Showcasing Laois History and Heritage
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The first Local Studies coffee morning of 2024 will take place this Saturday, 13th January at 11am in the Community Room in Portlaoise Library.
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Laois Local Studies will close for Christmas at 4pm on Friday 22 December 2023 and will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January 2024.
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The Laois Heritage Seminar 2023 which will take place on 2nd December in the Midlands Park Hotel from 10:00 – 12:30. This free event is open to members of the public, but booking is essential as places are limited.
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This month’s meeting of the Genealogy Club takes place on Wednesday 15th November at 7pm in the Community Room in Portlaoise Library. The Genealogy Club is a friendly group of people who share an interest in family research. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month to exchange information and learn from one another....
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Mountmellick Library will host a talk on Laois Loyalist Applications to the Second Irish Grants Committee on 21 November 2023 at 7pm. The talk is by Laois native Dr Cormac Moore, Dublin City Library Historian-in-Residence
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If you have an interest in Laois history, or would like to learn more about the county, then come along and meet like-minded adults of all ages to listen and share local stories of the past, ancient and recent. Our next Local Studies Coffee Morning this Saturday, 4th November at 11.30am in Portlaoise Library.
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The Laois Heritage Society talk for October takes place in Portlaoise Library on Wednesday 25th October, 8pm. Laois Local Studies: a Resource for Research, Reminiscence and Recreation by Sinéad Holland, Laois County Library.
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This month's meeting of the Genealogy Club takes place on Wednesday 18th October at 7pm in the Community Room in Portlaoise Library. The information session this month will introduce the topic of genetic genealogy.
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Explore 300 years of history through local, regional and national newspapers from the British Newspaper Archive. The subscription website is now available, free of charge, in the Laois Local Studies reading room located on the first floor of the new Portlaoise Library. Offering online access to millions of pages of British and Irish newspapers from...
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Portlaoise Library is hosting a Local Studies coffee morning next Saturday 23rd September at 11.30 am. The intention is to bring together like-minded adults of all ages to listen and share local stories of the past, ancient and recent.
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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.