About us

Founded in Dundalk in 1903, the Society’s main objects are to preserve, examine and illustrate all ancient monuments, memorials and documents of County Louth and adjoining districts, to study the arts, manners and customs of the past to which these monuments belong, to find out all that is ascertainable about the archaeology and history of the area and to assist the museums in the County, and the County Archive, to discharge their functions.

Latest news

2023 Spring lecture series
February 21, 2023 6:15 pm

The society’s Spring 2023 lecture series has now been published. 2 March 2023 – The Vikings and County Louth, by […]

2022 Journal now available
December 29, 2022 2:27 pm

The 2022 issue of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Journal (Vol. XXX, No. 2) was printed before Christmas and […]

Monasterboice painting by Henry O’Neill
November 10, 2022 10:51 am

The Society is delighted to announce the acquisition earlier this year of a painting of Monasterboice by Dundalk-born landscape painter […]


Membership of the Society is open to all persons, whether living in Ireland or abroad. Membership is also open to corporate and state bodies such as libraries and educational institutions.

Membership entitles you to attend all public meetings, including the AGM, of the Society and to receive notification of all public events organised by the Society i.e. lectures, excursions, and book launches. Members receive a complimentary copy of the Society’s journal which is published annually and online access to the Ireland Collection of journals and periodicals held by the JSTOR digital repository. In addition, members enjoy preferential rates on the purchase of back issues of the Society’s journal and other publications and on participation in Society excursions

The current membership fee is €20.00 for a calendar year. Members of more than ten years standing have the option of purchasing life membership for the sum of €200.00.

Membership fees may be paid securely online via the Membership page or by clicking on the link below. Fees may also be paid by cheque or wire transfer; details for such payments may be obtained from the Hon. Treasurer by emailing louthontreas03@gmail.com.


Dump Arms – How and why the Irish Civil War ended April/May 1923.

April 20, 2023 8:00 pm

Online via Zoom

Haynestown – a changing landscape, recent excavations

March 30, 2023 8:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.

The Vikings and County Louth

March 2, 2023 8:00 pm

Online via Zoom

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