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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

Gash Gardens - Castletown Portlaoise Co Laois
Gash Gardens
Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Anyone needing the courage to start a garden from complete scratch could do no better than to visit Gash. It was started in 1986 by the late Noel Keenan in a field behind his farm, and what started as a walk to the river Nore became a fully fledg ...
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Golf

The 18th and Clubhouse
Heritage Golf Club, The
Killenard, Co. Laois
Course Type: Parkland
The Heritage a par 72 Championship course, designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Co. Laois, just one hour from Dublin, with the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop. It provides a most enjoyabl ...
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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

Athy Farmers Market - County Kildare - Sundays
Athy Farmers Market - Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare

Sunday, 10am - 3pm

Contact: 087 215 3332; www.kildare.ie/athyfarmersmarket
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Tourist Attractions

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre - Carlow Town County Carlow Ireland
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre
Carlow, Co. Carlow
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a state of the art multi-disciplinary facility that comprises a 294-seater performing arts theatre, four principal gallery spaces (Main Gallery, Studio Gallery, Link Gall ...
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Wedding Venues

Castle Durrow - Durrow County Laois - Wedding Venue
Castle Durrow
Durrow, Co. Laois
This 300-year-old mansion half way between Dublin and Cork has recently been refurbished to a very high standard and, overlooking beautiful terraced gardens to the south, and the River Erkina to the north, it makes a magnificently romantic weddin ...
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