The Federation of Local History Societies was established in 1981 to promote the interests of amateur historians and voluntary museums and to represent their views. In the intervening years the number of societies has grown to more than one hundred. The aims of the Federation are:

  • To encourage research in the fields of history, archaeology, folk life and folk lore.
  • To exchange information among affiliated societies through the medium of newsletters, publications, seminars etc.
  • To develop mutual support among affiliated societies.
  • To encourage the publication of information of historical interest and the better utilisation of archives.


Autumn Seminar

Federation of Local History Societies

Autumn Seminar

Saturday 18th November 2017

Venue: The National Archives, Bishop Street, and St. Kevin’s St. College Dublin.


All About Archives

What they are! , Where to find them! , How to use them!

This seminar will explore methods of research and will include a visit to the National Archives which houses many documents that are important and useful tools for researchers. (more…)

AGM 2017 Galway City 26 – 28th May

The weekend of 26th – 28th May saw the Federation hold its AGM at the
Ardilaun Hotel in Galway, “City of the Tribes”.

Friday 26th  May

Federation of local history societies AGM 2017 Galway city 26th – 28th May
Visit to the Kiltartan Gergory Museum

The beautiful Ardilaun Hotel was a perfect venue for our weekend activities with forty seven delegates staying in the hotel. The weekend started with a “Prosecco Reception” in the Garden Lounge followed by evening dinner in the hotel restaurant . We had two enthralling after- diner talks on the subject of who might be considered Galway’s greatest entrepreneur. Jackie Uí Chionna presented the case for Martin Mór McDonogh and Eugene Jordan that of Fr. Peter Daly. Excellent presentations by Jackie and Eugene recounted the stories of two very extraordinary men. Although a show of hands would have favoured Martin Mór McDonogh all agreed that a draw would be a fair result. The evening ended with a visit to the lounge for a few libations. (more…)

History Federations of Ireland Visit North Wales

30th April – 4th May 2017

 Rex Whistler’s famous canvas at Plas Newydd
Rex Whistler’s famous canvas at Plas Newydd (click to view full size)

Fifty or more local historians from societies all over the island of Ireland met at Dublin port in anticipation of their much awaited visit to North Wales. It was another opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Counties represented were Dublin, Louth, Kildare, Cork, Tipperary, Roscommon, Kilkenny, Tyrone, Antrim, Armagh, Down and Derry/Londonderry. Societies present were from Clane, Naas,  Athy, Rathcoffey, Newbridge, Rathmichael, Dundalk, Drogheda, Knocklyon, Mallow, Cahir, Carrickfergus, West Belfast, Banbridge, Strabane, New Buildings, Fassadinin, Carrigtwohill/Blarney, Clontarf, Antrim, Dromore Diocese and Kinsale.



Federation visit to North Wales 2017

Federation visit to North Wales 2017Federation visit to North Wales
Sunday, April 30 – Thursday, May 4, 2017

This year our trip to the UK will take us to North Wales where we will stay at the Celtic Royal Hotel & Leisure Centre in Caernarfon. This rugged northwest corner of the country offers rocky-mountains, glacier-hewn valleys and lakes, sinuous ridges, sparkling rivers and charm-infused villages not to mention castles dating from the golden age of castle building. There are quaint narrow-gauge railways to take the intrepid traveller into the mountains of Snowdonia and to what was the heart of the countries slate industry. The Anglesey and North West coasts offer the visitor a great diversity of scenery, beautiful beaches and a stunning landscape fi lled with interesting towns and villages. We plan to include much of this in our itinerary on the journey through North Wales. The trip package will include: return ferry Dublin/Holyhead; coach for fi ve days; four nights B&B; four evening meals; guides; entrance fees and tips. (more…)

History Federations of Ireland – Joint Seminar

Somme slaughter 1916Years of Endurance

Personalities and Events and their Impact on Irish Family Life 1912-1922

Venue and Date:   Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, Co.Louth

                              Saturday, 5th November 2016

This seminar explored the impact of war and revolution on the lives of ordinary people in Ireland, north and south, during the years 1912-1922. In particular, it examined the effects of two cataclysmic events that occurred in quick succession, the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

Cost:  €25 /£25 (including lunch). (more…)