Showcasing Laois History and Heritage
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The Redmond Collection

The Redmond Collection


The Terry Redmond Photographic Collection was donated by the Redmond family to Laois County Library in 2002. The initial donation marked the 25th anniversary of the death of the popular professional photographer, who worked in Portlaoise from the 1950s to the early 1970s. This important collection consists of over 300 images documenting local, social and family history, recording significant local sites and events, and capturing special moments in the life of Laois people.

The complete Terry Redmond Photographic Archive consists of approximately 300,000 negatives relating to Laois in general and Portlaoise town in particular. The archive is maintained by Brian Redmond, Terry Redmond’s son, a professional photographer based in Roscrea. It is probably the largest pictorial record of any regional town in Ireland.

The Redmond Collection also contains images taken from the Brian Redmond exhibition entitled 50/50 Vision. The images illustrate the change in Portlaoise streetscapes over a century, by juxtaposing Brian’s images taken in the early 2000s with his father’s images captured in the 1960s and the Eason Collection images of the early 1900s. Copyright is held by the Redmond family.