One of the most important post-American Civil War sculptors, a world traveller and a native of Abbeyleix.

Launt Thompson

One of the most important post-American Civil War sculptors, a world traveller and a native of Abbeyleix.

Lancelot (Launt) Thompson was born in Abbeyleix, then Queens County, on February 8, 1833. His mother, who had no means of support 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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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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Aengus the Culdee, a saint and church reformer 8th Century

8th Century Cross Slab from Clonenagh Co. Laois

Today March 11th marks the death of Aengus the Culdee or Aengus Céilí Dé (Aengus the servant of God), who lived, studied and died right here in Co. Laois. Aengus was Read more

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Building the Big House

We have recently been lucky enough to come into possession of a fantastic document setting out the specification for the complete refurbishment of Donore House, Co Laois. The document dates to 1891 and gives a fascinating insight into Read more

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The Goats Are Going Home

This post is a follow on to one I wrote on my own blog about 2 years ago. To be honest it’s very difficult to believe that it’s that long since the goats first arrived in the graveyard.

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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 Read more

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Francis Bacon: Home, Estrangement and Identity

Bacon’s infant consciousness was forged for the most part in an Ireland ravaged by the fratricidal conflict of civil war, and Bacon’s later mature art could itself be argued to be a fratricidal war: Bacon the person observing the Read more

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Abbeyleix Heritage House Fresco

In the midst of the most febrile activity imaginable as typical of a Renaissance Florentine art workshop, diffuse and heaving energies ordered themselves into direction through collective concentration on the realisation, by means of adept processes and techniques, of Read more

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Jam Making, 1900’s style

As many people will know we have a large collection of photographs and documents in our museum. While sections of this collection have been cataloged we’re still slogging through parts of it. About 2 weeks ago our volunteer, Shane Read more

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