Portlaoise Library News & Events


Animal Magic

Perfect for any Zoologist, Portlaoise Library are delighted to welcome Animal Magic for a very exciting afternoon! Exploring some of the amazing animals found in our native wildlife as well as some more exotic creatures too. This event will take place on Wednesday 17th April from 1-2pm. All ages welcome, booking advised.

Keeping Kids Safe Online

Bob Flavin who runs a successful You Tube channel will be speaking to parents about safety online. He will advise of things to look for in children’s online use and of ways to promote their safety. This event will take place on Wednesday, 24th April at 6.30pm. Booking is advised. T: 057 8622333

Grey Hounds on the Train – Theatre at Portlaoise Library

This is the War of Independence story that no one has told. Meet four women, not ordinary women, but fighters in a struggle to achieve Irish Independance. Never mind your Countesses or your Maud Gonnes, what about Elizabeth Bloxham? A protestant teacher, pamphleteer, rabble rouser, radicaliser. Or Peg Flanagan  – waitress, gun runner, spy, and witness to Bloody Sunday. Josephine Stallard – Doctor, dispatcher,  whirlwind romancer. And Bridget Fitzpatrick, a central figure in the ambushes at Knocklong and Soloheadbeg. A telegram from her that read Greyhound On Train was instrumental in securing the escape of Sean Hogan in the famous ambush at Knocklong.  This takes place Thursday, 2nd May, 6.30pm. Booking advised. T: 057 8622333

History Lecture Series

1919 and the Irish War of Independence: A National and Regional Perceptive

by Dr. Richard McElligott

Tuesday, 14th May, 7.30pm

This lecture will examine the beginning of the Irish War of Independence a century ago. It will chart the commencement of the IRA’s military campaign against British Crown forces, Dáil Eireann’s attempts to construct a viable counter-state to British rule and the key events of 1919. It will also explore the experiences of Laois and rural Leinster during the conflict.

Fake News and Irish Freedom

by Ian Keneally

Tuesday, 21st May, 7.30pm

This talk centres on the propaganda efforts of the republicans on one side and the British forces on the other, mainly during the War of Independence, but also the Civil War.

Women of the Irish Revolution – The Wider World

by Dr. Kate O’Malley

Tuesday, 28th May, 7.30pm

This lecture will look at the lives of three revolutionary women and shed light on some lesser known aspects of Irish and Indian history between the World Wars, and on the significance of the Irish revolution within the wider history of the British Empire.

The Massacre of Mullaghmast in 1577

by Turtle Bunbury

Tuesday, 4th June, 7.30pm

This lecture will look at the plantation of Laois, the events leading up to the massacre and the impact this event had on the Seven Septs of Laois from that point.

Health Check by The Irish heart Foundation

The Irish Heart Foundation will visit Portlaoise Library Wednesday 29th May 10.00-3.30pm. to check pulse and blood pressure.  Booking advised T: 057 8622333

Literature at Eleven

Reading aloud, 11-12pm. The group meet fortnightly. Do you love poetry and literature but do not have the time available to join a book club?  Do you like the idea of listening to poetry and prose reading and discussing them with a group? We will provide tea and coffee, if you would be interested in joining our group, participating or listening, feel free to come along. Next meeting will take place on 2nd May at 11am.

Baby Book Club

The baby book club is based on the “Every Child Ready to Read @ your Library”,  This is an American programme which was developed by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children with the aim of libraries having a greater impact on early literacy through an approach that focuses on educating parents and caregivers. Everything within the programme is evidence based. We have adapted this programme for an Irish setting but the content remains evidence based and backed by research.

The premise behind it is very simply that children are learning to talk & read from the moment they are born through interactions with their carers and the 5 components which help boost early literacy (0-3 years) and help to get children reading-ready are Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, & Playing. Each Baby Book Club session is based on these 5 components. The baby book club will meet weekly on Thursday, 10.30 am. Suitable for 0-3 years. Booking advised.

Bookbugs Club

The Bookbugs Club, Storytelling book club for children 4-7 years. The group will meet on the third Friday of each month, The next meeting will take place on 12th April at 3.30pm. Limited spaces, Booking essential. T: 057 8622333

Junior Book Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30 pm. Recommended for  8-12 years. Next meeting takes place on 26th April.

Adult Book Club

Portlaoise Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6.30 pm. This month they are reading…

Genealogy Club

Connecting people, past and present. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month in Portlaoise Library. New members are welcome.  Monthly meetings will offer the opportunity to chat with like minded family history enthusiasts, learning from their experiences and sharing your unique family history stories. New members are always welcome. Next meeting will take place on 17th April at 7.30pm.

Free Computer & Internet Classes for Beginners

Are you working in the rural community, farming, senior citizen, unemployed or part-time employed? Irish Rural Link are holding classes in Portlaoise Library. The classes are held on Saturdays, from 11-1 pm and run for a total of 5 weeks. New class will begin on the 13th April 2019. Booking essential.

Board Game Club

Weekly meet -up to play board games with like minded adults in Portlaoise Library on Wednesdays 7.30pm. Scrabble, ticket to ride, chess and many more. Booking advised.

Ciorcal Comhrá

The Ciorcal meet each Wednesday at 5.30 pm to chat about anything and everything through Irish.  All welcome along – beginners to advanced.

Knitting Group

The Knitting Group meet in the library on Wednesday mornings from 11 am until 1 pm. New members are always welcome to join.

For more information about any of our events, please feel free to contact the library at 0578622333 or you can email: laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie.