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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June 2020

13th June @ 9:00 am - 9:15 am
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 9:30 am

Free

Traditional singer Aileen Lambert will perform a lovely little song called ‘Fair Rosa’ for children aged 4-7 years in this online workshop.

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13th June @ 9:30 am - 9:45 pm
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 9:30 am

Free

Traditional singer Aileen Lambert will perform a lovely little song called ‘Fair Rosa’ for children aged 4-7 years in this online workshop.

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13th June @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 4:00 pm

Free

In this online event Dunamaise Arts Centre invites visual artist, Caroline Keane to lead a paper craft workshop inspired by the theme of a 'Sense of Place'.

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13th June @ 11:00 am - 11:29 pm
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 11:30 am

Free

ONLINE EVENT. Traditional singer Aileen Lambert has a great song to share with you called ‘Rory Óg Mac Rory’ which particularly suits children age 8 – 12 but all ages can enjoy!

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13th June @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 11:30 am

Free

ONLINE EVENT. Traditional singer Aileen Lambert has a great song to share with you called ‘Rory Óg Mac Rory’ which particularly suits children age 8 – 12 but all ages can enjoy!

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13th June @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Free

Dunamaise Arts Centre is hosting circus performer, Maria Corcoran and her 45 minute interactive circus skills workshop (via zoom).

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13th June @ 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 2:30 pm

One event on 13th June 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on 13th June 2020 at 6:30 pm

Free

The Laois Series – A Sense of Place is a video work (approx 15mins) produced by filmmaker & visual artist, Michael Fortune.

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13th June @ 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 2:30 pm

One event on 13th June 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on 13th June 2020 at 6:30 pm

Free

The Laois Series – A Sense of Place is a video work (approx 15mins) produced by filmmaker & visual artist, Michael Fortune.

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13th June @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 4:00 pm

Free

In this online event Dunamaise Arts Centre invites visual artist, Caroline Keane to lead a paper craft workshop inspired by the theme of a 'Sense of Place'.

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13th June @ 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 2:30 pm

One event on 13th June 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on 13th June 2020 at 6:30 pm

Free

The Laois Series – A Sense of Place is a video work (approx 15mins) produced by filmmaker & visual artist, Michael Fortune.

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13th June @ 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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One event on 13th June 2020 at 2:30 pm

One event on 13th June 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on 13th June 2020 at 6:30 pm

Free

The Laois Series – A Sense of Place is a video work (approx 15mins) produced by filmmaker & visual artist, Michael Fortune.

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13th June @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Free

Music Generation Laois Open Mic Night is an online creative music platform for young people aged 12-18 living on the island of Ireland.

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July 2020

9th July @ 12:00 pm - 12th July @ 6:00 pm

Appointment only wedding showcase in the Killeshin Hotel.

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9th July @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on 18th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 25th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 1st August 2020 at 2:00 pm

€4.50 – €8.50

Fully guided, socially distanced outdoor farm tours at Ballykilcavan.

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11th July @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm €90

Learn the French art of Warre Bee Keeping on this one day course in the heart of the Laois countryside.

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12th July @ 10:30 am - 14th July @ 1:00 pm €40

Indulge yourself in a mini-retreat at Blackhill Woods.

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18th July @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm €100

Dunmore Country gives you a unique opportunity to understand the essence of traditional gardening in just one day.

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18th July @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on 18th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 25th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 1st August 2020 at 2:00 pm

€4.50 – €8.50

Fully guided, socially distanced outdoor farm tours at Ballykilcavan.

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21st July @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm €50

This half day course will cover the season jobs for this time of year.

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25th July @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on 18th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 25th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 1st August 2020 at 2:00 pm

€4.50 – €8.50

Fully guided, socially distanced outdoor farm tours at Ballykilcavan.

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31st July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm €25

This event will take place around the firepit in the Yoga Grove for a wonderful night of rhythm, connection and energy. A great way to mark Lughnasadh.

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August 2020

1st August @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on 18th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 25th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 1st August 2020 at 2:00 pm

€4.50 – €8.50

Fully guided, socially distanced outdoor farm tours at Ballykilcavan.

