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…

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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Official Competition

€5 – €8

In this Spanish comedy, a millionaire decides on his eightieth birthday that he needs something more memorable than business success to guarantee his legacy.

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PIG BRAIN

€12 – €15

VOYAGR, a lonely online streamer turned terrorist, has a terrible feeling he’s doing so much more. As she prepares an act of terrorism that will save all future pigs, she takes us down a path of absurd realisations, wild dancing and pure heartbreak. It’s about billionaires, animals and the online world. It’s about being too insignificant to make things change. It’s about pigs: smart, cute, and in dire need of our help.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

€5 – €8

This film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese American laundromat owner, Evelyn Wang, who is struggling with an IRS audit and various family dramas, when she is suddenly plunged into the multiverse in order to defeat a villainous plan to destroy all universes!

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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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