Contact details

by mariocorrigan on May 18, 2006

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Don’t forget to visit the heritage section of


Incorporating Genealogy, Local Studies, and Archives


Local Studies Department
Contact: Mario Corrigan at

Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10.00-1, 2-4.30; Sat. 10-4.30 closed for lunch each day.Website:

Tel. 087 – 9871046; 045 – 449721
Fax. 045 – 449721
The Local Studies Department forms an integral part of the Kildare County Library Arts Service and ultimately, in partnership with Genealogy and Archives, has become an integral part of the Riverbank Cultural Campus. The Local Studies Collection is located in the History and Family Research Centre. It is the focal point for local history research in County Kildare for historians and enthusiasts alike. The new reading room and research facilities have greatly enhanced the services on offer. The collection will be added to the computerised catalogue on the County Library’s Horizon system further enhancing the service and making it more accessible.
As well as containing an extensive collection of secondary source material the Local Studies Department includes many original sources such as Griffith’s Valuation, the Ordnance Survey Maps of the county, the Tithe Applotment Books, photographs from the Lawrence Collection, Rentals from the Marquis of Drogheda and Verschoyle Estates, a valuable collection of Quaker Manuscripts etc. It has newspapers dating from 1763 on microfilm as well as the 1901 and 1911 Census. Many important primary resources have been added to the website to allow researchers even greater accessibility to the collection.

Contact: Karel Kiely at

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9-1, 2-5; Fri. 9-12.30 closed for lunch each day.Website:

Tel. 045 – 433602
Fax. 045 – 449721
The Kildare Heritage and Genealogy Co. was established in partnership with Kildare County Council, to identify, collect and record historical, archaeological and genealogical information for County Kildare for the purpose of establishing a County Heritage and Genealogical Centre.
The Kildare Heritage Project, sponsored by the Kildare Heritage and Genealogy Co., co-funded by Kildare Co. Council and FÁS, has been running in Newbridge since late 1987. The project is computerising Co. Kildare’s genealogical records, including Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland registers; graveyard inscriptions; Griffith’s Valuation; Tithe books and the 1901 and 1911 Census. A professional research service is provided to members of the public both at home and abroad.
Contact: Ms Cecile Chemin, Archivist at


The Local Studies Dept., will only provide limited access to the archival collections from March 2007, until the return of the archivist.
Kildare County Council is developing a County Archive Service based at the History and Family Research Centre in Newbridge. In preparing for this, it was first necessary to identify and preserve those public archive collections held in various locations throughout the county. A specially adapted storage facility has now been assigned for the archives at Newbridge. Fortunately quality archive collections have survived for Co. Kildare. These include material relating to the Grand Jury system, the Boards of Guardians and the Rural District Councils.

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