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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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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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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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An exhibition on Laois Cumann na mBan will be launched in Stradbally Library on Thursday 3rd November at 7 pm. The exhibition was curated by Laois native Bernadette Dunne with the support of Laois County Library as part of its Decade of Centenaries programme.
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The October meeting of the Genealogy Club takes place this Thursday, 20th October at 7 pm in Portlaoise Library. This months meeting will feature an informative talk on using the Irish census records for family research.
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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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Laois Local Studies was established to collect, preserve and make available for reference, material relating to the history and heritage of County Laois.