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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September 2020

23rd September @ 9:00 am - 30th September @ 12:00 pm Free

Walk a mile with the family as part of the European Week of Sport.

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26th September @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €14 – €16

According to Sydney, everything has gone into decline: morality, masculinity, social behaviour… According to Sydney, the colour green should be outlawed. According to Sydney, plays should be dark, funny and short.

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27th September @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm €90

Time to clear your head, spend time in nature, do some balanced yoga, eat some healthy delicious food and then relax a bit more.

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30th September @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

A poignant yet hilarious look at the highs and lows of teenage life where the only way to fit in is to not be yourself.

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30th September @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm €23.10

Some old, some new, and plenty of messing with award-winning comedian Neil Delamere. 

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October 2020

1st October @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm €5 – €15

Life Drawing returns to Dunamaise Arts Centre, finally reopened and facilitated by our artist in residence Rebecca Deegan.

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2nd October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €16 – €18

This new Irish string quartet, made up of four of our finest chamber musicians, perform as part of the National String Quartet Foundation's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.

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3rd October @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm €50

Autumn horticultural course to see the season unfold in the Dunmore Country School garden.

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3rd October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €20

Catch Goitse live in concert on the 3rd of October. Limited number of tickets available from the Dunamaise arts centre.

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3rd October @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €17.60

Irish music luminaries The Pale will celebrate 30 years in the music industry this year, and they will be undertaking a special 30th anniversary Irish tour to commemorate this achievement before the summer.

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4th October @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm €90

Learn all about this fascinating style of beekeeping with Tanguy of Dunmore Country School.

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5th October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm €60

Learn to Eco-Print on Paper at the Abbeyleix Bog Walk.

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7th October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

In this film two diametrically opposed personalities come together, and turn their certainties upside down.

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11th October @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on 5th December 2020 at 10:00 am

€40 – €180

Explore the mountain ranges of the midlands and Munster this autumn with Mid Ireland Adventure.

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14th October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on 14th October 2020 at 8:00 pm

€5 – €7

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers, in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel.

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14th October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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€5 – €7

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers, in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel.

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17th October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €15

cua are really excited to see light at the end of the tunnell with a return to live music at the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

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21st October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

Henry Glassie has established a reputation over his almost 60 year career as one of the most important and influential folklorists of our time.

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22nd October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €10

The definitive film exploring the life and art of a true global icon.

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22nd October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €16 – €18

This dramatic and humorous solo performance, ideal for families, brings to vivid life the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, Tom Crean (1877-1938), through riveting true stories.

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25th October @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on 11th October 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 25th October 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 15th November 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 5th December 2020 at 10:00 am

€40 – €180

Explore the mountain ranges of the midlands and Munster this autumn with Mid Ireland Adventure.

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28th October @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

A hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers trying to maintain their sanity on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

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29th October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm €7

Join Jackula (Dracula's younger brother!) on a spooktacular quest to become the world’s most magical vampire

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30th October - 1st November

The premiere of a new work composed by Martin Tourish with young musicians from the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra will take place as part of Tionól 2020. This new work has been commissioned by…

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31st October @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm €16

Come dressed in costume and hunt down pumpkins and spooky things in the woods at this Halloween family experience.

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November 2020

5th November @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €15.50

Alchemy is a new show from comedian Gearóid Farrelly in which he is pretty certain he will be able to solve all of the worlds problems.

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6th November €10

Breaking Bread is a podcast series and social art project in which Manchán Magan chats with residents of Direction Provision and Emergency Accommodation centres in Co Laois.  He brings an oven and a butter churn…

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15th November @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on 11th October 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 25th October 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 15th November 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 5th December 2020 at 10:00 am

€40 – €180

Explore the mountain ranges of the midlands and Munster this autumn with Mid Ireland Adventure.

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26th November @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm €35 – €45

Michael Henry is the Seventh Son, an amazing Psychic Medium who demonstrates his powers to connect with those who have ‘crossed over’.

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28th November @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm €95

Learn the process of mosaic making from start to finish and take home your peice.

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December 2020

5th December @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on 11th October 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 25th October 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 15th November 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 5th December 2020 at 10:00 am

€40 – €180

Explore the mountain ranges of the midlands and Munster this autumn with Mid Ireland Adventure.

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13th December @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 20th December 2020 at 2:00 pm

€16

Dress up for Christmas and help find Santa's elves in the woods in this Christmas family experience.

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20th December @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 20th December 2020 at 2:00 pm

€16

Dress up for Christmas and help find Santa's elves in the woods in this Christmas family experience.

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June 2021

4th June 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 6th June 2021 @ 11:30 pm €25 – €100

Laois' brand new boutique festival takes place in the stately setting of Emo Court and Gardens. Definately one not to be missed.

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