Showcasing Laois History and Heritage
An Initiative of Laois Library Service

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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 Heritage Society have a great talk coming up this Thursday 26th January with Seán Murray, Laois Heritage Society chairperson, and the person behind the great blog at Laois Archaeology. The talk is entitled 'The Pass of the Plumes & Laois in the 9 Years War'. It will be hosted in the Portlaoise Parish Centre...
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The January meeting of the Genealogy Club takes place this Thursday, 18th January at 7 pm in Portlaoise Library. The Genealogy Club is a friendly group of people who share an interest in family history. We meet once a month to share information and learn from one another. New members benefit from the knowledge and assistance...
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Join Irish historian and broadcaster, Myles Dungan, as he explores why there were so few women in positions of influence in the years before and after Irish Independence. The Alpha Male in Irish History is a tongue-in-cheek survey of Irish 'alpha' males from Charles Stewart Parnell to the prurient and relentless Roman Catholic Archbishop John...
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Some veterans of the Great War came home to war — they put their Royal Irish Constabulary uniforms back on, or they were shot as informers by the Irish Republican Army, or they joined the I.R.A. and provided a much needed leaven of military experience. This article tells the story of some of these men...
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John Henry Edge (1841‒1916) was the grandson of John Edge who was a manager of the Newtown colliery for the Grand Canal Company. John Henry spent part of his childhood in Clonbrock House, on the very southern edge of Laois, and part in Wicklow. He became a novelist late in life and published two novels...
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Portlaoise Library is hosting a talk next Wednesday, 7th December at 7.30 pm on the Irish language during the revolutionary period in Ireland. The bi-lingual talk by Dr Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc is about the hidden history of attempts to both kill off and save the Irish language during the Irish revolution.
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In the middle of July 1921 along with the news of the Truce came the news of the last deaths and the last imprisonments.
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Stradbally Library is hosting a relaxed and informal gathering to hear and share information on local women in revolutionary Laois. Join us in Stradbally Library on Wednesday 23 November at 1.30 pm for tea and a chat to remember and celebrate these remarkable women.
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The Press in the Troubled Times, a talk by local historian and former newspaper editor, will take place in Portlaoise Library on Wednesday 30th November at 7.30 pm
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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.