Creative Laois


A Search for Local Memories

The Heritage offices of Laois, Carlow and Kildare County Councils, working with video makers Bailey and Blake, are looking for the memories from local families about the famous Gordon Bennett motor race of 1903.   This was the first ever international sporting race in Ireland, which brought the biggest ever […]


New Home Stories Podcast Launched

The Laois Culture & Creativity team is delighted to announce the launch of writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan’s new podcast series “Home Stories” with insights into the homelands & cultures of Direct Provision residents in Laois. Manchán has an article on the podcast series in today’s Irish Times magazine + a mention also […]


Successful Know your Locality Course Finishes with Field trip to Rock

The successful “Know your Locality” course has finished its second booked out run in Laois with a field trip to discover the hidden secrets of the Rock of Dunamase. The free online course introduced participants to the heritage of Ireland, and introduced them to the wide range of online sources […]


Great line up for Festival of Flight

The Festival of Flight is shaping up to be a major event in Laois, with plans for arts and science workshops, talks, music and historic plane fly-overs. The event which takes place in Portlaoise from the 7th to the 10th of April, will celebrate the rich history of flight in […]


Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 Open Call Grant Scheme

Laois County Council – Creative Ireland Laois is seeking artists to create and deliver a programme of activities/ events to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 11 June,  2022. We are inviting applications from creative practitioners, artists, and art organisations /groups  (including a team of creative practitioners) who have the capacity […]


Equipment Grant Scheme

The Equipment Grant Scheme is for creative and cultural individuals and/or groups living and operating in Laois. The grant can be used only for the purchase of equipment that contributes to creative and cultural activities within Laois. A maximum grant of €1000 only will be awarded to an individual or […]


Laois Short Film Bursary Award 2022

This Award aims to foster talent, creativity and activity in filmmaking in County Laois. We are looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must set and shoot their project in County Laois. A grant of €10,000 will be awarded to a filmmaker towards the cost of […]


Creative Ireland Film Bursary 2021

The Laois Short Film Inaugural Bursary aims to foster talent and activity in film making in County Laois and is funded by Creative Ireland in partnership with Laois County Council.  The Bursary is for a short drama or documentary film of 10 to 12 minutes duration to be shot in […]


Gardening for Biodiversity

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 the Laois Heritage Officer. Get your free copy by emailing heritage@laoiscoco.ie and also […]


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 […]


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