Laois stories from Camross at the foot of the Slieve Blooms

Camross history recorded in new series of DVDs

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly

Rushall school receives box set.

Dave Tyrell looks on as Con Galvin presents Eamhair Conroy (teacher of Rushall NS) with a box set of Life's Story for the school.

Life’s Story – at the foot of Slieve Bloom is the name of a new project which records the history and stories of the parish.

This project, conceived by Peter Dooley, Lar Hogan and Paul Dunne to record the stories of some of the senior people in Camross Parish on video so that these stories could be preserved for this and future generations.

The stories that unfolded recount a time when life was more simple, lived at a slower pace and with much less material posessions. But they were happy times, times that shape the parish we live in today.

The participants were Hannah Dooley, Mick Dowling, Mick Lalor, Paddy Dooley, Sam Chambers, Con Galvin and Tommy Dooley. Each of them had a different perspective, but all had very interesting stories and insights on what life was like farming, in forestry, building coaches and carts, working in the UK and much more.

The project takes the format of each participant being recorded in conversations with Peter Dooley. The project was directed and filmed by Paul Dunne. The whole project would not have happened but for Lar Hogan, who pulled everything together and produced the project.

A great night was had at the launch in Sheerans pub Coolrain on Thursday December 15.

 The Box Set of Life’s Story comprises of 8 video DVD’s totalling over 8 hours in length. They can be purchased from Sheeran’s Pub, Coolrain or online at where you can find out more details about the project.

At only €70 for the set, they represent great value and will be a collection to keep, hopefully for generations to come. They will become an important record of the social history of Camross.

Click here for Peter Dooley's story. Click here for Hannah Dooley's story