Contact Local Studies by telephone on 059 9129705 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Local Studies Collection is located on the first floor of Carlow Central Library. It is open to all from Monday to Friday, 9:45am - 1:00pm and after lunch from 2:00pm - 5:30pm. It does not open on Saturdays or Bank Holiday Mondays. Prior appointment is not required except for use of the Microfilm readers. Books either by local authors or with County Carlow content are available for reference here.
The Archive Department is not open to the public but all materials can be consulted in the Local Studies area. Prior appointment is necessary for accessing these materials.The Archives Page lists archival material available for research. These include the Carlow County Library Photographic Archive, The Burton collection, Maps and Minute Books, Archives of Carlow Grand Jury and a catalogie of small private collections.
The Department holds an extensive newspaper collection on microfilm and/or in hard copy. These include the Nationalist and Leinster Times, Carlow Sentinal, Carlow People, Carlow Morning Post, Finns Leinster Journal, Irish Times and more. To book an appointment on a microfilm machine phone 059 9129712.
The Local Studies Department also has a wide range of Irish and Local Periodicals which are all available for reference. Titles include:
- Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
- Irish Historical Studies
- The Irish Sword
- Irish Economic and Social History Review
Locally published titles include Carloviana; a number of annual journals from villages around County Carlow as well as back editions of non-current titles like Carlow Past and Present.
Map Collection:Maps also form an important part of the Local Studies Collection. Holdings include:
- Down Survey Barony and Civil Parish maps with terriers of County Carlow (1654)
- Ordnance Survey 6" maps of County Carlow (1839 & 1879)
- Ordnance Survey Large Scale 5 foot town maps for Carlow, Muinebheag and Tullow (1873)
- Archaeological Survey maps with index volume of County Carlow (OPW 1986)
- Tyndall Collection: An important collection made up of books from various bequests either by or about John Tyndall, the famous Co. Carlow born scientist.
- Genealogical Sources: Include indexes to Parish Baptisms and Marriages for Roman Catholic Parishes in County Carlow
- Tithe Applotment Records: on microfilm with some in hard copy for County Carlow
- Griffith's Valuation: for County Carlow with some areas of County Laois bordering Carlow in hard copy and accompanying maps
- Census: 1901 and Census 1911 for County Carlow on microfilm
- Thom's Directory: dating from some decades of the 19th Century
- Carlow Schools Folklore: on microfilm from 1937-38
- Irish Life and Lore: Carlow Collection
- Ephemera: includes Domestic and Commercial Property Development brochures from the 1980s and a comprehensive collection of posters and other materials from a range of business, cultural and sporting organisations and past events around County Carlow
Carlow Records now Online
The Catholic Parish records of Co. Carlow are now searchable online for the first time at www.rootsireland.ie. The database includes 146,000 baptisms and 58,000 marriages. The parishes covered are listed here:
The Irish Family History Foundation has been the coordinating body for a network of county genealogy centres on the island of Ireland for over twenty five years. The genealogy centres’ databases include parish church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths, census returns and gravestone inscriptions. Millions of these records are searchable online, providing a unique resource for family historians not available on any other website. New records will be added as the computerization of sources continues in the local genealogy centres.Click here for the Genealogy Page
Ballon Hill Archaeology Project Report
The official submission of the Ballon Hill Archaeology Project (BHAP) Phase 1 report to the Carlow Library Service. The project was initiated in late 2012 by the team of Nial O’Neill, Deirdre Kearney and Pat O’Neill to research the archaeology of Ballon Hill. Pictured above at the presentation of the Phase 1 report are (from left to right) Deirdre Condron (Carlow Library Service), Pat O’Neill (BHAP), Deirdre Kearney (BHAP), Nial O’Neill (BHAP) and Dermot Mulligan (Carlow County Museum). A paper copy of the report can be accessed in each of the branches of the Carlow Library Service and in pdf form on the library’s website. The Ballon Hill Archaeology Project Phase 1 was undertaken to study accounts of nineteenth century excavations on the hill, assess all known artefacts from these works and using both historical mapping and modern Lidar (Light Detecting and Ranging) data to assess the hill from a modern perspective. These investigations secured considerable new information on the archaeology of the hill. All this new information and a thorough discussion of what this tells us in contained in the Phase 1 report. At the outset of the project, the project team suspected that Ballon Hill is among the most important burial sites in Bronze Age Ireland (2500-4500 years ago). This suspicion has been significantly substantiated with three new monuments being identified in one of the largest and most diverse burial sites in Ireland dating to the Bronze Age. The project team will continue their research on the hill and will produce further reports in the coming years.
Guide to Carlow Local Studies - People & Place
History of County Carlow
Introduction to Local Studies
Research Advice for Special Topic Students
Carlow Town Map
History of Carlow County Fire Service
The Hidden Bridges of the Mountain River and its Tributaries
The Hidden Bridges of the Montain River and its Tributaries by Francis Coady is a survey, both architectural and photographic record of the Mountain River and its tributaries, the Killedmond, Aughnabrisky, Corries and Dinn Rivers.
The Hidden Bridges of the Mountain River and its Tributaries
The Ask about Ireland website is full of interesting information from many different public libraries, museums and archives throughout Ireland including Carlow. Many different areas of Irish history and culture have been examined in detail with a strong emphasis on the local history for each area. Carlow County Library has so far been involved in nine main areas: Architecture, Poor Law Union, Transport, Sport, Carlow Artists, Carlow Writers, Folklore and Carlow in 1798.Click here for website
Ask About Ireland Guide
Class & Group Visits
Reservations will now be taken from teachers and lecturers for class/group visits to the Local Studies Department of Carlow Central Library. Students will be shown the wide variety of Local Studies sources on offer and will be given general guidance in their use. Students preparing for their Leaving Cert Special Topic will find this especially useful as will history students in third level colleges at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Groups of Adult Learners are also very welcome. All of these introductory programmes are free of charge. Reservations to 059 9129705; by email to email@example.com or by calling to the main issue desk in Carlow Central Library.