Showcasing Laois History and Heritage
An Initiative of Laois Library Service

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Laois Local Studies has acquired another large photographic collection of local interest.
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Laois Local Studies has added the Ivo de Vesci Photographic Collection to its digital archive. See a selection on our website now.
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Ivo Richard Vesey was born in England on 15 December 1881. He was the second son of Eustace Vesey and Constance Mary Lawley, becoming the eldest living son upon the death of his older brother Eustace Thomas Beilby Vesey in 1882. Ivo was educated at Eton College. He joined the Irish Guards and attained the...
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In 1922 twenty-six counties of Ireland left the United Kingdom, they did not however leave the British Empire. In this article we will explore some Irish, and more specifically Laois, connections with that wider world of the British Empire.
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The Genealogy Club returns to Portlaoise Library on Thursday 22nd September at 7 pm. New members welcome.
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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 will be running a one-hour talk outlining the SECRETS FOR SUCCESSFUL ESSAY WRITING AND RESEARCH SKILLS.
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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. The article was first published in the Laois Heritage Society Journal. Vol. 4 in 2008
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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 period of profound social change.
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If one were to ask a Laois person to name somebody famous who hailed from within the county, one name unlikely to feature among the responses would be that of John Kinder Labatt, who was the founder of the world-famous Canadian Labatt Brewing Company in the mid-nineteenth century.
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With National Heritage Week 2022 just a week away its time to check out what’s happening here in Laois. This year Heritage Week will run from 13th – 21st August, with a huge range of events taking place across the county, including lots of talks and events in library branches.
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About Us

Laois Local Studies was established to collect, preserve and make available for reference, material relating to the history and heritage of County Laois.