Our Society's Publications:

Our Publications are sold from the society directly (email: history@navanhistory.ie) or from shops in the Navan town and district:
Available in:
Tierneys and McAloons in Trimgate St.,
Willie Fagans at Blackcastle,
Centra at Blackcastle,
Jimmy Reilly in Brews Hill,
Easons, Navan,
Royal County Services, Academy St., Navan
Sean Donohoe Electric, Kennedy Road,
The Solstice,
The Parish Bookshop at St. Mary's,
Tara Bookshop,
Tommy's, Abbeylands,
Navan Library,
and Supervalu in Johnstown.

Vol 1
Our Society's first Journal, Navan - its People and its Past, Vol 1 was published November 2011.  It is now out of print. Click Here for the articles uploaded from Journal 1

2. Navan - It's People and It's Past, Vol. 2. Very small numbers of this left (single figures) email: history@navanhistory.ie


Contents of Volume 2:
Donaghmore Medieval Church and Graveyard  by Cepta & Norman Dungan
Rathaldron Castle by Ciaran Mangan
Gussie Curtis’ Forge in Old Cornmarket by Andre Devereux & N&DHS
The Role of Bread in Navan 1845-8 by Seán Condon
O’Reilly v. O’Reilly by John O’Grady
Cannistown Church & Headstone Inscriptions by Bernadette Murray
The Parnell Split in Navan & its Aftermath by  David Lawlor
Local Government in Ardbrccan Civil Parish 1803-14 by Seán Gallagher
Three Tavern Tokens from Navan  by Gerard Rice
The Sisters of Mercy and St. Joseph’s by Sr. Enda Donovan
Navan and its people and WWI (part 1) by Ethna Cantwell
Elliott’s Sawmills on the Blackwater by Richard Farrelly
A Few Memories from Behind a Navan Shop Counter by Paschal Marry
Navan’s Roman Artefacts and W.F. Wakeman by Mairéad Crinion
Echoes along the Boyne – Rediscovering the Stackallen Lighters by Anthony Holten
Schooling at the Abbey by Michael A. Conneally
Housing the People –from O’Growney Tce. to St. Mary’s Pk. by Peter Connell
Strange Creatures and Mixed Messages by Mary Deevy
The Beaufort Family by Noel French
More from the Schools Folklore

3. The Bridges of Navan.
Available from us (email: history@navanhistory.ie)

The Bridges of Navan
This all colour booklet describes the history of 12 of Navan's bridges built over a period of 800 years. It costs €5. An ideal present for anyone with an interest in Navan.

4. Navan - It's People and It's Past, Vol. 3. Currently available in Tierneys Trimgate St. or from us (very limited numbers)
(email: history@navanhistory.ie)

Contents of Volume 3:
The Great Weir of Navan and the Boyne Mills by Anthony Holten
The Schools' Folklore 3
Reflections on Mattie Mulvany - Timberman at Elliott's Mill by Vincent Mulvany
Beauparc Copper Mine by Ciarán Mangan
Response to the Rising by Peter Connell
James Quigley, Navan's Doubtful Volunteer by Seán Condon
The Policing of Navan in the time of Co. Inspector Alexander Gray 1912-16 by Geraldine English
Navan and it's people during the Great War (part 2) by Ethna Cantwell
Balrath Windmill - the building, the time and the people by Paschal Marry
The Controversy surrounding Boy's Secondary Education in Navan by Jimmy Caffrey
The Memory of Change in Navan by Ann Reilly
The 1895 All Ireland Football Final and a Brief History of Navan O'Mahony's by Colin O'Brien
The Thompsons of Oatlands House by Gerry Mahon
Personal Ads from the Boston Pilot
Bishop Sheil by Noel French and Richard Farrelly

5. Navan - It's People and It's Past, Vol. 4. Currently available in Tierneys or from us
(email: history@navanhistory.ie)

