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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A Monument to Countess Aline at Emo

Unveiled in May 1875, the monument was placed in Emo Catholic Church. Commissioned by the 3rd Earl and sculpted by Boehm. 

Here we have a monument or effigy of Countess Aline Portarlington dedicated to her and unveiled in 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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100 Years On

Like every other county in Ireland, Laois has always kept Gaelic sports close to her heart but through the years since the GAA was founded in 1884 the county has not been blessed with success. Indeed in the 131 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 – 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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