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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.

Dublin Societies[edit | edit source]

Balbriggan and District Historical Society (Cumann Staire Cheantar Bhaile Brigín)
Town Hall
Georges Square
Telephone: 01 8413447
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Website: Balbriggan and District Historical Society

Balbriggan & District Historical Society was established in 1981 with the goal to promote an interest in the local history of Balbriggan & District through lectures, publications, and exhibitions, and to establish a Museum in the Balbriggan District.

Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society
Pembroke Library
Anglesea Rd
Website: Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society

The Aims of the Society are to promote an interest in local history in the Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount areas; to arrange lectures, exhibitions, seminars, and tours on subjects of local history and to publish material in pursuit of that history; and to build up a local history archive.

Blanchardstown-Castleknock History Society (Cumann Staire, Baile Bhlainseir-Caislean Cnucha)
Blanchardstown Public Library
The Civic Centre
Blanchardstown Centre
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Telephone: 087 240 1308/085 749 1672
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Website: Blanchardstown-Castleknock History Society

The society was set up in March 2009 to promote and encourage research into the history, archaeology, architecture, folklore, mythology, flora and fauna, genealogy, and culture of the Dublin 15 area and Irish history in general. Dublin 15 is a postal district in the suburbs of Dublin in Fingal.

Cabra Historical Society
Faussagh Avenue
Cabra, Dublin 7
Telephone: 1 8686209
Website: Cabra Historical Society

The main idea of a historical society was to research and investigate both the physical and social aspect of the people in the area of Cabra and to collected and keep a records of local people’s memories of time pass on social and sporting events that happen in the Cabra area over the last hundred years.

Cloghran Historical Society
Coachmans Inn
Airport Road
Website: Cloghran Historical Society

Cloghran Historical Society was formed in 2002 and their aim is to enjoy, record, conserve, restore, and celebrate the distinctive qualities of Cloghran and surrounding townlands, their local heritage, their community, and their environment.

Clondalkin History Society
Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Center
Watery Lane
Website: Clondalkin History Society

Clontarf Historical Society
Resource Centre
St. John the Baptist Church
Clontarf Road
Dublin 3
Telephone: 8338711
Website: Clontarf Historical Society

The main objective of the society is the encouragement of an awareness of the history and heritage of Clontarf and its environs by researching and recording the history of the area and its people, and by promoting this through regular lectures, talks, discussions, and outings.

Coolock, Artane and District Historical Society
Northside Civic Centre
Bunratty Road
Coolock, Dublin 17
Website: Coolock, Artane and District Historical Society
Website #2: Coolock, Artane and District Historical Society

The Coolock, Artane & District Historical Society was founded in December 2017 for people interested in the history of the area. We’re hoping to hold talks, start an oral history project, and collect old photos of Coolock and Artane.

Dalkey Library Historical Group
Dalkey Library
40/41 Castle Street
Dalkey, Dublin A96 AK28
Telephone: 01 2855277
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Website: Dalkey Library Historical Group

The main aim of the group is to share, collect, and store items and information in an easy, accessible way locally.

Donabate Historical Society
Parochial Hall
Main St
Ballalease West
Telephone: 01 8436091/0872397608
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Website: Donabate Historical Society

Our society was formed in 1948. Its aims are the collection of material in the parish relating to customs, stories, and incidents of ancient, medieval, and modern times, and to complete the written and unwritten history of the parish of Donabate and Portrane, Co. Dublin. Our society is still active and several books have been written on the history of the parish.

DU Archaeological Society
Archaeological Society
Box 24
Regent House
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Website: DU Archaeological Society

DU Archaeological Society aims to provide the student body with up-to-date information on Archaeology in Ireland and further afield, including excavations, events, and career opportunities.

Dun Laoghaire Borough History Society
The Royal Marine Hotel
Marine Road
Dun Laoghaire
Telephone: 087 288 4069/2806213 (Please do not call after 9 p.m. Local Time)
Website: Dun Laoghaire Borough History Society
Website #2: Dun Laoghaire Borough History Society
Website #3: Dun Laoghaire Borough History Society

The Aims of the Society are to promote and sustain an interest in the Culture, Heritage, and History of Ireland, with particular regard to the Dun Laoghaire Area.

Fingal Heritage Network
The Milestone Inn
Drogheda Street
Website: Fingal Heritage Network

The Fingal Heritage Network brings together heritage groups from around the county to work together and pool information and resources. The heritage network currently has a membership of eleven historical and heritage societies operating in Balbriggan, Cloghran, Donabate, Howth, Fingal South-west (Dublin 15), Liffey Valley, Loughshinny and Rush, Lusk, Malahide, Skerries, and Swords.

Foxrock Local History Club
Foxrock Pastoral Centre
18 Kill Ln
Dublin 18
Website: Foxrock Local History Club

Foxrock Local History Club, active for more than thirty years, has more than 70 publications including pamphlets and books covering a wide range of local history topics.

