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…

Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Historical Board Game Exhibition

Recurring
€8
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Our new temporary exhibit will show you the history and evolution of board games from 4200 years ago, right up to the current day! Learn how chess was born from Backgammon, how the Irish had their own unique board game inspired by the Vikings, and play what is thought to be the first board game ever invented.

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Festival of Flight

Recurring

A new festival has been launched in Laois, to celebrate the rich history of aviation and exploration in the county.
The Festival of Flight will run from the 7th to the 10th of April, with music events, arts and science workshops, history talks and films.

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Festival of Flight

Recurring

A new festival has been launched in Laois, to celebrate the rich history of aviation and exploration in the county.
The Festival of Flight will run from the 7th to the 10th of April, with music events, arts and science workshops, history talks and films.

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Festival of Flight

Recurring

A new festival has been launched in Laois, to celebrate the rich history of aviation and exploration in the county.
The Festival of Flight will run from the 7th to the 10th of April, with music events, arts and science workshops, history talks and films.

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Festival of Flight

Recurring

A new festival has been launched in Laois, to celebrate the rich history of aviation and exploration in the county.
The Festival of Flight will run from the 7th to the 10th of April, with music events, arts and science workshops, history talks and films.

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Stradbally Woodland Railway

Recurring
€7

Tickets are sold on the day at the station before boarding.
Prices are €18 for a family, €7 for adults, €3 for kids and under 5s are free and we take card or cash .
We’ll also have two steam traction engines on display in the yard so you can get up and close to learn more about these wonderful, historic machines .

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Stradbally Woodland Railway

Recurring
€7

Tickets are sold on the day at the station before boarding.
Prices are €18 for a family, €7 for adults, €3 for kids and under 5s are free and we take card or cash .
We’ll also have two steam traction engines on display in the yard so you can get up and close to learn more about these wonderful, historic machines .

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Mike Denver Live

€38.70

MIKE DENVER, known as “The Galway Boy”, is one of Ireland’s top Entertainers, having this year celebrated 16 years in the entertainment scene.

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Bloom HQ – Black Tie Casino Night

€25

FUNDRAISING CASINO NIGHT, Come play Roulette, Blackjack, and more, with professional Casino tables and croupiers. (This will raise funds for a heating system for St. Philomena's Hall so we can open it up more to community groups )

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CODA

Recurring
€5 – €7

Teenager Ruby is a CODA (a child of deaf adults). Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her family and working on their struggling fishing boat every day before school. When she discovers a gift for singing, Ruby is torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams. 

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CODA

Recurring
€5 – €7

Teenager Ruby is a CODA (a child of deaf adults). Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her family and working on their struggling fishing boat every day before school. When she discovers a gift for singing, Ruby is torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams. 

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Abbeyleix Walking Tours

€10
Abbeyleix Heritage House

Starting April 30th, Abbeyleix Heritage House will be offering guided tours of Abbeyleix Town! Tours will cover the history and foundation of the area, the architecture of it's oldest buildings, and will guide visitors and locals on all the upcoming festivals and events of Abbeyleix!

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Chantel Kavanagh

€11
Lennons Bar and Venue

Chantel Kavanagh live at Lennons Bar & Venue Durrow.

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Stradbally Woodland Railway

Recurring
€7

We’re back in steam for the May bank holiday weekend on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd.
Will you be coming to see us? We’ll be open from 11am to 4pm both days and tickets are sold on the day at the station.
Prices are €18 for a family, €7 for adults, €3 for children and under 5s are free. Cash and card accepted.

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Stradbally Woodland Railway

Recurring
€7

We’re back in steam for the May bank holiday weekend on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd.
Will you be coming to see us? We’ll be open from 11am to 4pm both days and tickets are sold on the day at the station.
Prices are €18 for a family, €7 for adults, €3 for children and under 5s are free. Cash and card accepted.

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Parallel Mothers – ( Madres paralelas)

€7

When two women meet at a hospital and give birth to their babies on the same day, their lives are inextricably linked. Pedro Almodóvar takes another deep dive into the joys and complexities of female relationships framed by motherhood, loss and the challenges of reconciliation, with an emotive and radiant performance from long-time collaborator, Penélope Cruz.

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Sunshine on Leith – Portlaoise Musical Society Musical Night

€10

To celebrate the return of Portlaoise Musical Society to Dunamaise stage this year - the society will host the the Portlaoise film premiere of Sunshine on Leith (The Motion Picture) at Dunamaise Cinema - based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships.

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Sorry for Your Loss

€25

Following the recent sell-out success of their debut hit comedy show, Sorry for your Loss is an unmissable night of fun and craic that will have you killed with laughter. 

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Tell Me This Now

In Tell Me This Now, Mountrath Youth Theatre and Mountrath Golden Years Club will come together for an afternoon of storytelling to see what we can all learn from each other.

