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Thank you for visiting the official website of Laois Tourism. Here you will find information on the picturesque County of Laois located in the heart of the Midlands. Often overlooked as a tourist destination but the county’s compact size makes it ripe for exploration. With so much to offer including a range of activities to its visitors from excellent golf courses to horse riding and fishing. Laois is also blessed with two fine rivers, the River Nore and the River Barrow both providing excellent angling. Hill walkinh and cycling are two other favourite pastimes, not to mention the glorious Slieve Bloom Mountains.The Laois Garden trail will showcase our beautiful gardens and the Laois Heritage Trail will guide you through the historic monuments and fine heritage of Co. Laois.
Grants are now available for community groups and organisations planning to organise events or projects relating to the Centenary of the 1916 Rising.
Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council said “we are delighted to announce these grants for projects taking place in 2016. I would like to encourage as many community organisations as possible to look at the details and consider making an application. Projects of all kinds are welcome from cultural activities and debates to publications, music, and drama”.
Plans at national level for the commemoration of 1916 include over 2,000 projects and events, under the headings of State Ceremonial, Historical Reflection, The Living Language, Youth and Imagination, Cultural Expression, Community Participation and Global and Diaspora.
The Ireland 2016 Laois Community Grants are being administered by Laois County Council, with funding and support from Ireland 2016, part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurance.
Ireland 2016 Plan for County Laois.
The plan for the commemoration of the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in Laois was officially launched on Thursday 26th November 2015 by the Cathoirleach of Laois County Council Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerlad.
National Heritage Week 2015 - Co. Laois
National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday 22nd August to Sunday 30th August, 2015.
There is a terrific line up of events taking place in Co. Laois, including Historic Waking Tours,Wildlife Art Workshops,Talks, and Steam Train Trips at Stradbally Hall to name just a few. For further information on what is happening throughout the week please see www.laois.ie/heritage andwww.facebook.com/laoisheritageforum .
Durrow Scarecrow Festival: July 26th - August 3rd 2015.
The Durrow Scarecrow Festival takes place from Sun 26th July toMon 3rd of August with a packed program of events. See www.durrow.ie and www.facebook/durrowscarecrowfestival for program of events.
The William Edmundson Homecoming Festival 21-27 July, Mountmellick. For more information please see http://www.edmundsonhomecoming.com.
The National Steam Rally Sunday August 2nd & Monday August 3rd. Since 1966, all of this event have been held in the superb grounds of Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois by kind permission of three generations of the Cosby family.This is considered by many to be the premier event in the calendar of steam and vintage shows throughout Ireland. It attracts a wide range of working exhibits and a huge attendance of visitors. For more information please see www.irishsteam.ie