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Make Way Day 2022 is back – Friday, 30th September, 2022

                                Laois prepares for the annual one day-access blitz which is #MakeWayDay22.  Every corner of Ireland will be put to the test for basic access issues on Friday, September 30th, when the Make Way Day […]


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 […]


Creativity in Older Age 2022 – ‘Activations – Laois Arts’

Creativity in Older Age 2022 is a multifaceted initiative that engages with artists in Laois (ages 55+):   ‘Activations – Laois Arts’ is launching at The Laois Arthouse, Mon, Oct 17, 1– 3.30pm with Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator, Muireann Ní Chonaill, and facilitated by UK Collective Encounters director, Sarah […]


Creativity in Older Age 2022 – Talking Art Programme

Creativity in Older Age 2022 – is a multifaceted initiative that engages with older adults (ages 55+) in the county through a variety of approaches:   Over 5 consecutive weeks, Talking Art – art appreciation courses take place at Rathdowney Library with artist, Angela Delaney (from Wed Sept 28, 3-4.30pm); Dunamaise Arts Centre […]


Water Safety Classes Autumn 2022

Water Safety Classes – Autumn 2022 Want to try Water Safety Classes and progress toward your Lifeguarding Qualifications? Courses commencing at Laois Leisure Portlaoise (formerly Portlaoise Leisure Centre) as follows: Junior Classes (12-15 years) commencing Saturday 1st October 2022- 9.50am to 10.45am Adults and 16 years + commencing Wednesday 5th […]


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 […]


Positive Aging Week 2022

Age Friendly Laois  launches “Reframing Aging” Campaign Positive Ageing Week 2022 (PAW) runs from 25th September to the 1st October, 2022 and celebrates ageing and the contribution and agency of older people. The theme of PAW 2022 is Challenging Ageism -Reframing How We Think, Feel and Act about older age. […]


Laois Connects 2022 Launch

This year, the Laois Connects Programme, co-ordinated by Laois County Council will take place from the 1st October to the 31st of October 2022. Events are spread throughout the county and there should be something for everyone in the schedule of events. Laois Connects organising Committee represents Laois County Council, […]


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 […]


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