West Wicklow Historical Society

Our Society was founded in 1980. We in the West Wicklow Historical Society (‘WWHS’) are dedicated to preserving the heritage of the western half of County Wicklow. That means all the way from the Blessington area in the north down to Carnew in the south. We also share an interest in adjacent areas of Counties Carlow and Kildare.

West Wicklow Historical Society

West Wicklow Historical Society

 

About Us

The West Wicklow Historical Society (WWHS) 

Since 1980, the West Wicklow Historical Society has worked to nurture and spread knowledge about and an appreciation of the historical heritage of the western side of County Wicklow and its environs. The Society comprises a community of people who share these interests and who enjoy the social as well as the intellectual attraction of events run by WWHS.  We aim to reach as broad an audience as possible and to emphasise the importance of history in understanding change and continuity in the world.  All who share these interests are invited to join us. 

About us

The West Wicklow Historical Society (‘WWHS’) 

 

Since 1980, the West Wicklow Historical Society has worked to nurture and spread knowledge about and the appreciation of the historical heritage of the western side of County Wicklow and its environs. The Society comprises a community of people who share these interests and who enjoy the social as well as the intellectual attraction of events run by WWHS.  We aim to reach as broad an audience as possible and to emphasise the importance of history in understanding change and continuity in the world.  All who share these interests are invited to join us. 

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Become a member

Our membership comprises people who wish to find out more about their local area and who are interested in keeping its past ‘alive’ for future generations.  New members are always welcome.  By subscribing to an annual membership, you will be supporting the ongoing work of WWHS, which is run entirely on a voluntary, non-profit basis. It’s easy to join now using our online subscription service.

The Elmes Letters

The Elmes Letters

The first lecture of our Spring 2024 Lecture Series took place at the Lalor Centre on Thursday 15 February. Our guest lecturer Ida Milne shared glimpses into certain letters of her grandmother’s family the Elmes, who lived near Old Ross until the 1970s. The Elmes...

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WWHS Journal no. 12

WWHS Journal no. 12

We were pleased to launch the 12th edition of the Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society at Coimín Centre, Blessington on Thursday 9 November 2023.  This latest edition contains nineteen articles on a diverse range of topics. We thank our joint editors Chris...

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The Carlow Gentry

The Carlow Gentry

OCTOBER 2023 LECTURE   Jimmy O’Toole, well-known Carlovian, local historian and author of The Carlow Gentry: What Will the Neighbours Say! provided us with a fascinating lecture on Tuesday 17 October 2023 at the Lalor Centre in Baltinglass. The specific topic was...

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West Wicklow Historical Society News & Events

The Elmes Letters

The Elmes Letters

The first lecture of our Spring 2024 Lecture Series took place at the Lalor Centre on Thursday 15 February. Our guest lecturer Ida Milne shared glimpses into certain letters of her grandmother’s family the Elmes, who lived near Old Ross until the 1970s. The Elmes...

read more
WWHS Journal no. 12

WWHS Journal no. 12

We were pleased to launch the 12th edition of the Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society at Coimín Centre, Blessington on Thursday 9 November 2023.  This latest edition contains nineteen articles on...

read more
The Carlow Gentry

The Carlow Gentry

OCTOBER 2023 LECTURE   Jimmy O’Toole, well-known Carlovian, local historian and author of The Carlow Gentry: What Will the Neighbours Say! provided us with a fascinating lecture on Tuesday 17 October 2023 at the Lalor Centre in Baltinglass. The specific topic was...

read more

West Wicklow Historical Society Journals

Download your free copy of the first WWHS Journal here

Since its foundation in March 1980 the West Wicklow Historical Society has published a number of journals containing articles relating to the history, folklore, traditions, genealogy and archaeology of West Wicklow and its environs. The journal was revived in 2007 and continues to be published on a biennial basis.With the exception of Journals Nos. 1 and 7 (out of print) all other Journals are available to purchase at a cost of €25 including postage and packing.

For the full list of publications please visit our Journals page

West Wicklow Historical Society Journals

Since its foundation in March 1980 the West Wicklow Historical Society has published a number of journals containing articles relating to the history, folklore, traditions, genealogy and archaeology of West Wicklow and its environs. The journal was revived in 2007 and continues to be published on a biennial basis.With the exception of Journals Nos. 1 and 7 (out of print) all other Journals are available to purchase at a cost of €25 including postage and packing.

For the full list of publications please visit our Journals page

JOURNAL No 1

Since its foundation in March 1980 the West Wicklow Historical Society has published a number of journals containing articles relating to the history, folklore, traditions, genealogy and archaeology of West Wicklow and its environs. The journal was revived in 2007 and continues to be published on a biennial basis.With the exception of Journals Nos. 1 and 7 (out of print) all other Journals are available to purchase at a cost of €25 including postage and packing.

For the full list of publications please visit our Journals page

Download your free copy of the first WWHS Journal here

Download your free copy of the first WWHS Journal here