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…

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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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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The Old Fort Festival

€25

The Old Fort Quarter Festival 2022 is delighted to return to Portlaoise after a 2-year hiatus, over the last weekend in June Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th. This year’s festival promises to be the largest yet with a bulging line up that will include four fantastic headline gigs, ticketed on the Main Stage in Laois Music Centre, as well as FREE entertainment for all ages across Main Street and Fitzmaurice Plaza, Portlaoise.

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The Old Fort Festival

€30

Aslan headlines Saturday night of The Old Fort Quarter Festival 2022, as part of their 40th Anniversary nationwide tour that culminates with a headline performance in the 3 Arena in September. We are delighted to work with MCD to secure this huge gig. Aslan came together as a band in 1982, which means they are forty years together in 2022 - an amazing achievement for any band. Over the forty years they have had numerous chart successes, toured the world, broken up, made up and given us some classic songs such as This Is and Crazy World. Today, Aslan continue to entertain the masses in many of Ireland’s and the UKs premier venues.

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Abbeyleix House Funday – Trail Run

€20

The route of either 10km or 5km will take you cross-country through some of Ireland’s last surviving ancient woodlands at Abbey Leix House and Farm Estate. It’s rough terrain, so be prepared. Start Times: 10k Route - 12pm, 5k Route - 12.15pm.

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Abbeyleix House Funday

€10

Celebrate with family, friends and neighbours at the Stable Yard. For your entertainment we’ll have acrobats, games, and an aeroplane display; plus local crafts and cuisine, food trucks, face painters, and more.

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The Old Fort Festival

€25

A unique tribute to the golden era of early 90s dance, pop and R‘n’B. This Dublin six-piece is comprised of experienced musicians performing the best of classic 90s tracks. Smash Hits! have appeared on bills across Ireland with acts like 50 Cent, MGMT, 5ive, S-Club, Faithless, Wheatus, Orbital, The Saturdays, The Coronas and 2Unlimited. The Smash Hits! live show has been getting the party started in venues, nightclubs, corporate events and festivals for the last five years.

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Circular Economy Academy Workshop Laois @ Solas Eco Garden Centre

FREE

We are very excited to be hosting this amazing workshop, Circular Economy Academy Workshop in conjunction with Rediscovery Centre and The Environmental Protection Agency.
If you are interested in exploring new business opportunities around repair, reuse, lending and environmental innovation then come along to this free event at SOLAS.

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Bluegrass Festival @ Bob’s Bar Durrow

Recurring
€10
Bob’s Bar

There will be ticketed concerts in Bobs Hideouts on both the Friday & Saturday - numbers are very limited for these - please get in touch with Bob's Bar directly to reserve your spot.

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Bluegrass Festival @ Bob’s Bar Durrow

Recurring
€10
Bob’s Bar

There will be ticketed concerts in Bobs Hideouts on both the Friday & Saturday - numbers are very limited for these - please get in touch with Bob's Bar directly to reserve your spot.

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Stradbally Woodland Railway

€7

All aboard! It's full steam ahead for our next public running day, Sunday, July 3rd.
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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Raheen Vintage Club Annual Rally

€5

Raheen Vintage Club Annual Rally Sunday 10th of July. - Leaving from Corbally, Portlaoise Road, Abbeyleix at 12pm. Vintage Tractor and Car display, Zetor theme, Lorry and motorbike display, Stationary engine's, Rally car display, Barn finds, Auto-Jumble, Stalls, Dog show, BBQ, Wheel of Fortune.

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NT Live: Prima Facie

€12 – €15

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.

Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. 

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Grow sustainably your own food Course @ Dunmore Country School

€100

Our One Day sustainable Growing your own food Course is a great way to discover and learn how to grow herbs, vegetables and fruits in one day, with our intensive, no labour and no dig intensive gardening system on lazy beds. We use raw materials to feed the soil and it helps to fight climate change by storing carbon into the soil in a healthy and productive living system.

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Forest Fest 2022

New Summertime Boutique Festival to enjoy, Forest Fest at Emo Village for a weekend of music and arts.

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The Ossory Agricultural & Truck Show Rathdowney

The Ossory Agricultural & Truck Show Rathdowney

One of the main attractions is the popular Hunt Chase, with teams competing from all parts of the country. There are trade exhibitors of all descriptions from crafts to horse tack. The show day is an enjoyable day out for all the family with many attractions, and entertainments to capture the heart of everyone’s interest. The showgrounds are located in Coolfin, Kilbreedy, Rathdowney, County Laois, in the heart of Ireland.

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Polytunnel Course @ Dunmore Country School

€50

Learn how to manage your polytunnel in an intensive and sustainable way. You will get many tips on water saving, tomato production, disease prevention and many more. We grow 27 varieties of tomatoes, 10 varieties of peppers, cucumber, basil, sweet potatoes, aubergine, cucamelon, sunberries, etc.

