A celebration of Laois architecture

Stradbally Hall
PORTLAOISE Library is currently hosting a series of lectures this summer called ‘A Celebration of Architecture: the Big Houses of Laois’.

PORTLAOISE Library is currently hosting a series of lectures this summer called ‘A Celebration of Architecture: the Big Houses of Laois’.

The series will be held in the library in Lyster Square on Tuesday evenings from and will be running until August 9.

The lectures feature houses spanning 1699 to the 1820’s and includes Heywood House, Stradbally Hall, Abbeyleix House, Emo Court, Ballyfin House and Castle Durrow. The speakers are house owners, historians and architects and each brings their own perspective to this subject. Lectures are free and all are welcome.

Tonight’s lecture will be given by Tom Cosby, owner of Stradbally Hall. As owner of one of the few estate houses still in the possession of its original family, Thomas Cosby offers a rare insight into the journey of Stradbally Hall and the experience of living in a protected structure. The current house, originally built in 1770, was later remodelled by English architect Charles Lanyon and is a fine example of his Italianate style.

The series was launched last week with a lecture by Dr Finola O’Kane Crimmins of the School of Architecture in UCD. For more contact Portlaoise Library at 057 86 22333.