Culture Night in Laois

The Arts Office welcome expressions of interest for events to take place in the county in 2020. An expression of interest form is now available for interested parties (individuals or groups) to apply for funding towards the 2020 programme – to be included in the Laois County Council application process to the Department of Arts. Download form here Expressions of interest form 2020 – Copy   Building on the success of the 2019 programme we look forward to a bigger and better programme in 2020 on Friday 20th September. (date to be fully confirmed)


Review of Culture Night 2019 in Laois, Friday 21st September –


Culture night Mountmellick Photo Denis Byrne

Paddy Flynn ( Proprieter , Roundwood House ) chatting with visitors during the Tour at Roundwood House Mountrath, on Culture Night. Photo: Michael Scully- no fee.


The launch of Culture Night Laois 2019 took place at Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise on Tuesday 3rd September to announce the wide variety of free arts and culture and to introduce the Culture Night Ambassador Glory Anumudu, a young spoken word artist from Portlaoise who commented “It is a great honour, as a young artist dedicated to representing the often unheard cultural and artistic voices of Laois”.


In Portlaoise the packed programme included a wonderful concert at the Dunamaise Arts Centre by the Henry Girls who were exquisite in their vocal and musical performances. At Laois Shopping Centre Youth Dance Ensemble stopped and delighted Friday night shoppers with wonderful dance performances and Mountmellick Embroidery Portlaoise Group showcased their exquisite craftwork to the public.

Portlaoise Library hosted author Anne Griffin in conversation with Claire O’Brien at 7pm and Laois Writers’ Group shared the best of classical writing in “The Language of love’ at 8.30pm. The Equinox at Kavanaghs’ Pub upstairs venue featured a number of performance artists that included an eclectic mix of live art, music, poetry readings and belly dancing.

Abbeyleix Heritage house hosted a wonderful family puppet show with McCormick Puppets. A Pop Up Gaeltacht  took place at An Sean chistin in Ballyfin with refreshments, music and conversation as Gaeilge in a lovely homely atmosphere. Art lovers visited a ceramic art exhibition ‘losing Ground’ at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally and got to meet and talk to the artist Cathy Whelan. A wonderful event took place at Kevin McCann open art studio in Ballyfin, in the heart of the countryside where there was plenty of art, music and refreshment for visitors. Mount Henry Art Studio, Killenard had a great afternoon and evening at their open studio event where a full capacity of young and adults took part in the free workshops and art studio viewings.


Heritage sites events included Donaghmore Famine Workhouse informative free tours and talks and Emo Court hosted 2 free tours to showcase the house and three exhibitions. In Living Memory – an exhibition of Contemporary Still Life presented by the Oliver Sears Gallery and “Through the Eyes of Father Browne” – an exhibition on the life and photographs of Father Frank Browne as well as the exhibition of Architectural Drawings for Emo Court on display for the first time on the first floor of the house. At Roundwood House Mountrath there was a tour of the house and grounds to finish with refreshments and music by Paddy and Ted (“Roundwood Kitchen Staff”) in the Library.


Durrow Library hosted a wonderful musical evening of light classical and popular music performed by violinist/violist Ali Comerford and pianist Anna Callanan. Mountmellick Comhaltas performed in concert for  residents and their visitors at St Vincent’s Hospital. The Slieve Bloom Association presented ‘Life Stories’ , a documentary with memories of traditional music, dance and life over the years, followed by refreshments at the MDA.   In Portarlington at the Church of Ireland Hall, there was a special film screening of the film “Into the West” in celebration of the new Into the West Mural created for the town on the facade of the building that featured in the film itself.

A fun Traditional Evening of music, dancing, singing, storytelling with Spink Comhaltas group took place in Knock community Hall.  Free Buses  were also available from Laois County Council to the Roundwood House event and to Kevin McCann Open Studio event in Ballyfin.






Culture Night in Laois



Laois had a host of events happening around the county on Friday 21st September for Culture Night 2019.  There was definitely something for everyone to enjoy this year. 


Laois County Council would like to thank all those involved in organising events in Laois.

For more information about Culture Night please contact:

The Arts Office, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois

T: 057 8664033/13 E: or W:

or visit the National Culture Night website



Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Laois County Council.

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta a dhéanann comhordú ar an Oíche Chultúir,

 i gcomhpháirt le Comhairle Chontae Laoise.