Fountain of the Second Viscount De Vesci

This memorial fountain is an obelisk set on a robust, rusticated plinth in the centre of the Market Square.

Designed in 1860 by J.S. Butler, it was to commemorate the help which the De Vesci family gave to the people of Abbeyleix during the famine. The Viscount, in order to lessen the hardships of the times, reduced all rent; the less property held - the greater the reduction.

It is one of several fountains in the town that have given Abbeyleix such a pleasant appearance.

For further information read the Fountains Booklet

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