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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February 2020

19th February @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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20th February @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm €12.00 – €15.00

The Dunamaise proudly presents in association with National Theatre Live Cyrano De Bergerac.

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20th February @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €3

Birth of the Border : The Impact of Partition in Ireland,  Presented by Cormac Moore

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21st February @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm €8 – €12

Michael Creagh and Rathdowney Youth Thearte tell the story of the dreadful plight of the children in the Donaghmore workhouse in this play set in a sad time of Ireland's history.

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21st February @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm €25.00

St. Fintan's Parish Mountrath are proud to present The Three Tenors live in concert in St. Fintan's Church, Mountrath.

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21st February @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm €12

Come to the heart of Portlaoise and experience live singing, comedy and more in this drag variety show.

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22nd February @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm €5
Castle Arms Hotel/ Slieve Bloom Walking Club

Take the family into the Laois countryside on this guided Grade G 6k two hour walk. Meeting at the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow.

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22nd February @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm €50.00

Based in the heart of rural Laois, Dunmore Country School offers this Start your Garden from Scratch course which will bring you through the essentials of creating a garden that is both productive and a pleasure to the senses.

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22nd February @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm €50.00

Set within a working kitchen garden in the heart of Laois Tanguy, will guide you through planning and creating a Spring garden that is both productive and a pleasure to the senses.

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22nd February @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm €25.00

Set in the heart of Portlaoise, Dunamaise Arts Centre presents Europe's No. 1 award winning Country music show "The Legends of American Country" , bringing you a fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics!

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22nd February @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €16.50

Portlaoise Hockey Club presents two exciting, up and coming Irish comedians for your entertainment.

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22nd February @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm €16.50

Irelands Ultimate tribute to Bon Jovi return to Kavanaghs Courtyard Venue for what promises to one hell of a gig!

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23rd February @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm €5

Blow away the cobwebs with this Grade B 10k 3-4 hour guided walk meeting at Cullahill Community Centre.

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23rd February @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Free

The Heritage Killenard presents its Spring Wedding Showcase on Sunday 23rd February from 1pm - 5pm. Come along and start your wedding journey with their expert wedding team.

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25th February @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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One event on 26th February 2020 at 8:00 pm

€5.00 – €7.00

Revisit the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff as they prepare for a royal visit at Dunamaise Arts Centre.

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26th February @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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26th February @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on 26th February 2020 at 8:00 pm

€5.00 – €7.00

Revisit the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff as they prepare for a royal visit at Dunamaise Arts Centre.

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27th February @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm €16.50
Bob’s Bar

A not to be missed opportunity to experience the music of Luan Parle as she plays from her new album at Bob's Hideout in the picturesque town of Durrow Co. Laois.

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28th February @ 11:00 pm €13 – €15
Lennons Bar and Venue

If House the music is your thing than go further than Lennons Bar in Durrow to see young brakthrough artist Endor and dance the night away to his distictive style of music.

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29th February @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm €27.50

Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mick Flannery, comes to the heart of Portlaoise to share his award winning music with you.

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29th February @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm €50

A not to be missed opportunity to learn some of the best techniques in polytunnel cultivation from the no-dig experts in their own County Laois garden.

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29th February @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm €18.00

A fantastic opportunity to see this eclectic band in the heart of Portlaoise and experience music which is strongly influenced by Bluegrass, Old Time Country and Folk Music, fused with traditional folk songs from this side of the Atlantic.

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29th February @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €13.50

Experience a night of noughties hits in Kavanaghs Bar and Venue. Dance the night away to Shakira, Nelly, Fedde le Grand, Destiny's Child, Usher, 50 Cent and many more dance floor hits.

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March 2020

1st March @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm €5

Explore the hidden delights of Loais on this Grade A 10k 4 hour walk along the beautiful Barrow River Valley.

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1st March @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm €25.30

Fresh from their US tour Irish duo Hudson Taylor preform music from their new album for their Laois fans.

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4th March @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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6th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €26

Jason Byrne 'Wrecked but Ready' The Star of Irelands Got Talent, Jason Byrne has had a hard year. But he doesn't want to talk about that. He's wrecked but ready. Ready for a laugh. This…

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6th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €6 – €12

The opening night of the 30th Mountmellick Drama Festival features Mullingar Theatre Lab in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

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7th March @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm €13.50

A fantastic chance to hear the music of Rory Gallagher in one of Portlaoise's premier venues.

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8th March @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm €5

Enjoy a guided Grade B 12k walk along a lake and through woodlands as Spring starts to make her presence known in the Laois countryside.

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8th March @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm €30.00 – €40.00

Grapple Kings returns with its 5th event and its stacked from top to bottom with Irish and Eurorpean Talent.

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10th March @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm €35.00 – €45.00

One of Europe's top psychics comes to Kavanaghs in Portlaoise for an intimate performance.

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11th March @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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13th March @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm €26

NEIL DELAMERE : End of Watch Fresh from a sell-out tour, star of BBCs the Blame Game, Fighting Talk and the Newsquiz Neil Delamere returns to The Midlands Park Hotel with a brand new show.Time…

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13th March @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm €15.50

Kavanaghs of Portlaoise are proud to present Thin As Lizzie playing some Thin Lizzie classics. Come along and sing your heart out to your favourite songs.

