As part of the 1916 Commemoration, Laois Libraries will be hosting an exhibition on the 1916 Rising.
The exhibition has been researched and developed by library staff and provides an excellent resource and reference for anyone who is interested in 1916 and what happened locally in the county .
The exhibition is currently on display in Portlaoise Library and will travel to all library branches in Laois over the coming months.
The exhibition explores the background to the 1916 Rising, outlining the important social and political developments in the preceding years, including the growth of cultural nationalism, the rise of militarism and the rejuvenation of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.
The exhibition also focuses on events in Laois, providing biographies of the Laois insurgents and a detailed account of activities in Laois in the build up to the 1916 Rising.
The exhibition features the story of James Foran, a Laois man who fought in the 1916 Rising in Dublin. James was born in Acragar, Mountmellick, in 1870.
He moved to Dublin where he married and had a large family. In 1916 he had a shop and painting business on Charlemont Street. James joined the Irish Volunteers in 1915 and was a member of ‘A’ Company 4th Battalion, Dublin Brigade.
On Easter Monday he carried a message from Cathal Brugha to Éamonn Ceannt and then joined his battalion in the fight for the South Dublin Union. Laois Libraries are collecting information on Laois people who participated in the 1916 Rising. If you have any information please contact Sinead at Laois Local Studies, County Hall.