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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July 2020

9th July 2020 @ 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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21st July 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 10:00 am - 22nd September 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Free

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

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18th September 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Free

Take part in one of a series of virtual workshops.

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18th September 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Free

Create your own natural, botanical art print on paper.

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18th September 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm Free
Abbeyleix Heritage House/ Private: Culture Night

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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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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23rd September 2020 @ 9:00 am - 30th September 2020 @ 12:00 pm Free

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

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26th September 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm €60

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

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7th October 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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14th October 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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25th October 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 - 1st November 2020

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 2020 @ 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 2020 @ 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 2020 €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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8th November 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Free

Join the staff of The Heritage Hotel on Sunday 8th November for their Winter Wedding Showcase between 1pm - 5pm.

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15th November 2020 @ 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 November 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm €12

Starring Portaoise Musical Society members and local special guests who perform musical memories and more for a sensational night of entertainment.

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December 2020

1st December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 31st December 2020 @ 5:00 pm

An Exhibition of landscapes and wildlife photography by Terry Conroy.

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5th December 2020 @ 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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12th December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Town Hotel

Our Christmas Market takes place in the Hotel on Saturday December 12th.

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12th December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 13th December 2020 at 12:00 pm

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One event on 19th December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 20th December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 21st December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 22nd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 23rd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

€12 – €16

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with your family as we bring you Santa Street at The Killeshin Hotel this December.

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13th December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Introduction to Derryounce Lakes and Trails assisted by Portarlington Lions Club takes place on Sunday 13th December between 10 am and 3 pm.

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13th December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 21st December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 22nd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 23rd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

€12 – €16

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with your family as we bring you Santa Street at The Killeshin Hotel this December.

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13th December 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

There will be a super line up of marketeers in attendance which will feature a wide range of festive delights as well as all the usual reliables.

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13th December 2020 @ 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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18th December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm €30

Branar in association with the Town Hall Theatre present Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes from the Black Box in Galway.

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18th December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 22nd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 23rd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

€12 – €16

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with your family as we bring you Santa Street at The Killeshin Hotel this December.

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19th December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 23rd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

€12 – €16

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with your family as we bring you Santa Street at The Killeshin Hotel this December.

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20th December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 21st December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 22nd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 23rd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

€12 – €16

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with your family as we bring you Santa Street at The Killeshin Hotel this December.

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20th December 2020 @ 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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21st December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 22nd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 23rd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

€12 – €16

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with your family as we bring you Santa Street at The Killeshin Hotel this December.

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22nd December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 20th December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 21st December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 22nd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 23rd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

€12 – €16

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with your family as we bring you Santa Street at The Killeshin Hotel this December.

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23rd December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 13th December 2020 at 12:00 pm

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One event on 22nd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on 23rd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

€12 – €16

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with your family as we bring you Santa Street at The Killeshin Hotel this December.

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29th December 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm €100

A Christmas Bliss Yoga Day at the heavenly Blackhill Woods for yoga, meditation, pure relaxation, scrumptious vegan food and comfort.

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30th December 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm €50

This is the first of two of our special Christmas half day retreats of gentle Yin Yoga for all levels, all ages.

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31st December 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm €50

The second of our Christmas Seasonal Retreats for a half day of gentle Yin Yoga for all levels, all ages

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