Where history and music are celebrated over one weekend!!!
The Old Fort Quarter Festival in Portlaoise will now celebrate its 5th year in June 2022. Hopefully by then we will really be able to bring the celebrations back to the streets of Portlaoise.
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.