laois heritage


Exciting finds highlight the early history of Portlaoise

Construction works are continuing for the Portlaoise and Fort Protector Enhancement Project Phase II at Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. These works include the removal of overhead powerlines and associated ESB poles, and the construction of new underground ducts for services. The works area taking place along the path and […]


Community Monuments Fund 2022

The Community Monuments Fund will have €5 million in 2022 to invest in archaeological heritage and help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.   Core Aims of the Fund The core aims of this Fund are […]


Funding for heritage conservation in 2022

Laois County Council in partnership with the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage is inviting applications for grants for the conservation of architectural heritage and archaeological monuments in 2022   Community Monuments Fund 2022   The Community Monuments Fund will enable conservation works to be carried out on monuments […]


Senior Navajo Nation Diplomat finds her Laois Roots

Doreen McPaul, Attorney General of the Navajo nation, visited Mountmellick this week with her family to explore her Laois Roots. Ms McPaul, who was in Ireland to receive a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad from President Michael D. Higgins, stopped off in Mountmellick on a whistle-stop tour […]


Funding of €8 Million for Historic Buildings

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has launched the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2022, delivered by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, in partnership with local authorities.   With €8m in funding across both schemes – an increase of €2 million […]


Work begins on Ronnie Mathews Archive

Laois County Library Service and Laois Heritage Office are delighted to announce that work is commencing on the Ronnie Mathews Archive Collection. The collection, acquired earlier this year by Laois County Council, was compiled by the late Ronnie Mathews, a well-known and highly respected local historian and author from Portarlington. […]


Know Your Locality Course visits Rock of Dunamase

Stephen Mandal of the Irish Heritage School led a group of Laois heritage enthusiasts on a walk of discovery at the Rock of Dunamase on Sunday, as part of the Know your Locality Laois course. The free online course was offered to Laois people by Laois Heritage Office thanks to […]


Celebrating Rathdowney with a brand-new mural for Culture Night 2021

A new mural artwork celebrating the people and spirit of Rathdowney will be launched at this year’s Culture Night on Fri Sept 17. The launch event will take place at the Church of Ireland Parochial Hall, The Square at 4pm. The mural is designed and created by Portarlington based artist […]


PORTLAOISE PLANE MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN HOME

The plane last seen in public in Portlaoise over 100 years ago, when it was one of the first planes in Ireland to take to the skies, returned home to Portlaoise on Sunday. A huge gathering of well-wishers, heritage and aviation enthusiasts gathered in the spacious grounds of Laois Music […]


Portlaoise Plane and Fitzmaurice Archive Showcased for Heritage Week

Portlaoise aviation history will be to the fore for this year’s Heritage Week, August 14th to 22nd, with three events celebrating the huge contribution the town has made to Irish and international aviation and exploration.   The Portlaoise Plane, a monoplane designed and built in Aldritt’s Garage Portlaoise by Frank […]


Heritage Week 2021

Open the door to Laois Heritage Heritage Week Event Guide for 2021 Launched Details of the events coming up in Laois for Heritage Week have been revealed, as the event guide for the week in Laois was launched. The theme for this year is “Open the Door the Heritage” and […]


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