A new book has been compiled by Walter Phelan of Attanagh. This publication is a collection of pictures and letters of Laois man John Lee who left Ireland in the 1890s in search of a new life in the Klondyke which is a river and region in the Yukon territory in north west Canada just east of the Alaskan border. His detailed correspondence to his family in Ireland illustrate his adventures during the gold rush and give a fascinating insight into the weather, trails, shooting, fishing, mining exploration and many other encounters in this hostile environment. Walter’s book has already reached the attention of the modern day community of the Klondyke and a very enthusiastic article was featured in their local newspaper, the Klondike Sun last April. We wish Walter all the best with this new book.


A well attended meeting of South Laois Tourism took place recently in the museum in Attanagh. The main topic of discussion of the compilation of a new brochure. If you wish to place an advertisement for your business in the brochure please contact the writer. Other matters discussed included the launch of the Laois Cycle Trails which is planned for June.


Kieran Phelan from Midlands Radio 3 recently visited the museum in Attanagh where he interviewed locals for his weekly show Parishes which is broadcast each Monday evening at 7pm. A very entertaining evening was had in the assembly hall of the museum where the history of the area and many interesting experiences, fascinating memories and amusing stories were shared. Attanagh’s contribution will be broadcast on Monday May 21.


Congratulations to John and Caroline Staunton whose third son Sean was christened on Friday in Ballyouskill Church by Very Reverend Tom Murphy, PP.