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 Ballickmoyler Road in Graiguecullen. It`s only 1,2 km from the centre of Carlow Town. The spire of the church is clearly visible from the hill in Carlow Town Park. This church which dates back to c1827, was […]Read More
The year 1954 was declared by Pope Pius XII as ‘Marian Year’ and around Ireland hundreds of statues, shrines, chapels and grottos were erected, many of which can still be see on roadsides across the country. Today, on almost every road in the country you will see statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually in […]Read More
The Irish name for a Mass Rock is Carraig an Aifrinn. A Mass Rock was a rock used as an altar in mid-17th century Ireland as a location for Catholic Mass. It is believed that there are hundreds if not thousands of Mass Rocks strewn all over the island of Ireland. Isolated locations were sought […]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), offered bautifull views. Location on the banks of the River Barrow makes it a common fishing spot. In particular, […]Read More
Sleaty Church is a medieval church and National Monument of Ireland, located in County Laois, Ireland. 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 […]Read More
Killeshin has many interesting features, like Killeshin Hills, Killeshin Church and its Romanesque Doorway, Uisean Park, and Old Killeshin Waterworks. I discovered recently Killeshin Waterworks Reservoir Amenity Park and it made me impress. Beautiful scenery and had an accessible path way. Very peaceful place to walk and clear your head. And it is located 5km […]Read More
Killeshin (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 kilometres west of Carlow town and overlooks the picturesque Barrow Valley. Located close to the border with Co. Carlow, the small medieval church […]Read More
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. This viewing point is situated just a few minutes drive from Carlow town centre. Killeshin is a small village in County Laois, situated five kilometres west of […]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