Portlaoise hosts
heritage events

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There are a wide variety of events taking palce in Portlaosie throughout Heritage week which this year takes place from August 17 to August 25.

There are a wide variety of events taking palce in Portlaosie throughout Heritage week which this year takes place from August 17 to August 25.

As part of Irish History Live, 1913 Strike and Lockout takes place on Friday August 23 from 1pm to 2pm and is free. An interactive history show for children. Learn about life in Dublin tenements in 1913 by examining artefacts of everyday life.

Hear about the tragedy of the strikes and dress up as the different characters involved. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Venue: Portlaoise Library, Lyster Square, Portlaoise. Organiser: Laois Libraries, Suzanne Carroll, scarroll@laoiscoco.ie, 057 8622333

A Kids Sean Nós Dance workshop takes place on Friday August 23 from 11am – 1pm. This is a free workshop with Maureen Culleton for children aged 8 - 12 years on traditional Irish sean nós and brush dancing. Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise. Organiser: Laois Heritage Office, Maureen Culleton, timpeallanti@eircom.net, 087 6482038, www.facebook.com/laoisheritageforum.

There will be an illustrated talk by Sean Cain of the Irish Steam Preservation Society on the Industrial Railways of the Irish Midlands on August 22 from 8pm to 10pm. Organised by Laois Heritage Office at the Parish Centre. Contact Laois County Council Email: ccasey@laoiscoco.ie Tel: 057 866 4129

Tour of Portlaoise

People can also discover the delights of the Portlaoise Heritage Trail, with guide Michael Parsons on August 17 3pm to 4.30pm. Meet at James Fintan Lalor Statue County Hall. Contact: Teddy Fennelly at 087-241 6512.