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Information on the Wicklow County Archives collection, which relates to the administration of the county in the past.

Wicklow County Archives collection

The Wicklow County Archives Service offers a rich resource for researchers of wide and varying interests - local and family historians, academic researchers and those interested in the story of County Wicklow, the history and development of the county, of local communities, and the authorities who served them.  Among the jewels of the collection, which includes workhouse registers and private collections, are the 17th and 18th century Wicklow Borough records. These early minute books offer a snapshot of life in Wicklow from the mid-1600s. The county archives also hold the records of the Grand Jury, which was the precursor of Wicklow County Council, as well as the Boards of Guardians of the poor law unions and the boards of health, rural and district, town and county councils.

Research hours (appointment only):

Monday to Thursday: 10am-5pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm).  


Catherine Wright

Wicklow Library & Archives,

The Mall,

Wicklow Town,

Co. Wicklow, A67X504

Phone: (0404) 20100, ext. 7204

Wicklow County Archives Access Policy:


Wicklow County Archives form for access to closed archives:

WLAA Access Form_April_2019

For enquiries about Wicklow boarded-out children, foster and/or adoption records, please see the website below: