What’s On Guide

From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

Lucy Franks & Helen Roe

Pioneers of Sustainable Heritage projects in Ireland, author Regina Dunne will talk about the remarkable lives of two pioneering Laois women, Lucy Franks and Helen Roe.

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John Spillane @ Bob’s Bar Durrow

€28.70
Bob’s Bar

John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet and dreamer. Rooted in people, place and story, his music transports the listener and his live performances captivate audiences around the world.

As an artist his music appeals to listeners across many genres and generations. His vocal style has a unique almost sean-nós like quality and his performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent humour. John has the ability to charm, mesmerise and entertain in equal measure.

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Fitzmaurice Flag Presentation

Presentation to Laois County Council by Mr B. Ross MacMahon of a US Flag which was presented to Col James Fitzmaurice during the tour of the United States undertaken by the three aviators following their successful crossing of the Atlantic from Europe to America, in April 1928.

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Belters Only

€23.80
Lennons Bar and Venue

Lennon's Bar & Venue present -Belters Only.

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Dan McCabe / Meadbh Walsh

€33.20
Lennons Bar and Venue

Lennon's Bar & Venue present Dan McCabe/ Meadbh Walsh Live.

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Bingo Loco

€24.50

Gear up for a night out in Portlaoise at the Bingo Rave where you will experience a show like you never experienced before.

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Grapple Queens

€30

Grapple Queens is the first all Women event ever held is Ireland and will feature some of the best female athletes in Europe. 

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Double Bill: Laura Duff & Aoife Meade

€12 – €15

Dunamaise Arts Centre presents a dynamic programme of curated events by our Young Curators, Alannah Murray & Pauline Dunne, running as part of the Dunamaise Autumn Calendar. Kicking off this programme is a Double Bill of live performances by musicians Laura Duff and Aoife Meade. 

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Natasha Bracken Psychic Medium

€26.30

Natasha Bracken – An Evening of Spiritual Messages through the Angel & Spirit World. Harness the energy around individuals in the audience and pass on messages from their loved ones who have passed with incredible accuracy.

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Georoid Farrelly: Glamour Hammer

€16.50

After some time sitting on the couch we are back to real life. Trousers instead of tracksuit bottoms and coffee and a biscuit instead of four gin and tonics and half a cheese cake. In this show Gearoid takes a look at the litany of things in our lives that just don't measure up.

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Ballintubbert Garden Open Day

€10

Join the team at Ballintubbert on Sunday September 18th from 12 noon to 5pm. Come and spend the day in this place of wellness and peace. Wand through the formal organic gardens, run wild in the long meadow, play hide and seek in the woodlands and perhaps play skittles in the Orchard. The good cups are out and we will be offering teas and coffees and sumptuous cakes from the pop up tea shop. 

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Joe the Magician – Live

€15

It’s Joe the Magician from RTÉjr! And he’s bringing his spectacular children’s comedy magic and illusion show to the Dunamaise Arts Centre for one spectacular afternoon of mind boggling fun! 

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The Annual Portarlington & Killenard Charity Gala Ball

€65

The annual Portarlington and Killenard Charity Gala Ball will be held on Saturday 24 September, with proceeds from the event going to the Midlands Hospice building fund.

The red-carpet event will be held in The Heritage Hotel, Killenard with music by JL Sounds on arrival and later by Transmitter. This year’s special guest of honour is Mountrath native and patron of the Midlands Hospice build campaign Claire Byrne from RTÉ.

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CAOIN by Ceara Conway

€18 – €20

Ceara Conway has gained recognition for her singing in traditional repertoires across cultures from Irish traditional sean-nós, to Portuguese, Arabic and African song and Georgian Chant. The essence of her music is its unique hybridity, a merging of her love and respect for tradition coupled with her interest in new styles, genres and contemporary music.

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Seventh Avenue Arts presents: Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years

€20 – €22

Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest tribute shows, Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years continues to delight audiences across the globe. Featuring stunning vocal harmonies from world-class musicians, this spectacular concert transports you on a journey through the epic songs and history of the much-loved Simon and Garfunkel.

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Brú Theatre present Selvage

€16 – €18

Dunamaise is delighted to welcome Brú Theatre Company to spend a few days of technical rehearsals here in advance of their national tour. They will take part in theatre workshops with Laois Youth Theatre members as well as a post-show discussion around the themes of the show and positive mental health awareness. The post-show discussion is presented in partnership with Laois Connects. Further details to be announced.

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Mám

Recurring
€30

MÁM is a meeting place between soloist and ensemble, classical and traditional, the local and universal.​ It brings together the virtuoso, Irish traditional concertina player Cormac Begley, the European classical, contemporary collective, s t a r g a z e, a young girl and twelve international dancers from the Teaċ Daṁsa company.

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Mám

Recurring
€30

MÁM is a meeting place between soloist and ensemble, classical and traditional, the local and universal.​ It brings together the virtuoso, Irish traditional concertina player Cormac Begley, the European classical, contemporary collective, s t a r g a z e, a young girl and twelve international dancers from the Teaċ Daṁsa company.

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Dirty Dusting

€25 – €28

Round up your friends for a hilarious night out! Be shocked, delighted and amused by the only chat-line girls with dusters, attitude and their very own bus passes! Pure theatrical Viagra? It probably is for those who might just need the real thing!

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The Christmas Show – ABBA FOREVER

€25

It’s always party time when ABBA comes to town but when it’s the Christmas Show, then that’s a real excuse to let your hair down! This happy sing-a-long event is pure escapism. It celebrates ABBA’S MUSIC with a loud and proud production and terrific audio visuals of ABBA Seminal moments on the GIANT screen! It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations! Bring your special Christmas Party along and you will have a ball!!

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Well by Pat and Faye Shortt

€30

‘’Well’ ’showcases the extraordinary comedy talents of this funny pairing and their exceptional ability to bring humour to most everyday situations, with an array of superbly funny characters.

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Legends of American Country

€25

The show features 4 fantastic singers who are all accompanied  by a superb live band of musicians with that authentic western sound, coupled with authentic stage set and state of the art production that will transport you all the way hand clapping and toe tapping to Nashville and back in one night.

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