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National Heritage Week Launched

Organisers from Laois asked to consider sustainable heritage and biodiversity when planning in-person events and digital projects for National Heritage Week 2022   Details of in-person events and digital projects are now being accepted from individuals, community groups and organisations across Ireland   The Heritage Council has called on heritage […]

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Conservation Plan for Fort Protector Launched

A major new plan to guide the conservation and presentation of the 16th Century Fort Protector at the heart of Portlaoise has been launched. The plan, which was created in a partnership between Laois Heritage Society and Laois County Council, with the support of the Heritage Council, builds upon several […]


Take part in Heritage Week 2022

National Heritage Week 2022 takes place on 13 – 21 August 2022 and everyone in Laois is being encouraged to take part.   Organise A Heritage Week Event! The National Heritage Week website is now open to register your projector event for this year. Go to www.heritageweek.ie and follow the steps to […]


A Search for Local Memories

The Heritage offices of Laois, Carlow and Kildare County Councils, working with video makers Bailey and Blake, are looking for the memories from local families about the famous Gordon Bennett motor race of 1903.   This was the first ever international sporting race in Ireland, which brought the biggest ever […]


Stradbally Community project enhances built and natural heritage

A project led by the community in Stradbally  and Laois County Council is taking practical action to enhance the town’s wildlife and built heritage. Stradbally Community Development Association was granted funding in 2021 through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, for the conservation of the bridge at the centre of […]


With swift boxes at the new library in Portlaoise. From left: Laois County Librarian Bernie Foran; Gerry Browne, Portlaoise Tidy Towns; Ricky Whelan, BirdWatch Ireland; Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer and Wes Wilkinson, Senior Executive Engineer, Portlaoise Municipal District Roads Office. Picture: Alf Harvey

Biodiversity Week in Laois 2022

Biodiversity Week will be celebrated across Ireland from May 16th to 22nd and a range of events and resources are available for anyone in Laois with an interest in learning about the natural world.   Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer with Laois County Council said “National Biodiversity Week is all about […]


New Wildlife in Buildings documentary released

A new video highlights the importance of the built environment for wildlife and celebrates the species which have adapted to live alongside us and share our homes, and the measures that we can take to ensure we make space for nature. The video produced by BirdWatch Ireland and Crow Crag […]


New Home Stories Podcast Launched

The Laois Culture & Creativity team is delighted to announce the launch of writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan’s new podcast series “Home Stories” with insights into the homelands & cultures of Direct Provision residents in Laois. Manchán has an article on the podcast series in today’s Irish Times magazine + a mention also […]


First Festival of Flight a Flying Success

The first ever Festival of Flight held to celebrate the rich history of aviation and exploration in Laois has been a resounding success. The events, which ran from April 7th to 10th included school and family science and arts workshops, a music and poetry event, aircraft technical networking events, tours, […]


Successful Know your Locality Course Finishes with Field trip to Rock

The successful “Know your Locality” course has finished its second booked out run in Laois with a field trip to discover the hidden secrets of the Rock of Dunamase. The free online course introduced participants to the heritage of Ireland, and introduced them to the wide range of online sources […]


Great line up for Festival of Flight

The Festival of Flight is shaping up to be a major event in Laois, with plans for arts and science workshops, talks, music and historic plane fly-overs. The event which takes place in Portlaoise from the 7th to the 10th of April, will celebrate the rich history of flight in […]


Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 Open Call Grant Scheme

Laois County Council – Creative Ireland Laois is seeking artists to create and deliver a programme of activities/ events to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 11 June,  2022. We are inviting applications from creative practitioners, artists, and art organisations /groups  (including a team of creative practitioners) who have the capacity […]


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