Showcasing Laois History and Heritage
An Initiative of Laois Library Service

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Revolutionary Workers is the second of a three-part series of online talks on Laois and Ireland in revolution. The talk features Terry Dunne, Laois Historian-in-Residence and Francis Devine, labour historian.
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Éamon de Valera began 1922 as President of the Republic, the undisputed leader of Irish nationalism. He ended the year in hiding and in real danger of execution if caught by the Government of the Irish Free State. How did he endure such a fall from grace? And how much responsibility did he bear for...
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Revolutionary Women is the first of a three part series of online talks on Laois and Ireland in revolution.
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Laois County Library and Laois Historian-in-Residence, Terry Dunne, are hosting a three part series of online talks exploring Laois and Ireland in revolution.
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It is often claimed that the men who returned from the Great War were forgotten after they returned to an Ireland which had changed. This is in fact simply not true of the immediate decades after the war, however true it might be for much later decades at the close of the twentieth century. Moreover,...
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On the 1st of January 1920, despite it being the fair day, the streets of Maryborough were strangely silent. The silence was not to last. What was missing was motor traffic and not just because there was much less of it then than now. The absence was due to a cessation of all motor driving...
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On the 12th of March 1922 there was a cattle drive in the townland of Ballycarnan. Ballycarnan is just south of Portlaoise, to the east of the road to Abbeyleix. The property was then owned by Miss Flora S. Cassan of Sheffield House. In her evidence when making a bid for compensation in 1924 she...
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This article is an extract from a forthcoming chapter on the labour movement in Laois which will appear in a collection of essays to be published by Umiskin Press on the provincial working-class experience of the Irish revolution.
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In the spring of 1922, there were twelve battalions comprising the soon-to be disbanded six southern Irish regiments of the British Army – four of those battalions were stationed in India and had to return home from there for disbandment – they were the 1st Battalion Leinster Regiment, 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers, 2nd Battalion Royal...
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One of the many treasures safeguarded in Laois Libraries’ Local Studies section is a memoir from Timahoe, a memoir which begins in 1913. The work is entitled Timahoe, as I remember 1914 and the memorialist is Jack Quigley, of Ballygormill, Timahoe. This is an undated typed document. The present article offers some extracts from the...
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Laois Local Studies was established to collect, preserve and make available for reference, material relating to the history and heritage of County Laois.