Contents of Volume 4:
The Battle of Ashbourne; Friday 28 April 1916, by Vincent Mulvany
Aspects of Navan's Industrial Heritage - A brief History of the Two Mills in Athlumney and the Factory Village, by Ethna Cantwell
James McCann 1840-1904 Nationalist MP True Reformer and Patriot, by Clare Ryan
Navan Industrialists at the Show,
Memories of Furniture Making in Navan in the late 1950's - early 1960's, by David Breslin
The Crannac Furniture Enterprise in Navan, by Ethna Cantwell, Mairéad Crinion & Noel French
Some Personal Memories of Navan in the 1940's and 1950's, by Ken Steenson
Navan in the 1960's, by Jim Gammons
The Beechmount Ballroon, by Gerard Smyth
A Snapshot of Navan in 1824 from Pigot's Commercial Directory of Ireland,
Continuity and Change - some family names in Navan over three Centuries, by Peter Connell
Dr. Phelan comes to Navan, by Sean Condon
True Stories from my Young Days - Remembering some of Navan's WWI Veterans, by Séamus Smyth
The Search for Guy Somerville Dion Gibney, by Mairéad Crinion
Mrs Russell & Mrs Molloy, by Shane Cahill
The Gaelic League in Navan - the early years 1901-1911, by Ciarán Mangan
A short history of the Baile Ghib Gaeltacht 1937-2017, by Harry McGarry
Proudstown Racecourse Navan - Horses, Races and People, by Cepta Dungan
Cousin Wilfrid: When Operation Shamrock came to Navan, by Jean O'Sullivan
Insurgency and Counter-insurgency in Royal Meath, by Ciarán McDonnell
Report on the Remains of Giant Deer, Megaloceros Giganteus, recovered from Randalstown, Navan, by Siobhán Duffy
40 Years of the Navan & District Licensed Vintners' Ball by Cepta Dungan

They Shall Grow Not Old - available from ourselves and the County Library Navan

Oliver Coogan's seminal work
Politics and War in Meath 1913-1923 .
Available in Meath County Library Navan and selected outlets.  €15

Other Publications of Local Interest

St. Mary's Church of Ireland Navan Bicentary, An Illustrated Guide, Robert Dier

The O'Growney Memorial, Gill 1904

Beauties of the Boyne, William R Wilde (orig. pub. 1849) 1978 (reprint)

The Waters of the Boyne and Blackwater, Cyril Ellison

Changing Forces Shaping a 19th Century Irish Town
, Peter Connell 1978.

Politics and War in Meath 1913-1923, Oliver Coogan 1983

Guide to National and Historic Monuments of Ireland, Peter Harbison 1992

Skryne and the Early Normans, Elizabeth Hickey 1994

A History of Meath County Council 1899-1999, Denis Boyle 1999

Norman Kilcloon, Rev. Gerard Rice 2000

The Diocese of Meath in the Eighteenth Century, Patrick Fagan  2001

Navan By The Boyne, Noel French  2002

The Bend in the Boyne Geraldine Stout Cork University Press

The Making of Meath -The  County's Natural Landscape History Robert Meehan Meath Co.Co. 2012

Mapping Meath in the early 19th Century (Larkin's map 1812)  Arnold Horner  Wordwell in assoc. with Meath Co.Co.

Treasures of the Boyne Valley, Peter Harbison 2003

The Land and People of County Meath 1750-1850, Peter Connell 2004
Rioche na Midhe 2005 page 217-219: Review.

The Diocese of Meath under Bishop John Cantwell, Paul Connell  2004
Riocht na Midhe 2005 page 212-217:  Review.

Navan - Now and Then, Navan Rotary 2005

The Landed Gentry and Aristocracy Meath, Art Kavanagh  2005

The Establishment & Consolidation of the Rathcairn Gaeltacht, Andy Ennis 2005

Royal Tara Golf Club, 1906-2006

The Book of Tara Michael Slavin Wolfhound Press 1996

Religion and Reformation in the Tudor Diocese of Meath, Brendan Scott 2006
Meath Voices; Tommy Murray: 2006.

Divine Right? The Parnell Split in Meath, David Lawlor 2007

A Golden Jubilee Retrospect, Fr. Andy Farrell 2007

Where Toll Roads Meet, Anthony Holden  2008

On Ancient Roads, Anthony Holten 2011

A Meath Anthology, ed. Tom French

The Meath War Dead, 1914-18, Noel French 2011

History of St. Mary's Navan Credit Union

St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Kilmessan, Mary Gannon. 2011

The Boyne Currach, Claidhbh Ó Gibne 2012

The Field Names of County Meath, ed. Frances Tallon, compiled Joan Mullen 2013

Charles Tisdall of Co. Meath: Marion Rogan Four Courts Press 2014.