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14th March @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm €5

Enjoy this Grade C 6k walk with family and friends through Laois' hidden jewel that is Heywood gardens.

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14th March @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm €13.50

Kavanaghs of Portlaoise bring you this energetic live band that will preform your favourite party anthems from the best selling hip-hop and RnB artists.

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16th March @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm Free

Enjoy live music at Kavanaghs in Portlaoise.

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16th March @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm €11.00
Lennons Bar and Venue

Don't miss the chance to catch John Gibbon's live set at Lennon's Bar in fabulous Laois.

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17th March @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm €5

What better way to enjoy St. Patrick's day then being in the Laois countryside.

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17th March @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm Free

Transmitter bring their powerful and energetic setlist to Kavanaghs.

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18th March @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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19th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €44

Christy Moore returns to the Midlands Park Hotel on Thursday 19th of March 2020, and tickets are on sale now for €42 inc.booking fee from hotel reception and Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ie To make a night of…

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22nd March @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm €5
Deadmans Inn, Ballyfin/ Slieve Bloom Walking Club

Immerse yourself in the Laois countryside on this Grade B 10k guided walk.

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25th March @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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27th March @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €20.35

After blowing the roof off the place in Nov 2019, we're delighted to confirm that Smash Hits return to Kavanaghs. Come an relive all the hits from the 90's.

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28th March @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm €16.50

Fresh from sell-out shows at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe, cult-comedian Tony Cantwell is taking to the road for his first-ever Irish tour. Join the him in Kavanaghs of Portlaoise for a new night of…

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28th March @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €11.50

Don't miss this opportunity to rock the night away in Portlaoise with this five-piece Irish heavy metal tribute band, covering such metal giants as, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Van Halen, Dio, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, and many more.

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29th March @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm €5

Breathe in the fresh Laois air on this Grade A 10k guided walk.

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29th March @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm Free

Live music in the heart of Portlaoise.

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April 2020

1st April @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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3rd April @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €15.50

Henry Cluney and Jim Reilly both original ex member's of seventies Belfast punk band Stiff Little Fingers, have now gotten together and formed XSLF and will be playing live for you at Kavanaghs in Portlaoise.

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4th April @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €15.50

Don't miss this chance to see Ireland's premier U2 tribute band for a night of non-stop hits at Kavanaghs in the heart of Laois.

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8th April @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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10th April @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €29.50

The always popular Pat Shortt returns to the Midlands Park Hotel on April 10th 2020! Tickets are only €29.50 available from hotel reception and www.ticketmaster.ie For Bedroom and ticket packages go to www.midlandsparkhotel.com

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11th April @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 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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12th April @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm Free

Live music in the heart of Portlaoise.

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13th April @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm Free

Live music in the heart of Portlaoise.

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15th April @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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17th April @ 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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22nd April @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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24th April @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €13.50

Australian born comedian Damian Clark brings his unique mixture of Irish and Australian comedy to Laois.

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24th April @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm Free

Dance the night away with Rock Disco at the Courtyard in Kavanaghs of Portlaoise.

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25th April @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €13.50

Electric Dreams celebrate the smash hits of the glorious 80s.

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29th April @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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May 2020

6th May @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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8th May @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €11.50

A must see gig in Portlaoise for all metal loving music fans.

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13th May @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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16th May @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm €25.30

Don’t miss The Frank and Walters acoustic at Kavanaghs Bar & Venue.

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20th May @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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27th May @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 30th December 2020

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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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29th May @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €25.30

Lioness provide an authentic tribute to the precocious talent and music of Amy Winehouse.

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June 2020

3rd June @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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6th June @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €25.30

Celebrate the 50th birthday of The Beatles iconic album with The Classic Beatles in Kavanaghs Bar, Portlaoise.

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10th June @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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11th June

An innovative initiative that introduces new communities including direct provision and emergency accommodation residents to Laois through cultural perspectives and activities. Two tours are planned for 2020 to explore and enjoy Laois. A Creative Ireland…

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13th June Free

A national day of FREE creativity for children and young people from 3 – 18 years old Make your Cruinniú na nÓg a day to remember. What will you make, do, try and create? The…

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13th June

Fighting Words is a creative writing initiative established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love that provides story-telling workshops for primary school groups, creative writing workshops for secondary students and adults adults. All tutoring is free.…

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13th June Free

Rural Murals in Laois are an ideal opportunity to explore and represent architecture, heritage and community contexts, enabling us to revisit and create narratives, whilst contributing to the regeneration and place making of our towns…

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17th June @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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24th June @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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July 2020

1st July @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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8th July @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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15th July @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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22nd July @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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29th July @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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August 2020

2nd August @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm €13.50

Iron Maiden tribute band, Higher-On Maiden play Portlaoise for one night only.

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5th August @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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12th August @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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This weekly event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre hosts a movie in the restored Art Deco Balcony Cinema. Wonderful initiative running a bus locally to the cinema. Movie and a cuppa with a lift home for €5

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15th August @ 10:00 am - 23rd August @ 5:00 pm

A participatory art project between artist, Annie Holland and a group of older people from rural Laois born before or just after 1922. Using photography and video, Annie Holland focuses on how the process of…

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September 2020

18th September Free

The Artists Collective was established at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally in 2019 and within a curatorial framework work in 2020, artists will work with a visual arts curator to engage with and reflect on current artistic…

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October 2020

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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November 2020

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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