Monthly Archives: April 2015

Life in the 1960s Ireland:
Do you have memories/books/records/magazines from the 1960s?
There will be a roadshow on life in the 1960’s in Ireland in Portlaoise College on Tuesday 12th May 7:00-8:30pm and we are asking you to take part! See our website and posters around town for details or ring Sinéad Boland on 087 1777847.
Ask relatives, neighbours and friends to look around their house over the next 4 weeks. Free entry and all are invited!

The 3rd and TY students, alongside Mr Mc Clearn, Ms. Duggan and Mr. Walsh, departed Portlaoise College at 9 o’clock Tuesday the 17th of February to venture to the airport for their 12 o’clock flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. After a smooth run in the airport and a quick flight overseas, the students and teachers landed in Edinburgh airport at approximately half 12.

After checking into their hotel, they were brought to the National Museum of Scotland where we viewed animal sculptures, different cultures of the world and even trains. One thing everyone really enjoyed though, was the view of the city on the terrace of the building.

After leaving the museum we visited the Edinburgh Dungeons where we examined their customer service and that how important it is to them that their customers have a thoroughly enjoyable experience The next morning, the students and teachers headed to Edinburgh Castle, to see the landmarks and things left behind in the castle. There were things such as jail cells, the great hall and you could go see the crown jewels. At Edinburgh we we learned how the Castle is marketed all over the world and that international tourists make up 90% of their customer base.

After everyone regrouped, they headed to Calton Hill where we witnessed breath taking views of the city. We continued to the Scottish Parliament and witnessed a debate about the state of hospitals in Scotland, something that is very relevant to Irish society today.

After the debate everyone headed back to the hotel to collect the bags and headed back to the airport to catch their flight back to Dublin.

Everyone on the trip thoroughly enjoyed the trip and have all said it is an experience they will never forget.

By Kerry Carroll Talbot

On 1st March 20 students and 3 staff from Portlaoise College visited Brussels to investigate the work of the European Parliament and their local MEP and vice-president of the Parliament Mairead McGuinness.

Prior to meeting Mairead students enjoyed a guided tour of Brussells taking in the famous sites of the Grand Place, the Manneken Pis and St Michael and St Gudule Church. After a tiring sightseeing tour the students settled down to an authentic Belgium meal where we enjoyed Belgium’s wood famous waffles.

The next day we visited the Atomium and enjoyed a panoramic view of Brussels. After this we made our way to the European Parliament when we were given a tour of the chamber and a talk on the formation and functions of the parliament. After this we meet Mairead McGuinness who told us all the her daily duties as an MEP and some of the policies she is working on like agriculture and rural development, environment and food safety and children’s issues.



Portlaoise Road Show

Explore Everyday Life in 1960’s Ireland; a talk by Dr. Ciara Meehan (curator Modern wife, Modern Life exhibition, National Print Museum of Ireland)
Tuesday 12th May 2015 7-8:30pm
Free Entry
All Welcome

Share your memories, bring your 1960’s items and have them digitised!

Do you have objects in your home related to the 1960s?
Do you have diaries, photographs, letters, knitting or sewing patterns, old
kitchen utensils, recipe books, magazines, table cloths, clothes, etc.? Or do
you have memories of everyday life in 1960s Ireland that you’d like to
share? If so, I want to hear from you!

Why participate?
Too often everyday life is overlooked in favour of leading personalities or
political development. This is is an exciting opportunity to participate in
the creation of a people’s history archive, and to leave a record of your life
for your own family and for future generations.

Can men participate?
Yes. Although this project is concerned with the everyday lives of
Irishwomen, male perceptions, expectations and values are important in
understanding the position of women in society

How do I get involved?
Come along to the road show where you can find out more about the
historical significance of your items and share your thoughts. (Please do
not bring larger items, such as furniture, to road show events without
contacting the Sinéad Boland first)

What will happen?
Items will be digitised using the scanner to the right. There
will also be an option of arranging interviews to record
memories. With the permission of those involved, these
will then be made publicly and widely available through a
web-archive. Individuals will be given the option of
placing a time restriction on the public release of materials.

Further Information
Email Ciara Meehan at: