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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We are delighted to announce that the 4th volume of our Journal
Navan - Its People and Its Past is now in the shops.
Limited edition hardback €25 and softback €15.

The journal is available in Tierneys and McAloons in Trimgate St., Fagans and Blackcastle P.O. in Blackcastle, Centra and Reillys in Abbeylands,  Jimmy Reilly in Brews Hill, Easons Navan Shopping Centre, the Parish Bookshop at St. Mary's,
John Smyth Academy St., Tara Bookshop, Navan Library,
and Supervalu in Johnstown.

Tierneys also have limited numbers of vol. 3.
There are literally only about 5 copies of vol 2. available in the town (Parish Bookshop & Jimmy Reilly Brews Hill)

Volume 1 is out of print, but has been uploaded to this website.

If you want to order Vol. 4 from us directly 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.
The book costs €15 and the p&p is €9 to Ireland; €10.50 to the UK; €14  to Europe and USA

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


May 2018  ~ (date to be confirmed) Follow up visit to Dowth Hall


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


18- 26 August 2018 - Heritage Week:

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


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

Venue: St. Mary's Church of Ireland


20 Sept 2018  - The Gerrards of Gibbstown ~ Jimmy Caffrey


11 Oct. 2018 ~ What it says 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



Above left is the 2nd oldest inscribed stone in Navan.
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.