Irish Local History Evening Course

The local Irish history course at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s will examine the local  dimensions of Ireland’s past and is 

designed to provide practical support for local history studies. Using the expertise of Carlow College lecturers and

the resources of the college and nearby cultural institutions, this course provides a how-to guide to local history 

whatever area of Ireland you are interested in. Training will be provided in a lively and accessible manner on how

to carry out research in local studies and how to write up the findings. 

The weekly two-hour seminar will be presented by an array of academic lecturers and visiting practitioners.

Discussion, debate and presentation will allow attendees to formulate a comprehensive local history study idea.

The course will run from 18 January 2018 - 8 March 2018.



Course Schedule

18 Jan: Introduction to academic and community-based local history. Defining a local history project. 
25 Jan: Local Studies: Libraries and Archives. What you can find in the local studies section of the local library. 
1 Feb: Monuments and artefacts. How to make use of archaeological sources and local museums. 
8 Feb: Using church records. Introduction to the holdings of the Delany Archive.
15 Feb: Contemporary Ireland 18th & 19th Centuries: Digital and media sources. Local Library Media sources. 
22 Feb: Contemporary Ireland 20th Century: Digital and Military Sources. Local Military Sources. 
1 Mar: Writing Skills, referencing, footnotes and bibliography. Tips for writing articles for a local history journal. 
8 Mar: Class presentation of research ideas and sources.


Classes will be held on Thursday evenings for two hours – 7-9pm – with a tea/coffee and a light refreshment break to facilitate meeting and greeting fellow students, lecturers and guest speakers


Dr Margaret Murphy

Margaret holds a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin and has substantial experience in historical and archaeological

research, teaching and publication. She lectures in medieval Irish and European history and Local History and is

AssistanRegistrar in Carlow College.

Elaine Callinan 

Elaine has recently completed a PhD study with Trinity College Dublin and lectures in Modern Irish History at 

Carlow College, St. Patricks. 

She has written a number of journal articles, delivered conference papers and peer reviewed books and journal 


Dr Eric Derr 

Eric completed his doctoral studies at Maynooth University in 2014 and currently lectures in ModerAmerican

History at Carlow College, St. Patricks. 

Hidoctoral research focused on the Irish Catholic episcopal corps in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

He has also published an article and acted as a peer reviewer for Archivium Hibernicum. 

Workshop participants include:
Bernie Deasy, Delany Archive
John Shortall, Carlow Library
Deirdre Condron, Carlow Library
Dermot Mulligan, Carlow Museum
Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society

How to Apply

Apply Here


Applicants can also apply for the Local Irish History evening course at Carlow College,St. Patrick's by downloading and completing the Application form.pdf. Once completed, this form should be returned to: 

Alison Brennan 
Admissions Office
Carlow College, St. Patrick's
College Street

Should you require further guidance or information, please contact the College directly at (059) 9153200 or where our staff will be happy to advise you. 


Course fees are as follows: €125

A discount is available to the Unwaged, OAPs, & Students: €95

This fee allows access and in-house use of Carlow College, St. Patrick’s Library 

and Library facilities for the duration of the course.

The Fee can be paid at Reception at Carlow College or online at:

 Quick Pay