About Local Studies Department

The Local Studies Department is located at Ballinamore Library.

All material relating to the printed history of County Leitrim is collected, preserved and

made available for reference here at the Local Studies Department.

MacDiarmada Exhibition BA

The collection includes:

A wide variety of books relating to Leitrim in whole or in part, together with titles by Leitrim authors.

Breifne Journal
Ardagh & Clonmacnois Antiquarian Society Journal
Leitrim Guardian

Map collection includes first edition of Ordnance Survey (1837), Larkins Map (1817) and various later editions of Ordnance Survey maps.

Local Studies Maps

Newspapers - Leitrim

All known and surviving Leitrim Newspapers are available on microfilm or in bound volumes.

Papers available:
Leitrim Observer : 1904 - 1920, 1923 to date
Leitrim Journal : 1850 - 1872
Leitrim Advertiser : 1867 - 1916, 1921 - 1924
Leitrim News : 1971
Leitrim Leader : 1950 - 1952
Leitrim Gazette : 1858 - 1867
Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette : 1822 - 1850
Longford/Leitrim Weekender : 1994
Roscommon Herald : 1914 - 1922

Newspapers from 1822 - 1905 have a searchable index.

Leitrim Newspaper Search


Newspapers - Ireland

Irish News Archives - This is the world's largest online database for Irish Newspapers. You can search, retrieve and view Ireland's past exactly as it was originally published. Archive ranges from 1700s to present. Some examples of papers you can search include the Leitrim Observer, the Anglo Celt and the Irish Independent.

Click on below link:

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Photographic Collection

Railway Ballinamore

The Local Studies Department has an extensive collection of photographs including




The collection is particularly strong on G.A.A. and Railway material.

Search Photographic Collection

Search Local Studies Database

The Local Studies Database is an index to all local studies material held in Leitrim County Library, in various formats.  You can view all records in the database or search by Author or Subject. This material may be consulted at the Local Studies Department at Ballinamore Library. 

Search Local Studies Database

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Local Studies Area BA


Local Studies Layout

Librarian: Mary Conefrey

Tel: 071 9645567

Email: localstudies@leitrimcoco.ie

Main Street
County Leitrim

N41 E061


  • EU Sturctural Fund
  • European Union