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Local Societies

Local Societies

Welcome to our Local Societies Page!

From their very beginnings, Archaeological and Historical Societies have been instrumental in the recording, dissemination and safe-guarding of our cultural heritage at local, regional and national levels. Since its inception in 1909, the Department of Archaeology at University College Cork has enjoyed a close and continually evolving relationship with this ever-expanding network of local societies and initiatives. Over the years, staff and students at the Department have been regular contributors to local society lectures, publications and fieldtrips, with society members themselves making vital contributions to the Department and the University at large. These symbiotic relationships are something the Department holds very dear and always endeavours to extend long into the future.

Lectures and Fieldtrips

Staff from the Department of Archaeology are available to give talks, or to guide field excursions, for local societies in the Munster region interested in archaeological heritage.  This is done free of charge, as part of our public service commitment to the promotion of community interest in Irish archaeology.  Please contact the following staff to arrange lectures or field trips based on their particular research expertise:

  • Professor William O'Brien (
    Irish Prehistory; The Prehistory of Cork
  • Mr. John Sheehan (
    Early Medieval and Viking Ireland
  • Dr. Tomás Ó Carragáin (
    Early Medieval Ireland; the early Irish church
  • Dr. Barra Ó Donnabháin (
    Human Remains in archaeology
  • Dr. Colin Rynne (
    Built Heritage; Industrial Archaeology; Mills
  • Dr. Ben Gearey (
    Envirnonmental archaeology
  • Ms. Rose Cleary (
    Archaeological ceramics; The archaeology of Cork City; Prehistoric Ireland; Lough Gur
  • Mr. Nick Hogan (
    Archaeological field techniques; survey; geophysics; computer applications for archaeology
Local Projects

If your local group is planning or has completed a project in your area, we would be delighted to help spread the word and showcase your work on our website or Facebook page. Please contact if you are interested.

Society/Initiative Links

Following is a list of some local societies and initiatives in the Munster region. We are always adding to our list so if your society is not yet included, or your web links have changed, we would love to hear from you.

You can visit the Federation of Local Historical Societies' website for an exhaustive list of local socities and key contact details.

You can also visit Thaddeus Breen's excellent website containing a huge amount of information on Irish archaeology. Of particular interest is the following link which lists many local societies and the journals they publish (and in some cases includes comprehensive journal indices).


Aghinagh Heritage Group

Allihies Mine Museum

Ardmore Local History Society

Aubane Historical Society

Ballincollig Heritage Association

Ballygarvan Local History Society

Bantry Historical Society

Beara Historical Society

Blackpool Historical Society

Blarney History Society

Canovee Archaeological and Historical Society

Carrigaline Historical Association

Charleville Historical and Archaeological Society

Clonakilty History Group

Cloyne Literary and Historical Society

Coachford Historical Society

Cobh Historical Society

Coppeen Archaeological and Historical Society

Cork Folklore Project
Cork Folklore Project (Facebook)
Cork Folklore Project (Cork Memory Map)

Cork Genealogical Society

Cork Historical and Archaeological Society
Cork Historical and Archaeological Society (Facebook)

Cork and Kerry Place Names Survey

Cumann Seanchais na Banndan (Bandon Local History Association)

Dunmanway Historical Association

Fermoy Field Club

Glanmire Heritage Society

Great Island Historical Society

Kilmurry Historical Society

Kinsale History Society

Macroom Historical Society

Mallow Archaeological and Historical Society

Mizen Archaeological and Historical Society

Rosscarbery Historical Society

Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Whitegate/Aghada Historical Society

Youghal Celebrates History


Ballybunion Heritage and Historical Association

Castleisland Culture and Heritage Society

Dingle Historical Society

Fossa Historical Society

Kenmare Literary and Historical Society

Kilgarvan Historical and Photographic Society (Facebook)

Killorglin Historical Society

Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society
Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society (Facebook)

Valentia Heritage Society


Waterford Historical and Archaeological Society
Waterford Historical and Archaeological Society (Facebook)


Ormond Historical Society
Ormond Historical Society (Facebook)

Tipperary County Historical Society


Lough Gur & District Historical Society

Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society

Local Libraries and Museums

Great places to start exploring local archaeology and history

Boole Library, University College Cork

Cork City Libraries

Cork County Library

Cork Public Museum

Kerry County Library

Kerry Museum

Archaeology @ UCC

Study Archaeology

BA Geographical & Archaeological Sciences

Spike Island

Careers Guide

Student Society

School of the Human Environment

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