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Want to get out of the house? There’s a range of great events around the county this St Stephen’s Day

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You’ve had the turkey and ham, probably a couple of drinks, a half a box of Roses and you’ve watched enough bad TV to do you until the New Year.

Now it’s time to start thinking of getting out of the house.

And there is an amount of events around the county today to keep you entertained. Many of them are exercise-based but they won’t be too hard on you.

Ballyroan, Clonaslee, Durrow and Gathabawn are among the places that are hosting organised walks or runs.

And we also have details of some of the live music on in Laois this evening.


Slieve Bloom Guided Walk

The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is The Durrow Leafy Loops Walk.  This walk is a Grade B 14km walk and takes 4 hours so a good level of fitness is required.

Meeting point is at Castle Arms Hotel at 11am.  €5 per walk or €20 annual membership.

Ballyroan Abbey’s Annual St Stephens Day 5km Run

Why not join the annual St Stephen’s day 5k fun run where you can work off the Christmas dinner and swap Santa stories.

Lots of prizes for adults and juvenile runners on the day with refreshments served after in the community hall.  Registration from 10.00 run begins at 11am sharp.

Laois Hospice Annual St Stephen’s Day Walk

Join the annual mountain walk for Laois Hospice in Clonaslee on St Stephen’s day.  There will be 2 walks with the longer one beginning at 12 noon and the shorter one at 1pm.

Registration is at the Clonaslee Community Centre before both walks. Sponsorship/ donations are requested on the day.

Gathabawn Loop St Stephen’s Day Walk

Another annual charity walk and a great excuse to get out and about!  This year’s charities are Lisdowney Saint Vincent De Paul and Gathabawn Rural Development Group.  There are two loops, one is the full 12km and the shorter one is 7km.

The walk begins at 12 noon and registration takes place at Mackey’s Bar from 11.30am.  Soup will be provided for all walkers at the end.

The Jury – Live Music

Another favourite play Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue St Stephen’s Night. There is no cover charge and the gig begins at 10pm.

Kora Griffin

Kora Griffin is back in Sheeran’s Pub, Coolrain with live music from 10pm. There is no cover charge

SEE ALSO – Your full guide to What’s On in Laois this Christmas