Federation of Local History Societies


The Federation works to promote the interests of amateur historians and voluntary museums and to represent their views.

Each year we arrange a number of seminars in different parts of Ireland.

We produce a number of publications such as a regular Federation newsletter and journal.

We provide support for those doing research on local history topics.

We arrange benefits for our member societies.


The Federation runs seminars regularly throughout the country.

For example, in the spring of 2001, the Federation Seminar was held in Kinsale to mark the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kinsale,


During the year the Federation, in keeping with its brief of maintaining contact with societies, issues an annual journal and quarterly newsletter. These publications are a useful channel for local history societies throughout the country to publicise their activities and publications.


One of the aims of the Federation is to encourage research in the fields of history, archaeology, folk-life and folklore.

Take a look at the Useful Links page for some useful pointers.

Federation of Local History Societies
Secretary: Dermot Ryan, Winterís Hill, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Webmaster: Dermot Ryan