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The Abhartach

There’s a possibility that Bram Stoker’s inspiration for his gothic masterpiece, Dracula, might stem from Irish folklore and not Romanian history. Vlad the Impaler was thought to be the original vampire but it may have been a fifth century Read more

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The Story of Fionn Mac Cumhaill

Said to be from around Ballyfin in County Laois, Fionn Mac Cumhaill was a leader of the Fianna during the Fenian cycle of Irish Mythology. He was the son of Cumhall, a former leader of the Fianna and Muireann Read more

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Bustles & Bicycles; The bike as a Vehicle for Social Change

A fascinating theme running through the study of history seems to be the domino effect of seemingly unrelated events on one another. For example how did a volcanic eruption in 1815 lead to a change in the way women Read more

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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 Read more

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Abbeyleix Baby Linen Society 1845

Sitting in the National Library of Ireland in the Manuscripts section is an account book of the Abbeyleix Baby Linen Society, started in 1845, by Lady Emma Vesey, Viscountess de Vesci, the wife of Thomas Vesey, the 3rd Viscount Read more

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Incubating Ireland: The role of the Royal Dublin Society and Royal Irish Academy in the establishment of the National Museum of Ireland

Perhaps in this decade of centenaries, the National Museum of Ireland is an institution whose collections and role in contemporary society are both more contested and more ambiguous than at any other point in its history. This is evidenced Read more

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Writing Women Into History

Cleopatra

Flicking through children’s school books, reading the latest historical bestseller or checking out the history documentaries television has to offer, you would be forgiven for thinking that when it comes to the historical record, only men matter. Of course, this Read more

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How Abbeyleix looked in 1840

What the Maps Can Tell us?

At Heritage House we have a collection of Original First Edition Ordinance Survey Maps from 1839/41, which show us the entire county of Laois at a scale of 6 inches to one mile.

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The Cashel Bog Body, A Bronze Age King of Laois

Cashel man photographed shortly after the arrival of the archaeological team from the National Museum of Ireland 

On Wednesday 10th of August 2011, a remarkable find was uncovered on a bog in Co. Laois. A bog body was Read more

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Sensation and Presence in Francis Bacon

 

To take sensation and presence as concepts through which to look at Bacon’s art seems appropriate given his recurrent concern with pure feeling in his subjects and with his characteristic rendering or dismembering of the human form. In Read more

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