Preview of Heritage Week

Preview of Heritage Week

Highlights of this year’s programme in Laois include:
– “Homes for Wildlife” a fun wildlife discovery event for all the family in Portlaoise Town Park on Monday 24th August at 12pm
– Guided tours of Stradbally Hall each morning (between 9am and 1pm)
– Kids and family events at a range of libraries, including wildlife art with Gordon D’Arcy, Irish History Live, Good Old Days Victorian musical show and “What’s in that Rock” Geology for kids – details at
– Kids shipwreck archaeological dig at Abbeyleix Heritage House at 11am on Tuesday 25th August
– A wildlife walk in the Slieve Blooms to find Dippers on Tuesday 25th August at 7.30pm
– A talk on placenames of Ireland at the Balcony Theatre Mountmellick at 8pm on Thursday 27th August
– A presentation on the indistrial railways of the Midlands in Portlaoise Parish Centre at 7.30pm on Friday 28th August
– Free guided tours of Emo Court on Sunday 23rd and Sunday 30th August, with a talk by Ray Murphy on the late Major Cholmeley-Harrison on Sunday 23rd at 2pm and a music recital on Sunday 30th at 2pm (Note this is a change from the previously advertised dates).

Details of all these events and more are in the Heritage Week event guide for Laois available to download from Details of all events nationwide are at