Laois County Library Service will publish a book on the lives of Laois women Helen Maybury Roe and Lucy Franks by Historian in Residence, Regina Dunne.
The research on these women was compiled as part of a 2019 Decade of Centenaries funded Historian in Residence programme which focused on the role of women in Laois and their contribution to the state and county, to education, science and culture in the period of the centenaries and beyond.
The book will be launched later in 2020 and available for researchers and the general public for reference and general reading.
Helen Roe (1895-1988) was born in Mountrath, educated at Trinity College and became the first County Librarian in Laois in 1929. She was a well-known collector of antiquarian items from around the county and delivered a series of lectures on the antiquities of Laois. By 1950 she had become one of the chief authorities in the country on pre-Christian antiquities.
Lucy Franks (1878-1964) was born in Westfield, Castletown and attended Alexandra College. In 1912 she joined the United Irishwomen which then became the Irish Countrywomen's Association (ICA) in 1935 and was president of the ICA from 1942 to 1952.
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