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Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Port Laoise is the county town of County Laois in the midlands. The name is Irish for "Fort of Laois", however, a partially anglicised pronunciation as "Port Laois" (say 'Port Leash') is common.

Portlaoise was originally established as the Fort of Maryborough in 1556 under the reign of Queen Mary, and many elements of its garrison past are still evident throughout the town. The town now has a large and growing commuter population availing of the rail and motorway connections to Dublin.

The old jail in Portlaoise town centre has been recently restored to create a multi-purpose arts centre, which regularly hosts a variety of cultural delights.

Just outside Portlaoise lies the Rock of Dunamaise, an ancient Celtic fortification that is reputed to have been mapped by Ptolemy in the 8th century. The view from the summit is spectacular and well worth the climb.

Gardens

Heywood Gardens - Ballinakill County Laois Ireland
Heywood Gardens
Abbeyleix, Co. Laois
Representing two chapters of garden history, Ballinakill is an 18th century landscaped estate laid out in the romantic manner, with a rare gem - an architectural garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) - at its heart. Created in 1906 for ...
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Golf

Castlecomer Golf Club - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Set in a 200 year old forest, Castlecomer's course provides a great test of golf combined with breath taking views of the local terrain. With the development of this course completed in 2003, it is clear to everyone at Castlecomer Golf Club that ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Roundwood House - The Coach House, The Forge & The Cottage
Mountrath, Co. Laois
Three self-catering units situated on the grounds of Roundwood House, an 18th century Palladian Villa, in a beautiful region of central Ireland at the foot of the unspoilt Slieve Bloom Mountains. Each building possesses immense character and ...
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What's On

Tullamore Country Fair - County Offaly - Saturdays
Tullamore County Fair

Millennium Square, Main Street, Tullamore, County Offaly

Saturdays 9am to 4pm

Producer led market specialising in fine food, street entertai ...
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Tourist Attractions

Castlecomer Discovery Park - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
This wonderful 80 acre discovery park & visitor centre, located at Castlecomer Demesne and Estate Yard is a place to escape and reconnect with nature, to discover more about local coal mining heritage and contemporary craft, and to explore an ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
The Wolftrap
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Gina Murphy and her husband Padraig McLoughlin’s large bar and ‘informal fine dining’ restaurant is named after a mountain in the nearby Slieve Blooms (the border between Laois and Offaly is at its peak), and occupies a large to ...
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