Welcome to the website of the

Navan & District Historical Society (N&DHS)

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Founded in 2007 our main aim is to foster an interest in the local history of our area.
(you can see a more formal declaration of our aims in our Constitution under the"About Us" tab.)
We hold meetings and excursions throughout the year, keeping them as informative and informal as we can, and urging our members to participate and enjoy themselves.
If you wish to learn more about us, why don't you apply to join us and enjoy meeting with others  who
share your interest.

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Our first meeing after the summer break is 8pm next Thursday 21 Sept.
To mark the centenary of the death of Slane poet

Francis Ledwidge (1917-2017)

the NADHS in conjunction with the
Inchicore Ledwidge Society's co- founder and
Chairperson Liam O'Meara
will screen
Brain Cleeve's award winning documentary

Behind a Closed Eye

first broadcast in 1973

The film will be preceded by a short talk on the poet's connections with the
Navan and Donaghmore area.

The night will close with Susan Connolly from Drogheda reciting some poems from her recently published poetry collection

The Orchard Keeper.

The sequence is based on Susan's visits to Donaghmore, and a chance meeting near McGoona's orchard which became a catalyst for her to explore the life of Francis edwidge more fully.

Keep an eye out for our 4th Journal which is in with the printer now.
Hopefully we will be launching it in about 3-4 weeks time.

Copies of our 3rd Journal (published 2015) can be found in Tierneys and Easons.
Some copies of Navan - Its People and Its Past 2 (published 2013) are still available [Tierneys].
Vol. 1 (published 2011) is out of print, but has been uploaded to this website.
Click link:  Navan - Its People and Its Past 1 to access it.

All meetings unless otherwise stated, are held at 8pm in the
Columbanus House, Canon Row, Navan

16 Feb.  ~ The Story of Crannac - Noel French


9 Mar.   ~ Gibbstown - the Forgotten Gaeltacht 1937 -2017

Ciarán Mangan & Harry McGarry

This event is in conjunction with Navan Library to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Note location and time : 7.30 pm Navan Library


20 April  ~ The Extraordinary Story of the Gibney Family and its Navan Connections

Mairéad Crinion


18 May   ~ Tour of Dowth Hall and Estate - a walk through time from Neolithic to modern times. The lands of Dowth represent a remarkably intact demesne landscape, mostly in the ownership of the Netterville family since the 14th century.

People who have booked please meet at 7:15 pm for tour at 7:30pm. See your emails for details.


18 June  ~ Annual Outing: - How the Republic Began - visiting the GPO, Moore St., Moore Lane (site of Pearse's surrender) Arbour Hill, Collins Barracks.


27 August - Tales of Medieval Navan - walk for under 12 year olds - Booking essential - Children must be accompanied by an parent/adult guardian (See above)


21 Sept  -  Remembering Francis Ledwidge on the centenary of his death.

(see above) This is a strictly members only event


19 Oct.  Murder at Donaghmore and the Hanging of Joseph McManus

Peter Connell & Norman Dungan


23 Nov.  -  10th AGM followed by Powerpoint presentation of Old Photos



Above left is the 2nd oldest inscribed stone in Navan. I
was in the Tholsel (Toll House) or
House at the top of Ludlow St. "a low mean building" which was
demolished around 1800.
The plaque says "Edward Mannige was overseer of this work in the year of Our Lord 1632. On whose soul the Lord have mercy." The Tholsel was the centre of the town's trade. The old Courthouse later stood on this site.(above right, photographed 2012).
The building is now occupied by "Boyne Dental" and the plaque is on display at the reception area.


Wednesday 8th July 2015

Roman Catholic Parish microfilms held to the National Library are now available online.

This is a free service.




Also: Meath Fieldnames -the interactive mapping system linked to this project, showing the field names gathered, is up and running and well worth checking out. So many fields have the family names associated with them. It is a great resource. Check it out here: