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John F Headen: Timahoe’s Volunteer Band and their trouble with The Black and Tans

This piece was originally published on LaoisToday in March of this year.  In this piece John F Headen tells the famous story of how a...

John F Headen: Remembering the long hot summer of 1959

The summer of 1959 was a long hot summer. Wells springs and roadside pumps started going dry in the month of May and queues of...

John F Headen: The history behind the great Laois song ‘The Skies O’er Ballyroan’

One of the most popular Laois songs is The Skies O'er Ballyroan.  Written nearly 150 years ago, it has been recorded by various artists including...

John F Headen: Coal carriers, draught horses and bartering for beer money

Up until the late 1950s a common sight in the Castlecomer Coalfield area of Kilkenny, Carlow and Laois were the carmen or coal carriers...

John F Headen: Bullseyes and Buttermilk, Biddy Bolton’s measuring method, day-old chicks, fresh herrings,...

Local historian John F Headen is contributing a series of articles to LaoisToday - and in this week's piece he remembers his time as...

John F Headen: Timahoe’s Volunteer Band and their trouble with The Black and Tans

Local historian John F Headen is contributing a series of articles to LaoisToday - and in this week's piece he tells the famous story...

John F Headen: Hobnail boots, dubbin and Gannon’s Chemist shop

John F Headen from Timahoe is well-versed in local history and times gone by. In the first of his columns for LaoisToday, he writes...