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Welcome to the website of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society (CLAHS).

Founded in 1903, the Society celebrated its centenary in 2003. It has a membership of 689 (end December 2013), drawn from many diverse walks of life and locations. The object of the Society is to protect and foster knowledge of the archaeological and historical heritage of County Louth.

Why not browse our site to see what we do and, if you want to learn and experience more, why not apply for membership and enjoy the benefits - it is open to all.


1. Autumn Lecture Programme - Details of the Society's Autumn Lecture Programme can now be viewed on the Events page. Update 2.11.2014: The date of the Dundalk Lecture has been changed to Wednesday, 26th November. No change to time or venue.

2. Launch of 'The Field Names of County Louth', 13 November, 2014 - In conjunction with County Louth IFA and County Louth Library Service, the Society is delighted to announce the launch of 'The Field Names of County Louth', the culmination of a two year long project. For more details, go to

3. Election of Officers and Council for 2014 - The Officers and Council Members elected for 2014 are listed on the Contact Us page.

4. Annual Report 2013 - The Honorary Secretary's Report for 2013 can be viewed by clicking here.

5. Pay membership fees by Paypal - We are pleased to announce that we have introduced a facility for members and prospective members to pay annual membership fees through Paypal. For more details, go to the Membership page.

6. The Returned Army - As a complement to his book 'The Unreturned Army', Donal Hall has now published a listing of some 1400 names of persons from Co. Louth who served in the First World War and apparently survived. This listing can be viewed at

7. Francis Place's Drawing of Drogheda - The Society has recently reproduced a drawing by Francis Place entitled ĎA View of Drogheda from St Johnís Hill 1698í, by kind permission of The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. For details of this and our other publications, please go to our Publications page.

7. View photographs from Society outings and activities on the Gallery page.