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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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Fight for Johnny’s Girls Raffle

10th September @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


A group of farmers have joined forces to support the family of 41-year-old Johnny McCowen, who was diagnosed with rare and aggressive Motor Neurone Disease in September 2021.

Message From Johnny;
Sherie, Darcy, Riley.
My wife and my two baby daughters are everything to me.
But now our world has crumbled. A diagnosis of ALS – an aggressive Motor Neurone Disease – is causing my body to shut down around me and it’s all happened in just nine months.
My name is Johnny – I’m asking for your help to buy a home for Sherie and our two girls where they can grow into the amazing people I won’t see, but I know they will be. If they have a home and a secure future, I can rest in peace, and I thank you for this.’

A cash alternative will be available to those without a herd number. The organisers hope to sell 1,000 tickets and, in the process, raise €25,000.

Other prizes include vouchers for Glanbia, Quinns, Solas Eco Garden Shop, a water trough from Midlands Vet Portarlington and a trailer of firewood.

All funds will go directly to the Fight for Johnny’s Girls main fundraiser. People can buy tickets – which are €25 – directly on the iDonate raffle page via this link.

Farmers Fight for Johnny’s Girls – Raffle | Online Raffle Fundraiser (idonate.ie)

The Belgium Blue heifer will be on show at SOLAS on the day of the raffle.

Be in with the chance to win Peppa, the one year old Belgian Blue heifer and support Johnny’s girls.


10th September
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Solas Eco Garden Shop