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Rock of Dunamase

Rock of Dunamase

Rock of Dunamase

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”.

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Rock of Dunamase

Creative Ireland Laois Programme undate

Photo Denis Byrne

Laois Youth Dance Ensemble perform “Collective Pieces” at the Dunamaise Theatre as part of Cruinniu Na Casca on Easter Monday. Photo Denis Byrne

Pupils from Holy Family school perform “Fluffle” at the Dunamaise Theatre on Easter monday.

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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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

Laois Heritage Plan 2014-2019

Implementation of the Laois Heritage Plan 2014 – 2019 in ongoing. This page will contain updates and summary reports on the projects undertaken. Copies of the Heritage Plan 2014-2019 can be downloaded below or hard copies ordered.


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Heritage Plan 2007 – 2013

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

Laois Garden Trail


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.

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Laois on the Web

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

Heritage Week

Heritage Week gets off to a wild start!

Kingfishers, swifts, bees and dippers all feature as the nature theme proves popular

National Heritage Week got off to a great start this week in Laois, with a great range of events … Read the rest