North Wexford Historical Society was founded in 2011 by a group of local history enthusiasts who recognised the need for such a society due to the huge interest in history in the area. The launch of the very highly regarded book” Kilnahue Churchyard, Gorey,” by Gorey Churchyard Heritage Group in 2011, under the supervision of Archaeologist, Gerry Mullins, was the catalyst for the foundation of the society. Almost all of those involved with this book went onto become founder members of NWHS. Within a short period of its foundation membership grew to over hundred members and has remained constantly over the one hundred mark.
The Society works very hard to make sure that the interests of all members are catered for by providing monthly lectures on topics of local and national historical interest and regular tours to areas of historical interest particularly during the summer months. Among the speakers to date have been Professor Donnchadh O Corrain, who gave the inaugural Dr Aidan Breen Memorial lecture in 2013, Dr Ida Milne, Dr Peadar McArdle, Dr Emmett O’Byrne, Dermot Meleady. Matt Duggan, Brian Donovan ,Ronnie McCormack, Michael Dwyer, John Nangle, Willie Willoughby, Dr Catherine O’Connor, local writer and historian, Philip Casey. Among the many tours conducted by NHWS were tours to Waterford, Tipperary, South Wexford, Glendalough, Ardgillen Castle and Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin. The Society has an education committee, an oral history committee society and a hard working graveyard committee which, to date, has recorded inscriptions in thirteen graveyards/churchyards in North Wexford. The society is also involved in the digitisation of local records.