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The Lions v South Africa: Memorable Encounters

by Walter Lawler   Introduction: The 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour will take place in July and early August.  It effectively begins with a warm-up challenge v Japan in …

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Memories: 1991-Thirty Years On!

  By Walter Lawler   Introduction: I decided so much happened personally, sports wise, historically and politically this year that it deserved a special reflection, 30 years on.  I was …

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Ballads for Bealtaine: Part Two

By Walter Lawler Introduction: In the first part of ballads for Bealtaine I looked at over 50 ballads of differing genres.  When it was completed, I felt there were at …

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Ballads for Bealtaine Part One.

By Walter Lawler Introduction: During the 1980s and 1990s when visiting relatives and at various get togethers a sing song generally ended the night.  Most had their song of choice, …

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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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