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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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In Celebration of Helen Roe

18th September @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


In celebration of Helen Roe (1895-1988) is a looped video (10 min) projection that encapsulates and gives a fascinating insight into the life and work of Mountrath born, Helen Roe. Well-known as a lecturer and collector of antiquities of Laois, Helen became the first County Librarian in 1926 and is lauded as one of the chief authorities on pre-Christian antiquities in the country.

The looped screening and soundtrack is the wonderful work of accomplished artist Caroline Conway. Magic lantern slide shows have been incorporated into the projection alongside animated sequences and photometry to bring her story to life. This original project was funded by Creative Ireland Laois assisted by Laois County Library Archive Services and Historian in Residence, Regina McGinley. This event is presented by Dunamaise Arts Centre and assisted by Laois County Council Culture Night Team.


18th September
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm