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As befits a University which takes its community remit very seriously, the Library has for many years collected material relating to the West of Ireland and the local Galway area. This is reflected in some of the donated collections, as well as in our modern Local Studies Collection held in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

The Library usually subscribes to a selection of local studies titles though it is important to note that MOST are only available in hard copy format. The list below endeavours to note where online issues of part or all of the title or tables of contents are accessible including through our Library’s subscription to JSTOR or other online providers. Many societies have websites and/or social media pages through which they can be contacted if you wished to purchase a particular journal issue.

Local Studies Periodicals

The majority of the current periodical collection relating to local studies is held in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. Issues prior to 2018g are shelved in the periodical Store and must therefore be requested by completing the journal request form or at the desk in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. It is also possible to use the 'Request from Closed Access' option on the library catalogue. There is a 24-hour turnaround time for requests for back issues. Back runs of some titles are available to University readers on JSTOR.

A select list of local studies periodical titles for each Irish County is available in:

  • John Grenham. Tracing your Irish Ancestors (Dublin, 2012) 929.10720415, Special Collections Reading Room and Floor 1
  • James G. Ryan. Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History (Dublin. 1997) 929.309415, RYA General Reference Area Ground Floor

Check the Library Catalogue for our holdings of these periodical titles.

Local Studies Books

A large collection of Local Studies books is shelved in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. These are arranged in order by Dewey number. To check our holdings prior to your visit, please search the Library catalogue.

Resources for Irish People and Places Studies‌

If you have any queries please contact us at


Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy JSTOR
Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland JSTOR
The Journal of Irish Archaeology JSTOR
Irish Historical Studies JSTOR
Archaeology Ireland EBSCO UK & Éire Reference centre & JSTOR
History Ireland EBSCO UK & Éire Reference centre & JSTOR
Analecta Hibernica JSTOR
Archivium Hibernicum or Irish Historical Records JSTOR
Collectanea Hibernica - sources for Irish History JSTOR
Australasian Journal of Irish Studies EBSCO UK & Éire Reference Centre
The Capuchin Annual Available online from The Irish Capuchins
Celtica Journal of the School of Celtic Studies of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies Website with tables of contents since 1949 and full texts since 1988
Eighteenth-Century Ireland : Iris an Dá Chultúr JSTOR
Éire-Ireland. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish studies Project Muse
Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter Most of the back-issues are available online as PDF files: 
 Saothar: Annual journal of the Irish Labour History Society JSTOR Arts & Science
Studia Hibernica JSTOR

Northern Ireland


Ulster Journal of Archaeology JSTOR


The Glynns Full index available online at the Glens of Antrim Historical Society's website


Seanchas Ard Mhacha, Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society JSTOR


Lecale Miscellany and Lecale Review. Lecale and Downe Historical Society Tables of contents, with abstracts, are published on the Society's website


Clogher Record : Journal of the Clogher Historical Society JSTOR
Dúiche Néill Dúiche Néill contents list available at here

Republic of Ireland


Breifne Published by the local historical society, Cumann Seanchas Bhreifne. Table of contents for all issues available on the Society’s website


Carloviana Published by the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Archive of issues up to 2015 available here


North Munster Antiquarian Journal Published by the Thomond Archaeological Society. Archive from 1909-2012 available here
The Other Clare Website with selected articles Vol. 1 (1977) – Vol. 24 (2000)


Bandon Historical Journal Published by the Bandon Local History Society website with tables of contents and indexes
Bantry Historical and Archaeological Society Journal Publisher: Bantry Historical Society. Website with links to table of contents of some issues
Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Table of Contents
Mallow Field Club Journal     Archive 1983-2005
Skibbereen and District Historical Society Journal Website with tables of contents 2005-2014


Donegal Annual Website with complete tables of contents


Dublin Historical Record 1938-2016 JSTOR
Rathmichael Historical Record All back issues are available online via a link on the website
Time & Tide Contents Pages Vol 1 – Vol. 11


Connemara: Journal of the Clifden and Connemara Heritage Group Selected Articles
Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society,1900-2003 JSTOR
Galway’s Heritage - Oidhreacht na Gaillimhe  All volumes available on-line in PDF format at this website


Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Table of Contents
The Kerry Magazine Table of Contents


Old Kilkenny Review  Table of Contents
Ossory, Laois and Leinster Table of Contents


Breifne Table of Contents


The Old Limerick Journal  Full text Vol. 1 (1979) – Vol. 51 (2016)


Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society JSTOR
Journal of the Old Drogheda Society Table of Contents 1976 - 2016 


Cathair na Mart: Journal of the Westport Historical Society Table of Contents Vol. 1 (1981)-Vol.33 (2015)
North Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society Journal. 1982-1995 Tables of Contents


Ríocht na Mídhe: Records of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society Author Index 1955-2017


Clogher Record JSTOR


Offaly Heritage, Journal of the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society Tables of Contents


Tipperary Historical Journal Table of Contents 1988-2019


Ardmore Journal Selected articles have been republished on the Waterford County Museum website
DeciesJournal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Waterford County Library: Decies


Journal of the Old Athlone Society Details of contents of some past issues are available on the Journal of the Old Athlone Society website


Journal of the Bannow Historical Society Tables of contents and on-line ordering available on the Society's website
The Journal of the Taghmon Historical Society Biennial journal first published in 1996. The first four issues are republished in full on the Society's website
Journal of the Wexford Historical Society List of contents since 1968
The Past: the organ of the Ui Ceinsealaigh Historical Society JSTOR


Journal of the Bré-Cualann/Bray Historical Society Full text of some issues on website
Roundwood & District History and Folklore Journal Contents pages on website

Genealogical & Family History Journals

Irish Roots (2011-2017)  

EBSCO UK & Éire Reference Centre

North Irish Roots: journal of the North of Ireland Family History Society. 1984-, most recent 4 years not available JSTOR complete