Welcome to the website of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement. Founded in 1969, the Group aims to examine the nature and development of Irish settlement, whether from the perspective of the historical geographer, archaeologist, architect or historian. The strength of the Group lies in the way it brings together scholars from various disciplines with those who have a special local knowledge of particular places.

Our aim is to serve as an interdisciplinary forum whereby Irish settlement can be studied through discussion and research. The Group does this through its annual conference and field trips, its thematic conferences, its books and other publications, and through these webpages.

We welcome the active participation of all who are interested in any aspect of Irish settlement history.

The Group’s Annual Conference 2024 will take place in Portlaoise on 10-12 May. The programme is available here. Register here.

The Group is a charity registered with the Irish Revenue Commissioners. CHY18631.