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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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Leaves Festival 2023: Donal Ryan with Music by Ultan Conlon

9th November @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Are you a literary lover? Check out this year’s Leaves Festival 2023 in Laois with renowned author Donal Ryan accompanied by moving music from Ultan Conlon.

Leaves Festival 2023: Donal Ryan with Music by Ultan Conlon

As part of the forthcoming Leaves Festival of Writing and Music Portlaoise Library is looking forward to welcoming award-winning author Donal Ryan and Irish singer songwriter Ultan Conlon.

Donal Ryan is an award winning author known for his many literary gems including ‘The Spinning Heart’, ‘A Slanting Of The Sun’, ‘The Thing About December’, ‘All We Shall Know’ and ‘From a Low and Quiet Sea’.  Join him at Leaves Festival 2023 as he talks about writing, literature and his most recent novel, ‘The Queen of Dirt Island’.

Ultan Conlon is a singer songwriter from Co. Galway. known for his breathtaking vocals and melodic guitar. He has performed live with John Martyn, Mary Coughlan, Lisa Hannigan, Mark Geary, Roesy, Sabrina Dinan, David Kitt, and the Four of Us. Conlon anchored his distinctive sound and sensibility in Los Angeles, California with Grammy Award- winning David Garza (Fiona Apple) who produced Ultan’s 5th record, The Starlight Ballroom, launched this September.

Are you looking for more art and culture events in Laois? Check out our handy What’s On guide to learn more!


9th November
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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