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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


Heritage and Biodiversity Actions for Climate – A new webinar series

The Local Authority Heritage Officers Network invites you to a new series of Climate Action webinars. Join us for four one-hour sessions every Thursday, starting on 27th January at 9.30am. You will hear about positive actions for climate from the heritage sector. Topics will include nature-based solutions, adaptation of heritage […]


Exciting finds highlight the early history of Portlaoise

Construction works are continuing for the Portlaoise and Fort Protector Enhancement Project Phase II at Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. These works include the removal of overhead powerlines and associated ESB poles, and the construction of new underground ducts for services. The works area taking place along the path and […]


Community Monuments Fund 2022

The Community Monuments Fund will have €5 million in 2022 to invest in archaeological heritage and help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.   Core Aims of the Fund The core aims of this Fund are […]


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