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About Irish History Online

Irish History Online (IHO) is part of a European network of national historical bibliographies from fourteen countries. IHO is a bibliographic catalogue comprised of publications written about Irish history from earliest times to the present.

The IHO catalogue lists works on Irish history published since the 1930s, with selected material published in earlier decades. It currently contains over 111,000 bibliographic records.

Irish History Online includes bibliographic information on books and pamphlets, articles from journals published in Ireland or internationally, and chapters from books of essays, including Festschriften and conference proceedings. The catalogue is not an exhaustive list of every known publication relating to Irish history. However, we will continuously strive to make it accurate, up to date and an essential resource for the study of Irish history at any level, and is free of charge to users. 

IHO is hosted and managed by the Royal Irish Academy Library and is compiled, edited and regularly updated by a team of voluntary editors and compilers. If you would be interested in joining our team, please send us an email at If you would like to submit details of your own publication(s), you can do so here

The initial search screen allows keyword searching across the full IHO database, working like a search engine. Initial results can then be refined. An advanced search screen is also available for more specific searches. Select CATALOGUE from the menu to start your search.

Project background

Irish History Online (IHO) was established as an online database in 2003 at the National University of Ireland Maynooth with funding from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). The database was developed in association with the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History between 2003 and 2009. Since January 2010 the two projects have operated separately. The database is updated regularly and has now exceeded 111,000 entries for publications on Irish historical topics, and it continues to expand.

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