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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 […]


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 […]


Creative sustainability training open for applications

New training programme for artists and creative practitioners. Creative Ireland Laois in collaboration with Recreate Ireland are seeking eight creative practitioners from Laois to participate in a new Creative Sustainability training programme focussed on the ethos and practices of ReCreate Ireland. Open to professional practicing artists and creative workers currently […]

Creative sustainability training flyer

A black man in running clothes at the start line of an athletics track

Screening of the inaugural Laois Short Film Bursary winning film

The 2021 Laois Short Film Bursary was awarded to Swandive Productions for their short film Superhuman.  The film explores universal themes, with a micro lens on para-athletics and being black and living in Ireland.  After being rejected from professional football and diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, an African-Irish secondary […]


Portlaoise Tidy Towns Receive National Award

Voluntary group recognised for work at Old St Peter’s Graveyard The committee of Portlaoise Tidy Towns working in partnership with Laois County Council has received an award from the Adopt  Monument Scheme of the Heritage Council, in recognition of their tremendous work in the conservation of Old St Peter’s Graveyard […]

A group of three women and two men standing in a graveyard, smiling and holding an award made of coloured glass

Conservation Plan for Fort Protector Launched

A major new plan to guide the conservation and presentation of the 16th Century Fort Protector at the heart of Portlaoise has been launched. The plan, which was created in a partnership between Laois Heritage Society and Laois County Council, with the support of the Heritage Council, builds upon several […]


Take part in Heritage Week 2022

There is a huge range of events registered for National Heritage Week 2022 (13 – 21 August 2022),  and everyone in Laois is being encouraged to take part.   Laois Events The event guide for Laois is now available to download, and hard copies will be in Laois Branch Libraries […]


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 […]


Stradbally Community project enhances built and natural heritage

A project led by the community in Stradbally  and Laois County Council is taking practical action to enhance the town’s wildlife and built heritage. Stradbally Community Development Association was granted funding in 2021 through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, for the conservation of the bridge at the centre of […]


With swift boxes at the new library in Portlaoise. From left: Laois County Librarian Bernie Foran; Gerry Browne, Portlaoise Tidy Towns; Ricky Whelan, BirdWatch Ireland; Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer and Wes Wilkinson, Senior Executive Engineer, Portlaoise Municipal District Roads Office. Picture: Alf Harvey

Biodiversity Week in Laois 2022

Biodiversity Week will be celebrated across Ireland from May 16th to 22nd and a range of events and resources are available for anyone in Laois with an interest in learning about the natural world.   Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer with Laois County Council said “National Biodiversity Week is all about […]


New Wildlife in Buildings documentary released

A new video highlights the importance of the built environment for wildlife and celebrates the species which have adapted to live alongside us and share our homes, and the measures that we can take to ensure we make space for nature. The video produced by BirdWatch Ireland and Crow Crag […]


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 […]


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