What to see in County Laois?
Check out all the places I’ve been visiting in County Laois.
I attended on Day 2 of The National & World Ploughing Championships 2022. Which took in Ratheniska, County Laois from September 20th – 22nd. I was lucky because the weather was very good. Among many attractions especially I enjoyed Live Music & Irish Dancing and also the Vintage Display. As I found out, for over 30 years. […]Read More
In September I attended first time in a very special event – The National & World Ploughing Championships. Must admit I found it a very interesting experience. Also, it was a great opportunity to see the best of Irish country’s culture. The National & World Ploughing Championships is Europe’s largest outdoor event. It returned to […]Read More
Dunamase or The Rock of Dunamase is a spectacular rocky limestone outcrop in the townland of Park or Dunamase in County Laois. Situated between Carlow and Portlaoise on the N80 road. It takes its name from the Irish Dún Másc, meaning the ‘Fort of Masc’. Dunamase was the seat or fort of the ancient Irish kings […]Read More
Killeshin Church of Ireland is an Anglican church also known as Killeshin Church Graiguecullen. It is located at Church Road in Graiguecullen. It`s only 1,2 km from the center of Carlow Town. The spire of the church is clearly visible from the hill in Carlow Town Park. Thus, situated on the west side of the […]Read More
I stopped to see the Catholic Grotto to Our Lady Of Lourdes located at Rossmore, County Laois. The year 1954 was declared by Pope Pius XII as the ‘Marian Year‘ and around Ireland hundreds of statues, shrines, chapels, and grottos were erected, many of which can still be seen on roadsides across the country. Catholic […]Read More
I discovered Mass Rock in Killeshin, County Laois. The Irish name for a Mass Rock is Carraig an Aifrinn. So, a Mass Rock was a rock used as an altar in mid-17th century Ireland as a location for Catholic Mass. Moreover, it is believed that there are hundreds if not thousands of Mass Rocks strewn […]Read More
Another very picturesque place on The Barrow Way is Clogrennan Lock (known locally as Lanigan’s Lock) in County Laois. It is a beautiful spot to go for a walk, very close to Carlow Town (3,8 km), and offered beautiful views. The location on the banks of the River Barrow makes it a common fishing spot. […]Read More
Sleaty Church is a medieval church and National Monument of Ireland, located in County Laois. This Church is located about 2.5 km north of Carlow town, on the west bank of the River Barrow. St. Fiacc`s first monastery was on the other side of the River Barrow, but after 60 of his monks had died […]Read More
I discovered recently Killeshin Waterworks Reservoir Amenity Park and it made me impress. Beautiful scenery and had an accessible pathway. Very peaceful place to walk and clear your head. And it is located 5km (only an 8-minute drive) from Carlow Town. Moreover, Killeshin has many interesting features, like Killeshin Hills, Killeshin Church and its Romanesque […]Read More
What makes Killeshin Church quite unique and different from all the others is its stone-carved Romanesque Doorway. Killeshin is a small village in County Laois. Derives its name from one of the abbots of its famous monastery – Uisin, meaning the Cell or church of Uisin. It is situated just five kilometers west of Carlow […]Read More
There is a fantastic view from Killeshin Hills viewpoint over Carlow Town. So, on a clear day, be sure to go up the Killeshin Hills. Where you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of Carlow town. It’s equally impressive by night. Moreover, this viewing point is situated just a few minutes drive from Carlow town […]Read More
Timahoe is a small, quiet village in County Laois. Located 12 km south of Portlaoise on the R426 road, near the famous Electric Picnic town of Stradbelly. The village is situated in a wide valley rich in fertile soils. The houses are situated around a large circular green area called The Goosegreen. There is a […]Read More
Stradbally is a town in County Laois. Known for its Steam Rally and the Electric Picnic. It is located on the N80 National Secondary Route. So it is approximately 12km east of Portlaoise and 7km from Junction 16 on the M7 Motorway. The history of Stradbally dates to the 6th century. When they established monastery […]Read More
Driving from Carlow to Stradbally you will find this impressive ruins of Oughaval Church stand on a hill overlooking the flat surrounding lands of County Laois. It’s a quite unusually shaped church. It is so unlike many of the church ruins that we normally find scattered around the countryside. Looking rather taller in height. The […]Read More