Collection: Helen 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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Repository: Laois Local Studies

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
Email Address 2
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