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From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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An Invitation to the Kennedys with Emily Hourican

8th November @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Are you a literary lover? Check out ‘An Invitation to the Kennedys’ with author and novelist Emily Hourican!

An Invitation to the Kennedys with Emily Hourican

As part of the forthcoming Leaves Festival of Writing and Music Portlaoise Library is looking forward to welcoming author and novelist, Emily Hourican .

Emily Hourican’s latest novel is inspired by real-life events in 1930s London society. Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy has recently arrived from Boston, and as the daughter of the US ambassador, she is at the centre of the most elite social circles. But when she falls for a duke-in-waiting, she realises there are plenty of people who think she doesn’t belong. Lady Brigid Guinness has no interest in love, marriage or society connections. But her brother-in-law Chips Channon has other ideas . . .

Emily Hourican is a journalist and author. She has written features for the Sunday Independent for fifteen years, as well as Image magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and Woman and Home. Her debut novel, The Privileged, was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards in the Best Commercial Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.

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8th November
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Dunamaise Arts Centre
057 8663355
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