Heritage Plan

Laois Heritage Plan 2020 – 2025

A new Heritage Plan for Laois which will cover the period 2020 to 2025 is currently in preparation. Public submissions on the plan are invited via online survey or in hard copy to Laois Heritage Plan, Laois County Council, County Hall, Portlaoise. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 31st May 2020.

Input from young people

Can you help us with the new Laois Heritage Plan? Are you under 18? Interested in wildlife? Archaeology? Traditional music or dance? Have your say on the new Heritage Plan for Laois! Click this link for a short survey.

We’d love to include artwork from young people across Laois in the new plan. This can be a drawing, a painting, a photo, a poem or any artwork you like, that shows something you love about any part of the heritage of Laois. Whether it’s your local birds or other wildlife, a castle, traditional dance, history, mountain landscapes – show us what you value! We will include the best artworks in the new published plan, and we have two prizes of Family Heritage Cards for the best entries.

Send your entries to heritage@laoiscoco.ie by 31st May 2020.

Aimee and Chloe McNamara ready to plant trees in Camross during Science Week in 2019. Photo: Alf Harvey


Each Laois Heritage Plan is a working document, which outlines the actions that will be taken by the Heritage Office, in partnership with the Heritage Forum, in conserving and raising awareness of built, natural and cultural heritage in Laois, over a five-year period.

The Laois Heritage Forum is a partnership body with representation from all groups with an interest in the heritage of County Laois. The Forum is involved in the writing  of each plan and also in its day to day implementation.

The Heritage Council supports the writing of each Laois Heritage Plan and provides annual funding for its implementation. We are very grateful for their assistance.

Laois Heritage Plan 2014 – 2019

The third Heritage Plan for County Laois was adopted by the Elected Members of Laois County Council on 27th January 2014 and launched on 9th July. The Heritage Plan set the agenda for action for heritage in Laois over the five year period 2014 – 2019. A reporrt on its implementation is here.

Pictured at the launch of Laois Heritage Plan 2014 - 2019 at Roundwood House , Mountrath , were: Clr. Catherine Fitzgerald ( Leas Cathaoirleach - Laois Co. Council ) ,Peter Carey ( C.E.O. Laois County Council ) and Teddy Fennelly ( Chairman Laois Heritage Forum ). Photo: Michael Scully

Pictured at the launch of Laois Heritage Plan 2014 – 2019 at Roundwood House , Mountrath in July 2014, Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerald (Leas Cathaoirleach),Peter Carey (C.E. Laois County Council) and Teddy Fennelly (Chairman Laois Heritage Forum). Photo: Michael Scully

Laois Heritage Plan 2007 – 2011

The second Heritage Plan for Laois, which ran from 2007 to 2011 and was extended to cover 2012 and 2013, was adopted in December 2006. The Laois Heritage Plan 2007 – 2011 is available to download, or can be ordered from the Laois Heritage Office.

A review of the projects undertaken through the period of the second Laois Heritage Plan can be found here.

Laois Heritage Plan 2002 – 2006

The first Heritage Plan for County Laois ran from 2002 to 2006. During 2006, this first plan was independently evaluated, and a summary of projects undertaken in each year is available. Many of the projects and experiences of the first plan have informed the development of the second and third Heritage Plans for Laois.