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.

P. J. Hanlon (1927-2024)

P. J. Hanlon (1927-2024)

It was with sadness and regret that we heard the news of the death on 23 April 2024 of P.J. Hanlon, our most senior member. P.J. was a just a few months short of his 97th birthday. He was a member of the WWHS committee for many years and served as Chairman in 2004-05....

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New Honorary Member

New Honorary Member

We are very pleased to have announce that local West Wicklow historian and author Aidan Cruise was presented with honorary membership of our society by chairperson Paul Gorry at our recent lecture event on Tuesday 12 March 2024. Aidan, who hails from Manor Kilbride,...

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West Wicklow Historical Society News & Events

P. J. Hanlon (1927-2024)

P. J. Hanlon (1927-2024)

It was with sadness and regret that we heard the news of the death on 23 April 2024 of P.J. Hanlon, our most senior member. P.J. was a just a few months short of his 97th birthday. He was a member of the WWHS committee for many years and served as Chairman in 2004-05....

read more
New Honorary Member

New Honorary Member

We are very pleased to have announce that local West Wicklow historian and author Aidan Cruise was presented with honorary membership of our society by chairperson Paul Gorry at our recent lecture event on Tuesday 12 March 2024. Aidan, who hails from Manor Kilbride,...

read more

West Wicklow Historical Society Journals

You may download free copies of Journal no. 1 (1983)
and Journal no. 2 (1985)  – go to our Journals Page here 

Since its foundation in March 1980, WWHS has published a number of journals containing articles relating to the history, folklore, traditions, genealogy and archaeology of West Wicklow and its environs.  With the exception of Journals Nos. 1, 2 and 7 (now out of print), all others are available to purchase online at a cost of €20 each, inclusive of P&P.  ( See above re Journals 1 and 2). 

West Wicklow Historical Society Journals

You may download free copies of Journal no. 1 (1983) and Journal no. 2 (1985)  – go to our Journals Page here 

Since its foundation in March 1980, WWHS has published a number of journals containing articles relating to the history, folklore, traditions, genealogy and archaeology of West Wicklow and its environs.  Our journal was revived in 2007 and continues to be published on a biennial basis.  With the exception of Journals Nos. 1, 2 and 7 (now out of print), all others are available to purchase online at a cost of €20 each, inclusive of post and packaging.

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.  
With the exception of Journals Nos. 1, 2 and 7 (now out of print), all others are available to purchase online at a cost of €20 each, inclusive of P&P.  Journals 1 and 2, published in 1983 and 1985 respectively, may be downloaded free of charge in PDF format. Please visit our Journals Page here