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…

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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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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Pumpkin Carving Halloween Event

€8

Our farm will be transformed into an autumnal spectacle. Be prepared, we expected many a scare to be had! Come visit our farm and pick out your very own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch. Carve […]

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Laois Screen Networking Event

FREE
Laois Screen Networking Event

Creative Ireland Laois in partnership with Laois Media Network and Dunamaise Arts Centre invite you to: - Screening showcase of recent shorts made in Laois selected by Seamus Duggan, RTÉ Short screen - Launch of Laois Short […]

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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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Stirrings with Angela Delaney

FREE

Creativity in Older Age is a visual arts workshop using a variety of art materials/processes to focus on creating visual responses to art images that stir something in us. Participants are encouraged to respond visually to images they connect with.

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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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Loose Cannons

FREE
Loose Cannons

Get the bank holiday weekend off to a smashing start this Friday in The Square Bar… we have Loose Cannons at 10pm! See you there

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Halloween Crafts For Kids Workshop

€12
Halloween Crafts For Kids Workshop

Learn cool Halloween craft ideas to make from recycled materials Make your spooky trick or treat decorations to take home & enjoy Suitability: Children 6 to 12 Years. Duration: 1 Hour. Capacity: 15 per group […]

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Killeen Community Group Kids Halloween Party

€5 – €15
Killeen Community Group Kids Halloween Party

Come along if you dare to our Halloween Event!!! Movie, disco and some sweet treats. There will be a goodie bags available on the day for kids which you can purchase on arrival. We will […]

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Halloween Weekend

Halloween Weekend

This Halloween weekend Moloneys Gaelic Bar promises to be a weekend where every taste in music we have covered for you to enjoy. Saturday night we have Last Minute playing from 10pm until closing. The […]

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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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The Jury

FREE

Live in the Courtyard this Bank Holiday Saturday! The one and the only - The Jury return for another night of classics!

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Ballyroan Vintage Club

€20
Ballyroan Vintage Club

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to our first ever Junior run and our annual Vintage tractor run.

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Laois Pumpkin Patch

A hugely popular Halloween event in Laois is back again this year. The Pumpkin Patch once again promises a weekend full of community spirit, as well as a few witches and ghouls. The only charges […]

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Costume Contest

FREE
Costume Contest

Join us this bank holiday Sunday for our annual costume party. €150 bar tab for the best costume and prizes for 2nd and a free round of shots for the worst costume. A great night […]

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Lennon’s Halloween Party

€11
Lennons Bar and Venue

KAYCEE making her debut in Lennons this Bank holiday Sunday Night… Hailing from Dublin who has been making waves in the Underground scene with and impressive array of club appearances under her belt such as […]

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Halloween Fancy Dress

FREE

Main Bar - Dj Jim White The Gallows Stage - The Valves Wear your spookiest costume and be in with a chance to win €200 food and drink voucher.. Its going to be an awesome […]

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Cardinal Sins

€5

Cardinal Sins will be launching their new EP “Hate the sin, love the Sinner” on the October Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 30th with support on the night from Ghost of the Pine. Oh and it’s […]

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Fancy Dress Party

FREE
Fancy Dress Party

Dress up and be in with a chance to win, let's make it a night to remember. Prizes on offer for best dressed so dress to impress

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Kids Fancy Dress Party

€2
Kids Fancy Dress Party

Looking forward to seeing all the fancy dress costumes. An afternoon of fun guaranteed.

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Transmitter Halloween Special

€10

Calling all you music loving ghosts and goblins! It's Hallowe'en Night and a Bank Holiday Monday - that only means one thing! Transmitter are back in Kavanagh's!~Kick off at 7pm, and we'll have some prizes […]

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Marketing for new Business Start-up’s

€16.87

Making your business visible online - A marketing workshop for Start-up's, a marketing toolkit for start-up's provided on booking - how to start a marketing plan, marketing plan review for grant funding applications, and the workshop is provided […]

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Parent and Baby Coffee Meet Up

Recurring
FREE
Bob’s Bar

We have decided that there was such a good response to the last event that it would become a weekly event for the winter. This would give parents the chance to meet new people and […]

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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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TeenKix Halloween Tour

€18.80
Coppers Bar and Venue

Halloween Tour- Portlaoise!!! IRELAND'S BIGGEST UNDER 18 CLUBNIGHTS.. Strictly 1st & 2nd year - ID required Strictly no alcohol. 

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Niall McNamee Live at Bob’s Hideout

€22.50
Bob’s Bar

Niall McNamee is an Irish singer-songwriter and actor known for his own passionate, thoughtful and full-blooded songs. A self-taught musician, Niall has been immersed in music his whole life. Throughout years as a struggling young […]

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Weekend Music At After Dark Bar

Weekend Music At After Dark Bar

The After Dark Bar has a weekend packed full of music entertainment lined up. We have something that will cover all tastes in music so make sure you come and join us over the weekend.

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Tionól 2022: Opening Gala Concert

€10 – €15

World Premiere of ‘I am Not a Token’ by Áine McGeeney performed by the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, under the direction of Áine McGeeney and Siobhan Buckley. This Gala concert also features a performance by […]

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Indoor Tug of War Event

Lennons Bar and Venue

This promises to be a night of great entertainment that people will be talking about for a long time to come. All people are welcome to take part in this event so lets make it […]

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Portlaoise & District Ploughing Association Table Quiz

Deadmans Inn, Ballyfin

After two years without having the table quiz, we are back this Saturday night. All support would be greatly appreciated and it promises to be a great night of fun and entertainment.