Riocht na Midhe 2015; Page 320. Review of;Marion Rogan; Charles Tisdall of County Meath, 1740-51; Maynooth Studies in Local History, Four Courts Press, 2014, 68pp.                   isbn: 978-1-84682-515-6   Euro 8-95.
1916 Meath and More; Noel French; 2016.
Courage Boys, We Are Winning: An Illustrated History of thr 1916 Rising: 2016.
Gaels in the Sun; Meath's Historic Trip to Australia 1968: By Peter McDermott: Golden Jubilee Edition 2018.
They Shall Not Grow Old: Navan's Great War Dead: Ethna Cantwell: 2018.

The Tobacco Fields of Meath Liam Nevin www.TheAuthors Friend.com

A History of Williamstown Kells Liam McNiffe

Meath - Studies in Local History Liam McNiffe ed. Costello Print Navan

Buildings of Meath - A Selection of Protected Structures Kevin. V. Mulligan Fieldgate Press 2001

Meath Holy Wells Noel French  pub. Meath Heritage Centre Trim 2012

Riocht na Midhe 2015; Page 320. Review of;Marion Rogan; Charles Tisdall of County Meath, 1740-51; Maynooth Studies in Local History, Four Courts Press, 2014, 68pp.                   isbn: 978-1-84682-515-6   Euro 8-95.

Riocht na Midhe 2015; Review of; Anthony Holton; Of Other Days; Lulu Press, 2014, 404pp isbn 9781291705348     Euro19-70.

The Bective Abbey Project, Co. Meath. Excavations 2009-12. Geraldine Stout, Matthew Stout.



Tithe Applotment Books 1830s
Ordnance Survey Field name Books 1836-1837
Valuation 1850s Grifffith Valuation available online
Census: 1821,1901, 1911
Folklore Commission Schools Survey 1937-1938  (on microfiche in Meath Co.Library Navan)
Navan Workhouse and Board of Guardian Records (in Meath County Library Navan)
Meath Newspapers

Early Navan Newspapers

Meath Chronicle Centenary Publication

''The Meath Herald'' started on the 15th February 1845. It was printed in Kells by Thomas Kelly Henderson. It had very little local news and more world news. It cost four pence which was a prohibitive price at the time.

''The Meath Reporter'' was founded in 1887. It was a Parnellite newspaper.
Sinn Fein, The Oldcastle Monthly Review was the first paper to use the title Sinn Fein. It started in 1902. The founders were Paddy Bartley, Prospect House, Mountnugent, Liam Sheridan, Drumleery, Michael Grace and Charlie Fox, Oldcastle. It cost one penny and the annual subscription was one shilling and six pence post free to any part of Ireland. At the bottom of page one it its boast was "Printed on Irish Paper with Irish Ink." It lasted two years.

''The Irish Peasant'' started on 17th January 1903 and was Navan's first newspaper. Its founder was James McCann, Ardsallagh House, Navan. He was a Dublin stockbroker and nationalist Member of Parliament. It continued as a local paper until December 1905. W.P. Ryan became editor and he converted the Irish Peasant into a national paper. In mid week it had a national edition and a local week end edition. It ceased publication in late 1906 and was succeeded by "The Peasant" and in 1908 By "The Nation.

"The Meath People" was founded in the 1860s by a Mr.O'Reilly with offices in Academy Street opposite the County Infirmary. It had eight pages and cost four pence. The full run, which lasted 6 years Aug. 1857 - 28th Nov. 1863 is available on microfilm in the National Library Dublin.

"The Meath Courier" followed soon after. It was founded by Mr. McCarthy and cost three pence. Its office was in Academy Street. No copies survive.

"The Navan Independent" succeeded "The Meath Courier." It was printed by Mr. Kelly in the Market Square. It lasted two years. No copies survive.

"The Meath Advertiser" was printed in Farrell Street, Kells. The owner and printer was Mr. Wilson.

Some Recent Books of Meath Interest

The River Boyne, Anthony Holten
The Boyne publication

March into Meath-In the Footsteps of 1798,   Eamon Doyle.

Letters from Abroad: The Grand Tour Correspondence of Richard Pocock & Jeremiah Milles, Rachel Finnegan.

Meath Towards a History, Margaret Conway.

The Meath War Dead: A History of the Casualties of the Great War, Noel French.

Riocht na Midhe Index 1955 -2007.

Local History Books for Meath.