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Abbeyleix Heritage House

Abbeyleix Heritage House is Laois' biggest history museum, community centre and business hub.

Today’s school roll book is a roll book for Ballyroan Boys national school. The school did not close until 2017, when it amalgamated with the girls school in Ballyroan to form Scoil Eoin Phoil Naofa II, which was built on the site of the old girls’ national school in Ballyroan. The roll book dates from 1877-1939, and today’s post displays pages 3 and 4 with infant pupils from years 1877-1884. The pupils are as follows:Name, Age of Pupil on Last Birthday, Religious Denomination, Occupation or Means of Living for Parents1877John Ringwood, 6, R.C. Ballyroan, LabourerWilliam Dunne, 5, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerMatthew McDonald, 5, R.C., Ballyroan, CarpenterThomas McDonald, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, CarpenterPatrick Ringwood, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerRichard Bourke, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerJoseph Holland, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerThomas O’Donnell, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, PolicemanPatrick Bale?, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerJames O’Donnell, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, PolicemanHenry McMahon, 6, R.C., Ballyroan, FarmerJohn Kelly, 6, R.C., Cullinagh, LabourerJohn Dunne, 6, R.C. Town, LabourerJoseph Costigan, 6, R.C., Red Hill, Labourer1878Joseph Quirke?, 5, R.C., Ballyroan, PolicemanJohn Brophy, 5, R.C., LarchfieldDaniel Holland, 5, R.C., Dooary, farmerJeremiah Delaney, 5, R.C., Ballyruin, labourerMichael Tobin, 6, R.C., Ballyruin, labourerThomas Dea, 4, R.C., Ralph’s Grove, StewardJames Ringwood, 6, R.C., New Town, LabourerMartin Scully, 5, R.C., New Town, farmerPatrick Scully, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerPatrick Lalor, 4, R.C., New Town, labourerMichael Boylan, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerMartin Carroll, 4, R.C., New Town, FarmerWilliam Roberts, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, shoemakerCharles Byrne, 4, R.C., Moyadd, FarmerJames Leigh, 4, R.C., Town, PolicemanMichael Tierney, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerDennis Mack, 6, R.C., Derryfore, LabourerJohn Scully, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, Labourer1879Patrick Byrne, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, shoemakerMichael Holland, 5, R.C., Dooary, FarmerJames Campion, 5, R.C., Cullinagh, FarmerMichael McDonald, 5, R.C., Ballyeagle, Farmer1880John Boylan, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerRobert Ringwood, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerJames Phelan, 5, R.C., Cloncullane, FarmerJoseph Keegan, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, shopJames Mulhall, 4, R.C, Ballyroan, shopPatt Delaney, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, shop(crossed out) Patt Lalor, 6, R.C., New Town, LabourerNext Page 1880Finton Ringwood, 5, R.C., Newtown, labourerFinton Holland, 4, R.C., Dooary, FarmerThomas Goulden, 4, R.C., Cullinagh, herdMartin Kelly, 3, R.C., Newtown, Labourer1881Arthur Fitzpatrick, 5, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerThomas Scully, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerAndrew Dea, 4, R.C., Ralph’s Grove, FarmerFinton Hynds, 3, R.C., Crubeen, LabourerPatt Fitzpatrick, 6, R.C., Blandsfort, FarmerJames Walsh, 5, R.C., Raheenabrogue, LabourerEdward Bale?, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, labourerJames Delaney, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, shopkeeperRobert Carter, 5, R.C., Ballyroan, Widow (father died in 1878)William Carter, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, Widow (father died in 1878)Joseph Corcoran, 6, R.C., Crubeen, farmerJames Dunne, 6, Ballyruin, Labourer(crossed out) Matt Whelan, 2, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerJoseph Delaney, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, ShopPatrick Bergan, R.C., Ballyeagle, Labourer1882Peter Bergan, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerJohn Lawlor, 5, R.C., Red Hills, FarmerMichael O’Donnell, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, PolicemanJoseph Dunne, 6, R.C., Cashel, labourerWilliam Carroll, 