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Opening a window on the past: a reflection on the lives of Gertrude Lucy Maria Franks and Helen Maybury Roe This wonderful new publication by historian Regina Dunne explores the life of Lucy Franks and Helen Roe, two remarkable Laois women whose work impacted the history of Ireland. Gertrude Lucy Maria Franks of the Castletown...
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‘Opening a Window on the Past’ virtual launch and live reading by author Regina Dunne As part of the Laois Decade of Centenaries Programme 2019/2020 Regina Dunne, Laois Historian-in-Residence, focused on the role of the Laois women during this era.This publication tells the stories of Lucy Franks and Helen Roe. Both were important in the...
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Dig it Kids: Archaeology and History of Laois Workshops for Children Laois Libraries in association Laois Heritage Office and Dig it Kids present two online workshops on the archaeology and history of Laois. The free online workshops are supported by the Heritage Council as part of National Heritage Week. Round towers in Early Christian Laois,...
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Irish History Live Shows for Children
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The Irish Revolution from 1912 to 1923: An Overview of Laois Involvement Thursday 5th August, 7.30 pm Cormac Moore To register your interest contact library@laoiscoco.ie As part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme Laois Libraries presents a talk by Dr Cormac Moore on the contribution made by Laois to the Irish Revolution from 1912 to...
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The War of Independence and the Coming of the Truce, 1921 Dr Brian Hanley Missed this history talk? Catch up now by clicking on this Facebook link. Laois Libraries were delighted to host Trinity College Dublin’s Dr Brian Hanley for a Zoom talk on Tuesday 26th January. Dr Hanley discussed the War of Independence in...
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David Walsh-Kemmis has generously provided digital copies of a selection of the Walsh-Kemmis estate maps to the Laois Digital Archive. The manuscript maps relate mainly to the 19th Century, but a ‘map of Ballykillcavin’ dates to the mid 18th Century.
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To celebrate Heritage Week 2020 Laois County Library engaged the services of Irish History Live to create fun and educational videos for children on Laois local history. Irish History Live is a regular visitor to Laois library branches and is part of the Heritage in Schools Scheme run by the Heritage Council. You can see...
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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.