Teddy Fennelly and Alan Phelan will be giving a talk on the Portlaoise Plane (Aldritts' Monoplane) at the Midlands park Hotel on Thursdasy, March 28 at 8pm.
This monoplane was the first airplane built in what is now the Republic of Ireland about 110 years ago. Older Portlaoise residents may remember the wings and fuselage of the plane hung from the rafters in the old Aldritts Garage (now Bankz hair stylists) at Bank Place, Tower Hill.
It went missing for 40 years and was rediscovered in a private transport museum in the south of England.
Mr Fennelly managed to acquire it and it is now back in Ireland in a warehouse in Dublin awaiting restoration.
“When it is restored it I hope that it will be put on display here in Co Laois,” said Mr Fennelly.
He hopes the long promised museum can be its new home.
The plane inspired Col James Fitzmaurice to become an aviator and is an important part of Irish aviation history.
It is the first of Laois Heritage Society's programme of talks for 2019.
Workshop to help find funding
Laois Public Participation Network are holding a Funding & Resources Workshop for all Community Groups in Laois, on Monday March 25 from 5pm – 9pm in The Midlands Park, Portlaoise.
This will be an exhibition style event with different organisations, companies etc, providing relevant information to community groups about grants, supports, resources, training, insurance etc.
The now an annual is again expected to draw a large attendance. For further information please call Suzanne O’Connor, Laois PPN on 057 8665661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting closer to wildlife
Laois Offaly Irish Wildlife Trust is hosting its next Biodiversity talkearly at Mueller & O'Connell Bakery, Abbeyleix, at 8pm on March 21 enitled - Local Wildlife - getting closer and getting the photograph with Kevin McCann.
Free to attend and all welcome to come along. Funding for talk from the council's Environmental Awareness Office.
The branch is grateful for the support.