Howth Peninsula Heritage Society (Cumann Oidhreachta Leithinis Bhinn Éadair)
Sea-Angling Centre
W Pier
Howth, Dublin
Website: Howth Peninsula Heritage Society

The primary aim of the Society is to promote all aspects of history and heritage as they relate to the Island of Ireland, and where relevant, to the Howth Peninsula. In pursuit of this, the Society will aim to preserve all key historical, cultural,and environmental features of the Howth Peninsula and will contribute to the local community by promoting educational, tourism, and recreational initiatives and developments, which are underpinned by our unique natural and cultural heritage.

Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society
Function Room
Glenalbyn Sports Club
Glenalbyn House
Glenalbyn Rd
Website: Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society

The aim of the Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society is to promote and sustain an interest in our culture, heritage, and history, particularly with regard to Kilmacud Stillorgan and the adjoining areas.

Knocklyon History Society
The Iona Center
St Colmcille’s Church
Knocklyon, Dublin 16
Telephone: 01 4941312
Website: Knocklyon History Society

To date the society has produced five biannual booklets that include a synopses of lectures presented in the previous two years. They organize outings and visits to places of historic interest.

Loughshinny & Rush Historical Society
The Strand Bar
Main Street, Rush
Telephone: 01 8438346/087 0682 949
Website: Loughshinny & Rush Historical Society
Website #2: Loughshinny & Rush Historical Society

The Loughshinny & Rush Historical Society was founded in 1989 to compile, research, record, and correlate the history folklore and traditions of the Loughshinny and Rush area of North Fingal.

Malahide Historical Society
Presbyterian Church
Dublin Rd
Website: Malahide Historical Society
Website #2: Malahide Historical Society

The Malahide Historical Society was founded in 1978 with the following aims: to find out the history of the Malahide area; to gather details of events both major and minor, record them, and narrate them through lectures and walks; to instill a love of Malahide village and surroundings among the people who live here; to preserve the unique qualities of Malahide, which may be in danger of being lost; in the long term to produce a booklet on the history of the Malahide area; and to establish a Museum.

Mount Merrion Historical Society
Fitzwilliam Rooms
Community Centre
North Avenue
Mount Merrion, Stillorgan
Telephone: 087 2627111
Website: Mount Merrion Historical Society

The aims of the Society are to promote an interest in local history especially that of Mount Merrion and its surrounding areas; arrange lectures, tours, and exhibitions on subjects of local history; and publish material in pursuit of that history and to build up a local historical archive.

Old Dublin Society (Cumann le Seandacht Atha Cliath)
Dublin City Library & Archive Conference Rooom
138-144 Pearse St.
Dublin 2
Website: Old Dublin Society

The Society was founded in 1934 to promote the study of the history of Dublin and of Dubliners.

Raheny Heritage Society
Community Room
Raheny Court
Avondale Park
Telephone: 01 8314729
Website: Raheny Heritage Society
Website #2: Raheny Heritage Society

Aims of the Society are to assist members in personal family history research by discussion, meetings, etc., to promote and encourage the study of local history, and to collaborate with similar organisations to the extent permitted by the resources of the Society, financial and personal.

Rathfarnham Historical Society
The Church of Ireland Parish Centre
Main Street
Dublin 14
Telephone: 01 494 2665
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Website: Rathfarnham Historical Society

Rathfarnham established its very own historical society with the aim of promoting the history and cultural heritage of the area.

Rathmichael Historical Society
Rathmichael School
Stonebridge Road
Telephone: 01 285 3960
Website: Rathmichael Historical Society

The Rathmichael Historical Society was founded in 1972 and, for nearly 50 years, has provided lectures, outings, and courses in Archaeology and History to its members in south County Dublin and, indeed, in a much wider area.

Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society
Rathmines Town Hall (Rathmines College)
Rathmines Rd Lower
Dublin 6
Website: Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society
Website #2: Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society

Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society was founded in 1996 and incorporates Harold's Cross, Leeson Street, and Milltown.

Skerries Historical Society
Skerries Bowling Club
1 Tennis Ct Ln
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Website: Skerries Historical Society
Website #2: Skerries Historical Society

The 'Old Skerries Society', founded in 1948, is now 'Skerries Historical Society' and promotes awareness of and conservation of local history, heritage, and artefacts.

Society for Old Lucan
Lucan Leisure Centre
Griffeen Valley Park
Glebe, Lucan
Website: Society for Old Lucan

A place for sharing information, photos, questions, folklore, memories, and local history of Lucan of Old. To conserve and protect Lucan's Heritage Sites. Documenting the history and engaging with the local community to raise awareness and widen public awareness of Lucan's heritage.

Swords Historical Society
Swords Heritage Centre
Carnegie Library
North Street
Swords K67 N5H2
Telephone: 01 8400080
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Website: Swords Historical Society

Preserving our heritage for future generations.

Tallaght Historical Society
Tallaght Library
Website: Tallaght Historical Society

The UCD Archaeology Society
UCD Student Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Website: The UCD Archaeology Society

The UCD Archaeological Society was founded in January of 1942 and was the first of its kind in Ireland. It was founded against the back drop of a war torn Europe as a means to unite students from different disciplines but who shared a similar passion.