Heritage House in Abbeyleix is enjoying great community support from locals as well some very welcome funding.
With this help, they have made some much needed repairs to the property, including fixing the roof, and steps outside. The staff were busy with paperwork in the early months of this year applying for a number grants and have been successful in sourcing funding. Laois County Council’s community amenity grant combined with work by the local CE scheme has helped repair badly damaged steps leading from the playground down to the Portlaoise road side of the house.
A mixture of herbs and flowers were planted in a bed at the top of the steps during the spring so it would look well by the time they were repaired. The Heritage Centre roof has been expertly repaired to conservation standard, by Peter Kelly and team, following severe storm damage in February thanks to support from the council who’s Sports Office also greatly improved the community playground in recent months working together with the CE Scheme and Heritage House.
The Local and Regional Museums grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has helped subsidise heritage based activities including Viking Shield Making, Illuminated Manuscripts and Historic Pottery classes.
Bookings are now being taken for a workshop to learn about ancient Irish books and to make a Book of Kells style manuscript. This takes place on Saturday August 2 from 11am - 12.30pm, €8 per child (€7 for 2nd / 3rd children from the same family).
This museum won the Best Children’s Event National Award for Heritage Week last year. Booking with Paula is recommended at 057 87 31653, firstname.lastname@example.org or at reception.
For more visit www.abbeyleixheritage.com.