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Conservation and Pollination

€748,000 Just Transition Funding for conservation of medieval churches and pollinators.   A major new project linking conservation of medieval heritage and biodiversity has been launched by Laois and Offaly County Councils. The three year project has been awarded €748,000 under the Governments Just Transition Fund which aims to support […]


Abbeyleix Climate Action Walk launched

A ground-breaking new Climate Action Walk for Abbeyleix has been launched by Abbeyleix Tidy Towns, working in partnership with Laois County Council, Creative Ireland Laois and Midlands Science. The walk is an end of residency project by science communicator in residence for the Abbeyleix Climate Action Project, Dr Niamh Shaw. […]


Laois Heritage Projects Awarded Funding under Community Heritage Grants

Five Laois heritage projects have been awarded funding totalling over €44,000 by the National Heritage Council under the Community Heritage Grants Scheme. Nationally, the scheme will see €1.2 million allocated to community groups and not-for-profit organisations. This follows on from an award of €374,599 made to community heritage projects in […]


Cruinniú na nÓg 2021

  Cruinniú na nÓg is a national day of creativity for children and young people under the age of 18 which celebrates and encourages participation in culture and creativity through ‘doing’, ‘making’, and ‘creating’ from visual and performing arts to workshops and adventures in heritage, libraries, culture, science, technology or […]


The late Ronnie Mathews, speaking at the launch of his book "Portarlington , The Old Town" in Portarlington during Heritage Week 2012. Photo: Michael Scully

Extensive Mathews Portarlington Archive acquired by Laois County Council

The archive collection of Portarlington historian Ronnie Mathews has been acquired by Laois County Council for the people of the county. Mathews, a well-known historian and author of several books on Portarlington, had collected documents, maps and artefacts relating to the town over his whole life, and the collection also […]


Funding announced for Conservation of Laois historic buildings

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, today (Thursday 1 April) announced that 477 heritage projects across every county in the country will benefit from a total of €3m under this year’s Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS). Of this fund €72,000 has been allocated to 12 […]


Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 Open Call Grant Scheme

Laois County Council invites applications from individuals and organisations for innovative activities for children and young people, which foster creativity and engage diverse participation from visual and performing arts, to workshops and adventures in heritage, culture, science, technology or climate action.  Events should be focused on children and young people […]


€2 million Community Monuments Fund Launched

Malcolm Noonan, T.D, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, has launched the 2021 Community Monuments Fund which will invest €2 million in the protection and promotion of archaeological heritage during 2021. The €2 million allocation is an increase of 75% on last year’s funding. The grants available under […]


Niamh Shaw (Photo: Deirdre Kilfeather)

New Approaches to Climate Change: Speaker Series

‘New Approaches to Climate Change’ is a series of free online talks over four weeks starting Wednesday, February 24.  The series presents a range of international speakers who challenge how we perceive planet Earth and our collective responsibility as citizens to preserve and protect it. The series is curated by […]


New “In your Nature” Podcast Launched

A new podcast “In your Nature” has been launched by BirdWatch Ireland in partnership with Laois and Offaly County Councils.  As part of the Healthy Ireland “Keep Well” campaign, the Heritage Office of Laois County Council is running a series of events to people to get connected with nature. The […]

Ricky Whelan on Bull Island Dublin. Photograph by Eric Luke copyright. From the Book IRISH WORKING LIVES by Marie Louise O'Donnell and Eric Luke . Published by Veritas (2019) All Photographs Copyright

Nature is Good for You!

National Campaign launched to get people connected with nature  The Local Authority Heritage Officer Network has launched a campaign to get people connected with nature, as part of the Government’s “Keep Well” Campaign. A free booklet “Gardening for Biodiversity” has been produced and is available from all Local Authority Heritage […]


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