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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Of Places Particular and New with Kerri Ní Dochartaigh – Leaves Festival

8th November @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Kerri Ní Dochartaigh will talk about and read from her acclaimed debut, Thin Places (2021), a blend of memoir, nature writing and history. She was born in Derry at the height of the Troubles. Recurring and profound memories for her are the terrifying petrol bombing of her childhood home and the power of nature to absorb and save her. Thin places shaped an order on difficult deeply lived years, bringing her redemption. In the past year Kerri ni Dochartaigh has put down roots in the middle of Ireland.


8th November
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dunamaise Arts Centre