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Survey of Post Boxes, Iron Pumps & Forge Gates Completed

posted 9 Aug 2011, 11:10 by Mark

Abbeyleix Tidy Towns is pleased to announce the completion of a report on the traditional street furniture of Abbeyleix. The report which was prepared by local archaeologist Bernice Molloy is based on a comprehensive survey of Post Boxes, Iron Pumps & Forge Gates in and around the town.

This preparation of this report was listed as a priority action under our three year management plan. The report will greately assist our committee in prioritising and developing future work plans and will also provide the first accurate inventory of these heritage features.

To download report click here.........

Ashbrook Estate Complete Home Energy Audit

posted 11 Apr 2011, 02:33 by Mark


Ashbrook Estate Residents Committee recently arranged a home energy survey under the ESB HALO scheme. As part of this initiative a detailed home energy survey was undertaken on one of the 20 identical houses on the estate. The report arising from this survey was then distributed to all residents on the estate.



The report included the following:
  1. Potential energy and cost savings;
  2. Estimated Cost of improving energy efficiency;
  3. Condition report and Recommendations;
  4. Additional low cost measures.
The suggested work plan for each house highlighted potential for annual energy savings of up to €607 as well as CO2 savings of 2694kgs per annum.

A copy of the report is appended.

Click here or on the logo above for more information on the HALO scheme.

Green Business Seminar in Abbeyleix

posted 27 Jan 2011, 14:45 by Mark   [ updated 30 Jan 2011, 04:27 ]

Laois County Council, in conjunction with Abbeyleix Tidy Towns, hosted a free green business seminar in Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on 26th January.

The seminar provided information on recent changes to the Food Waste Regulations and also showcased the the innovative Eco Cert Green Business Programme.

Commencment of Community Sustainability Course

posted 27 Jan 2011, 14:36 by Mark






The purpose of this course is to help Abbeyleix community to:
  • Understand the social, environmental and economic issues of peak oil and climate change.
  • Develop a range of practical skills for appropriate community responses.
  • Find ways to cut down on your energy costs

Abbeyleix Discovery Day

posted 27 Jan 2011, 14:05 by Mark

Abbeyleix Discovery Day on 4th December provided the locals and visitors alike a chance to experience the delights and treasures of the Heritage Town of Abbeyleix.

Strong emphasis was placed on showcasing the heritage features of the town.

The following list is just a sample of what was organised for the day:

Heritage and Tours: 11 am Garden Tours- free bus to discover the garden delights in and around Abbeyleix, to include free guided tour of Sensory, Heywood and Fruitlawn Gardens. Booking Essential 087 9937687

Workshop at Heritage Centre: 12 pm focusing on the creation of a street directory of Abbeyliex at the time of the 1911 census. Booking essential 057 8731653/087 6490774

Walking Tour of the Town: 1.30pm Free quided walking historical tour of Abbeyleix town with local guide. Stop off en route for mouth watering refreshments at the town’s Gallic Kitchen.

Abbeyleix Bog Walk: 2pm Meet at Abbeyliex Manor Hotel for complimentary tea and scones before a guided walking tour of Abbeyleix bog with ecologist Dr Fiona McGowan.

Sexton’s Cottage: 2pm-4pm Built in 1800’s by the Church Of Ireland to house the sexton and now lovingly restored to its 19th century glory

Food & Restaurants: Farmers Market 10am-4pm. McEvoy Bistro Open 1pm-4pm, Food Sustainability Event 3pm Guest Speaker Jim Tynan from the Kitchen & Foodhall.

Abbey Gate Painted

posted 15 Jan 2011, 11:24 by Mark   [ updated 28 Apr 2011, 07:05 ]

The painting of Abbeygate premises has made a dramatic improvement to the appearance of the centre of the town.









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Recommendation 15: The facade of the Abbeygate premises would be improved if painted. Completed 2010

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