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Our guide to what’s on at the weekend

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We are constantly amazed in Laois Tourism at the diversity of events that take place across the county.  This weekend we have Jerry Fish, Red Hurley, Transmitter, Delorentos, Pink Floyd and David Bowie tribute bands, 80’s night, cabarets, vintage cars and trucks, pottery, walks and fundraisers. 

It really reflects all tastes and traditions in the county and these events are a great attraction for both people living here and visiting. Well done to all the businesses, community groups, clubs and committees who work so hard to bring us such great events. Now to plan our weekend!


“Reconnect” Pottery Workshop

This free workshop with ceramic artist Cathy Whelan is running in the Arthouse in Stradbally.  It is suitable for beginners upwards and it’s a great introduction to pottery under expert guidance.  So why not pop into the arthouse and get your creative juices flowing.

The workshop is free but booking is essential and runs from 4pm to 6pm.  To book call 057 8664013/33 or email artsoff@laoiscoco.ie.

Jerry Fish- Piano Tour

Jerry Fish is a showman extraordinaire and he captures the hearts and minds of audiences with his legendary live shows.  Don’t miss out on this unique live theatrical experience. Jerry will be performing his favourite songs in this intimate piano show, with excerpts from his sell-out Fringe theatre show. A guaranteed up-lifting night out for all.  Tickets are on sale at the Dunamaise Arts Centre and are €20.  Show kicks off at  8pm. For more information see here

Transmitter – Live Music

Transmitter are always a big draw in Portlaoise and this Friday they have paired up with Park Ratheniska Ladies GAA to create a fundraiser that guarantees a great night out.   So support the ladies by coming along to Kavanaghs Bar & Venue from 9.30.  Tickets are € 10 and are available online and at the door. 

The Trade – Live Music

More live music in Sheeran’s Pub, Coolrain this weekend.  This father & daughter duo are at the top of their game and a great night is on the cards.  There is no cover charge and music runs from 10pm. For more information call (057) 860 6826.

Portlaoise Lions Club annual charity book sale

The annual charity book sale will take place in the Laois Shopping Centre on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October from 10am to 5pm each day.
Donations of quality books, records etc. will be gratefully accepted on each day of sale, or alternatively, collection of donated books can be arranged by phoning Richard at 085-1743836. All Proceeds in aid of local charities.



The True Surrender tour kicks off this weekend with Portlaoise being the first location to promote and celebrate the new album, True Surrender. So this is your opportunity to be the first to hear their new tracks played live in Kavanaghs Bar & Venue.  The gig begins at 9.30 and tickets are €18. 

An Evening with Red Hurley

A great night’s entertainment is promised as Red returns to the Dunamaise stage, celebrating over 40 years in show business. Red has a great set list including his many chart hits, while also interpreting beautiful and moving performances of inspirational classics. So don’t miss him in the Dunmaise Arts Centre at 8pm. Tickets are on sale here.

Dark Side of the Moon – A Pink Floyd Production.  

The team at  Lennon’s Bar & Venue, Durrow have put together a really great night this Saturday in aid of a most deserving charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.   Come along and see two amazing bands, Us & Them and Diamond Dogs who are Pink Floyd & David Bowie tribute acts. Tickets are €10 and gig begins at 9pm. 

Castlefleming Community Alert Cabaret

Castlefleming Community Alert are holding a fundraiser in Fitzpatrick’s Lounge, Clonmore.  This is a great way to support the local community and also have a great night out. Music on the night is by Blueprint from 8pm. Tickets are €8 and will be available on the door & from committee members.

Charity Truck & Tractor Run, Camross

Camross this Saturday is another great example of the wonderful community spirt that exists all across Laois.  Come along and join in the Charity Truck and Tractor Run in in aid of Laois Down Syndrome Ireland. Registration takes place from 4pm at Bergins Camross Inn with the Run beginning at 7pm.  

There will be a BBQ, monster raffle and great music afterwards in Bergin’s so a great night guaranteed. So get your entries in, trucks are €30 and tractors €20. For more information contact David,087 2750479 or Barry, 087 7595836.

Party at the Back

Who doesn’t love an 80’s night? For all the late night owls who want to party make your way to Manhattan Mixer, Portlaoise from 12am til late.   There’s no cover charge.

Ballyfin Steam Trashing Festival

Ballyfin Vintage and Veterans Club are delighted to bring back a steam trashing festival to Ballyfin for the first time in 70 years.  The Club have put together a great 2 days of vintage machinery, tractors and cars and a great family day out. On Saturday the threashing steam engine will travel from Mountmellick at 3pm and will arrive at the Deadmans Inn at 5pm.  Come along and see the vintage cars, trucks and machinery. An auto jumble will also be held. The night will continue with music and craic til late. 


Ballyfin Steam Trashing Festival

Ballyfin Vintage and Veterans Club are delighted to bring back a steam trashing festival to Ballyfin for the first time in 70 years.  The fun continues on Sunday with threshing from 12 noon. Come along and see this old craft in action. Also music, raffles, bouncing castles and fun for all the family.

Slieve Bloom Guided Walk

The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is at The Fungi Walk in Glenbarrow.  This walk is a 10km Grade B walk and takes 4 hours so suitable for good level of fitness. Meeting point is Glenbarrow Car Park at 11am .  €5 per walk or €20 annual membership.

Coffee-n-Cake morning in aid of “Friends of St. Luke’s”

Cocoa Couture, Mountmellick is hosting a Coffee N Cake morning from 11am -1pm in aid of St Luke’s Cancer Care, Dublin.  Come along and enjoy a delicious treat and support a very deserving cause. Donations requested on the day. For more information call Catherine on 089 706 2437.

Alan Mulhall Memorial Run/Walk

This is a lovely event organised by Alan’s family to both remember Alan who died tragically last year and to raise funds for another very deserving charity, Rainbows Ireland. So come out and stretch your legs and enjoy a run or walk around the spectacular Emo Court.  Donations are requested and the event begins at 12 noon in the car park at Emo Court.

If you would like to have something included in our What’s On Guide email us on info@laoistoday.ie or call 057 8670722

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