Creative Ireland


Work begins on Ronnie Mathews Archive

Laois County Library Service and Laois Heritage Office are delighted to announce that work is commencing on the Ronnie Mathews Archive Collection. The collection, acquired earlier this year by Laois County Council, was compiled by the late Ronnie Mathews, a well-known and highly respected local historian and author from Portarlington. […]


Celebrating Rathdowney with a brand-new mural for Culture Night 2021

A new mural artwork celebrating the people and spirit of Rathdowney will be launched at this year’s Culture Night on Fri Sept 17. The launch event will take place at the Church of Ireland Parochial Hall, The Square at 4pm. The mural is designed and created by Portarlington based artist […]


PORTLAOISE PLANE MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN HOME

The plane last seen in public in Portlaoise over 100 years ago, when it was one of the first planes in Ireland to take to the skies, returned home to Portlaoise on Sunday. A huge gathering of well-wishers, heritage and aviation enthusiasts gathered in the spacious grounds of Laois Music […]


Know your locality

Know your Locality Course for Laois Note – the Know Your Locality Course for 2021 is now complete. We plan to run the course again in 2022, with support from Creative Ireland Laois. If you’d like to register your interest please email heritage@laoiscoco.ie and we will let you know when […]


Creative Ireland Grants 2021

Equipment Grant Scheme Laois County Council | Creative Ireland are awarding a total of five Equipment grants to creative and cultural individuals & groups.  The grant can be only used for the purchase of equipment that contributes to creative and cultural activities within Laois.     For guidelines and application form: LCC […]


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 […]


Clonaslee Community celebrates successful conservation of medieval church

The community of Clonaslee has celebrated the end of another successful season of conservation at the medieval Kilmanman Church just outside the village.   The conservation project which started in 2019, is funded by the Creative Ireland Programme in Laois and Laois County Council, with the help of local community […]


Midlands Science Festival to profile Local Heroes of Climate Action in Abbeyleix

Science Week runs from November 8th to 15th this year and there are lots of events happening across the midlands, including three evening events focusing on climate action in Abbeyleix and the surrounding area. Science Communicator Dr Niamh Shaw has recently been appointed to work with the community in Abbeyleix […]


Grants for Cultural and Creative Practitioners

Note The closing date for these grants has now passed. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible New opportunities for the Laois Cultural and Creative sector have been announced as part of the Jobs Stimulus Package from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Creative Ireland Laois […]


Cruinniu na nÓg 2020 Celebrates A Sense of Place in Laois

Unleash your creative spirit! Cruinniu na nÓg 2020 is a national day of free creativity for children and young people across Ireland and will take place on Saturday 13th June 2020.  Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation in creativity and culture. Due to current restrictions this year, things will […]


“Thresholds” by Ian Wilson celebrates pollinators

The premiere of a newly commissioned musical piece on the theme of pollinators by Ian Wilson took place at Emo Court on Sunday 12th November 2017, as part of the Laois Leaves Literary Festival. Titled “Thresholds”, this specially-commissioned 25-minute musical work for saxophonist and soundtrack will feature the voices of […]


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