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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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The Annual Portarlington & Killenard Charity Gala Ball

24th September 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm


The annual Portarlington and Killenard Charity Gala Ball will be held on Saturday 24 September, with proceeds from the event going to the Midlands Hospice building fund.

The red-carpet event will be held in The Heritage Hotel, Killenard with music by JL Sounds on arrival and later by Transmitter. This year’s special guest of honour is Mountrath native and patron of the Midlands Hospice build campaign Claire Byrne from RTÉ.

The Midlands Hospice, which is planned to be constructed beside Tullamore Hospice, will have 16 beds and will cater for people in the surrounding counties of Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford.

Now in its 16th year, the black-tie event has raised more than €120,000 for local charitable organisations, including the Cuisle Centre; Portlaoise Hospital paediatric unit; St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick; The Kolbe Centre, Portlaoise; Laois Slieve Bloom Centre (Irish Wheelchair Association); Portarlington Lourdes Committee; and St Francis School, Portlaoise.

Tickets (€65) are now on sale, with corporate options for tables of eight, ten or 12 and are available from the Saoirse Care Charity Shop, Main Street, Portarlington or from Maria Molloy on 086 3058181, Marie Corcoran on 086 2654277 and Collette Kennedy on 087 7589896.


24th September 2022
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Heritage