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Aims of the Society


"The object of the Society shall be to locate, preserve, examine, publish and illustrate the antiquities, records and traditions connected with the territory comprised within the ancient Kingdom of Meath, corresponding in the main with the modern Diocese of Meath."


Annual Subscription €25

Annual Subscription €25

Membership can also be paid by cheque
or postal order for €25 made out to MAHS and
posted to: David Douglas, MAHS Treasurer,
Carberry Lodge, The Stocks, Athboy, Co. Meath, Ireland. C15 KD82




Your subscription includes membership of the Society for the year and a copy of the current edition of Ríocht na Midhe, the annual journal of the society. Packed with interesting articles and book reviews it is a 'must' for anyone with an interest in this area.


Next M. A. H. S. Programme Event.

"The 'Second Reformation' in 19th century Meath: the Irish Society's scriptural schools, teachers and scholars" 

The ‘Second Reformation’ was a vigorous missionary effort to convert the majority Roman Catholic population to scriptural Protestantism. The driving forces were the voluntary evangelical societies, among them the Irish Society for Promoting the Education of the Native Irish through the medium of their Own Language (1818). The Society established schools where illiterate Irish-speaking Roman Catholics were taught to read the Scriptures in Irish. Its hey-day in Meath was 1837 when the Athboy, Castlepollard (catering for area around Oldcastle) and Meath Branches of the extensive Kingscourt District boasted 109 scriptural schools and 2,045 scholars. 

This paper focuses on the Meath teachers, their schools and scholars, their successes and challenges. It investigates the tensions and conflict they provoked that saw many persecuted and two murdered. 

Marion Rogan, PhD

By Zoom on Wednesday the 3rd of March, 2021 at 8:00 pm.

To book for Marion Rogan's Zoom event please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 7:45 pm on the day. A weblink will be sent to all who have booked just after 7:45 pm on the day of the lecture.


Due to the present situation with SARS Covid-19 we have paused all events requiring the physical presence of people.


Inquiries to Tom French, Hon Sec., 087 4119633.

€500 Prizes for Postgraduate Research

The Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and Meath County Council Heritage Forum offer prizes of up to €500 for postgraduate research in any discipline, commencing after September 2011, devoted wholly or in significant part to any aspect of the heritage (archaeology, history, literature, etc.) of the Meath-Westmeath region.

Entries should be submitted in the form of one or more articles for publication in Ríocht na Midhe. Each entry must be vouched for by the writer's Supervisor of Research. Adjudication will be by a panel appointed by MAHS.

Entries to the editor, Ríocht na Midhe. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.