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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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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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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Abbeyleix – Why Build New Town

By 1770 Thomas Vesey, 1st Viscount de Vesci had finally managed to resolve the legal issues that dogged the estate since his grandfather had inherited it almost 80 years previously. With these issues behind him he could finally start Read more

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