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

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. The “rock’s” natural attributes – in fact it is a 150-foot high limestone cliff – made it the perfect spot to erect a fortress.

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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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Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens are the most outstanding attraction of Ballinakill, a small town just south of Abbeyleix.

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Morrissey’s Pub, Abbeyleix

 

Morrissey’s Pub and Grocery Store has been in operation since 1755 and is a famous attraction, complete with antique fittings and authentic Irish period décor.

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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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Stradbally Steam Museum

Stradbally Steam Museum

Located in a former famine –era workhouse, the Stradbally Steam Museum brings together a collection of various types of steam engines and machinery.

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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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Ballaghmore Castle

Ballaghmore Castle

Built in 1480 by the MacGillpatricks (Fitzpatricks) of Ossory, the castle was conveniently located on the Bealach Mor, or the road to Munster.

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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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