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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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Frank and JJ McNamara: The Apple and The Tree

16th June @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

JJ McNamara (now 23) was a child prodigy pianist and has enthralled audiences for years all over Ireland, UK and Europe with his dazzling technique and profound musicianship. People would always say to his father Frank, veteran of Late Late Show with Gaybo, “ah the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”. Frank too was a child prodigy. He became the musical director of the Late Late Show in 1979 (aged 19) till 1999.

Frank and JJ are taking to the stage together – The Apple and the Tree! This unique father and son duo will perform at the Backstage Theatre on Friday June 24th.They will be performing Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. The music is carefully selected by Frank and JJ to bring the maximum audience enjoyment. Both father and son pianists are anxious to do two things: play great music and have fun with the audiences. On this concert, the beautiful music will be interspersed with fun stories and craic.


16th June
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dunamaise Arts Centre