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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.

Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.

Cork Societies[edit | edit source]

Aubane Historical Society
Aubane
Millstreet
Email: jacklaneaubane@hotmail.com
Website: Aubane Historical Society
Website #2: Aubane Historical Society

This Society was founded by a number of local people in Aubane in 1985. It aims to contribute to the growing body of local history publications being produced across the country. It concentrates on the local Aubane and Millstreet area as well as North Cork generally. It seeks to make available original and first hand accounts of various aspects of our history.

Ballincollig Heritage Association
Rugby Club
Tanner Park
Ballincollig
Email: muskerryhistory@gmail.com
Website: Ballincollig Heritage Association

BHA was set up in 2006, with the aim of raising heritage issues in Ballincollig. Key sites include the 19th century former Gunpowder Mills, the former military barracks, and the 15th century castle. The BHA promotes the preservation and conservation of these sites as well as other sites and buildings with historical significance within the Ballincollig area, as a means of enhancing the town, both for its inhabitants and for tourism. BHA has amalgamated with the Muskerry Local History Association.

Ballingeary and Inchigeela Local History Society (Cumann Staire Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh)
Email: sosul@eircom.net
Email #2: peteroleary@eircom.net
Website: Ballingeary and Inchigeela Local History Society

Established in 1991, our primary objective is to collect and make available to the public the history and traditions of of our area of West Cork.

Ballygarvan & District Local History Society
Community Centre
School Road
Ballyduhig South
Ballygarvan
Email: thomasfryan@ireland.com
Website: Ballygarvan & District Local History Society
Website #2: Ballygarvan & District Local History Society

This Society organises lectures on topics of local and national history and site visits (outings) to places of historical interest in the County Cork area.

Bandon Local History Association (Cummann Seanchais na Banndan)
Parish Center
New Road
Bandon
Telephone: 023 8841015
Email: cumannseanchais@eircom.net
Website: Bandon Local History Association

The Association's aim is to encourage and promote the local history of the area. The aim of the website is to provide details on upcoming events and contacts for members of the association as well as an overview of the publications of the association.

Bantry Historical and Archaeological Society
Bantry Library
Bridge St
Carrignagat, Bantry
Telephone: 353 27 51246
Email: bantryhistorical@gmail.com
Email #2: angelaodonovan8@gmail.com
Website: Bantry Historical and Archaeological Society
Website #2: Bantry Historical and Archaeological Society

The Society, referred to as Bantry Historical Society, was set up by a small group of enthusiastic local people in 1978. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to these wonderful people for their foresight and commitment to researching local history, folklore and culture of the greater Bantry area and the Society continues to fulfil its initial remit of informing and researching

Beara Historical Society (Baile Chaisleáin Bhéarra)
Bank Place
Castletownbere
Beara, West Cork
Email: info@bhs.ie
Website: Beara Historical Society

The numerous and diverse range of archaeological monuments such as burial tombs, ancient copper mines, and stone circles are our main source of information on the earliest inhabitants in Beara.

Bere Island Historical Society
The Bere Island Heritage & Information Centre
Ballynakilla
Bere Island
Telephone: 027 75956
Email: biheritage@gmail.com
Website: Bere Island Historical Society

The Bere Island Heritage & Information Centre is the focal point for the conservation and enhancement of the Island’s unique heritage. It is home to The Bere Island Experience Exhibition detailing the unique history and lifestyle of Bere Island, as well as temporary themed exhibitions throughout the year.

Blackpool Historical Society
90 Great William O Brien Street
Blackpool, Cork City
Telephone: 086-0675808
Email: noirin2@gmail.com
Website: Blackpool Historical Society

Blackpool Historical Society is a local history society in the historic suburb of Blackpool, Cork.

Blarney & District Historical Society
Church of the Resurrection
The Square
Monacnapa, Blarney
Telephone: 021 4381349/087-2153216
Email: bg1@eircom.net
Email #2: bolstershalom@yahoo.ie
Website: Blarney & District Historical Society

Formed in 1985, the Blarney & District Historical Society is a non-denominational and non-political organization which endeavours to record for posterity matters of local historical interest and also to preserve and protect local heritage.

Canovee Historical & Archaeological Society
Canovee Hall
Cannaway
Telephone: 021 7336210
Email: the-olong@esatclear.ie
Website: Canovee Historical & Archaeological Society

The Canovee Historical and Archaeological Society meets on the second Thursday of the month from September to April at Canovee Hall. Generally a guest speaker is invited to give a talk/lecture on local history, folklore or archaeology. In the summer time members usually have a field outing, sometimes in company with one of the other local societies, and visit one of the many interesting sites of historic importance in the district.

