Showcasing Laois History and Heritage
An Initiative of Laois Library Service

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April 1920 – Month of Revolution is episode 2 of Terry Dunne's podcast 'Divided Land.' This episode looks at the 'Land for the People' demonstration that took place Killeshin in April 1920
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Cattle Driving under the Tricolour is the first episode in our new podcast series 'Divided Land' with Terry Dunne. This episode examines the impact of the First World War on Irish farms and Irish kitchen tables and looks at the tillage movement of 1918. It highlights a specific incident in the hinterland of Clonaslee in...
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Join us for an online discussion with Emmet O’Connor, author of the recently published Rotten Prod: The Unlikely Career of Dongaree Baird, along with Ida Milne and Ian d’Alton co-editors of 2019’s Protestant and Irish: The Minority’s Search for Place in Independent Ireland.
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The 1923 Land Act, or Hogan Land Act, is the topic of our latest online talk with Tony Varley, on Tuesday 4th April 2023, 7 PM
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New Perspectives on the Great Famine in County Laois by Dr Ciarán Reilly. Balcony Theatre Mountmellick. Thursday 23rd 8pm
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Join Terry Dunne (Laois Historian-in-Residence 2021-2022) in a journey into the hidden history of the Irish revolution as it happened in Laois. In this trailer for the project, we look at cattle driving at the Lamberton Demesne and find out about the first time the tri-colour was flown in Laois in 1917.
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On the 6th of March 1923 a party of Free State soldiers were lured out of Tralee to their deaths in a booby trap explosion near the village of Knocknagoshel. The vicious retribution their comrades went on to visit upon the enemy guerrillas is well-known to this day. This article tells something of the story...
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Laois Libraries is delighted to present an online talk by Catherine Candy and Laurence Cox focusing on the impact of Irish people as agitators against Empire and agents of decolonisation in British controlled Asia.
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On the night of March 6th 1923 Captain Mick Dunne of the National Army's Dublin Guard was killed along with several comrades in an I.R.A. booby-trap explosion in Kerry - an event which launched a series of retaliatory atrocities. This online event tells the story of Mick Dunne, who was of Laois-extraction, and the Dublin...
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There is a somewhat curious monument in the court square in Stradbally. Erected ‘In memory of a brave father and two worthy sons’ its curiosity lies in the fact that it commemorates two pro-Treaty victims of the political violence of the 1920s, something which is comparatively rare, and in that it does not mention 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.