July 2018 newsletter
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July 2018

29 June, Friday, Poetry Reading by Terry Adams  

Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore at 8 p.m.
Terry Adams of Cormac Street and now living in Luxemburg will read from his latest book of poetry, Verdun to the Somme. Terry has selected ten poems from the new book and ten which deal with Tullamore and its people. There will be a traditional music interval. Admission free.


30 June, Saturday, Outing to Dublin

Join us on a tour of the newly refurbished Irish Georgian Society City Assembly Housediscover the wonderful hidden gem that is Archbishop Marsh’s Librarylearn about the Irish suffrage movement through its printed ephemera in the National Print Museumand if you still want more, explore the Little Museum of Dublin before heading home.
Places are limited so please contact Offaly History Centre by replying to email or at 057 9321421 to put your name on the list. 

8.50am Train Tullamore to Dublin
9.47am Arrival in Dublin, 145 Bus to City Centre
10.30am -11.30am Tour of Irish Georgian Society City Assembly House (no fee but donations accepted)  
11.30am Tea/coffee break
12pm – 1pm Marsh’s Library €3 (€2 concessions)
1pm – 2pm Lunch hour  
2pm – Depart by taxi National Print Museum
2.30pm – 3.30pm Self-guided tour of National Print Museum €3 (€2 concessions)
3.30pm  - Depart by taxi to St Stephen’s Green
4pm onwards – Little Museum of Dublin €10 ( €8 concessions )
 (Note: 4.45pm Last entrance to Little Museum)
Return trains to Tullamore at 17.10, 17.30, 18.15, 19.35

8 July, Sunday, Outing to Kilcormac and Ballyboy

Meet in grounds of Catholic church at 3 pm (ample parking) The historic sites of  Kilcormac and Ballyboy to include the Catholic church, the parochial grounds, the Mercy Convent, Bord na Mona housing and on to Ballyboy, the village, church, cemetery and old hall concluding with refreshments in Dan and Molly’s celebrated historic pub at 5 p.m. Our thanks to Agnes Gorman, John Butterfield and the other history enthusiasts in the historic barony of Ballyboy. A few members of the committee will be at Offaly History Centre from 2 15 p.m. until 2.30 p.m. for members needing a lift.

Four Offaly Saints

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
Pádraig Ó Riain
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.

Four Courts Press. 176pp. Including 16 pages of Colour Ills. Paperback. 978-1-84682-704-4. €14.95.


Bargain Book

Our bargain book this month is The History of Ballyboy, Kilcormac and Killoughy, by Reverend William Shaw, republished in 1989 and 1999 by Kilcormac Historical Society. Now at €5, it is a perfectly priced and perfectly sized companion for our outing to the area on Sunday 8 July. Available at our Offaly History Centre (beside Tullamore DEW). Call and collect from 9.30 to 4.30 Mon-Fri. Only for July and while stocks last. Also online from 1 July at our shop on

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 been further improved. If you have second hand histories you would like to donate to our library or for resale we would be glad to have them.

Library Night on Thursday evenings
closes for July and August.
Renew your membership for 2018
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