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Generals of the American Civil War

By Walter Lawler  Introduction: (Please note language describing race, used in quotations, from contemporaneous accounts, may not be deemed appropriate today, they are used for historical accuracy) The American Civil …

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Tuesday’s Writer & Artist- Lynn Buckle

‘I am fascinated by the bog’s strange beauty and its layered history…’ Welcome to Lynn Buckle – artist, writer, poet and UNESCO Cities of Literature Writer in Residence 2021. Lynn …

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John Canon O’Hanlon and his lasting legacy in the digital age

On the 30th April 2021 we commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of John Canon O’Hanlon (1821-1905).  To mark this occasion, Laois Local Studies has digitised the History of the …

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Tuesday’s Writer with Pat Mullan

  ‘I’d encourage writers of any standard to participate in the competitions. Deadlines are great and help us all put pen to paper. Its therapeutic too, especially in the dark …

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Laois Local Studies Digital Archive

  So many of us have spent a lot of time working, living, exercising and wondering about the 5km that we live in. Luckily for us Laois, as part of …

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What to read if you love BBC’s ‘Line of Duty’ (Borrowbox edition)

Mate, as we approach the last few episodes of everyone’s favourite AC-12 team battling organised crime and police corruption, we have to start bracing for the inevitable withdrawal. Once over, …

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The Nothing Man- book review

By Lori Moriarty Usually when I see an author described as ‘the queen of (insert specific genre of fiction here)’ my brain hops straight to Agatha Christie. Her works have …

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Olympic Memories Part 2: 2000-2016

By Walter Lawler  Introduction: We entered the new millennium with an Olympics that year from 15 September until 1st October.  Throughout this and the following four Olympics standards increased, and …

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Tuesday’s Writer: Recap Week

As Niamh takes a well earned rest today, we’re putting together all her Tuesday’s Writer posts here for you to look back over! From animation to historical fiction, there are …

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Olympic Memories Part 1: 1980-1996

By Walter Lawler  Introduction: It’s unusual to be looking forward to a Summer Olympics in an odd year, but circumstances we’re all too aware of have dictated so.  Given to …

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Tuesday’s Writer: Pauline Clooney

‘Charlotte Brontë’s connection with Offaly holds a personal resonance for me…’ #writingtips #publicationjourney #charlottebrontë #authorinterview #debut #irishwriters #novel #laoiswriter  #IWCnovelfair This Tuesday we’re delighted to welcome award winning author Pauline …

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April Gardening Tips

Julie Ann Shead- Stradbally Library April is an important month for the vegetable garden. Now that the days are longer and warmer plants grow stronger and faster. Sowing outdoors can …

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TUESDAY’S WRITER: ANITA WHYTE.

‘Writing is so good for the soul and it’s free therapy.’ #tuesdayswriter #fertilityjourney  #writingtherapy #writersgroups #inktankcreativewritersgroup #journaling #thefemcast #podcasts Tuesday’s writer is delighted to welcome Anita Whyte. Based in Kilcullen, …

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Meet the Reader- Alan

Alan Hartnett Your first Library and what do you remember about it? My first library was Portlaoise Library. I remember the excitement of getting my first library card and how …

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Lives interrupted.

Our Primary and Secondary schools did very well to stay in session from September to December. Following the abrupt finish to the traditional school year in March, it was very …

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Tuesday’s Writer- David Butler Animator & Illustrator

  ‘Just remember those Disney shows and Marvel comic book artists that you love, are made in Ireland… and artists like Declan Shalvey and Will Sliney are working for Marvel …

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Austen of the New World

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, as an Austen fan, it is impossible to avoid all the many adaptations, sequels and prequels that her novels have inspired. They really …

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A 1980s Rural Childhood

By Walter Lawler   I think when you have a background in History you tend to live in the past quite a bit.  There are pros and cons to this.  …

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Tuesday’s Writer: Suzanne Power – Within Words

‘I describe myself as a household bard, a woman of stories, with the washing up to do. I do both…’   This week we are chatting with Suzanne Power, author …

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Book Review: Christine Dalcher’s “Q”

Elena Fairchild is a teacher, a mother of two daughters Anne and Freddy and married to Malcolm, the man who invented the system of Q marking . Mixed ability schools …

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