1 day in County Laois Itinerary

1 day in County Laois Itinerary

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Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Emo Court, and then explore the striking landscape at Rock of Dunamase.

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Dublin to Portlaoise is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Portlaoise

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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County Laois travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Gardens · Bars & Clubs
County Laois is a county in Ireland. It is located in the south of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster, and was formerly known as Queen's County. The modern county takes its name from Loígis, a medieval kingdom.Laois County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 80,559, according to the 2011 census - 20% higher than it was in the 2006 census, which is the highest percentage of population growth in the country.HistoryPrehistoricThe 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 in its rivers, gathering nuts and berries to supplement their diets.Next came Ireland’s first farmers. These people of the Neolithic period (4000 to 2500 BC) cleared forests and planted crops. Their burial mounds remain in Clonaslee and Cuffsborough.Starting around 2500 BC, the people of the Bronze Age lived in Laois. They produced weapons, tools and golden objects. Visitors to the county can see a stone circle they left behind at Monamonry, as well as the remains of their hill forts at Clopook and Monelly. Skirk, near Borris-in-Ossory, has a Bronze Age standing stone and ring fort. The body of Cashel Man indicates that ritual killing took place around 2000 BC.The next stage is known as the pre-Christian Celtic Iron Age. For the first time iron appeared in Ireland, as factions fought bloody battles for control of the land. At Ballydavis, archaeologists have discovered ring barrows that date from this time period.

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