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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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Curious Gardens at Emo Court

9th September @ 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm


A one-day festival of tunes, chats and laughs in the walled gardens of Emo Court, curated and produced by the people who bring you MindField, Trailer Park and Salty Dog at Electric Picnic. Join us in the beautiful intimate surroundings of these historic walled gardens to enjoy the essence of the Irish summer festival.

These secret walled gardens will play host to intimate intriguing entertainment including music, talks and comedy; a hamlet of interactive installations, great food and drinks and loads of picnic benches with room to roam too.

Music: Cathy Davey // HamsandwicH // Paddy Hanna / Camembert Quartet // Luna Boys // Amber and the Bear // Sharyn Ward // Thomas McCarthy // Trish Reilly // Kathleen Marie Keenan.

Words: Joanne McNally in conversation with Séamas O’Reilly (Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?) // Waterford Whispers News: Live with special guest Barry Murphy // History Ireland Hedge School on The Treaty // Manchán Magan & Rossa Ó Snodaigh // Paddy Cullivan presents the Murder of Michael Collins // Dearbhail McDonald // Ann Marie Quilligan // Mags Casey


9th September
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Emo Court and Parklands