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…

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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Lucy Franks & Helen Roe

Pioneers of Sustainable Heritage projects in Ireland, author Regina Dunne will talk about the remarkable lives of two pioneering Laois women, Lucy Franks and Helen Roe.

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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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Fitzmaurice Flag Presentation

Presentation to Laois County Council by Mr B. Ross MacMahon of a US Flag which was presented to Col James Fitzmaurice during the tour of the United States undertaken by the three aviators following their successful crossing of the Atlantic from Europe to America, in April 1928.

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Belters Only

€23.80
Lennons Bar and Venue

Lennon's Bar & Venue present -Belters Only.

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Dan McCabe / Meadbh Walsh

€33.20
Lennons Bar and Venue

Lennon's Bar & Venue present Dan McCabe/ Meadbh Walsh Live.

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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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Millinery for Beginners

€285

Emerge yourself in this hands-on Millinery experience where you will learn how to make and finish 2 headpieces in 2 days using different techniques, materials and trimmings on each day. 

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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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The Clonaslee Show

Clonaslee Community Centre

Celebrating agriculture, livestock, produce and a little bit of culture and tradition, the Clonaslee Livestock and Produce Show is one of the season’s premier agricultural shows of its kind, now in its 68th year.

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Natasha Bracken Psychic Medium

€26.30

Natasha Bracken – An Evening of Spiritual Messages through the Angel & Spirit World. Harness the energy around individuals in the audience and pass on messages from their loved ones who have passed with incredible accuracy.

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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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Laois Pride Festival

The parade starts at 12pm from Fitzmaurice place in Portlaoise, followed by Laois Pride festival for all ages from 1-5pm with drag kings and queens, performers, games, food, music, and more.

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SOLAS Car Boot Sale

We are organising our first ever SOLAS car boot sale for small vans and cars, and walk in tables.
The aim of our event is to help cut down on unnecessary waste and give new life to old items.

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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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The Big Hit (Un Triomphe)

€5 – €8

When struggling actor Etienne accepts a job directing theatre workshops in a prison, he is surprised to discover a wealth of acting talent among the resistant inmates.

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Know Your Bog

FREE

The Connecting Communities with Peatlands project is collaborating with Our Irish Heritage to encourage people to ‘Know Your Bog’. Using an online interactive map that is part of the Know Your 5K initiative, communities are supported to record bog stories, history, culture, and biodiversity.

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Culture Night in Laois

Culture Night in Laois

Culture Night is brought to you by the Arts Council, in partnership with local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland, it takes place on the third Friday in September every year. The […]

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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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The Vanbrugh & The Spero Quartet

€16 – €18

Two fine groups come together for this exciting double bill. The Spero Quartet play Mozart’s dazzling D major quartet K.499 and Garth Knox’s brilliantly inventive ‘Satellites’ and for the second half of the concert, they join the Vanbrugh for Tchaikovsky’s epic string sextet Souvenir de Florence.

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Wolfwalkers

€5

In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack.

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80s Icons Show

€22 – €24

80’s Icons Show celebrates the music of bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Level 42, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Tears For Fears, Human League, Paul Young, ABC, Ultravox, Phil Collins and many many more…

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Big Tree Players – A Wake in the West

€14 – €16

The play takes place at Tom Healy's wake after he has died from alcoholism and has asked to be cremated and to have his ashes scattered at sea in order to have a watery grave. When a neighbour determines that Tom isn't allowed to take it all with him, the comedy starts."

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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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Operation Mincemeat

Recurring
€5 – €8

Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary and true story of an idea that hoped to turn the tide for the Allies - taking impossibly high risks, defying logic, and testing the nerves of its creators to breaking point. 

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Operation Mincemeat

Recurring
€5 – €8

Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary and true story of an idea that hoped to turn the tide for the Allies - taking impossibly high risks, defying logic, and testing the nerves of its creators to breaking point. 

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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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3 Bucks Left LIVE

€22

Join Cowboy Lavin as he shares his hilarious tales about growing up in Castletown and life on the road. Cowboy will be accompanied by fellow Hardy Bucks legend Frenchtoast O’Toole, who may or may not […]

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Embodied Creativity

€50

In this 3 hour, in-person workshop, embodiment coach David Delaney will explore a whole body approach to the creative process, helping you to create your own embodied toolkit for your work.

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