Laois

Stradbally, Co. Laois by Ben Eubank

County Laois

Located in the Midlands of Ireland and in the province of Leinster, County Laois sits at a point furthest away from the shores of the sea than any other county on the island.

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abbeyleix

Abbeyleix

 

 

The small Georgian style town of Abbeyleix was built in the 1800’s to accommodate the servants associated with the nearby estate of Viscount de Vesci.

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Barbican gate entrance to Dunamase. Image by Keith Ewing

The Rock of Dunamase

A short distance from the town of Portlaoise, in dramatic contrast to the surrounding flat countryside of most of County Laois, rises the Rock of Dunamase, with its ancient castle on top. 

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Donaghmore Museum

Donaghmore Museum

The mission of the Donaghmore Museum is to educate its visitors by telling the story of how people lived at the workhouses of Ireland during the Famine Years.

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Fountain at Heywood Gardens. Image by Ireland Fireside.

Heywood Gardens

The beautifully landscaped Heywood Gardens are the most outstanding attraction of Ballinakill, a small Georgian village just south of Abbeyleix in County Laois.

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Morrissey's Pub - exterior. Image by Rowan.

Morrissey’s Pub, Abbeyleix

Morrissey’s Pub a has been in operation since 1755 and is a much-loved attraction in the small, historic town of Abbeyleix, County Laois.

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Timahoe

Timahoe

St. Mochua, who is said to have died in 657, began the monastic community at Timahoe.

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Mountmellick

Mountmellick

The village of Mountmellick is located on the Owenass River.

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Portlaoise

Portlaoise

The largest town and county seat of County Laois, Portlaoise was formerly called Fort of Maryborough, and founded in 1556 by Queen Mary.

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Aerial view of Ballaghmore Castle. Image: Ballaghmore Castle.

Ballaghmore Castle

Built in 1480 by the MacGiollaphadraig / Fitzpatricks of Borris-in-Ossory, this small but beautiful castle is nestled in picturesque Irish countryside.

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Emo Court and Gardens

Emo Court and Gardens

One of Ireland’s most beautiful treasures lies near the village of Portarlington.

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Slieve Bloom Mountains

Beautiful, surprising, haunting and peaceful, Ireland’s Slieve Bloom Mountains are a hillwalker’s paradise.

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