Heritage Society Projects

This page will be dedicated to showcasing the various heritage projects happening in Laois.

If you have an ongoing project and would like to have it mentioned here send us an email with the details.

Barrowline Heritage Audit

The Heritage Society have been working with the local community in Vicarstown and have undertaken a Heritage Audit and signage project to highlight the significance of the Canal in Laois both in terms of its built and natural heritage. In 2018 an audit was carried out with funding received by Waterways Ireland, in 2019 we received additional funding from the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) for signage on the canal which presents the findings of the audit. A link to the Report can be found here (see attached)

Barrowline Survey 2018 WWI final

100 Facts on Laois- Book Project

Our Society has decided to put together a heritage book entitled: 100 facts of Co. Laois.
The aim of the book is to promote some of the little-known facts in the County in terms of history
and personalities associated with Laois over the years and centuries. We have formed a subcommittee for this project, chaired by our Secretary Dolores McEvoy.
What we are asking of our members is, if they would like to submit 3 topics or subjects which they
believe would be worthy of a mention in the book. For example:
1. William Dargan 19th Century Railway Engineer, Ballyhide Co. Laois
2. St. Fintan of Clonenagh
3. Bartholomew Mosse Surgeon, Dysart Co. Laois
Submissions can be made to our email address at: laoisheritagesociety@gmail.com
Once you have made a submission our committee will then review each of these and we will be in
touch with you. When published each article will be credited to the member who submitted for the
Best of luck with your submissions and we hope you can support this project!!

Old Fort Project

The Old Fort Project has been ongoing in Portlaoise for a number of years now, with 2018/2019 seeing a lot of work done on the round bastion and area surrounding the old mill. The work is part of a larger plan in that historic area of the town and a festival to promote the heritage and history of the Fort, ‘The Old Fort Quarter‘, will take place on 28th to the 30th of June this year.

More information on the plans for the area is available here.

The Walls Project in County Laois

As part of a longer-term town renewal plan in Portlaoise, ‘The Walls Project’ say the development and installation of a mural in the Old St. Peter’s Graveyard on Railway Street in Portlaoise. The mural depicts Rory Óg O’More, his wife, Margaret O’Byrne, and wolfhounds.

Further Heritage Projects in Laois

For more information on Heritage Projects in Co. Laois please see the Laois Heritage department in Laois Co. Council here.


Laois Heritage Society 2019
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