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Ladies Night @ Castle Durrow

€54.23

The popular ladies night is back this year with MC's on the night, Dr. Annemarie Eustace Ryan Fashion Show in association with 57 Boutique and Ladybelle, Cocktail demo by Susan from The Yard at Bob's, Chat on Gut Health/Menopause.

Three Course Meal, Glass of Wine, Goodie Bag and Music on the night included

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National Steam Rally 2022

€8.33 – €86.26

The National Steam Rally is a fun-filled Family Friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you all on July 31st & August 1st 2022!

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Ballintubbert Garden Open Day

€10

Join the team at Ballintubbert on Sunday July 31st from 12 noon to 5pm. Come and spend the day in this place of wellness and peace. Wand through the formal organic gardens, run wild in the long meadow, play hide and seek in the woodlands and perhaps play skittles in the Orchard. The good cups are out and we will be offering teas and coffees and sumptuous cakes from the pop up tea shop. 

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Laois Vintage Road Run

FINALLY we can look forward to celebrating our 25th Anniversary, of Vintage Road Runs, in aid of LAOIS HOSPICE. So please join us, for this memorable event - any donation in helping us achieve the 1 million mark will be so much appreciated.

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John Spillane @ Bob’s Bar Durrow

€28.70
Bob’s Bar

John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet and dreamer. Rooted in people, place and story, his music transports the listener and his live performances captivate audiences around the world.

As an artist his music appeals to listeners across many genres and generations. His vocal style has a unique almost sean-nós like quality and his performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent humour. John has the ability to charm, mesmerise and entertain in equal measure.

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Grapple Queens

€30

Grapple Queens is the first all Women event ever held is Ireland and will feature some of the best female athletes in Europe. 

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Georoid Farrelly: Glamour Hammer

€16.50

After some time sitting on the couch we are back to real life. Trousers instead of tracksuit bottoms and coffee and a biscuit instead of four gin and tonics and half a cheese cake. In this show Gearoid takes a look at the litany of things in our lives that just don't measure up.

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Ballintubbert Garden Open Day

€10

Join the team at Ballintubbert on Sunday September 18th from 12 noon to 5pm. Come and spend the day in this place of wellness and peace. Wand through the formal organic gardens, run wild in the long meadow, play hide and seek in the woodlands and perhaps play skittles in the Orchard. The good cups are out and we will be offering teas and coffees and sumptuous cakes from the pop up tea shop. 

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Joe the Magician – Live

€15

It’s Joe the Magician from RTÉjr! And he’s bringing his spectacular children’s comedy magic and illusion show to the Dunamaise Arts Centre for one spectacular afternoon of mind boggling fun! 

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The Annual Portarlington & Killenard Charity Gala Ball

€65

The annual Portarlington and Killenard Charity Gala Ball will be held on Saturday 24 September, with proceeds from the event going to the Midlands Hospice building fund.

The red-carpet event will be held in The Heritage Hotel, Killenard with music by JL Sounds on arrival and later by Transmitter. This year’s special guest of honour is Mountrath native and patron of the Midlands Hospice build campaign Claire Byrne from RTÉ.

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Brú Theatre present Selvage

€16 – €18

Dunamaise is delighted to welcome Brú Theatre Company to spend a few days of technical rehearsals here in advance of their national tour. They will take part in theatre workshops with Laois Youth Theatre members as well as a post-show discussion around the themes of the show and positive mental health awareness. The post-show discussion is presented in partnership with Laois Connects. Further details to be announced.

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Mám

Recurring
€30

MÁM is a meeting place between soloist and ensemble, classical and traditional, the local and universal.​ It brings together the virtuoso, Irish traditional concertina player Cormac Begley, the European classical, contemporary collective, s t a r g a z e, a young girl and twelve international dancers from the Teaċ Daṁsa company.

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Mám

Recurring
€30

MÁM is a meeting place between soloist and ensemble, classical and traditional, the local and universal.​ It brings together the virtuoso, Irish traditional concertina player Cormac Begley, the European classical, contemporary collective, s t a r g a z e, a young girl and twelve international dancers from the Teaċ Daṁsa company.

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Dirty Dusting

€25 – €28

Round up your friends for a hilarious night out! Be shocked, delighted and amused by the only chat-line girls with dusters, attitude and their very own bus passes! Pure theatrical Viagra? It probably is for those who might just need the real thing!

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The Christmas Show – ABBA FOREVER

€25

It’s always party time when ABBA comes to town but when it’s the Christmas Show, then that’s a real excuse to let your hair down! This happy sing-a-long event is pure escapism. It celebrates ABBA’S MUSIC with a loud and proud production and terrific audio visuals of ABBA Seminal moments on the GIANT screen! It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations! Bring your special Christmas Party along and you will have a ball!!

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Legends of American Country

€25

The show features 4 fantastic singers who are all accompanied  by a superb live band of musicians with that authentic western sound, coupled with authentic stage set and state of the art production that will transport you all the way hand clapping and toe tapping to Nashville and back in one night.

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