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Workshops in Oil Painting for Adults with artist Gemma Guihan
Commencing on Wednesday 13th February and running for six weeks.
Time: 13th February 2013
“ A Project In Two Parts” Exhibition by Martina O’Brien
This very vivid and colourful exhibition is well worth a visit to the Arthouse. The Arthouse is open to the public Tuesday –Friday, 10-4pm, or by appointment. For further information please contact: Vernon Mc Nicholas, Arts Co-ordinator and Administrator, 05786 41740 or e-mail vmcnicholas@laoiscoco.ie
Time: 11th January to 8th February 2013
Half Door Club International Set Dance & Music Festival
This year the festival is celebrating 20 years by offering guests great value and entertainment with 5 of the very best ceili bands; workshops by Pat Murphy; music sessions & French music.
Time: 3rd May to 6th May 2013


Laois Bealtaine Festival
Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. With over 100,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. The Theme for the 2013 festival is “Grow Happy”. Bealtaine in Laois is proudly supported by your local Laois Credit Unio
Time: 1st May to 31st May 2013
Half Door Club International Set Dance & Music Festival
This year the festival is celebrating 20 years by offering guests great value and entertainment with 5 of the very best ceili bands; workshops by Pat Murphy; music sessions & French music.
Time: 3rd May to 6th May 2013


Laois Bealtaine Festival
Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. With over 100,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. The Theme for the 2013 festival is “Grow Happy”. Bealtaine in Laois is proudly supported by your local Laois Credit Unio
Time: 1st May to 31st May 2013


Stradbally Youth Theatre Presents - DNA A Play By Dennis Kelly
Time: 4th May 2013 at 3:00 pm
Half Door Club International Set Dance & Music Festival
This year the festival is celebrating 20 years by offering guests great value and entertainment with 5 of the very best ceili bands; workshops by Pat Murphy; music sessions & French music.
Time: 3rd May to 6th May 2013


Laois Bealtaine Festival
Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. With over 100,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. The Theme for the 2013 festival is “Grow Happy”. Bealtaine in Laois is proudly supported by your local Laois Credit Unio
Time: 1st May to 31st May 2013
Half Door Club International Set Dance & Music Festival
This year the festival is celebrating 20 years by offering guests great value and entertainment with 5 of the very best ceili bands; workshops by Pat Murphy; music sessions & French music.
Time: 3rd May to 6th May 2013


Laois Bealtaine Festival
Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. With over 100,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. The Theme for the 2013 festival is “Grow Happy”. Bealtaine in Laois is proudly supported by your local Laois Credit Unio
Time: 1st May to 31st May 2013
Rose of Tralee Regional Festival
A fun family event, the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival brings people from Ireland & the World to lovely Laois for a carnival, parade, traditional Irish music, good food & Rose selections in glorious sunshine!
Time: 30th May to 3rd June 2013


Laois Bealtaine Festival
Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. With over 100,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. The Theme for the 2013 festival is “Grow Happy”. Bealtaine in Laois is proudly supported by your local Laois Credit Unio
Time: 1st May to 31st May 2013
Rose of Tralee Regional Festival
A fun family event, the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival brings people from Ireland & the World to lovely Laois for a carnival, parade, traditional Irish music, good food & Rose selections in glorious sunshine!
Time: 30th May to 3rd June 2013


Laois Bealtaine Festival
Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. With over 100,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. The Theme for the 2013 festival is “Grow Happy”. Bealtaine in Laois is proudly supported by your local Laois Credit Unio
Time: 1st May to 31st May 2013
Rose of Tralee Regional Festival
A fun family event, the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival brings people from Ireland & the World to lovely Laois for a carnival, parade, traditional Irish music, good food & Rose selections in glorious sunshine!
Time: 30th May to 3rd June 2013
12th Annual Laois Walks Festival
The 12th Annual Laois Walks Festival features 23 walks at 21 locations in woodlands, mountains, bogs, canals and minor roads.
Time: 1st July to 31st July 2013
12th Annual Laois Walks Festival
The 12th Annual Laois Walks Festival features 23 walks at 21 locations in woodlands, mountains, bogs, canals and minor roads.
Time: 1st July to 31st July 2013


Festival Francais de Portarlington / Portarlington French Festival
A celebration of our French Heritage and Culture with an annual world snail eating competition, French food & wine tastings, arts, crafts, workshops, market village, street theatre, family fun & live music!
Time: 12th July to 14th July 2013
12th Annual Laois Walks Festival
The 12th Annual Laois Walks Festival features 23 walks at 21 locations in woodlands, mountains, bogs, canals and minor roads.
Time: 1st July to 31st July 2013


Festival Francais de Portarlington / Portarlington French Festival
A celebration of our French Heritage and Culture with an annual world snail eating competition, French food & wine tastings, arts, crafts, workshops, market village, street theatre, family fun & live music!
Time: 12th July to 14th July 2013
12th Annual Laois Walks Festival
The 12th Annual Laois Walks Festival features 23 walks at 21 locations in woodlands, mountains, bogs, canals and minor roads.
Time: 1st July to 31st July 2013


Festival Francais de Portarlington / Portarlington French Festival
A celebration of our French Heritage and Culture with an annual world snail eating competition, French food & wine tastings, arts, crafts, workshops, market village, street theatre, family fun & live music!
Time: 12th July to 14th July 2013
12th Annual Laois Walks Festival
The 12th Annual Laois Walks Festival features 23 walks at 21 locations in woodlands, mountains, bogs, canals and minor roads.
Time: 1st July to 31st July 2013


Durrow Scarecrow Festival
An original and quirky festival with something for all ages. Feed your imagination and soak up the fun filled atmosphere in this welcoming picturesque village where there is a surprise around every corner.
Time: 28th July to 5th August 2013
12th Annual Laois Walks Festival
The 12th Annual Laois Walks Festival features 23 walks at 21 locations in woodlands, mountains, bogs, canals and minor roads.
Time: 1st July to 31st July 2013


Durrow Scarecrow Festival
An original and quirky festival with something for all ages. Feed your imagination and soak up the fun filled atmosphere in this welcoming picturesque village where there is a surprise around every corner.
Time: 28th July to 5th August 2013
12th Annual Laois Walks Festival
The 12th Annual Laois Walks Festival features 23 walks at 21 locations in woodlands, mountains, bogs, canals and minor roads.
Time: 1st July to 31st July 2013


Durrow Scarecrow Festival
An original and quirky festival with something for all ages. Feed your imagination and soak up the fun filled atmosphere in this welcoming picturesque village where there is a surprise around every corner.
Time: 28th July to 5th August 2013
12th Annual Laois Walks Festival
The 12th Annual Laois Walks Festival features 23 walks at 21 locations in woodlands, mountains, bogs, canals and minor roads.
Time: 1st July to 31st July 2013


Durrow Scarecrow Festival
An original and quirky festival with something for all ages. Feed your imagination and soak up the fun filled atmosphere in this welcoming picturesque village where there is a surprise around every corner.
Time: 28th July to 5th August 2013
Durrow Scarecrow Festival
An original and quirky festival with something for all ages. Feed your imagination and soak up the fun filled atmosphere in this welcoming picturesque village where there is a surprise around every corner.
Time: 28th July to 5th August 2013
Durrow Scarecrow Festival
An original and quirky festival with something for all ages. Feed your imagination and soak up the fun filled atmosphere in this welcoming picturesque village where there is a surprise around every corner.
Time: 28th July to 5th August 2013


National Steam Rally
Annual steam and vintage event with over 30 steam engines giving working demonstrations, along with family events including a carnival, trade stands, sheep dog demonstrations, woodland train rides & the Steam Queen Festival.
Time: 4th August to 5th August 2013
Durrow Scarecrow Festival
An original and quirky festival with something for all ages. Feed your imagination and soak up the fun filled atmosphere in this welcoming picturesque village where there is a surprise around every corner.
Time: 28th July to 5th August 2013


National Steam Rally
Annual steam and vintage event with over 30 steam engines giving working demonstrations, along with family events including a carnival, trade stands, sheep dog demonstrations, woodland train rides & the Steam Queen Festival.
Time: 4th August to 5th August 2013
The Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival
An original and quirky festival with something for all ages. Feed your imagination and soak up the fun filled atmosphere in this welcoming picturesque village where there is a surprise around every corner.
Time: 30th August to 1st September 2013
National Ploughing Championships
Styled as Ireland's Farming Festival, the Championships showcases the very best in Irish food, farming and culture. It is a must attend event for those interested in motoring, fashion, machinery, livestock, music and shopping etc.
Time: 24th September to 26th September 2013
Hallowe'en Howls Comedy Festival
October Bank Holiday weekend Comedy Madness descends on Portlaoise with a host of top home grown and international acts performing in intimate venues for what promises to be some very memorable nights!
Time: 25th October to 28th October 2013
Make Good, Make Better Exhibition
Make good, make better is a forthcoming show by Saidhbhín Gibson at the Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois. It will comprise of new work produced specifically for the exhibition.
Time: 4th April to 24th April 2013


