History Online


Mapping and recording your Local History

St. Aidan's Comprehensive School Transition year students lead the way with their teacher Tanya Brady
Transition year students of St. Aidan's Comprehensive School with their teacher Tanya Brady undertook an innovative project to  Map and record their local history.

They were inspired by Seán Ó Cualáin, film-maker and television producer and local historian Seosamh Ó Suilleabháin who developed the website http://www.oidhreachtlca.ie/our-village.php. to preserve heritage of Loughaconeera, in Connemara.

They uploaded the information to their school website and Cavan Library website.


Digitised Material

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This site provides access to Ireland’s newspaper heritage. Provincial papers include the Anglo Celt, Meath Chronicle and the Connaught Tribune. National papers available include The Nation, Freemans Journal, Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and Irish Farmers Journal. Full access to the archives is available on the public computers in our full-time Libraries. See Find a Library for further information.


The Irish Times Archives hold over 16 million articles available online from 1859 – present. Articles can be browsed by date and historical timeline. The Archive provides full text articles on current affairs, business, technology and sport. Full access to the archives is available on the public computers in our full-time Libraries. See Find a Library for further information.

Online Journals

JSTOR (short for Journal Storage) is an online system for archiving academic journals, founded in 1995. Used by millions for research, teaching, and learning. With more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world's most trusted sources for academic content.

Ask About Ireland & Griffiths Valuation

The Ask about Ireland and the Cultural Heritage Project is an initiative of public libraries together with local museums and archives in the digitisation and online publication of the original, the unusual and the unique material from their local studies' collections to create a national Internet resource for culture.

The Ask about Ireland site also gives access to Griffiths Valuation which is a land valuation carried out between 1848 and 1864 and is an important Census substitute. It provides the only detailed guide to where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and to the property they possessed. 



Between the years of 1829 and 1842 Ordnance Survey Ireland completed the first ever large scale survey of the entire country. Acclaimed for its accuracy, these maps are regarded by cartographers amongst the finest ever produced. Access can now be obtained online to the 6 inch colour and black and white maps from 1829 -1841 and to the 25 inch black and white for 1897 – 1913. 


Boston Pilot Names Database - Boston College


The documents on the History page and the information on the Resources page were researched and written by Ruth-Ann Harris of the Irish Studies Program and Kathleen Williams of Boston College’s O’Neill Library.

This project is based on The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1989-1993), edited by Ruth-Ann M. Harris, Donald M. Jacobs, Dominique M. Pickett, and B. Emer O’Keeffe. This eight-volume set includes a detailed analysis of the data, and scholarly information about the significance of the advertisements. 

For more information http://infowanted.bc.edu/