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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January 2020

2nd January @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm €30.00

The Fureys in Midlands Park Hotel Thursday 2nd of January 2020 Tickets only €30 inc. booking fee. Available from hotel reception and from www.ticketmaster.ie For ticket and B&B packages just follow the link! https://tinyurl.com/y2zoucqp Check…

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25th January @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €29.50

Aslan are back in the Midlands Park Hotel Saturday 25th of January, 8 PM* Tickets €29.50 and available from hotel reception and www.ticketmaster.ie

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31st January @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm €27

Featuring world-famous players Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor. These two legends are coming together for a special evening filled with entertainment, stories, shots, tricks & so much more. Overnight hotel stay also available: Included in…

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31st January @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €28

Following his sold-out success in 2019 don’t miss Des Bishop’s new show Mia Mamma, inspired by the ‘star’ of his life, his mother, who unfortunately passed away in March 2019. Tickets only €28. Join us…

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February 2020

9th February @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm €5

One of the best ways to experience the beautiful county of Laois is to walk it.

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9th February @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm €5 – €12

If you think the harp is for angels then Alina Bzhezhinska and her quartet will set you right. She brings a new perspective to this supposedly dainty instrument, taking the ground-breaking work of Alice Coltrane in the 1960s as a stepping-off point for her own flighty improvisations and sonic adventures.

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12th 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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13th February @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm €16.30
O’ Loughlins Hotel

Mustang's at O'Loughlins Hotel are holding their first Teen Disco on Friday March 13th and have 2 very special Guests.... Young Offenders Star Shane Casey AKA Billy Murphy and Kyle Meehan on Deck Duty. Come…

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14th February @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm €90

Learn about this French inspired system of bee-keeping in a fabulous Laois country garden.

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15th February @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm €20.00

Portlaoise Musical Society brings all the joys, thrills, laughter and of course talent to the Midlands Park Hotel with their Lip Sync Battle.

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16th February @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm €5
Clonaslee Community Centre/ Slieve Bloom Walking Club

What better way to experience Laois then to walk it. All are welcome on this is a Grade A 9k guided walk meeting at Clonaslee Community Centre.

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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 am - 5:00 pm €16.30
Coppers Bar and Venue

Coppers Live Portlaoise will rock you, as they bring you Qween!

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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 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm €10
Castle Arms Hotel

Something for all the family in the Castle Arms Hotel with a children's art competition, clown and magic show, fashion show, first aid display and much more.

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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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29th February @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €15
Peadar’s Bar

Celebrate this leap year listening to cool jazz and drinking gin in Peader's Bar Durrow.

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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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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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5th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €14 – €16

Michelle Cahill brings her first solo dance show to the intimate Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaosie.

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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 €7 – €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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6th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €16

Luan Parle will be playing music from her new album at this intimate gig in Portlaoise.

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7th March @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm €5
Kinnity Castle

Join Wolftrap Cycling Club for a fantastic family bike reide in the Slieve Bloom mountains. All levels welcome!

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7th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €7 – €12

The Mountmellick Drama festival presents the Palace Players and their interpretation of Chapatti. Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers living in Dublin.

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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
Clonaslee Community Centre/ Slieve Bloom Walking Club

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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8th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €7 – €12

The Mountmellick Drama Festival and Insight Theatre Cellbridge present Alone it Stands. Alone It Stands tells the tale of Munster Rugby Team's legendary victory over New Zealand's mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, Limerick in 1978.

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9th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €7 – €12

The Mountmellick Drama festival and the Duleek Drama Players present The Blacksmith. This comedy is non-stop throughout the three acts with a marvellous interpretation of our unique heritage of Irish Folklore.

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10th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €7 – €12

Mountmellick Drama Festival and the Wexford Drama Group present Closer. Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. (N.B. STRICTLY OVER 18’S)

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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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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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11th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

When immature mum, Pamela, becomes pregnant following a drunken one-night stand, the relationship with her disapproving teenage daughter is put to the test.

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11th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €7 – €12

The Mountmellick Drama Festival and the Clann Machua Drama Group present Sive. Set in a rural part of County Kerry, the play tells the story of a young eighteen-year-old orphan girl Sive who lives with her Uncle Mike and his wife Mena

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12th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €16 – €18

CANCELLED A chance to laugh out load at this comedy about real-life dating in Ireland.

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12th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €7 – €12

CANCELLED The Mountmellick Drama Festival and the Dalkey Players present Eurydice. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love.

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12th March @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm €3

CANCELLED Laois Heritage Society presents a talk on Col. Edward Marcus Despard...a Coolrain Patriot. Presented by Ger Dooley

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13th March @ 4:00 pm - 14th March @ 2:00 pm €330
Black Hill Woods Retreat

CANCELLED Spend a weekend in Laois nurturing your mind, body and soul.

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13th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €7 – €12

CANCELLED The closing night of the Mountmellick Drama Festival presents the Glenamaddy Players & The Cripple of Inismaan. Set on a remote island off the West of Ireland in 1934.The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling.

