Tourism drive for Abbeyleix

Viscount Tom de Vesci launched heritage maps and information boards in Abbeyleix last week.

Viscount Tom de Vesci launched heritage maps and information boards in Abbeyleix last week.

In all, four information boards with site specific information will be erected detailing the history of Abbeyleix and sites of interest. These boards will be located in The Market Square, Fr Breen Park, Church of St Michael and All Angels and Oldtown. The leaflets will be circulated to Tourist Information Offices and tourism operators throughout the country and abroad.

“This project has been on-going for the last year,” Patricia Ward, secretary of Abbeyleix Business and Community Development Forum, said.

“The heritage section of Laois County Council funded the brochures, while ABC and Laois Partnership paid for the information boards. It’s a great working relationship between the three groups.”

Ms Ward continued: “To mark the occasion, we presented Viscount de Vesci with an original framed illustration of the monument of the third Viscount and the Church of St Michael and All Angels.”

Due to the inclement weather the event, which was scheduled to take place in the Market Square, had to be moved indoors to the library. But Ms Ward said the local community were very supportive of the event.

Speakers on the night included ABC chairperson, Brian Maher, who spoke about the night being the culmination of the group’s works over the year.

He said one aspect which the group were working on was to benig economic propserity to the town. Councillor Mary Sweeney also spoke on behalf of Laois County Council.

Viscount de Vesci said that the town of Abbeyleix hadn’t sold itself enough up until now. He spoke proudly about how he was connected with the new initiative to develop tourism in the town.