Laois’ capital town of Portlaoise is a town built around a medieval 16th Century Fort, the walls of which are still visible today with plans to renew the old fort.
The town of Portlaoise is a vibrant commercial centre, and a hub of shopping, transport, and events for the surrounding area. The central location of the town is a key draw for residents and visitors alike, just an hour from Dublin on the M7. Trains from Dublin Heuston run hourly and regularly to Cork/Limerick.
It is one of the fastest growing of the top 20 largest towns and cities in Ireland and one of the most populated in the region.
Portlaoise has the highest percentage of people under the age of 18 in Ireland due to rapid population growth and its location in the commuter belt.
Portlaoise has developed rapidly in recent years with a choice of hotels, restaurants, and a popular farmers market. Enterprise is centred around the new J17 Business Park, with businesses attracted to the well-serviced central location. Nearby attractions attractions include the Rock of Dunamase and the stunning Slieve Bloom mountains.
Portlaoise is served by 4 secondary schools and 5 primary schools, and within easy reach of 3rd level institutions at SETU Carlow, and Dublin.
Discover more about Portlaoise as a destination for living, working and investing with our informative town profile.