Local Studies Collection

Resources Details

Directories / Annual Registers

Annual Register or Review of the history etc. 1758-1830
Thoms 1838 to date (some microfilm)

Newspapers / Journals

Microform Resources

The Irishman 1819-1825 (M)

Dublin Penny Journal 1832-1836 (M)

The Times (Kingstown related extracts) 1833-1913 (M)

The Nation 1842-1852 (M)

Kingstown and Bray Observer, Kingstown Evening Journal, Kingstown Gazette 1850s-1870s (M)

Dublin / Irish Builder 1859-1930 (M)

Irish People (Dublin & New York) 1863-1865, 1868-1872 (M)

Irish Independent (Irish Civil War era) (M)

Dublin Saturday Post, 1910-1920 (M)

South Dublin Chronicle/Dublin Chronicle 1925-1931 (M)

Bray South Dublin Herald 1905-1907, 1910-1927 (M)

Irish Times 1859-1964 (M)

Irish Times 1981-2010 (M)

Also selected front pages from pro-treaty, anti-treaty and Communist Party papers during the Irish Civil War



Council minutes, etc.

Minutes of Township of Dún Laoghaire, then Urban District of Dún Laoghaire, then Borough of Dún Laoghaire, then Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 1888 to date.
Registers of electors 1942-1973.

Surveys / Maps / Charts

Collection includes:
Price Survey 1730 (P)
John Rocque's Survey 1760 (P)
Nimmo's Charts 1823 (P)
Dargan's Maps 1830
Architectural Drawings of Martello Towers (P)
Irish Civil War Manoeuvres / Maps (P)


Lawrence (NLI) and O'Connor (NLI) collections relating to the local area (P)
Civil War Collection (Ireland 1922-1923) - scenes from Dublin, Kerry & Cork (P)
Harbour collection - views, maps, charts and manuscripts relating to Dún Laoghaire Harbour and its construction (P)
Prints and drawings of the Dún Laoghaire area (17th & 18th centuries) (P)
Royal visit by King George IV in 1821 (P)
1848 collection - leaders of Young Ireland, scenes from Ballingarry, etc. (P)
Current photographs of the county from the 1960s to date.


The Department holds a large collection relating to both Ireland in general and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in particular. Examples include rare editions such as Grose's Antiquities of Ireland (1791), and Warburton's History of the City of Dublin (1818). Events of national importance e.g. 1798, the Famine, casualties in the Great War, etc. are also covered.

Government Publications

The twentieth-century Acts of the Oireachtas (Irish Government), from the foundation of the State (1922). The collection also includes selections of Dáil Debates (Irish Parliament)  and Seanad Debates (Upper House) from 1994, as well as also including selected government reports. 

Online resources (Library specific)

The following online resources are only accessible in our library branches. Please contact your local library to book a session or to find out more information:


Irish Newspaper Archives 

The world's largest online database of Irish newspapers. Includes many of Ireland's leading national, regional and out of print titles from the 1700s to the present. 


Irish Times Archive 

Searchable archives of The Irish Times back to 1859. Contains over 16 million articles.


Jstor Ireland Periodical Collection

Digital archive which includes more than 1,500 leading academic journals in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable fir academic work. 

Irish Historic Maps


Historic Ordnance Survey map editions can be accessed on the Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) Mapviewer at: www.irishhistoricmaps.ie

19th Century Historical Maps Collection can be viewed online at UCD Digital Library. This website is for accessing large-scale historic maps for almost 150 cities, towns and villages in the Republic of Ireland. 



Files and Other Sources

The files cover all aspects of the history of the county, and are continuously updated with material from current publications, newspapers, and historical journals. They also include a series of audio cassettes containing interviews with, and lectures by local historians.