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County Laois Travel Guide
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Laois, Queen's County or O'Moore County, is situated in the midlands. It is not so far away from Dublin so many people commute to work from here. Laois is a landlocked county and doesn't even border a county that has access to the sea.
Top Things to See and Do
The Slieve Bloom Mountains form the character and physical beauty of Laois. There is nothing quite like a drive or hike around the mountains.
Rock of Dunamase is a very important historical site in Ireland. It is believed to have been settled in the 9th century. The Rock is located on the crest of a valley with a dramatic view over the Holy Trinity Church.
Emo Court was designed in 1790 by architect James Gandon for the first Earl of Portarlington. Today, it is a museum protected by Duchas, the Irish Heritage Board.
Castle Durrow is an excellent example of pre-Palladian style house in Ireland. It has been developed as a hotel.
Stradbally Hall is owned by the Cosby family. Queen Elizabeth I granted the Cosby family the hall in 1562. The estate has held the Electric Picnic every year since 2004.
Mountmellick Quaker Museum shows the importance of the Quaker community in the history of Mountmellick. They turned Mountmellick into an industrial town at the end of the 19th century. Industries included brewing, distilling, glass production and wool and cotton production.
Cullohill Castle is a ruined tower house, just outside the village of Cullohill.
Dunamase Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Gash Gardens are in Castletown. Castletown is situated on the River Nore. It is a quiet and clean village. It has won the Tidy Town's Competition once before, in 2002.
Timahoe Round Tower
Borris in Ossory is home to the oldest ossory in Ireland. Among the bones contained here are those of Daniel O'Connell, The Liberator.
The ruins of Kilmoroney House lie outside Barrowhouse on the Carlow Road. This Georgian house was owned by the Weldon family. Barrowhouse was also the scene of the last casualties of the Irish War of Independence. There is a memorial to the two men who died in an ambush to attack the R.I.C.
Ballaghmore Castle, built in 1480, contains an interesting feature, a sheela-na-gig. The sheela-na-gig was common in most old Irish castles as a charm to protect the castle from evil. The image of the sheela-na-gig is that of a haggard woman and an exposed vagina.
Aghaboe Abbey is an Augustinian priory built on a monastery that was founded by St Canice.
The Croppy Grave in Rathdowney that commemorates a revolutionary who was executed and buried here in 1798.
Irish Steam Preservation Society Museum in Stradbally remembers the steam engine in Ireland.
Irish Fly Craft
Donaghmore Agricultural Museum
The River Barrow
The Grand Canal
The Electric Picnic is the Irish version of Glastonbury. Rock, indie and electric music... Over the years bands and singers like The Manic Street Preachers, PJ Harvey, The Super Furry Animals, the Pet Shop Boys, Nick Cave and Sigur Ros have perofrmed here, just to mention a few. It takes place in Stradbally Hall at the end of August or early September.
The Day of Darkness is a metal festival held in Ballylinan in July.
The Festival of the Mountain is held in June/July in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Stradbally Steam Rally is a chance to see steam engines in operation. It is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
www.laois-nationalist.ie/ - Local newspaper
Neighbor regions/States: Offaly, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary
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Edited by: derick on 11.06.2010 on 17.05.2010 derick on 17.05.2010