Showcasing Laois History and Heritage
An Initiative of Laois Library Service

Laois Local Studies was established to collect, preserve and make available for reference, material relating to the history and heritage of County Laois. It is home to the Laois Collection, a specialist collection on the local, social, political, economic and geographic history of the county. A dedicated member of staff is available to assist and support members of the public with their research and queries. The collection and service are open to all by appointment.

Laois Local Studies is part of the Laois County Library, funded and governed by Laois County Council.

 

The Colonel James Fitzmaurice Collection contains newspapers and other archive material relating to the first east-west transatlantic flight in April 1928. The collection belongs to Teddy Fennelly, well-known historian, aviation enthusiast and author of the book ‘Fitz and the Famous Flight.’

To commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of John Canon O’Hanlon (1821-1905), Laois Local Studies has digitised the History of the Queen’s County. Published in two volumes, this remarkable work tracks the history of the territory from the earliest time to the twentieth century.

This important collection consists of over 300 images documenting local, social and family history, recording significant local sites and events, and capturing special moments in the life of Laois people.

The Glen Ban School Collection consists of approximately 50 digital copies of the photographic collection and autograph book of former Glen Ban pupil Joan Miles 

The Helen Roe Papers contain her notes on various local history topics, such as the placenames of Laois. The collection also includes images from her original lantern slides taken in the 1930s to support her series of Lantern Lectures on the Antiquities of Laoighis

The collection contains approximately 140 picture postcards depicting Laois scenes including villages, towns, beauty spots, buildings and events. Most of the postcards are from the Eason series of postcards produced in Ireland in the early 1900s.

The collection also contains some later postcards produced by a variety of commercial companies and artists.

A guide to the resources available for genealogy in Laois Local Studies and online.

Learn more about the Local Studies Digitisation Project and enjoy our ever growing online digital collection.

Find out what services and resources are available at Laois Local Studies for students, teachers and schools.

Genealogy Club Returns

The Genealogy Club returns to Portlaoise Library on Thursday 22nd September at 7 pm. New members welcome.
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Essay Writing Workshop

Do you know anyone who is starting college, attending third-level education or wanting to brush up on their writing, referencing and research skills? Portlaoise Library...
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A joint German-Irish flight into aviation history

A joint German-Irish flight into aviation history is an article by Teddy Fennelly on Colonel James Fitzmaurice, an aviation pioneer, who grew up in Portlaoise....
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‘Farewell to the scraws and the scallops’: Songs of Social Change

This article is about three ballads current locally in the opening decades of the twentieth century, all of which speak to that time as a...
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Is there history hiding in your attic?

Laois Local Studies actively acquires publications and records of private origin, in line with our Acquisition Policy. Private donations have greatly enhanced the Laois Collection and enriched our understanding of Laois heritage. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the many individuals, families and organisations who have donated material over the years, including local historians, artists, photographers, schools, businesses, organisations, clubs, societies and collectors.

 

Supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council.