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Laois Local Studies reopened this week in its new home on Portlaoise main street. Local Studies is part of the new Portlaoise Library, a state of the art facility with a dedicated Local reading room for the Laois Collection.
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Laois County Council, with financial support from Creative Ireland, seeks to award grants to communities and artists working together to explore and present aspects of Laois’s heritage through varying art forms.
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To give a background to the history of the Old Fort Quarter and discuss the conservation process, Conservation Architect Richard McLoughlin will host a presentation ‘The History and Architecture of Fort Protector,’ in partnership with Laois Heritage Society, tonight (22nd June) at 7pm in St. Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre in Portlaoise.
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A Spectacular Celebration of History, Culture, and Entertainment The much-anticipated Old Fort Quarter Festival is back and ready to transport visitors to a bygone era of history, culture, and entertainment. The festival promises to be a sensational event that will captivate attendees of all ages. Set against the backdrop of Portlaoise’s historic Old Fort, this...
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In this episode we have moved into the summer of 1920, agrarian protest has expanded and Sinn Féin are trying to put a halter on it with a new system of Dáil courts – supplanting London’s authority while doing so. We’ll have a deep dive into two court cases from near Mountrath – one in...
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Laois Heritage Society presents a talk on 'Tourist Glaze: A Story of Irish Souvenir China' by John Stocks Powell on Thursday 18th May at 8 pm in Portarlington Library
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The May meeting of the Genealogy Club takes place this Wednesday, 17th May at 7 pm in Portlaoise Library. Please note that meetings will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month going forward.
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Laois County Library service and Decade of Centenaries are seeking expressions of interest from close relatives of those directly impacted by the Civil War from County Laois to attend a national memorial event.
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April 1920 – Month of Revolution is episode 2 of Terry Dunne's podcast 'Divided Land.' This episode looks at the 'Land for the People' demonstration that took place Killeshin in April 1920
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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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Laois Local Studies was established to collect, preserve and make available for reference, material relating to the history and heritage of County Laois.