Local History

Despite its size, Kilcormac and the surrounding area has a rich and varied history. We have compiled some of the information available and published it here on Kilcormac.com. If you have something to submit or want to contribute, please let us know at kdaoffice@eircom.net


From Kilcormac to Frankford and back again, the town has changed names a few times. Many of us are familiar with the names but not the history behind them. Read a more complete history of Kilcormac here.


A brief history of Kilcormac

Luke McRedmond, originally from Knockhill and an ancestor of the family who still live there, was one of many McRedmonds the emigrated to America. He is the name sake for Redmond, Seattle, USA the home of Microsoft.

You can read some of his story here.


A pioneer from Knockhill

Discovered in 1977 by the late Joe Craven from Birr St, what was first thought to be a stone track way was brought to the attention of the National Museum and a site dating to 6500BC was discovered. Nearly 4000 years older than the pyramids.

Read more about the site here.


Lough Boora Mesolithic Site

The church has been an integral part of Kilcormac over the years and we have had many priests pass though the town, all leaving their mark. The list linked below is from 1700 to present day.


Parish Priests of Kilcormac

In 1958 Rev Shaw took up post as parish priest in Kilcormac, and as a man of keen historical interest he compiled several books about the area.

More information and the books themselves are linked here.


The books of Rev Shaw

In 1989 the King’s County Chronicle, originally printed in 1890 was reissued with a forward by John Wright. Several extracts from the Chronicles are printed here.


Extracts from Offaly 100 years ago

One of the more well known historical element in the town, the Pieta which has its origins in Spain has had an eventful past since it arrived in the parish in the 16th Century.

Read more about the Pieta here.

The Kilcormac Pieta

national archivesSince the recent publishing by the National Archives of the 1901 and 1911 census information, there has been a renewed interest by a lot of persons, both at home and abroad in tracing their ancestors. The general search for this information is available here.


It is also possible to browse the records by date and place. Specific information for Kilcormac in 1901 is available here and for 1911 is here.


Please note that Offaly is referred to as Kings County and Kilcormac is referred to as Frankford. Other regional names, locations and boundaries may have changed so it is often worthwhile researching all the available locations.


For general help with genealogy the National Archives website offers a list of links, services and information. While they do not perform searched or information gathering for specific request they hold one of the largest searchable archives of Irish genealogical information available.

logo_enby Margaret Ruttledge

The National Library of Ireland made their microfilm collection of Catholic Parish Registers available on line in October 2014 at http://registers.nli.ie These registers were preserved on microfilm in the 1950’s and whilst a great resource they are notoriously difficult to read in places. In an effort to track down some of my own relatives I found that for me it was better to transcribe the records and this worked so well that I kept going and have now transcribed all the registers for Ballyboy and Killoughy. The transcriptions are at best an ‘alpha version’ right now but I hope to eventually get them on-line for open access but there is a long way to go before this could be possible. Meanwhile, I am happy to share individual or family record transcriptions with anyone who has an interest and have set up an email address for requests at aitainm@gmail.com

More information on what is available from her records is available here.