Heritage Publications

A range of publications on the built, natural and cultural heritage of County Laois are available. Click on any of the titles below to download as pdf.

We are still working on uploading archive files and reports to this page – please bear with us! If there is a report you want that’s not listed here, please email the Heritage Office.


Laois Heritage Plan






Laois Heritage Plan 2014 – 2019


Books and Leaflets on Laois Heritage

Laois Garden Trail  Laois Garden Trail (revised edition)

LaoisHeritageTrailCover  Laois Heritage Trail Booklet

LaoisThatchCover Book on Thatched houses in Laois

MountmellickCanalCover  Book on the Mountmellick Canal


Laois Heritage Office Research and Reports

Natural Heritage

Audit of Geology in Laois, 2016, Part I Report

Audit of Geology in Laois, 2016, Part II Site Reports

Please Note: these reports have been compressed for the web. High resolution versions of the reports and individual site reports are available on the website of the Geological Survey of Ireland, who were partners in the project.


Built Heritage

Survey of Architecture in Portlaoise 2008, Part I Report

Fort Protector Portlaoise Conservation Plan Phase I 2015

Abbeyleix Sustainable Communities Plan report 2011

Old St Peter’s Graveyard Archaeological Report 2016


Cultural Heritage

Laois Burial Ground Survey 2011, Part I Report

Laois Burial Ground Survey 2011, Part II Site Gazeteer


For Schools and Children

Wild Things at School Workbook

Wild Things at School extra worksheets – English, Monaghan Co Co 2012

Wild Things at School extra worksheets – Gaeilge, Monaghan Co Co 2012




Some Books published on the Heritage Of Laois

Geology of Laois and Offaly, by John Feehan, Offaly County Council, 2013. Available from local bookshops or from Offaly History.

Folklore of Laois by Nuala Hayes, the History Press Ireland, 2015. Available in bookshops or from the History Press Ireland.

Laois, An Environmental History, by John Feehan, Ballykilcavan Press, 1983 (out of print)

The Quiet County by Mike Rafter, 2nd edition 2016. Available from local bookshops.

Laois History and Society by Padraig G Lane & WIlliam Nolan. Geography Publications, 1999

The Landscape of Slieve Bloom by John Feehan (1979, reprinted 2010). Available locally or from Offaly History.