An Exhibition of Ronnie Mathews postcard of Portarlington

Teddy Fennelly of Laois Heritage Society will officially open the Ronnie Mathews Post Card Exhibition on:

Monday 21st August at 8.00pm in Portarlington library.

The exhibition will run from 22 – 26 August, 2:30pm – 5pm- all through the National Heritage Week 2017.

Teddy will give a short talk about Ronnie and his involvement with Laois Heritage. On 8th January 2017, Ronnie Mathews died, aged 83. He was Portarlington’s own historian and had published two books on local history.

Portarlington Arts and Heritage in conjunction with the Mathews Family are proud to invite everyone from Portarlington and Laois to join them in viewing the collection that Ronnie spent years collecting.

Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week is Ireland’s most popular cultural event and this year over 450,000 people are expected to participate in over 2,000 heritage events around the country.  Each year, thousands of people plan National Heritage Week events in their towns or villages.

National Heritage Week is an opportunity to learn how about protecting our natural, built and cultural heritage and see how the work and commitment of local communities is conserving it, for us and for future generations. This year, National Heritage Week focuses on Ireland’s natural heritage – demonstrating how  all can make small changes to preserve our natural environment for generations to come.

Find out more about the links between Ireland’s nature, history, culture and heritage by participating in tours, walks, talks, exhibitions, outdoor activities and more – from wildlife boat tours to forest adventures for children.  There is something for everyone to enjoy this Heritage Week. Most of the events are free  to enable our heritage to be accessed and appreciated by all.

Two very special days take place during the week:

  • Wednesday 23 August is Wild Child Day and is dedicated to wild children everywhere with lots of great outdoors events planned.
  • Sunday 27 August is Water Heritage Day in partnership with the Local Authority Water and Communities Office with many events based around rivers, lakes and seas.

National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days – a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which forty plus countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days is to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage.

For a full listing of all National Heritage Week events in Laois and Portarlington and also around the country – go to

Or pick up a brochure from your local library and Tourist Office.

There is no admission fee and no need to book

It is suitable for Children under 12

And there is Wheelchair Access (Full)

Car Parking Available on the street.

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