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4th August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on 4th August 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on 4th August 2020 at 2:30 pm

€20

The SVT Activity & Wellness HUB and the SVT Canoeing & Kayaking Club are so excited to announce Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Vicarstown! 

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4th August @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on 4th August 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on 4th August 2020 at 2:30 pm

€20

The SVT Activity & Wellness HUB and the SVT Canoeing & Kayaking Club are so excited to announce Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Vicarstown! 

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4th August @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on 4th August 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on 4th August 2020 at 2:30 pm

€20

The SVT Activity & Wellness HUB and the SVT Canoeing & Kayaking Club are so excited to announce Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Vicarstown! 

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23rd August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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24th August @ 10:00 am - 22nd September @ 5:00 pm Free

Dunamaise Arts Centre is delighted to host a new photography exhibition of portraits by Laois artist, Annie Holland. Over the past 2 years, Annie has begun conversations with older people from rural Laois born before or just…

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24th August @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm €60

Learn to Eco-Print on Paper on Abbeyleix Bog Walk  At this hands-on, practical workshop, create your own natural, botanical art print on paper using leaves and flowers from the trees and plants of Ireland’s Ancient…

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30th August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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30th August @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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September 2020

6th September @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm €40

A lovely Half Day Retreat at the sumptuous Blackhill Woods Retreat, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

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6th September @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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9th September @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

Movies return to Dunamaise Cinema! Don't miss one of the most talked about films this year in Irish cinema.

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12th September @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm €90

Learn the art of Warre bee keeping in the beautiful location of Dunmore Counrty School.

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12th September @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm €8 – €12

Join David for a fully guided, socially distanced tour of the 382 year old Ballykilcavan farm.

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13th September @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm €5

Come and talk with the Plantsman Arthur Shackleton, who can help you plan your garden for next year. We have a wonderful range of rare plants for sale at very keen prices. This year they…

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14th September @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Free

An Irish cultural and musical journey, compiled by Singer Emer Dunne.

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18th September @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Free

Take part in one of a series of virtual workshops.

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18th September @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm Free

This is a wonderful opportunity to view a selected collection of work by 10 talented artists who are part of the Laois Arthouse Collective.

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18th September @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Free

Create your own natural, botanical art print on paper.

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18th September @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Free

Mountmellick Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann branch will perform in concert in a central garden area of St. Vincents Hospital for residents and staff.

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18th September @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Free

Outdoor workshops for the Stradbally community including mandala making, earth art, installations and lots more to add colour to the local environment.

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18th September @ 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm Free

Join Heritage House, Abbeyleix, as they deep dive into the home life of one of the most iconic artists of our time.

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18th September @ 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm Free

A short video ‘The Impossible Dream,’ directed by Naoise Kettle that documents the production of a specially commissioned suite of music inspired by the life of Colonel James Fitzmaurice a pioneering historical aviator from Portlaoise.

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18th September @ 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm Free

A video featuring 26 young people including, Laois Youth Theatre, Laois Youth Dance Ensemble, Laois County Library Service, Music Generation Laois and young people interested in nature and biodiversity.

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18th September @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Free

View a wonderful collection of selected artwork by members of the Laois Arthouse Collective.

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

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.

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18th September @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Free

Join us at An Sean Chistin, Ballyfin, Portlaoise for an informal chat as gaeilge and some music

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18th September @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Free

Rebecca Deegan will stream a demonstration on how to paint a realistic eye using oil or acrylic paints.

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18th September @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Free

In celebration of Helen Roe (1895-1988) is a looped video (10 min) projection that encapsulates and gives a fascinating insight into the life and work of Mountrath born, Helen Roe. Well-known as a lecturer and…

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19th September @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm €95

Make your own personalized mosaic through this therapeutic, intuitive, fun and fulfilling process, in a friendly and easy-going atmosphere.

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20th September @ 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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20th September @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Free

The Midlands Park Hotel are delighted to announce we are having a wedding showcase on Sunday September 20th.

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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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