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…

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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Superhero

FREE

Superhuman: After being rejected from professional football and diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, an African-Irish school student is guided towards para-athletics and a new identity. Written/Directed by Mícheál Fleming | Produced by Michael-David McKernan.

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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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Abbeyleix Rectory Garden Fete

The Abbeyleix Garden Fete will take place this August Bank Holiday Monday, at 2pm at the Rectory Gardens, Abbeyleix, (opposite the Abbeyleix Tennis Courts). It always promises to be a great family day out with a selection of stalls including bric a brac, home baking, book stalls, plants and lots of fun an activities for kids.
There will also be a new Fête photographic competition this year. The categories are i) colour & ii) black and white with the theme "Abbeyleix Shopfronts & Monuments”. You must enter a print (no mounts needed) size 10 x 8 inches. Bring your prints along on the day. Open to All.

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Clothes Swap Event @ Solas Eco Garden Centre

In the face of throwaway fashion, clothes swapping is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to reduce waste, contribute less to the increasing accumulation of toxic chemicals in the environment and upgrade your wardrobe without spending a penny!
SOLAS Eco Garden Shop will be running a Clothes Swap Event on 7th August at our monthly craft market.

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Family Fun Day @ Bloomhq Mountrath

FREE

Join us on Sunday August 7th for a family fun day. There will be great music, activities and great atmosphere in Bloomhq. All funds raised will go towards the further development of the community project here in Mountrath.

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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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Pakistan Independence Day

FREE

All are welcome to join in this FREE Diamond Jubilee Celebration event. The occasion of the 75th annual Pakistan Independence Day will be celebrated through music, a cultural quiz, an entertaining show and sharing traditional food together.  

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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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Bingo Loco

€24.50

Gear up for a night out in Portlaoise at the Bingo Rave where you will experience a show like you never experienced before.

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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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Double Bill: Laura Duff & Aoife Meade

€12 – €15

Dunamaise Arts Centre presents a dynamic programme of curated events by our Young Curators, Alannah Murray & Pauline Dunne, running as part of the Dunamaise Autumn Calendar. Kicking off this programme is a Double Bill of live performances by musicians Laura Duff and Aoife Meade. 

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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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CAOIN by Ceara Conway

€18 – €20

Ceara Conway has gained recognition for her singing in traditional repertoires across cultures from Irish traditional sean-nós, to Portuguese, Arabic and African song and Georgian Chant. The essence of her music is its unique hybridity, a merging of her love and respect for tradition coupled with her interest in new styles, genres and contemporary music.

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Seventh Avenue Arts presents: Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years

€20 – €22

Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest tribute shows, Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years continues to delight audiences across the globe. Featuring stunning vocal harmonies from world-class musicians, this spectacular concert transports you on a journey through the epic songs and history of the much-loved Simon and Garfunkel.

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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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Well by Pat and Faye Shortt

€30

‘’Well’ ’showcases the extraordinary comedy talents of this funny pairing and their exceptional ability to bring humour to most everyday situations, with an array of superbly funny characters.

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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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