The original founders and movers of the branch were the late Ted Flynn, Sadie Leonard and Liz Egan who became Chair, Vice Chair & Secretary respectively at the first minuted meeting in November 2000. As funds were very limited they appealed  for a contribution from Tullamore Branch INTO with Virginia Duffy approaching Birr/Banagher Branch. £300 and £100 were kindly donated and much appreciated.


These original organisers were very committed and the membership expanded quickly and has now exceeded 150.

Ted remained as Chairman until 2008 and Liz continued as Secretary until 2011.  Sadie served as Chair for 3 years.

Next Branch Meeting

The Summer General Meeting of the branch will take place on Wed 5th June 2024 in the Tullamore Court Hotel, at 12 noon.

Visit to the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin - Sept 13th, 2023

Branch members pictured at the Botanic Gardens on September 13th, 2023

Visit to Dáil Éireann

Offaly Members pictured with local TD Barry Cowan who hosted us on our recent most enjoyable and informative trip to Dáil Éireann on April 20th.

Presentation by the Branch to the Fiddle School in Durrow NS in Memory of the late Aisling Murphy
Pictured at a presentation to the Fiddle School, established at Durrow NS in memory of  the late lamented Aisling Murphy
LtoR  Sharon Carroll James Hogan(Principal) Mary Hickey (Chairperson) Bernadette Kelly (Committee and former staff memberDurrow NS) Frank Brennan (Secretary)
Outing to Áras an Uachtaráin, December 2nd, 2019 - Photo Gallery
Members of the Offaly Branch were entertained to tea at Áras an Uachtaráin by the President, Michael D. Higgins. It was a most interesting and enjoyable occasion and a first for the branch.
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Shannon Harbour Visit - October 2019 - Pictures
Some memories of our recent morning in Shannon Harbour where the Grand Canal meets the Shannon .We had a most enjoyable morning led by James Scully in a most informative and enjoyable manner. We were glad to see he had copious notes a reminder of times past…. We concluded proceedings in McIntyres Pub
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Branch visit to Vermeer Exhibition

The Branch organised a visit to the Vermeer Exhibition in the National Gallery in September last. It proved very enjoyable and informative. Pictured below are branch members in the gallery lobby after the visit.

Resuming Activities, 2022
We have been busy since we were released somewhat from the claws of Covid
Last October we visited Birr Castle.We were in Dublin in March visiting the Treaty Exhibition andThe Chester Beatty Library. May saw us in Banagher,  and on the newly opened Meelick Weir and walkway across the Shannon linking Offaly and Galway,well worth a visit especially with James Scully as a guide lWe concluded our activities before the summer break with visits to Derryglad Folk Museum and to the Gardens at Burton House Athy. We certainly made up for lost time.
Below are some photos of our activities:

Branch Officers

Mary Hickey


Frank Brennan


Tom McGee


Contact Us

Secretary:     Frank Brennan 085-7483380  Email:

Cathaoirleach: Mary Hickey 087 9229840 Email: