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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 collection offers a rich research resource not only for the family historian and the local historian, but also for academic and other researchers of wide and varying interests who wish to learn about the shape and development of communities and the authorities who served them.

Among the jewels of the collection, which includes workhouse registers and grand jury records, 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

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 contact:

Child and Family Agency,
National Adoption Information & Tracing Service,
2 St Andrew’s Terrace,
X91 EDF8.

Tel: 051 860048