County Laois – Choose a Topic

County Laois – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Laois.   Vanishing Ireland (Laois)   Statia Kealy (1903-2011) – Ireland’s Oldest Woman Jack Lowry – Blacksmith of the Slieve Blooms Joe McCabe (1919-2019) &...
The Normans on the Irish Waterways

The Normans on the Irish Waterways

In the late 12th century, the waterways of Ireland became a battleground once again as a new force arrived on Irish shores in pursuit of land and glory, namely the Normans. They came from Normandy. Prior to settling in Normandy, they were Vikings so perhaps think of...
The Irishman who built 10 Downing Street

The Irishman who built 10 Downing Street

No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister, is about as quintessentially English as any address in the UK, saving perhaps Buckingham and 221B Baker Street. And Downing Street is named for a Dubliner – of sorts. Sir George Thomas...