4, R.C., Newtown, labourerMatt Whelan, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, LabourerPatrick Carroll, 4, R.C., Red Hills, LabourerJohn Walsh, 5, R.C., Ballyruin, WidowJohn Mack, 5, R.C., Blandsfort, FarmerMicahel Bergin, 6, R.C., Ballyeagle, FarmerThomas Kinsella, 3, R.C., Dooary, farmer1883Lawrence McDonald, 6, R.C., Crubeen, FarmerWilliam Phelan, 6, R.C., Maryborough, shopJames Mcmahon, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, farmerThomas Scully, 4, Ballyroan, LabourerJohn Corcoran, 4, R.C., Crubeen, FarmerJoseph Bergin, 4, R.C., Ballyeagle, saddlerWilliam Bergin, 4, R.C., Ballyeagle, saddlerPatrick McEvoy, 5, R.C., Blandsfort, LabourerWilliam Delaney, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, ShopWilliam Byrne, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, labourer1884Matt Wall, 4, R.C., Ballyroan, policemanJohn Dunne, 5, R.C., Ballyruin, FarmerJames Ringwood, 3, R.C., Ballyroan, Labourer #abbeyleixheritagehouse #museum #localhistory #Abbeyleix #laoistourism ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks so much to the Underground Cinema Film Festival for selecting Abbeyleix, the Titanic connection, showcased online this weekend as part of this year's ongoing monthly Festival, alongside a plethora of other great shorts. The film is not intended or created for festival submission. But I thought that William and Eliza's story was so moving it would be a shame not to try. The link is here. www.underground-cinema.com/july-line-upOnce again, thanks to CreativeIrl, Creative Ireland Laois, Abbeyleix Heritage House and Laois LibrariesAnd to the brilliant Gary Hetzler for lending his voice to the story. ... See MoreSee Less
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Pictured is a letter from 1927, from William Brennan from Carlow. He wrote to Morrissey’s Abbeyleix looking for employment at the age of 15, after his uncle Thomas had worked there previously. Thomas was a shop assistant for Morrissey’s in the year 1908, and went on to have his own business in Portarlington. William was from Bilboa, along the Laois/Carlow border. The letter reads as follows:Dear Sir,I have seen on the paper that you want an apprentice to Bar and grocery and if you have not got one I would like to enter my service to the trade. I have been at the Technical School Carlow for the past six months and finished the summer course successfully. Hoping you will give me first preference.Yours truly,William BrennanThere are several notes/headings also written on the page, such as age: 15 Dec 1927HeightComplexion: DarkHealthSchool standardBookkeeping- simple balance sheetTypewriting- slowBusiness methodsFather OccupationBusiness: GroceryReference- Fr. Rice, Mayo, Crettyard, CarlowThe bottom right corner of the page is more difficult to decipher, but it seems to read that ‘Father is a brother of Thomas Brennan at one time an employee here now has his own business at Portarlington.’ A Thomas Brennan is mentioned in the Leinster Express newspaper in September 1923 as applying for a publican licence in Portarlington, who is likely the uncle of William. It seems that a lady named Margaret Smith became an employee of Morrissey’s as a shop assistant in 1928, as opposed to William Brennan. #abbeyleixheritagehouse #museum #Abbeyleix #Laois #localhistory #foundinthearchives #laoistourism ... See MoreSee Less
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TRIVIA THURSDAYThis week's Trivia Thursday quiz is about famous painters/artists from history! Now available through the link, or over on our Instagram stories @ abbeyleixheritagehousePictured: Francis Bacon (1909-1992), famous artist who lived at Farmleigh, Abbeyleix as a boy. forms.gle/8Ax5YABoeBZjTvtb7 #abbeyleixheritagehouse #Laois #Abbeyleix #museum #TriviaThursday ... See MoreSee Less
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PARENT AND BABY/TODDLER GROUPReminder to all that our group will continue to meet throughout the summer months! A big thank you to all who have attended so far, and to the many familiar faces that we see come through the door each week. New people always welcome, no need to book in advance, just show up on the day! The group is a great opportunity for both parents and children to socialise in a relaxed setting. Runs every Thursday in Heritage House from 10am-12pm. ... See MoreSee Less
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