Heritage Publications


A range of publications on the built, natural and cultural heritage of County Laois are available. Click on any of the titles below to download as pdf. We are still working on uploading archive files and reports to this page – please bear with us! If there is a report you want that’s not listed here, please email the Heritage Office.

Events

Heritage Week 2019

From 17-25 August 2019 we encourage you to take a stroll through history and explore how our free time has evolved in often fascinating ways.

cover of guide to Heritage Week 2019 100 ideas for events Our pastimes today have been shaped by hundreds of years of storytelling, craft, sport and music. Tell the story from fireside audiences thrilled by ancient epics to online communities bonding over boxsets. Show how traditional crafts are growing in popularity as a new generation discovers the joy of handmaking. Explore hurling’s long journey from Cú Chulainn to Croke Park. Discover how our modern music festivals have nothing on the hedonism of Donnybrook Fair in the 1800s!

Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week is Ireland’s most popular cultural event and in 2019 half a million people are expected to participate in over 2,200 heritage events. National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days which promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. Heritage Week in Laois is coordinated by the Laois Heritage Office, and we will have details here of all events happening in Laois, from mid-Summer.

Want to get involved as an event organiser? Not sure where to begin? Browse this Guide to 100 ideas for Heritage Week events from living libraries to junior tour guides.

 

 

Laois Heritage Plans

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Laois Heritage Plan 2014 – 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laois Heritage Plan 2007 – 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laois Heritage Plan 2002 – 2006

 

 

 

Books and Leaflets on Laois Heritage

 

mapping laois book coverArnold Horner’s masterwork “Mapping Laois” is available from bookshops and online from the publisher Wordwell Books. The book was supported by Laois County Council and the Heritage Council.

 

 

 

 

Laois Garden Trail

 

Laois Garden Trail (English)

Also available in IrishFrench, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese .

 

 

 

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Laois Heritage Trail

Also available in IrishFrenchGermanSpanishItalian, and Chinese

 

 

 

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Portlaoise Heritage Trail

 

 

 

 

 

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Book on Thatched houses in Laois

Also available in hard copy, price €5. Contact the Heritage Office to order.

 

 

 

 

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Book on the Mountmellick Canal

Also available in hard copy, price €5. Contact the Heritage Office to order.

 

 

 

 

Heritage Tourism Publications

 

Abbeyleix Heritage Town.

Also available in Irish, FrenchGerman, SpanishItalian and Chinese.

 

 

 

 

Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum.

Also available in IrishFrenchGerman, SpanishItalian and Chinese

 

 

 

 

Timahoe Round Tower.

Also available in IrishFrenchGerman, Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

 

 

 

 

Rock of Dunamase

 

 

 

 

Portlaoise 2040 Public Realm Strategy

2040 A Portlaoise Vision – strategy for a new town centre

 

Laois Heritage Office Research and Reports

Natural Heritage

Audit of Geology in Laois, 2016, Part I Report

Audit of Geology in Laois, 2016, Part II Site Reports

Survey of bats in Laois County Council properties, 2008

Laois Bridges Bird Survey Report – FINAL, 2007

Survey of Bats in Bridges, Laois and Offaly 2007

Survey of Ecology and Industrial Heritage of the Mountmellick Canal 2006: Main Report and Appendices

Audit of Laois Natural Heritage Data 2006

Laois Hedgerow Report 2005

Esker Survey report 2005Appendices and Habitat Maps

Habitats Surveys 2005- 2010:

 

Built Heritage

Fort Protector Portlaoise Conservation Plan Phase II 2017

Fort Protector Portlaoise Conservation Plan Phase I 2015

Old St Peter’s Graveyard Archaeological Report 2016

Abbeyleix Sustainable Communities Plan report 2011

Survey of Architecture in Portlaoise 2008, Part I Report

Laois Thatch Survey 2007 Vol I

Laois Bridges Survey 2007 Part I Final Report

Laois Bridges Survey Part 2 Vol I (site reports North Laois)

Laois Bridges Survey Part 2 Vol II (site reports South Laois)

Laois Mills Survey 2005. Part I: Report

Laois Mills Survey 2005. Part II: Site Inventory

 

 

Cultural Heritage

Laois Burial Ground Survey 2011, Part I Report

Laois Burial Ground Survey 2011, Part II Site Gazeteer

 

For Schools and Children

Wild Things at School Workbook

Wild Things at School extra worksheets – English, Monaghan Co Co 2012

Wild Things at School extra worksheets – Gaeilge, Monaghan Co Co 2012

 

Reports on Issuu

A number of larger Laois Heritage Office reports and documents are available to read online or download at Issuu.com. These include the recently published Conservation Plan (Phase II) for Fort Protector Portlaoise (see below), published by Laois Heritage Society with the assistance of Laois County Council and the Heritage Council.

Some Books published on the Heritage Of Laois

Arnold Horner’s masterwork “Mapping Laois” is available from bookshops and online from the publisher Wordwell Books. The book was supported by Laois County Council and the Heritage Council.

Tapestry of Light, by Tina Claffey, Artisan House 2017. Available from local bookshops or Artisan House.

Geology of Laois and Offaly, by John Feehan, Offaly County Council, 2013. Available from local bookshops or from Offaly History.

Folklore of Laois by Nuala Hayes, the History Press Ireland, 2015. Available in bookshops or from the History Press Ireland.

Laois, An Environmental History, by John Feehan, Ballykilcavan Press, 1983 (out of print – available in Laois Branch Libraries)

The Quiet County by Mike Rafter, 2nd edition 2016. Available from local bookshops.

Laois History and Society by Padraig G Lane & WIlliam Nolan. Geography Publications, 1999

The Landscape of Slieve Bloom by John Feehan (1979, reprinted 2010). Available locally or from Offaly History.