Laois Heritage Trail


 

Laois Heritage Trails App

As part of the Ireland’s Ancient East programme and with grant aid from Failte Ireland, we have released a free Laois Heritage Trails smartphone app, with photos, maps and multilingual audioguides to the Laois Heritage Trail and Laois Monastic Trail.

The app is available in both Android and i-Phone format and can be downloaded from the relevant app store by clicking the links below, or simply by searching the store of “Laois Heritage”

  Laois Heritage TRails app store screenshot

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Launch of the Laois Heritage Trails App and Audioguides

 

Hilary Creedon, Abarta Heritage; LCC Chief Executive John Mulholland; Jenny De Saulles, Head of Ireland's Ancient East Failte Ireland; Dom Reddin, Laois Tourism Officer and Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer at Donaghmore Workhouse Museum for the launch of the new Laois Heritage Trails audioguides and smartphone app. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie no reproduction fee

Hilary Creedon, Fáilte Ireland; LCC Chief Executive John Mulholland; Jenny De Saulles, Head of Ireland’s Ancient East Fáilte Ireland; Dom Reddin, Laois Tourism Officer and Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer at Donaghmore Workhouse Museum for the launch of the new Laois Heritage Trails audioguides and smartphone app. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

 

In addition to the app, we have created multi-lingual booklets on the Laois Heritage Trail and Gardens Trail, and short films on aspect of the story of Laois.

 

As an integral part of Ireland’s Ancient East, Laois has much to offer the visitor and resident alike, and we hope that these new tools will allow us to welcome visitors to Laois from a wider range of countries than ever before. The inclusion of Irish language translations to all our guides reflects the importance given to our national language by Laois County Council, as a vital part of our cultural heritage and a vibrant part of our country’s future.

Our partners in this work have been Ireland’s Ancient East, Abarta Heritage and Acoustiguide.

 

Audioguide to the Laois Heritage Trail

 

The Laois Heritage Trail is also available in Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.

 

Audioguide to the Laois Monastic Trail

The Laois Monastic Trail is also available in Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.

 

Laois Heritage Sites

The Laois Heritage Trail and other sites of interest in Laois are mapped on Google maps, where you can follow our trail or discover one of your own!

If you are interested in castles, the Rock of Dunamase is the place to begin. Wildlife lovers and sportsmen should visit the Fly Fishing Museum. Architecture buffs might want to start at Emo Court, while those who love fine handwork should head straight for the museum in Mountmellick.

 

2006-01-15 Dunamase from Barbican

The Rock of Dunamase

 

Sites of the Laois Heritage Trail

Donaghmore Workhouse

Aghaboe Abbey

Durrow

Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum

Heywood Gardens

Abbeyleix

Timahoe

Stradbally Steam Museum

The Rock of Dunamase

Emo Court

Portarlington

Mountmellick

Poet’s Cottage

 

This Heritage Trail is only the beginning. More than 1,000 monuments and places of historical interest have been identified in Laois. All through the county, the people at the sites, museums and tourist offices are there to help you pursue your interests. So set off down one of the county’s winding roads. The more you explore Laois, the more you will find.

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