Welcome to the website of the

Navan & District Historical Society (N&DHS)

Logo N&DHS

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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Please note that our meeting scheduled for 20 Sept. has been cancelled.
Our next talk will be on 11 October. See Programme of Events 2018 below.


18 August -8 September
Note: This Exhibition has been extended until 27 October 2018

Photographic Exhibition - Navan around the turn of the 20th Century
Solstice Arts Centre Navan.
High resolution photos from the National Library's Lawrence and Mason Collections give a glimpse of the small town of Navan (pop. c. 4000) as it was over 100 years ago.

3pm Sunday 26 August   History of St. Mary's Church of Ireland - Bob Dier
St. Mary's Church of Ireland celebrates its bi-centennial  this year. The church is a treasure trove of history and is part of our rich local heritage.

Latest Publication:

They Shall Grow Not Old - published to accompany the WW1 memorial recently erected outside the old Town Hall, records the 138 men from Navan & District who did not return from the Great War.  The book is availble in Tierneys, the Parish Bookshop, McAloons Trimgate St; Supervalu in Johnstown, Blackcastle P.O. and Fagan's Blackcastle. Price €10

Vol 4 of our Journal Navan - Its People and Its Past is still available €15 paperback and €20 hardback. Tierneys, Trimgate St.

Tierneys also have limited numbers of vol. 3.
Volume 1 is out of print, but has been uploaded to this website.

If you want to order any of the books shown above you can email us your address at history@navanhistory.ie and pay by PayPal, making payment to history@navanhistory.ie
or phone 046 902 3257.
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
Meetings are reserved for paid up members only ~ New members are always welcome

1 Mar. 2018  ~ Postponed due to the weather alerts


15 Mar. 2018   ~ Whatever happened to the Feis? – a social history of Feis na Mí

Fr. Séamus Heaney

This event is in conjunction with Navan Library during Seachtain na Gaeilge

Note location and time : 7.30 pm Navan Library


12 April 2018 ~ The Boyne from Trim to Slane  - Illustrated talk Anthony Holten &

Paschal Marry


17 June 2018 ~ Annual Outing: - A tour of Kilkenny City ~ John O’Grady (More details later)


July 2018  ~  Follow up visit to Dowth Hall


18- 26 August 2018 - Heritage Week:

Photographic Exhibition of Old Navan from the NLI Collection, Venue: The Solstice Navan Exhibition compiled by Clare Ryan

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Sunday 26 Aug 2018 ~ 3pm The History of St. Mary's Church of Ireland by Bob Dier

Venue: St. Mary's Church of Ireland



11 Oct. 2018 ~ What it said in the Papers: - newspaper Reports from Navan from the

1880s and ‘90s ~ Kevin Mallon


15 Nov. 2018Navan’s World War 1 Experience ~ Ethna Cantwell


10 Jan 2019 ~ AGM followed by Powerpoint presentation of Old Photos by Vincent

Mulvany & Clare Ryan



A new publication was recently launched in the town

St. Mary's Church of Ireland Navan Bicentary, An Illustrated Guide, by Robert Dier
an excellent and highly recommended read:

available to purchase in Tierney's News Agency, St.
Mary's Parish Bookshop, John McAloon's Centra, Blackcastle Post Office,
Connolly's Trimgate Street and Tara Bookshop