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In 1999, Laois County Council commissioned the development of an 8 acre boggy, poorly drained site on the Timahoe road in Portlaoise as an amenity. At that time it was intended to develop the park as an ecological area with emphasis on creating an area diverse with wildlife.

The park is bounded on one side by ‘The Downs’, an Esker feature and on the other side by the River Triogue. Beneath the subsoil is a layer of marl clay, ideal as a natural liner for the lake which was formed when the River Triogue was allowed to divert through the central area of the Park. Footbridges were installed to allow access around the lake and over the river. Fish have extensively colonised the lake area, and the lake is also home to ducks, water hen, little grebe and swans.

The planting used throughout the park is mainly native species of trees and shrubs with some non-native trees planted for their ornamental value and their suitability as parkland trees. These trees and shrubs have been used to form woodlands on the boundary of the park acting as a screen to housing developments in the area. Many wildflowers have grown in the natural environment surrounding the lake.

Páirc an Phobail was officially opened by Laois County Council on 16th June 2000. In 2002, Laois County Council installed its first playground in over 20 years in a sheltered site in Páirc an Phobail. The playground, nestled by a backdrop of native Irish trees, An Esker and a dry stone wall was aimed at the under 12’s, it was one of the first Robinia wood playgrounds to be installed in Ireland.

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In 1999, Laois County Council commissioned the development of an 8 acre boggy, poorly drained site on the Timahoe road in Portlaoise as an amenity. At that time it was intended to develop the park as an ecological area with emphasis on creating an area diverse with wildlife.

The park is bounded on one side by ‘The Downs’, an Esker feature and on the other side by the River Triogue. Beneath the subsoil is a layer of marl clay, ideal as a natural liner for the lake which was formed when the River Triogue was allowed to divert through the central area of the Park. Footbridges were installed to allow access around the lake and over the river. Fish have extensively colonised the lake area, and the lake is also home to ducks, water hen, little grebe and swans.

The planting used throughout the park is mainly native species of trees and shrubs with some non-native trees planted for their ornamental value and their suitability as parkland trees. These trees and shrubs have been used to form woodlands on the boundary of the park acting as a screen to housing developments in the area. Many wildflowers have grown in the natural environment surrounding the lake.

Páirc an Phobail was officially opened by Laois County Council on 16th June 2000. In 2002, Laois County Council installed its first playground in over 20 years in a sheltered site in Páirc an Phobail. The playground, nestled by a backdrop of native Irish trees, An Esker and a dry stone wall was aimed at the under 12’s, it was one of the first Robinia wood playgrounds to be installed in Ireland.

Contact
Portlaoise Town Park, Triogue Place, Downs, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland
Opening Hours:
Mon. 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tue. 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Wed. 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Thu. 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Fri. 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sat. 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sun. 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM

How to Access the Park:

Entrances

There are 4 entrances to Pairc an Phobail:

  • The main car park and first pedestrian entrance has parking spaces provided as follows:2 Wheelchair spaces, 2 family spaces, 12 standard car parking spaces
  • The second pedestrian entrance is about 200 metres from the car park on the Timahoe Road but nearer to the town is a pedestrian entrance trees. When the park was originally built, the bridge at this location was a timber structure but due to weathering and decay, the metal bridge was the best replacement option.
  •  The third pedestrian entrance is located at the bottom of JFL Avenue and this consists of a path through trees and then along the edge of the River Triogue until you meet the Park proper.
  • The fourth entrance is off the Stradbally Road at the Downs Lane. This is a laneway which has a right of way to land owned by neighbouring farmer and provate landowners. It is mainly used as a service vehicle entrance for the Park, it is well used by pedestrian park users who live on this side of the town.