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Live Well Expo’s Portlaoise return announced by Anna May McHugh
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Live Well Expo’s Portlaoise return announced by Anna May McHugh

Live Well Expo returns to Portlaoise College on 4th April for largest Health & Wellbeing show in Midlands

Healthy Laois and Age Friendly Laois, today confirmed the return of the Health and Wellbeing Show-Live Well to Portlaoise College on Thursday 4th April 2024.

Live Well  celebrates the range of supports and services across Laois that are available to help people improve their own health and wellbeing.

Live Well 2024 sees a further focus on the supports available to help us shape our own health and with a range of over 100 exhibition stands provides a wide range of advice and information under one roof. The key message is that we need make time for our wellbeing and this event is designed to help you do that.

One such champion of this, is Laois lady Anna May McHugh,  Managing director of the National Ploughing Championship and Laois’ Age Friendly Ambassador. Anna May is no stranger to hosting big events  and said “this  Live Well event is something for the people of Laois to be proud of.  It is good to put Laois on the map and this event will attract people from surrounding counties. Last Year’s success, with 1000 people passing through the doors, demonstrates the need and interest in such initiatives. It’s heartening to see the commitment to providing valuable information and resources to our community”.

This Live Well Expo is now more than a health information show said Healthy Laois Co-Ordinator Emma O’Connor. It’s a celebration of health, community and the spirit of Laois. Information will be available on grants, energy savings, road safety, HSE health support, nutrition, cooking, activities and a wide range of information stands committed to providing valuable information to help us to Live Well in all aspects of our lives. 

An Cathaoirleach, Pascal McEvoy, welcomed the opportunity to showcase products and services and spoke about the positive impact this event makes.

He also noted the  participation in the free Health screening provided by the Health Service Executive at last years event.

Tom Curran the Age Friendly Laois co-ordinator in Laois County Council promises a well organised and diverse lineup for the Live well Expo 2024. “The event will be an engaging and informative experience for attendees with a few surprises on the day” he said. The broad range of information providers will make this a fun and interesting day and there is something here for everyone.”  

Last year was all about people  enjoying coming together to share information across all the supports that help you to Live Well – health supports, community groups and even the technology that can work for us in our homes. I can also confirm that the Health Service Executive will be returning to Live Well this year to once again provide free health screening to attendees.”


We only have one shot at Living so let’s Live Well!

1. Main Exhibition Hall (1:00 pm – 6:00 pm):

  • Approximately 100 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of health-related products, services, and information.
  • Attendees can explore the exhibition hall at their own pace, engaging with exhibitors and gathering valuable insights.

2. Medium-Size Stage Area (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm):

  • The event kicks off at 1:00 pm with an MC introducing Anna May McHugh, the keynote speaker from the Ploughing Championships.
  • The stage area is a casual space with refreshments available, allowing people to drop in for talks and demos selectively.
  • Talks and demonstrations cover various topics related to health and well-being including Nutrition, Road Safety, Preventing falls and more will be scheduled throughout the afternoon.
  •  At 5:00 pm, the area transitions into a space for dancing, fostering a lively and celebratory atmosphere for an hour.

3. Cosy Lounge Area (1:00 pm – 6:00 pm):

  • Designed for “Comfortable Conversations,” this area encourages discussions on topics such as climate, energy, and health.
  • A relaxed environment to facilitate meaningful conversations and exchange of ideas.

4. Outdoor Area (2:00 pm – 5:00 pm):

  • Features dance exercise routines led by Healthy Laois and Age Friendly Partners, promoting physical activity and well-being.
  • Showcases the upcoming Bike Week, potentially featuring unique attractions like a penny farthing from the local vintage club.

Pop Up Surprise 

  • Live music performances adding a lively atmosphere to the main exhibition hall.
  • The space buzzes with energy, creating a vibrant and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

6. Small Cinema Area (Space Permitting, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm):

  • A designated area that can serve as both a cinema space and a resting area.
  • Offers a more relaxed environment for those looking to take a break or enjoy short films related to health and well-being.

Additional Logistics:

  • Collaboration with the local bus company, Local Link, to assist with transportation and coordination with Laois Civil Defence and An Garda

Please scan here for details.      

For further information please contact 

Tom Curran at tcurran@laoiscoco.ie            Phone 086 0363426 

Emma O’ Connor at eoconnor@laoiscoco.ie Phone 086 0665215