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cua

€20

The release of cua’s new album is something very positive, born out of the lockdown. It is a departure from their traditional recording settings and moving to remote recording where necessary. Out of this period of time they persevered and continued writing and recording.

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Yin Yoga Morning with Simon

€50

Indulge yourself in a mini-retreat at Blackhill Woods.
This is a monthly special event hosted by Simon, offering a deep dive into Yin Yoga and all of the relaxing benefits it provides for you in body, mind and spirit.

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Shirley Valentine

€20 – €22

Following its sell-out run at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre in October 2021, treat yourself to an evening of laughter and triumph, as Norma Sheahan, one of Ireland’s leading dramatic actors, breathes new life into Willy Russell’s effervescent and iconic character SHIRLEY VALENTINE.

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Waiting for Gateaux

Recurring
€25

The Health Club Where You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It!
Mo-tivators is the worst health and fitness club in the country. Run by Maureen a ‘big-boned’ fifty- something widow from a small hall in the middle of nowhere it only attracts clientele who have nothing better to do!
Starring Mrs. Brown’s Boys Eilish O’Carroll, X’Factors Mary Byrne, Voice of Ireland and Celebrity Operation Transformations Kayleigh Cullinan and Dirty Dustings Nicole Banim.

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Residential Yoga Retreat Weekend @ Blackhill Woods

€450

Want to reconnect to life…?
Need inspiration from nature..?
Would you like quality time to yourself or with a friend or loved one away from the fast paced life..?
Finding it hard to practice or even start practicing Yoga and Meditation..?
Or just would like to deepen your awareness with a clear head and open heart?

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Waiting for Gateaux

Recurring
€25

The Health Club Where You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It!
Mo-tivators is the worst health and fitness club in the country. Run by Maureen a ‘big-boned’ fifty- something widow from a small hall in the middle of nowhere it only attracts clientele who have nothing better to do!
Starring Mrs. Brown’s Boys Eilish O’Carroll, X’Factors Mary Byrne, Voice of Ireland and Celebrity Operation Transformations Kayleigh Cullinan and Dirty Dustings Nicole Banim.

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Bee Friendly Planting Workshop @ Solas Garden Centre

€15

You will be guided through the range of plants suitable for creating a beautiful Bee Friendly planter.
You will make a stunning display that will bring a whole lot of colour & joy to your life, attracting bees & butterflies too!
You will learn about what plants will thrive in your chosen container.
We will provide a variety of different bee friendly plants & flowers to suit all environments.
We will share ideas about colour schemes & suitable locations
Select from our huge range of trailing & bedding plant

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Waiting for Gateaux

Recurring
€25

The Health Club Where You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It!
Mo-tivators is the worst health and fitness club in the country. Run by Maureen a ‘big-boned’ fifty- something widow from a small hall in the middle of nowhere it only attracts clientele who have nothing better to do!
Starring Mrs. Brown’s Boys Eilish O’Carroll, X’Factors Mary Byrne, Voice of Ireland and Celebrity Operation Transformations Kayleigh Cullinan and Dirty Dustings Nicole Banim.

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Waiting for Gateaux

Recurring
€25

The Health Club Where You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It!
Mo-tivators is the worst health and fitness club in the country. Run by Maureen a ‘big-boned’ fifty- something widow from a small hall in the middle of nowhere it only attracts clientele who have nothing better to do!
Starring Mrs. Brown’s Boys Eilish O’Carroll, X’Factors Mary Byrne, Voice of Ireland and Celebrity Operation Transformations Kayleigh Cullinan and Dirty Dustings Nicole Banim.

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Military Wives – Free Bealtaine Movie

Recurring
FREE

The inspirational story of friendship, love, and support. A group of women come together as their partners serve in Afghanistan. Together they form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments and also becoming a media sensation and global movement in the process

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Military Wives – Free Bealtaine Movie

Recurring
FREE

The inspirational story of friendship, love, and support. A group of women come together as their partners serve in Afghanistan. Together they form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments and also becoming a media sensation and global movement in the process

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Goitse

A roof raising night of brilliant Trad music is guaranteed from Goitse, making a welcome return to the Dunamaise stage after another successful tour in America. 

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To The Dome

Recurring
€18

Frances Harney and Tom Conroy, in association with Mountmellick C.S., proudly present the world premiere of, “To The Dome”, a quintessentially theatrical show with a charming mix of drama, singing, dance and music … including more than 20 original musical numbers.

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To The Dome

Recurring
€18

Frances Harney and Tom Conroy, in association with Mountmellick C.S., proudly present the world premiere of, “To The Dome”, a quintessentially theatrical show with a charming mix of drama, singing, dance and music … including more than 20 original musical numbers.

