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Major New Book on the Rock of Dunamase Launched

A major new publication on the Rock of Dunamase “The High Fortress” edited by Peigin Doyle and published by Wordwell Books was published in Portlaoise last night (23rd November 2022). Launching the book, Cllr Thomasina Connell, Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council said “A special site like this, deserves a very […]


The Gordon Bennett Race, 1903

For one day in 1903, a sporting event took place in Ireland which not only profoundly altered the future of that sport worldwide, but also had a lasting impact on both Irish sport and society. The race was the International Gordon Bennett Cup race, carried out on newly repaired, and […]


Laois Short Film Bursary 2023

This Bursary aims to foster talent, creativity and activity in filmmaking in County Laois. We are looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must set and shoot their project in County Laois. A bursary of €10,000 will be awarded to a filmmaker towards the cost of […]


TWO MAJOR NATIONAL HERITAGE AWARDS FOR LAOIS

Laois has brought home two major awards at the National Heritage Week Awards Ceremony organised by the Heritage Council, in Dublin today (20th October)   Teddy Fennelly from Portlaoise has been named Ireland’s national Heritage Hero for 2022. Teddy has been an advocate and enthusiast for local history and heritage […]


Creativity in Older Age 2022 – Dunamaise Arts Centre

Dunamaise Arts Centre hosts a programme of free creative activities including art workshops and masterclasses for adults 55+, a partnership programme between the Dunamaise and Laois Arts office, and includes:   ‘Musical Fun with Nuala Kelly’ (Fri Sept 30, 2-3.30pm) is a workshop that explores your voice with vocal warm-ups, musical games […]


Funding for Biodiversity projects in Laois

Over €63,000 funding for biodiversity projects in Laois has been announced by Minister Malcolm Noonan through the Local Biodiversity Action Fund. The Laois Wetland Survey continues this year, with field survey underway by consultant ecologists Wetland Surveys Ireland of these crucially important sites for biodiversity and climate change.   The […]


New Conservation Advice funding for owners of historic buildings

A new Conservation Advice Pilot Grant Scheme has been announced by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The scheme is open to owners of properties on the Record of Protected Structures. Successful applicants will receive conservation advice including maintenance guidelines and suggested repairs and improvements to enhance the […]


Swifts fly high in Mountmellick

Launch of mural in Mountmellick celebrating Swifts for Laois Culture Night For Culture Night Laois on Friday, September 23rd, Creative Ireland Laois, Laois County Council Heritage Office and BirdWatch Ireland launch a street mural by artist, James Kirwan to celebrate Ireland’s threatened Swift (Apus apus). The mural is located at […]


Culture Night Live sketching

LIVE Sketching with Fadó Faces exhibition artist Allen Scully Dunamaise Arts Centre – Gallery Fri September 23, 6-7.30pm This ninety minutes workshop is for artists/creatives of all ages and levels of experience. All you need to do is bring your own materials and tools, e.g. sketchbook, paper, pencils, etc. Sitters invited […]


Creative sustainability training open for applications

New training programme for artists and creative practitioners. Creative Ireland Laois in collaboration with Recreate Ireland are seeking eight creative practitioners from Laois to participate in a new Creative Sustainability training programme focussed on the ethos and practices of ReCreate Ireland. Open to professional practicing artists and creative workers currently […]

Creative sustainability training flyer

A black man in running clothes at the start line of an athletics track

Screening of the inaugural Laois Short Film Bursary winning film

The 2021 Laois Short Film Bursary was awarded to Swandive Productions for their short film Superhuman.  The film explores universal themes, with a micro lens on para-athletics and being black and living in Ireland.  After being rejected from professional football and diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, an African-Irish secondary […]


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