Abbeyleix : Then & Now Paperback / softback
Abbeyleix, an official Heritage Town of Ireland, was founded in the 18th century by Viscount de Vesci and is situated near a 12th century Cistercian monastery beside the River Nore.
Today, there is a large range of historical structures still standing in and around the small village - ancient ring forts, burial grounds, early monastic buildings, Norman and mediaeval castles, churches and colonial estate houses.
The town once had a famous carpet factory - notably producing some of the carpets used on the RMS Titanic. There is a heritage house located in the old Patrician monastery schoolhouse which provides information on the town's history.
Tom Cox, manager of the Heritage House is a contributor to this unique book.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Pavilion Books
- Publication Date: 01/12/2012
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9781845887513