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Event to remember revolutionary women of Laois set to take place this afternoon

Laois Cumann na mBan Exhibition Launch at Mountmellick Library

An exhibition on Cumann na mBan is currently running in Stradbally Library and Art House.

The exhibition is part of a long-term and ongoing engagement by Laois Local Studies with projects to remember and record the stories of Laois women in the revolutionary period.

Curated by Bernadette Dunne, with the support of Laois Libraries, the Cumann na mBan exhibition is designed to highlight the experience of Laois women involved in the revolutionary struggle.

It is also there to encourage the community to participate in recording their stories.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Stradbally Library is hosting a relaxed and informal gathering to share and compile information on the local women.

This will take place today, Wednesday November 23, at 1.30pm for tea and a chat to remember and celebrate the remarkable mothers, grandmothers, aunts, neighbours and friends who helped create an independent Ireland.

The Cumann na mBan Exhibition and related events are part of Laois Libraries’ Decade of Centenaries programme for 2022.

The exhibition is running in Stradbally until the end of November and all are welcome.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.