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OLIVIA DOUGLAS

Olivia Douglas first came to national attention as a contestant on TG4's Glór Tíre in 2016. Since then she has gone on to establish herself as one of the brightest new young talents on the […]

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Abbeyleix Heritage House Escape Room

Recurring
€5
Abbeyleix Heritage House

This family-friendly puzzle solving experience is designed for children of all ages, and will test the knowledge, critical thinking and puzzle solving skills of the participants. The entrants will need to walk around the museum, […]

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Parent and Baby Coffee Meet Up

Recurring
FREE
Bob’s Bar

We have decided that there was such a good response to the last event that it would become a weekly event for the winter. This would give parents the chance to meet new people and […]

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Whiplash – Tribute to Metallica

€13.20

Whiplash are Ireland's No.1 Metallica Tribute band. We perform professional Metallica shows with the live vibe, energy and sound that Metallica are famous for. Experience the next best thing to a real Metallica show and […]

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Bailey live at square bar

Bailey live at square bar

Bailey are back this Friday night in The Square Bar, this will be a night not to be missed. Come and join us for a fun packed night

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Abbeyleix Heritage House Escape Room

Recurring
€5
Abbeyleix Heritage House

This family-friendly puzzle solving experience is designed for children of all ages, and will test the knowledge, critical thinking and puzzle solving skills of the participants. The entrants will need to walk around the museum, […]

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Marty Guilfoyle At Coppers

Coppers Bar and Venue

Marty Guilfoyle is one of Irelands best known DJs, so make sure you come and join us for what is sure to be a night that you wont forget in a hurry

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G and T Live

FREE
G and T Live

Back by popular demand this Saturday we have live band “G & T”… Great night guaranteed, not to be missed

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Fuzzy Daze

Make sure you come and join us this Saturday Night for what promises to be a memorable occasion and a fun packed night for all involved.

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Sonas Markets and Events

Sonas Markets and Events

A new market will open at the recently redeveloped Rathdowney Brand Central Hub. Both indoor and outdoor space available. We are currently reaching out to all interested parties to secure stall holders for this exciting […]

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Solas Clothes Swap Event

€2

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!

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Cruiscin

FREE
Cruiscin

Back with us this Sunday, The wonderful Cruiscin. A mix of traditional and folk music, what's not to love. Come along and join us on what will be a memorable night.

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Social Dancing

Social Dancing

Great night of dancing in The Clock Inn this Sunday night, so get the dancing shoes on and join us for what will be a great night.

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The Auld Brigade

The Auld Brigade

Another new band takes to our stage this coming Sunday night. Paddy Mangan and Fran O' Mara former members of The Druids Irish Rebel Band.

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National Digital First Day

FREE

All are being welcomed to BloomHQ in Mountrath next Wednesday to explore the benefits of ‘Going Digital’ for communities, individuals and businesses across Laois.

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Abbeyleix Heritage House Escape Room

Recurring
€5
Abbeyleix Heritage House

This family-friendly puzzle solving experience is designed for children of all ages, and will test the knowledge, critical thinking and puzzle solving skills of the participants. The entrants will need to walk around the museum, […]

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Parent and Baby Coffee Meet Up

Recurring
FREE
Bob’s Bar

We have decided that there was such a good response to the last event that it would become a weekly event for the winter. This would give parents the chance to meet new people and […]

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Abbeyleix Golf Club Fashion Show 2022.

Abbeyleix Golf Club

Abbeyleix Golf Club are inviting everyone to come and join us on what promises to be a night that you wont forget in a hurry.

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Table Quiz Stradbally Christmas Lights & Market

€40
Table Quiz Stradbally Christmas Lights & Market

This Friday night in aid of this years Christmas Lights. All welcome and terrific prizes in store, we look forward to seeing you

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RowdiBoi at Coppers

€11
Coppers Bar and Venue

Rowdiboi has been making a massive dent in the scene across the country both physically and digitally. Digitally he has made his way on to most people’s playlist with his productions which can vary from […]

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H S 2

Castle Arms Hotel

Live music this Saturday night, make sure you come along and join us for what promises to be a night full of entertainment.

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The Jury

FREE
The Jury

The Jury returns for the final time this year, so we want everyone to come out and make this an unforgettable night for everyone included.

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Rev-20

FREE
Rev-20

Ireland's newest cover band. Playing all genres with their broad and vast repertoire guaranteeing a fun and entertaining experience, come and see what a lot of people are talking about.

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Aidan Doyle Live

FREE

Aidan Doyle will be playing here Saturday night, come and enjoy what will be a night packed full of fun and entertainment

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Strings & Things

FREE

Strings & Things are a high energy contemporary folk band from Tipperary/Galway. Over the years they have created a unique sound mixing various genres from their backgrounds.  Influences include, Trad, Folk, Pop and Rock. They […]

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Dooley Brothers

FREE
Lennons Bar and Venue

The brilliant Dooley Brothers this Saturday Night. Make sure you come and join us for a night packed of fun and good music.

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Cops and Donuts

Gardaí attached to Abbeyleix and Portlaoise Garda Stations are holding a ‘Cops and Donuts’ fundraiser for Special Olympics Ireland/Leinster. We hope to see a big turn out for this very special cause.

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SOUND MEDITATION CLASS

€20

Sound meditation can be an effective way to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It can also improve sleep quality and increase feelings of well-being, for this class you will need to bring with you something […]

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Raheen vintage club

€20

Raheen vintage club annual road run Sunday 20th November. Registration from 11am at Colt Gaa grounds. Run will leave at 12pm sharp. In aid of local charities. Refreshments after the run in Doogue's Bar

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Solas Repair Shop Event

FREE

Bring your broken treasures to us, where we will have a team of skilled professionals from many areas, to repair and restore. Why Repair? repair and reuse is more often a cheaper and most certainly […]

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