David Walsh Kemmis explains the maps to Bernie Foran, Catherine Casey, cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Catherine Fitzgerald and Sinead Holland
THE Laois Digital Archive, an initiative of Laois Library Service, is delighted to receive the donation of digitised maps of the Ballykilcavan Estate by the Walsh Kemmis family. The Walsh Kemmis estate maps are held privately by the Walsh Kemmis family.
In 2018, David Walsh Kemmis facilitated the listing of the entire collection, and the digitisation of part thereof, for publication in Arnold Horner’s book Mapping Laois. This was published in 2019 by Wordwell Books and the book and the research that went into it, including digitising the Ballykilcavan maps, were co-ordinated by Laois Heritage Office with funding from the Heritage Council. To further enhance public access to this important collection, David has generously donated the digital copies to Laois Local Studies.
The maps are currently available to view on the Local Studies website www.laoislocalstudies.ie. At the donation event on the Ballykilcavan Estate, David Walsh Kemmis said: “Lisa and I are delighted to be able to share these maps and to have fantastic digital copies made of them. We really enjoy looking at them and we hope that lots of other people will, too.”
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