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