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Where history and music are celebrated over one weekend!!!

The Old Fort Quarter Festival in Portlaoise is now in its 5th year. The Old Fort Quarter Festival celebrates the history and heritage of Portlaoise with music, food and family entertainment in one unforgettable weekend. 2019 saw 22,000 people on the streets of Portlaoise over the 3 days. The main street will be closed for the festival both day and night adding to the overall festival feel. Ideally situated in the midlands Portlaoise is so easy to get to by road or rail and just a stone’s throw from Dublin so why not come down for a weekend of history, heritage, music and food.

A Festival Based In Local Heritage

The 3 day heritage festival is based in and around the walls of the Old Fort Protector, the first of its kind built in Ireland between 1547 and 1548 during the tenure of Bellingham, Lord Justice of Ireland, in the reign of “the boy King” Edward VI. The Fort played a major part in how the town developed and its heritage is celebrated throughout the weekend with re- enactments, heritage talks, and heritage tours. Life in the 1500s is bought to life in an entertaining way to capture the imaginations of both adults and children.

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26th June 2020 - 28th June 2020
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Where history and music are celebrated over one weekend!!!

The Old Fort Quarter Festival in Portlaoise is now in its 5th year. The Old Fort Quarter Festival celebrates the history and heritage of Portlaoise with music, food and family entertainment in one unforgettable weekend. 2019 saw 22,000 people on the streets of Portlaoise over the 3 days. The main street will be closed for the festival both day and night adding to the overall festival feel. Ideally situated in the midlands Portlaoise is so easy to get to by road or rail and just a stone’s throw from Dublin so why not come down for a weekend of history, heritage, music and food.

A Festival Based In Local Heritage

The 3 day heritage festival is based in and around the walls of the Old Fort Protector, the first of its kind built in Ireland between 1547 and 1548 during the tenure of Bellingham, Lord Justice of Ireland, in the reign of “the boy King” Edward VI. The Fort played a major part in how the town developed and its heritage is celebrated throughout the weekend with re- enactments, heritage talks, and heritage tours. Life in the 1500s is bought to life in an entertaining way to capture the imaginations of both adults and children.

Night Time Gets A Brand New Events Venue

The addition of a dedicated live music stage, similar to the Electric Ireland stage at Electric Picnic. The Laois Music Centre which is set within the Old Fort Protector makes for the perfect backdrop for entertainment wrapped up in our wonderful heritage festival. For concert goers there is no better way to experience live music than at a proper gig centre that can hold up to 3,000 people.

Free Daytime Entertainment For All The Family

Of course there’s lots of other family fun over the weekend along the closed main street with puppet shows, giant games, face painting, fun history talks and lots more to keep everyone entertained. The main street is pedestrianised for the full weekend making it the perfect spot to spend the day enjoying music, heritage, food and entertainment. 2 stages will provide daytime family entertainment, an artisan food market with food demonstrations will make sure everyone is well fed. The whole street event is wrapped up in the local heritage stories, characters and re-enactments and overall good fun.

New Heritage Pub Trail

Check out the Laois Heritage Pub trail with all participating pubs having live music and entertainment each night of the festival. This gives people the choice of multiple venues and the ability to see a wide variety of acts in different settings. Currently there are 12 pubs on the trial and the choice and diversity of entertainment will be huge.

Come & Stay

With lots of high quality hotels and guesthouses in the area it could be a great time to make a weekend of it. So mark off June 28th -30th in your diary for a guaranteed full filled trip to Portlaoise.

Lots More News To Come

For more festival info follow our social media sites @oldfortquarter on Facebook, oldfortquarterfestival on Instagram and OldFort on twitter or check out our website www.oldfortquarter.ie .