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Timahoe Heritage Run

€26.75 – €32.10

The rolling midland’s landscape will bring participants near and past ice age esker ridges, neolithic ring forts, the Dún of Clopook (Home of the Púca), medieval churches, landed gentry estates, An Cruchan, round towers, and lots mor

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Timahoe Heritage Festival – The Big Dig

Recurring

Timahoe Heritage Festival is on 4th & 5th of June in Timahoe Heritage Centre, Co Laois with lots of family fun and entertainment! Throughout the day we will be exploring the past through our Viking House excavation workshop - The Big Dig! Places are limited so reserve your ticket online now! The Big Dig at Timahoe Heritage Festival 2022 is supported by The Heritage Council as part of the Laois Heritage and Biodiversity Strategy 2021 - 2026.

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Timahoe Heritage Festival – Bead Making Workshop

Recurring

Timahoe Heritage Festival is on 4th & 5th of June in Timahoe Heritage Centre, Co Laois with lots of family fun and entertainment! Throughout the day we will be offering a creative Viking Bead Making workshops. Children will learn about ancient craft of glass bead making and will create and design their own necklaces or bracelets to take home using an easy to use polymer clay!

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To The Dome

Recurring
€18

Frances Harney and Tom Conroy, in association with Mountmellick C.S., proudly present the world premiere of, “To The Dome”, a quintessentially theatrical show with a charming mix of drama, singing, dance and music … including more than 20 original musical numbers.

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Stradbally Woodland Railway

Recurring
€7

Bank holiday bluebells come ride our stream train this June bank holiday on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th.
Trains will be operating from 11am-4pm on both days, with diesel trains for the first hour and our steam loco Róisín hauling them for the rest of the day.

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Timahoe Heritage Festival – The Big Dig

Recurring

Timahoe Heritage Festival is on 4th & 5th of June in Timahoe Heritage Centre, Co Laois with lots of family fun and entertainment! Throughout the day we will be exploring the past through our Viking House excavation workshop - The Big Dig! Places are limited so reserve your ticket online now! The Big Dig at Timahoe Heritage Festival 2022 is supported by The Heritage Council as part of the Laois Heritage and Biodiversity Strategy 2021 - 2026.

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Timahoe Heritage Festival – Bead Making Workshop

Recurring

Timahoe Heritage Festival is on 4th & 5th of June in Timahoe Heritage Centre, Co Laois with lots of family fun and entertainment! Throughout the day we will be offering a creative Viking Bead Making workshops. Children will learn about ancient craft of glass bead making and will create and design their own necklaces or bracelets to take home using an easy to use polymer clay!

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Timahoe Heritage Festival – Famine Heritage Talk With The Irish History Podcast’s Fin Dwyer

Fin Dwyer, from the acclaimed Irish History Podcast, will give a talk on The Great Famine, with particular emphasis on the fact that 2022 is the 175th anniversary of 1847 - the worst year of the Great Hunger, also known as Black ’47.

Fin is an historian, author and podcaster, who studied archaeology and Greek and Roman Civilisation in University College Dublin and completed a masters in archaeology in 2004.

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Stradbally Woodland Railway

Recurring
€7

Bank holiday bluebells come ride our stream train this June bank holiday on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th.
Trains will be operating from 11am-4pm on both days, with diesel trains for the first hour and our steam loco Róisín hauling them for the rest of the day.

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Day Retreat @ Blackhill Woods – Restore Your True Nature

€95

Set aside Sunday 12th June as a day for nurturing and rebalancing for your good self or a loved one.
The date is set for a very special collaboration between two heart based women to hold space for you to deeply release, relax and come back to your highest self.
The day will restore harmony between body, mind and spirit through gentle yoga, meditation, journaling, forest bathing, delicious vegan lunch and an afternoon of blissful sound healing.

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Laois Antiques, Vintage & Collectables Fair

€3.50

With a full house of traders from across Ireland, there will be something for all tastes, interests and budgets. From rare and collectable books, banknotes and coins, to antique and vintage jewellery, plus furniture big and small, countless items for the home from tableware to artworks, and a whole host of quirky curios besides.

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Stradbally Woodland Railway

€7

All aboard! It's full steam ahead for our next public running day, Sunday, June 19th.
Rusty the diesel is on for the first hour of trains from 11am before Róisín the steam loco takes over from 12pm-4pm. Tickets are valid for unlimited journeys between 11am and 4pm and are sold on the day at the station before boarding.

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Cyrano

Recurring
€5 – €7

Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in Cyrano, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heart-breaking love triangle.

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Cyrano

Recurring
€5 – €7

Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in Cyrano, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heart-breaking love triangle.

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Miracles of Music: Fundraising Concert

€20

It is with great pleasure to present this fundraising concert, arranged by Nathan James who has put together a great line-up for the show; Miracles of Music, which is a fundraising event for Portlaoise Lourdes pilgrims in need. This fundraiser is to help provide financial assistance to someone who is unwell or in need, who would love to get the opportunity to travel and visit Our Lady of Lourdes. 

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