CollectionHelen Roe Collection
Collection DescriptionHelen M. Roe was born in Mountrath in Co. Laois in 1895. After attending the local national school and Preston School in Abbeyleix, Roe completed a degree in modern languages in Trinity College Dublin. After teaching for a number of years, her love of books brought her into contact with the Carnegie Trust, and she became Laois’ first county librarian. She established and developed the County Library Service between 1926 and 1939. Roe was passionate about folklore, medieval history and archaeology. She published widely in these fields and became a leading member of the Royal Antiquaries of Ireland, before becoming the first woman elected President of the Society in 1965. The Society also named its lecture theatre the Helen Roe Lecture Theatre in her honour.
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Resource is partially digitised.

The Helen Roe Papers contain her notes on various local history topics, such as the placenames of Laois. The collection also includes images from her original lantern slides taken in the 1930s to support her series of Lantern Lectures on the Antiquities of Laoighis

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Laois Local Studies own copyright on this collection.

Repository NameLaois Local Studies
AddressLaois Library Headquarters Old Mill Church Street Portlaoise County Laois
EircodeR32 HDA3
Telephone(057) 859-4985
Telephone 2(057) 859-4982
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