Carrigtwohill & District Historical Society
St. David's Parish Centre
Carrigtwohill
Telephone: 086-2618034
Email: olliesheehan1@gmail.com
Website: Carrigtwohill & District Historical Society

Carrigtwohill and District Historical Society was set up to try to ensure that the local history and folklore of the area is preserved and protected.

Castlemagner Historical Society
Castlemagner Community Hall
Castlemagner
Email: query@edmondodonoghue.com
Website: Castlemagner Historical Society
Website #2: Castlemagner Historical Society

A collection of local history, folklore, and events.

Charleville Heritage Society
Charleville Chamber E-Charleville Enterprise Centre
Charleville Business Park
Bakers Rd
Ballysallagh, Charleville
Telephone: 063 33133
Email: charlevilleheritage@gmail.com
Website: Charleville Heritage Society

The Charleville Society connects people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing stories.

Churchtown Historical & Heritage Society
Email: noellinehan123@gmail.com
Website: Churchtown Historical & Heritage Society

Cloyne Literary & Historical Society
Harty's of Cloyne
Church St
Malapardas, Cloyne
Telephone: 021-4667216
Email: cloynehistoricalsociety@gmail.com
Website: Cloyne Literary & Historical Society

Cloyne is a historically significant town in East Cork. The Literary & Historical Society has been in existence since 1977, has monthly meetings and lectures from guest speakers during the winter months and excursions to sites of historical interest during the summer.

Cork Genealogical Society
Birch Room
Rochestown Park Hotel
Rochestown Rd
Douglas
Email: corkgensoc@gmail.com
Website: Cork Genealogical Society

The Society was established in 1994 to promote the study of genealogy and related subjects as educational leisure pursuits available to all with Irish ancestry in the community. The society promotes an interest in genealogy by organizing open meetings, lectures, workshops, and exhibiting at relevant events in the city and county.

Cork Historical & Archaeological Society
Crawford Art Gallery
Emmett Pl
City of Cork
Email: annegan23@gmail.com
Website: Cork Historical & Archaeological Society
Website #2: Cork Historical & Archaeological Society

The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society was founded in 1891 at a particularly divisive time in Irish politics. Its members, drawn from diverse traditions, were united in a common interest in the history and prehistory of Cork and the new Society was welcomed as an augury of a more harmonious Ireland.

Cork South Parish Historical Society
St John's Central College
Sawmill Street
Ballintemple, Cork
Email: rherlihy@eircom.net
Website: Cork South Parish Historical Society

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage
Clonakilty Parish Centre
Western Rd
Maulnaskehy, Clonakilty
Telephone: 086-2202029
Email: duchasclonheritagepro@gmail.com
Website: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage
Website #2: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage is a community organisation which seeks to foster an interest in local history, archaeology, and heritage in Clonakilty town and its environs through public lectures, field trips, guided walks, and a variety of other mediums. The organisation encourages and facilitates research by its members and the community at large, in order to better understand and preserve our local heritage, and to make it accessible to local and wider audiences for education, inspiration, and enjoyment.

Dunmanway Historical Association
Heritage Centre
Main Street
Dunmanway
Telephone: 023-8856508
Email: normawilson31@gmail.com
Website: Dunmanway Historical Association
Website #2: Dunmanway Historical & Cultural Association

Dunmanway Historical Association was founded in 2003 with the aim of promoting an interest in the history of Dunmanway and its hinterland. The primary objects of the Association are to investigate and research any matters, books, or other material likely to yield historical information, and to collect and publish material of local interest to its members and the public in general.

Glanmire Heritage Society
Riverstown Community Centre
Old School House
Church Hill
Riverstown, Glanmire
Telephone: 021-4821333
Email: glanmireheritagesociety@gmail.com
Website: Glanmire Heritage Society
Website #2: Glanmire Heritage Society

Glanmire Heritage Society was set up in 1984 to promote and preserve the history and heritage of the Riverstown / Glanmire area.

Inniscarra Historical Society
Inniscarra Community Centre
Ballyanly Cross
Inniscarra
Telephone: 086 0621947
Email: admin@inniscarra.org
Email #2: richard.murphy@inniscarra.org
Website: Inniscarra Historical Society

The Society has been formed to gather and record historical information related to the Parish of Inniscarra, to create and manage media in which the data can be published, all in a manner which will inform and entertain the people of Inniscarra, wherever they may be.

Kilbrittain Historical Society
Kilbrittain Community Hall
Kilbrittain
Email: triona310@yahoo.co.uk
Website: Kilbrittain Historical Society

Kilbrittain Historical Society was formed in 2015 with the aim of organising historical talks and trips for its members.

Kinsale History Society
Michael Collins Centre
Temperance Hall
Market Quay
Sleveen, Kinsale
Telephone: 086-8267656
Email: dermotryankinsale@gmail.com
Website: Kinsale and District History Society

Knockraha History and Heritage Society
Knockraha Community Centre
Ballynanelagh, Knockraha
Telephone: 087 9864177
Email: sheilajimfitzgerald@yahoo.co.uk
Website: Knockraha History and Heritage Society
Website #2: Knockraha History and Heritage Society

The Knockraha History and Heritage Society exists to keep the local people informed of historical matters as well as looking after historical sites in the area.

Mallow Field Club (Mallow Archaeological and Historical Society)
Saint Mary's Church
Main St
Mallow
Email: mallow@historicsociety.com
Email #2: michaelreidy1@gmail.com
Website: Mallow Field Club
Website #2: Mallow Archaeological and Historical Society

The Mallow Field Club is a non-profit organization promoting the gathering and dissemination of information on the history and archaeology of the area around Mallow in North Cork through field trips, lectures, and the publication of an annual journal.

Mitchelstown Heritage Society
Mitchelstown Town Hall
25 Thomas St
Ballinwillin, Mitchelstown
Email: mitownheritage@gmail.com
Website: Mitchelstown Heritage Society

Mitchelstown Heritage Society was founded in 1995. It works to promote the local history of our community and protect our wonderful heritage. The protection, promotion, and future of our heritage, built, natural, folklore, photographs, and all matters historic.

Muskerry Local History Society
Rugby Club
Tanner Park
Ballincollig
Email: muskerryhistory@gmail.com
Website: Muskerry Local History Society

Muskerry Local History Society is based in Ballincollig-Ovens and surrounding areas. Ballincollig Heritage Association merged with Muskerry Local History Society in 2013.

Rosscarbery and District Historical Society
Celtic Ross Hotel
Rosscarbery, West Cork
Website: Rosscarbery and District Historical Society

Shandon Area History Group
COFFA House
Church Street
Cork
Email: info@shandonareahistorygroup.com
Email #2: graciecork@gmail.com
Website: Shandon Area History Group

Skibbereen & District Historical Society
West Cork Hotel
Ilen St
Skibbereen
Email: ericthreapleton@hotmail.com
Website: Skibbereen & District Historical Society
Website #2: Skibbereen & District Historical Society

The Skibbereen and District Historical Society is based in Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland. The Society was founded in January 2002 with the aim of encouraging interest in the history of West Cork and the Skibbereen area in particular.

St. Anne's Heritage and Historical Society Mallow
Email: info@visitmallow.ie
Website: St. Anne's Heritage and Historical Society Mallow

In 1998, a group of Mallow and district residents who were all actively interested in the history and heritage of the area founded the St Anne’s Society. What brought them together was not just their mutual interest in the subject, but a realisation that the results of their freelance efforts should be available to a wide audience, and for others to access easily in future years. The best way to make this information available would be to bring together visual static and interactive displays of historical events to one physical, permanent location. The ideal solution would be to establish a Heritage Centre within or very close to Mallow Town. Since 1998, membership has grown steadily and has attracted interest from well beyond Ireland. The role currently stands at around sixty members. The group is actively engaged in the measurement and recording of many historical sites. A vast quantity of written information is available on all aspects of the town and its hinterland.

Togher Historical Association
Togher Community Centre
Togher Rd
Lehenagh Beg, Cork
Website: Togher Historical Association
Website #2: Togher Historical Association

Togher Historical Association's mission is to research the rich history of the Togher district, by study, interviews, and extensive fieldwork.

West Cork Historical Society
Website: West Cork Historical Society
Website #2: West Cork Historical Society

We meet six times a year (or so) to listen to (and occasionally heckle) the writers of historical research pertaining to the West Cork area. Venues vary.

Whitegate & Aghada Historical Society
Aghada GAA Club
Páirc Liam Uí Riain
Rostellan
Email: joan.rockley@gmail.com

The Society was founded in 1988 and has a long standing, interactive association with the local community which has given strong support to its activities over the years. The range of interests of the Society is ever expanding and new members are always welcome.

Youghal Celebrates History
Mall Arts Centre
The Mall
Youghal-Lands
Youghal
Telephone: 087 9666554
Email: ytta@eirmail.com
Website: Youghal Celebrates History
Website #2: Youghal Celebrates History

We are a voluntary group dedicated to preserving and promoting our unique heritage in this wonderful walled port town. Youghal was an important administrative and commercial centre in the late Medieval period and up to the 19th century.