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Local History

Details of Wicklow Libraries' local history collection, which is based in Ballywaltrim Library in Bray.

Located in Ballywaltrim Library in the Tom Barrington Room, Wicklow County Library’s collection of local studies materials covers many aspects of both modern and historic Co. Wicklow. Although the youngest county in Ireland, formed in 1606, the picturesque and ever-changing Co. Wicklow has a vast store of history waiting to be discovered.

The Collection

  • We hold a number of local historical society journals as well as more general publications such as Irish Roots, Archaeology Ireland, History Ireland and The Irish Sword.
  • Our newspaper collection dates back to 1858, starting with the Wicklow Newsletter and continuing to the present with the Wicklow Standard, Wicklow Star and The Bray & Wicklow People newspapers.
  • Also available are Workhouse Registers for Rathdrum and Shillelagh.
  • We have a list of the holdings of the local history of Co. Wicklow. This site is a work in progress. To search the site, press Ctrl + F and enter your term.
  • Other resources include a postcard and print collection and reference works such as Cantwell’s Memorials of the Dead, Price’s Place-names of County Wicklow and Griffith’s Valuation.

Newspapers available: 

Title Dates
Wicklow People 1889-1935
Wicklow Star 1895-1900
Arklow Reporter 1890-1893
Wicklow Post 1935
Wicklow Standard 1900-1901
Bray Gazette 1861-1873
East Coast Express 1936-1938
Bray Tribune 1939-1943
Bray Herald 1905-1927
Bray People 1979-2001
Wicklow Newsletter 1858-1926

Opening Hours: 

Tuesday: 10am-1pm; 2pm-5pm
Wednesday: 1pm-5pm
Thursday: 10am-1pm; 2pm-5pm


If you have any queries regarding our collection or would like to arrange an appointment, please address correspondence to:

Wicklow County Library Headquarters
Boghall Road
Co. Wicklow

Phone: (01) 286 6566