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Abbeyleix Heritage House

Abbeyleix Heritage House

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

TRIVIA THURSDAYThis week's quiz is a Guess the Year Quiz! Ten random photographs from our archive with three years/ time periods to choose from. Take the quiz by following the link, or by heading over to our Instagram stories @ abbeyleixheritagehouse (or scan the QR code!) * If you get stuck on some of the quiz photographs, SOME of them may be from previous posts to help you out 🙂 *forms.gle/F6FiHDjrSYaiaSFZA ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Parent and Baby/Toddler group is meeting again at 10am today! 3 euros, teas/coffees/biscuits provided☺️#abbeyleixheritagehouse #community #parent #baby #toddler #group #Laois ... See MoreSee Less
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Today’s Curator Tuesday post is of catalogues from past Abbeyleix Agricultural and Produce Shows, organised by the Abbeyleix Show Society. The catalogues had different coloured covers each year, and contained many adverts for local businesses as well as for larger brands for the likes of feed and machinery. The show took place in September each year and was held in Fr. Breen Park. For several years the Abbeyleix Show Committee had different people in the community leading the charge, with S.M. Reilly of Rathmoyle House, Paddy Mulhall of Morrisseys’/Preston for the first years of the show, while on the thirtieth show’s catalogue Mrs. J. Walsh and Mrs. K. Phelan were the Honourable secretaries for the event. The catalogues pictured are from 1957, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1982. #Abbeyleix #abbeyleix #abbeyleixheritagehouse #abbeyleixheritagetown #Laois #abbeyleixshow #agrishow #1950s #1960s #1970s #1980s ... See MoreSee Less
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Today’s FOUND IN THE ARCHIVES post is of a souvenir for An Tostál Abbeyleix 1954. An Tostál, meaning ‘the gathering’, was a festival that was held in Abbeyleix as well as in other towns around Ireland during the 20th century. The festival began in 1953, and with the exception of An Tostál held in Drumshanbo, co. Leitrim, no other towns in Ireland currently hold the festival. An Tostál festivals were celebrations of Irish culture, and saw a variety of events and activities ranging from sports and games to music and dance. The St. Brigid's Pipe Band in Abbeyleix performed at An Tostál Abbeyleix.An Tostál was established to try and bring more tourism to areas outside of the typical “busy” season, and while in most places only ran for a couple years the festival led to the establishment of the Tidy Towns Competition as clean up committees were formed to look after local areas to have them looking well for the festival. The Tidy Towns was established in 1958, when the majority of An Tostál festivals had concluded for the final time. An Tostál, while no longer in operation in Abbeyleix, undeniably had an important impact, seeing as how well the Tidy Towns have done to date.#abbeyleixheritagehouse #foundinthearchives #antostál #tidytowns #abbeyleix #laois #laoistourism #laoishistory #ireland #irish #festival ... See MoreSee Less
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