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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 704 (end December 2015), 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. County Louth and the Irish Revolution, 1912 - 1923 - This joint publication between the Society and Dundalk Institute of Technology is being launched on Thursday 11th May, 2017 at 7.00 pm in Millmount Museum, Drogheda and again on Thursday 18th May, 2017 at 7.00 pm at the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol, Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk. All are very welcome - copies of the book will be on sale at both events at a discounted launch price.

2. Excursions 2017 - Click here for details of our Excursion programme for 2017.

3. Election of Officers and Council for 2016 - The Officers and Council Members elected for 2016 are listed on the Contact Us page.

4. Annual Report 2015 - The Honorary Secretary's Report for 2015 can be viewed by clicking here.

5. The Field Names of County Louth - In conjunction with County Louth IFA and County Louth Library Service, the Society launched 'The Field Names of County Louth' on 13 November, 2014. For more details on the project and how to buy your copy, go to

6. 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.

7. 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

8. 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.

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