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The Council phone line 057 866 4000 is open Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9am to 5pm, for the Laois County Council Community Response Support Helpline and to deal with normal Council queries.
On Saturdays the Laois County Council Community Response Support Helpline is available on 1800 832 010 (10am-1pm / 2pm-4pm) to facilitate the most appropriate community response to the needs of vulnerable people living in the community where their usual sources of support have become unavailable due to COVID19.
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Stunning views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamase a strategic place to build a fortress. Through the centuries, warriors have fought to control this limestone outcrop, known as a “hum”.
The first known settlement on the … Read the rest
A guide to all the free, fun, family events taking place in Laois for Heritage Week has been launched. The week, which takes place from August 17th – 25th, aims to celebrate all the best of the built, natural and … Read the rest
Work has started on this initiative and should be completed this week. As part of the Creative Ireland Laois programme, this project was developed in partnership with the Arts Office, Heritage Office and students at Coláiste Dhún Masc to design … Read the rest
The theme for Heritage Week this year is “Sharing Stories” and with over 70 events registered for Laois so far, this year promises to be one of the best yet. The full guide to all the fun, family events happening … Read the rest
Laois Creative Ireland Laois Programme 2020 has developed and adapted through the challenges arising from Covid-19 restrictions click here for an overview of the programme so far 2020 and plans for 2021, https://laois.ie/departments/creative-ireland/
Running now since 2018 the Laois Creative … Read the rest
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 – … Read the rest
The first people in Laois were bands of hunters and gatherers who passed through the county about 8,500 years ago. They hunted in the forests that covered Laois and fished … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
Implementation of the Laois Heritage Plan 2014 – 2019 is complete. Work on preparing a new Heritage Plan to cover the period 2020 to 2025 is underway.
Below are details and summary reports of the projects undertaken withe Heritage Council … Read the rest
Laois Heritage Plan 2007-2013 Projects
Each year, a number of projects from the Heritage Plan are undertaken by the Laois Heritage Forum, with the support of the Heritage Council and Laois County Council. For information on any of these projects, … Read the rest
Architecture is the design of buildings and other structures. In the broadest sense, this includes the whole of our built environment, from urban design, landscape architecture and building design down to architectural features such as doorways and street furniture.
The … Read the rest
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As more and more information is available on the internet, Laois is making its presence felt! Below is just a selection of the great resources available to anyone with an interest in the built, natural or cultural heritage of the … Read the rest