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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.



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SLIGO – 18th – 20th MAY 2018

Group outside Prison Warden’s Residence at Sligo Gaol

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Sligo was the venue for this year’s Federation AGM  which was very kindly hosted by the Sligo Field Club. There were fifty eight delegates registered for the event which was a great response from our members. Societies from all over the island were present including a significant number from the Ulster Federation. There were twenty nine societies represented from seventeen counties.


The week end activities started with dinner on the Friday night which was enjoyed by all present and allowed the meeting of some old friends and the making of new ones as well. After dinner we had  a warm welcome from the Sligo Field Club Chairman, (more…)

Federation Visit to the East Midlands – FLHS Report

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22nd -27th April 2018

by Larry Breen

Group outside Theatre Royal Nottingham
Group outside Theatre Royal Nottingham

This year we returned to the Midlands of England and it proved  to be a great choice with fifty two people on board making up our merry band of local historians. We were delighted to welcome our great friends from Ulster who totalled twelve in number.

Twenty one Counties were represented including Dublin, Kildare, Roscommon, Tipperary, Waterford , Limerick, Westmeath, Leitrim, Sligo, Louth, Armagh, Down, Derry, Galway, Meath, Kilkenny, Tyrone, Carlow, Wicklow, Antrim and Cork.

We had twenty four societies represented,  Clane, Newbridge, Athy, Rathmichael, Foxrock, Roscommon, Tipperary, Stuartstown, West Belfast, Knocklyon, Banbridge, Galway, Waterford, Mallow, Cork Western Front Association, Kilkenny, Dromore, Kinsale, Knockraha, Clondalkin, Carlow, Navan, Rathcoffey and Calry. (more…)

Federation of Local History Societies Visit to the East Midlands 2018

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Written by Doreen Mc Bride


Group at Sherwood Forest
Group at Sherwood Forest

 At the invitation of our good friends in FLHS,  representatives from five societies, namely, Banbridge HS, Craigavon HS, Stuartstown HS, West Belfast HS and Bronte Society- NI Branch joined the group of local historians from all over the Island of Ireland to visit together the East Midlands of England. Present were, Esther Ervin, Pat Hanna, Doreen Mc Bride, George Mc Bride from Banbridge, Geo Beattie from the Bronte Society NI, Jimmy Conway and Jackie Conway from Lurgan, Evelyn Cardwell from Stuartstown and Damien Moore and Bridie Bradley from West Belfast. We would like to thank our great friends from the southern federation for sharing it with us and we were delighted to be part of the Merry Band sharing our common love and interest in local history. Unfortunately Bridgeen & George Rutherford were unable to come as George had his hip replacement and we wish him a speedy recovery. Also Andree Mooney and Ella Brown from Banbridge were unsuccessful with their application on timing grounds due to the huge interest in the trip. It was very encouraging that we had 14 applications from our members to be part of the trip. (more…)


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Monday 23rd April – Friday 27th April 2018
King Richard III Visitor Centre Leicester
King Richard III Visitor Centre Leicester

The visit is being organised by the Federation of Local History Societies and is open to all members of both Federations, North and South. This year our journey will take us to the East Midlands where we will stay in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham. We are assured of something special with the natural and built heritage of this part of England equal to anywhere in the UK. We will make an interesting stop at the famous Wedgwood Museum at Stoke -on-Trent to have a break and visit the museum. We plan to visit two of the finest stately houses in the UK namely Chatsworth House and Burghley House and enjoy a scenic drive in the beautiful Peak District. The city of Leicester beckons with its impressive Cathedral wherein lies the remains of the remarkable King Richard III and also visit the new King Richard III Centre. We will explore the city of Nottingham and follow in the footsteps of Robin Hood and his merry men in Sherwood Forest. We will spend time in the historic and unique city of Lincoln with its massive Cathedral, impressive Castle, historic architecture and visit the town of Stamford with its beautiful stonework.


The package includes coach hire x 5 days, return ferry Dublin to Holyhead, 4 nights B&B with 4 evening meals in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham. The overall cost includes all admission charges, guides, hotel tips etc. for the duration of the trip.

cost: PPS – €495 Single: €560 (including supplement)

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AGM Weekend 2018

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FLHS AGM Sligo 2018
Radisson Sligo Golf and Spa Hotel

Federation of Local History Societies

AGM Weekend 2018

Sligo 18th to 20th May 2018

 The Federation of Local History Societies Annual General Meeting will be held in Sligo in 2018. We will be staying in the four-star Radisson Blu Hotel in the countryside just a five-minute drive from the centre of Sligo on the road to Rosses Point.

Sligo is one of the most beautiful and interesting counties in Ireland with a wealth of historical, archaeological and cultural attractions. Working closely with the Sligo Field Club and with the support of the Sligo Business Improvement District (BID), we have put together a very interesting and stimulating programme for the weekend. So book now to ensure that you do not miss out on meeting up again with old friends and with new ones and getting to know one of the most attractive areas in Ireland. (more…)

Autumn Seminar

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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

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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

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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

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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…)