Laois Chamber AGM
Conal Bradley , director of Avid Partners Accountants & Business Advisers Limited takes up the presidency at the Annual General Meeting of Laois Chamber.
Time: 4th April 2013 at 7:30 pm
Make Good, Make Better Exhibition
Make good, make better is a forthcoming show by Saidhbhín Gibson at the Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois. It will comprise of new work produced specifically for the exhibition.
Time: 4th April to 24th April 2013
Laois Graveyards Survey to be launched
The Survey of Graveyards in Laois, carried out by Laois County Council, with the assistance of the Heritage Council, will be formally launched next Wednesday February 27th at 8pm, in Killeen Community Centre, Killeen, Maganey. The report will be launched by Cllr Paul Mitchell, Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council.
Time: 27th February 2013 at 8:00 pm
Set Dancing Beginners and Improvers
Set Dancing Beginners 7.30pm and Improvers 8.30 pm
Time: 4th March 2013 at 7:30 pm
Laois Bealtaine Festival
Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. With over 100,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. The Theme for the 2013 festival is “Grow Happy”. Bealtaine in Laois is proudly supported by your local Laois Credit Unio
Time: 1st May to 31st May 2013
Laois Bealtaine Festival
Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. With over 100,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. The Theme for the 2013 festival is “Grow Happy”. Bealtaine in Laois is proudly supported by your local Laois Credit Unio
Time: 1st May to 31st May 2013


Never Too Late Exhibition
The Arts Office, Laois County Council is delighted to host an exhibition of paintings by The Heath Art Group entitled “Never too Late”.
Time: 9th May 2013 at 7:30 pm
Laois Open for Business Event
Laois County Council, in conjunction with Laois Chamber are hosting a business networking event.This promises to be a most informative, inspiring and enjoyable event. With Keynote Speaker, Ms. Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations Europe, Middle East and Africa at PayPal.
Time: 5th June 2013 at 11:00 am


Laois Open for Business Event
Time: 5th June 2013 at 11:00 am to 1:10 pm
James Fintan Lalor School
The James Fintan Lalor School will bring together writers, journalists, politicians and historians to celebrate and discuss the writings of James Fintan Lalor and explore his relevance in the Ireland of today and tomorrow.
Time: 20th September to 21st September 2013


Culture Night in Laois -Explore, Experience, Enjoy
The Arts Office, Laois County Council, venues and community groups around the county will host a wonderful selection of free events for the public on National Culture Night - Friday 20th September. A date to remember in Laois with a great selection of events happening throughout the county.
Time: 20th September 2013
James Fintan Lalor School
The James Fintan Lalor School will bring together writers, journalists, politicians and historians to celebrate and discuss the writings of James Fintan Lalor and explore his relevance in the Ireland of today and tomorrow.
Time: 20th September to 21st September 2013
Heritage Week in Laois
Nine days of events for you to choose from.
Time: 17th August to 25th August 2013
BELLOWS, BRIDGE & BOW
Join Liam O’Connor, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Noel Hill – all TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners –as they put some lesser known tunes through their paces while revisiting some old favourites.
Time: 16th September 2013 at 8:00 pm
Laois Connects
Positive Mental Health Week
Time: 28th September to 5th October 2013
High Nellie Gathering and Treasure Hunt
Time: 20th October 2013
Christmas Fair
Over 40 stalls confirmed! Jazz Singer Mark Tolan will be entertaining us for the evening. Mulled wine will be available and there is also a prize for the best Christmas Jumper so make sure you've got yours!
Time: 12th December 2013 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Selected works from the Laois County Council Collection on Exhibition
The exhibition includes paintings and sculpture by national and local artists. The artwork selected by the Arts Office, includes exhibits by well-known artists such as, John Keating, Bernadette Madden, Cathy Carman, Karen Hendy, Conor Brennan, Ray Murphy, Pat Byrne and Niall Fitzpatrick.
Time: 11th December 2013 at 10:30 am to 10th January 2014 at 4:00 pm
Christmas Party Night
Dance the night away with the East Coast Jazz Band, groups of 8 people or more for €22.95 per person.
Time: 14th December 2013 at 7:00 pm


Selected works from the Laois County Council Collection on Exhibition
The exhibition includes paintings and sculpture by national and local artists. The artwork selected by the Arts Office, includes exhibits by well-known artists such as, John Keating, Bernadette Madden, Cathy Carman, Karen Hendy, Conor Brennan, Ray Murphy, Pat Byrne and Niall Fitzpatrick.
Time: 11th December 2013 at 10:30 am to 10th January 2014 at 4:00 pm
Get Web Activated Portlaoise
For the past eight months, Digital Skills Academy has supported jobseekers from Laois and surrounding counties to retrain through our Government-funded WebActivate programme, which was successfully delivered in Portlaoise.
Time: 27th November 2013 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Selected works from the Laois County Council Collection on Exhibition
The exhibition includes paintings and sculpture by national and local artists. The artwork selected by the Arts Office, includes exhibits by well-known artists such as, John Keating, Bernadette Madden, Cathy Carman, Karen Hendy, Conor Brennan, Ray Murphy, Pat Byrne and Niall Fitzpatrick.
Time: 11th December 2013 at 10:30 am to 10th January 2014 at 4:00 pm
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