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Pop-up Exhibition ‘Handmade with Care’

‘Handmade with Care’ The idea for our pop-up exhibition ‘Handmade with care’ came from our research of some of the women who made an impact on the heritage town of Abbeyleix. Women like Lady Selina Elizabeth Vesey, the wife of the first viscount of Abbeyleix, established a lace...
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On this day 6th December 1921

On this day 6th of December 1921 the Anglo-Irish treaty was signed by a group of plenipotentiaries who believed that the treaty they were signing was the best option they would receive from the English Crown and their group of hard core politicians, promising total and bloody war...
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Handmade with care call for submissions

‘Handmade with Care’

***Pop-up Exhibition*** This coming Spring we will be launching a pop-up exhibition entitled ‘Handmade with Care’. We are looking for people to submit a work of handmade craft, either made by themselves or that has been held in their family as an heirloom. If you, or...
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Culture Night 2018

Culture Night 2018 at Heritage House Abbeyleix presents: Stories from the Past  Children from primary and secondary schools in Laois will read stories collected during the schools collection initiative in the 1930s and add new stories of their own to this collection. There are...
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Mary O’Shea

Mary was born on 16 August 1893 in Dublin City to Robert and Sarah McDonald. Her father was a ‘Shop meter collector’ and her mother was a nurse. When Mary was only 1 year old the family moved to Abbeyleix where her mother became the first District Nurse in the area....
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Laois to Siberia in Almost One Piece

On Friday 6th February we were lucky enough to have Gary, Ned, Jim and Kevin come in and tell us the stories, tall and short’ of their trip across Siberia following the route of the BAM or Baikal-Amur Mainline, a 4,324 km long route through the swamps and primordial forest....
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