Laois returning to the crossroads

Laois returning to the crossroads

A Return to the Crossroads:

This is a celebration of the rich culture and heritage of County Laois, featuring local storytellers and musicians along with Nuala Hayes, who will share some of the weird and wonderful tales she collected during her time here.

In 2002, Nuala was appointed Artist in Residence in County Laois. Her job was to ‘unearth’ the stories hidden in the landscape and history of Laois and the Slieve Bloom mountains. In the process she met with many people who shared stories and lore with her. The voices and stories were recorded and filmed for future generations to listen and enjoy.

In 2014, she returned to the Crossroads of Ireland, where in ancient times all roads led to the centre. This time she worked at the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, to rework some of the stories in book form, to pick up the threads and weave some more tales from the rich fabric of the history and the life lived for thousands of years in the Midlands of Ireland.

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A return to the crossroads at Dunamaise Arts Centre

That book is Laois Folk Tales by Nuala Hayes, with illustrations by the acclaimed artist Rita Duffy and is published by The History Press Ireland.

The event is on Thursday, August 27 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Dunamaise Arts Centre. Tickets are available from Dunamaise Arts Centre:

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.