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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9th AGM 8pm Thursday 10 Nov. 2016
Columbanus Ho. Canon Row
All welcome
AGM followed by Powerpoint presentation of historic photographs from around the town presented by Vincent Mulvany


A richly coloured Navan Carpet coming off the loom back in the day.
Navan Carpets went into voluntary liquidation in 2003 with the loss of over 240 jobs.
Check out the Navan Carpets page under the Organisations / Industries tab
Copies of our 3rd Journal (published 2015) can be found in Tierneys, Blackbird Books, Easons and the Solstice. 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

Feb. 11th  ~ Battle of Ashbourne

~ Ashbourne Historical Society

Mar. 3rd.  ~ The Big Irish House and the War of Independence ~ Terence Dooley

Mar. 15th. ~  An evening of Song, History, Music, Story & Poetry in association with  the Navan Shamrock Festival and Navan Singing Circle incorporating an Ecumenical Service of Commemoration of the Easter Rising 1916 ~

Venue St. Mary's Church of Ireland Navan at 8pm . All Welcome

Apr. 14th.  ~ The Fortunes and Possessions of the Great Houses of the Boyne Valley ~ George Williams

May 12th.  ~ Aftermath of the Battle of Ashbourne ~ Vincent Mulvany

June 28th  ~ Annual Outing: Pearse Museum St. Enda's Rathfarnham


Heritage Week:

A 'Pop Up' Museum in the Town Hall, Watergate Street

200 Years of Industry in Navan 1780- 1980 - From Flour to Furnishings

Aspects of Navan's Industrial Heritage -

Monday 22 Aug - Saturday 27 Aug from 10:30am to 17:00 pm daily

15 Sept  - James Quigley, Navan's Doubtful Volunteer ~ Seán Condon

13 Oct. - Zeal and Patriotism -Meathmen in the British Service and the

Battle of Tara 1798 ~ Ciárán McDonnell

10 Nov.  -  9th. AGM followed by Exhibition of Old Photos ~ Vincent Mulvany



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: