old industries of Tullamore from malting, distilling to silk and glass, Michael Byrne, David Egan and members of Offaly History at 2.00 p.m. from O’Connor Square. This will include the old distillery, the brewery of P. & H. Egan, the tobacco factory of Goodbody, the tanneries, maltings and bacon curing in Tanyard Lane, the coach factory in High Street.
25 August, Saturday, Heritage Week, Tour of the Monastic Site at Durrow and the Catholic Church and cemetery, Helen Bracken, 2 00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Helen will meet callers to the old church from that time for a talk and tour of the site including the church, cemetery, High Cross and Holy Well.
26 August, Sunday.

Heritage Week tour of the history of the railway station (Charlie Finlay), Salts (Pat Doheny and Paddy Cleary), Kilcruttin Cemetery (Michael Byrne). We meet at the Town Park car park on Sunday at 2. 00 p.m

Four Offaly Saints launch

27 August, Monday 8 p.m.

Launch of Pádraig Ó Riain, Four Offaly Saints. Followed by a presentation on these Offaly saints by Professor Ó Riain, Professor Emeritus of Early and Medieval Irsh at University College Cork. Professor Ó Riain was with us about five years ago when his best-selling Dictionary of Irish Saints was published. This is your chance to hear him again, or for the first time. He is a charming speaker with huge learning that he wears lightly. He will be signing copies of this unique book on the night. This is the latest book in the growing Offaly Collection. Be sure to get one while stocks last. Now available at Offaly History Centre. Member’s discount 10%.
Four Offaly Saints: The Lives of Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, Ciarán of Seir, Colmán of Lynally and Fíonán of Kinnitty

Four Courts Press. 176pp. Including 16 pages of Colour Ills. Paperback €14.95

Lying just south of the line that divided Ireland’s two halves, Leath Chuinn to the north and Leath Mhogha to the south, the churches of the present county of Offaly could scarcely have been other than places of exceptional importance. A vision attributed to Finnian of Clonard saw a silver moon rise above Clonmacnoise that brought brightness and light to the mid-parts of Ireland, and another vision attributed to Ciarán himself showed the shadow of his church protecting every part of the country, north and south. For its part, Seirkieran laid claim to having been one of the first churches founded in Ireland, by its saint, another Ciarán, who was acting on instructions received from St Patrick, before the latter ever brought Christianity to the country. Seirkieran had a claim to cathedral status in Ossory over a long period. Lynally’s patron Colmán was of northern origin and his church provided abbots to certain northern churches over several centuries. By way of contrast, Kinnitty’s saint Fíonán was reputedly of Kerry origin, and this is reflected in the Life written for him, which brings him down to west Munster on numerous occasions. Connections such as these bear witness to the important role played by the churches of Offaly in the history of early Irish Christianity. The four Lives in this volume, which are translated from Latin originals, contain much of interest countrywide.
New books of local interest and PDF catalogue for 2018 is now available and has been emailed to members. Please forward a copy to all your friends who may be interested.
Our history bookshop has over 1,000 history titles. If you have second hand histories you would like to donate to our library or for resale we would be glad to have them.


Our bargain book this month is Michael Byrne, People of Tullamore in the twentieth century

Available at  Offaly History Centre (beside Tullamore DEW). Call and collect from 9 to 4 Mon- Fri Only for August and while stocks last. Also online at our shop on 

This book is in hardback and retails at €25. For August only it is for sale at €10.

24 September, Monday, 8 p.m.

Launch of our latest journal, Offaly Heritage 10, edited by Dr Ciarán Reilly.
Renew your membership for 2018
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