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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

Tullamore Golf Club - Tullamore County Offaly Ireland
Tullamore Golf Club
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Course Type: Parkland
Set in a mature parkland, the course at Tullamore Golf Club has many picturesque views, which are enhanced by clusters of oak, beech and chestnut trees as well as stately avenues lending to a truly scenic setting. An 18 hole par 70 championshi ...
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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

Emo Court - Emo County Laois Ireland
Emo Court
Emo, Co. Laois
Emo Court is a large neo-classical mansion, formal and symetrical in its design and with beautifully proportioned rooms that was designed by the architect James Gandon (architect of the Custom House and Kings Inns in Dublin) in 1790 for the Earls ...
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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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