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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Live Portrait Painting with Blaise Smith

18th September @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Artist Blaise Smith will capture some well-known local faces in pencil/ink/charcoal drawings and oil paintings. Drop by to watch this acclaimed artist at work, as he chats to our special guest subjects.

Bring along your own sketchpad and pens/pencils from 6pm for a short masterclass with Blaise and a guest sitter. Selected works will be displayed for the evening in Dunamaise.

Blaise Smith RHA, from Kilkenny, is a figurative realist painter. Over a career of thirty years he has exhibited widely and won many awards, most notably recently the Irish arts review Portraiture Prize at the RHA in Dublin for his painting “8 Scientists”. Numbers limited. Advance Booking recommended.


18th September
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dunamaise Arts Centre / Culture Night