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13th March @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm €26

CANCELLED NEIL DELAMERE : End of Watch

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

CANCELLED 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 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rosenallis GAA

Have fun in a field with trucks and tractors in the quaint town of Rosenallis, Co. Laois. And all for a good cause.

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

CANCELLED 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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15th March @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Free
Garryhinch Forest

Come watch or even join in this fabulous race. Bring you favourite canine friend and run through the woods of Laois. Organised by Canine Cross and JustRun Events this is sure to be a unique race experience.

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15th March @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Free
Clonaslee Community Centre

CANCELLED For the first time in over 40 years Clonaslee is holding a St. Patricks Day parade!

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16th March @ 9:00 am - 17th March @ 7:00 pm
Turley’s Pub Mountmellick

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Mountmellick with thier first Boglands Festival.

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

CANCELLED Enjoy live music at Kavanaghs in Portlaoise.

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16th March @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Lilly’s Bar

Join Pump Up the Jam at Lilly's Bar Portlaoise for a night of 90's hits on the eve of St. Patrick's Day.

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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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16th March @ 11:00 pm - 17th March @ 2:30 am
Lilly’s Bar

Dance into the early hours of the morning with Bazza - DJ and Sax Duo and enjoy a taste of the Laois nightlife.

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17th March @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm €15

CANCELLED Streets of Portlaoise is back for 2020. With a flat, fast course this race attracts from elites to runners, joggers and walkers. A great family day out!

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17th March @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm €5
Clonaslee Community Centre/ Slieve Bloom Walking Club

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

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17th March @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

CANCELLED Mountrath goes green this year with its 'Recycle, Reuse, Recreate' themed parade. Join the town in celebrating St. Patrick starting from 12.30 at the GAA pitch to proceed through the town centre.

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17th March @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Free

CANCELLED The Durrow parade is back in full swing this year with entertainment taking place on the green after.

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

CANCELLED Transmitter bring their powerful and energetic setlist to Kavanaghs.

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18th March @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm €5

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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18th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

CANCELLED A delightfully silly supernatural comedy set in a small Irish town.

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19th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €44

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20th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €14 – €16

CANCELLED The Messiahs final Irish date before embarking on thier American tour!

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20th March @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €16.50

CANCELLED Karl Spain and Kevin Gildea perform a special one off Comedy night as a fundraiser for Temple Street Childrens Hospital!

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21st March @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm €45

Would you like to forage the fields and hedgerows on an organic farm in Laois? Then this is the workshop for you!

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22nd March @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm €40
Black Hill Woods Retreat

CANCELLED Join Eilish and Simon on Mothering Sunday as they guide you through a deeply relaxing, releasing and restorative yoga morning surrounded by the abundance of nature in Blackhill Woods Retreat in the hills above Abbeyleix.

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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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22nd March @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm €3 – €18

Take a trip back in time on the Stradbally Woodland Express. Ireland's oldest volunteer run heritage railway opens over 11 dates in 2020. So don't miss your chance to chug through 1km of woodland at the Stradbally Hall Estate.

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24th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm €5 – €7

CANCELLED Based on the classic novel, this beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on her own terms - is both timeless and timely.

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25th March @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm €25

Would you like to get away from it all in the beautiful setting of the Heritage Spa? The Heritage Spa is having a small intimate gathering of those looking for a serene, soothing and rejuvenating morning.

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25th March @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm €5

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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25th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

CANCELLED Based on the classic novel, this beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on her own terms - is both timeless and timely.

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27th March @ 4:00 pm - 29th March @ 3:00 pm €330
Black Hill Woods Retreat/Black Hill Woods Retreat

Disconnect from the stresses of daily life, slow down and connect with ourselves on this weekend guided by Christine from Ashtanga Yoga. Limerick.

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27th March @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on 28th March 2020 at 7:30 pm

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Join the excellent Ballyfin Players as they bring you this years production, The Case.

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27th March @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €14 – €18

CANCELLED A poingant and witty play starring Bryan Murray and Una Crawford.

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

CANCELLED 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 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on 28th March 2020 at 7:30 pm

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Join the excellent Ballyfin Players as they bring you this years production, The Case.

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

CANCELLED 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.

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

CANCELLED 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 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm €4 – €20

LEGO Madness is coming to Portlaoise this March!!

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

CANCELLED 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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1st April @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €5 – €7

A French film for those who love magnificent escapism.

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4th April @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Portlaoise Leisure Centre/Portlaoise Leisure Centre

Tri-Laois is happening again on Saturday the 4th April, starting at 8.30am and running until 2.00pm approximately. Organised by local club Trilogy triathlon club, Tri-Laois is now in its 10th year and has gone from…

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4th April @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm €16

Hop down to Dunmore Woods to take part in an Easter Egg and bunny hunt.

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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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5th April @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until 27th September 2020

€2 – €5

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

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8th April @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 23rd September 2020

€2 – €5

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

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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

€5

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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