What’s On Guide

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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Letters and Lesser-Known Stories

5th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

€12 – €15

Letters are sources of huge curiosity, entertainment and revelation because of their intention to impact as effectively as possible on the person to whom they are written. Flor MacCarthy had the ingenious idea of mining the letters to and from our Presidents across eight decades of Irish life.  It is the subject of her new book The Presidents’ Letters: An Unexpected History of Ireland. She will be joined by Paul Rouse and Terri Kearney, contributors to its themed sections relating to sport and children. Think of a young Princess Caroline of Monaco writing to President De Valera to thank him for his present to her of a donkey, or a letter outlining the unsuitability of Mohammad Ali visiting Áras an Uachtaráin.

The event promises to be also a visual treat of a selection of letters, memos, cards, telegrams, drawings and photographs from the book.


5th November
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
€12 – €15
Dunamaise Arts Centre