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Our guide to what’s on at the weekend

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After a hectic couple of months in the lead up to Christmas and New Year things are a little quieter this weekend.  

It seems to be all about getting out and about for January with lots of walks and outdoor adventures running this weekend.  

The new Slieve Bloom walks schedule has been launched for 2019 with at least one walk on in Laois almost every weekend. Their annual membership is just €20 and now would be a great time to sign up.  

Operation Transformation walks are happening across the county in four different locations this year so there will be no excuses to stay indoors this weekend.

Sharon Shannon is in Dunamaise Arts Centre this weekend and tickets are limited so book soon.

THURSDAY JANUARY 10

I’m Not Here

A very touching THEATREclub Production comes to Dunamaise Arts Centre this Thursday.

‘I’m Not Here’ is a personal meditation, in which Doireann Coady works through grief for her brother Donal after his death by suicide 3,104 days ago.

The Arts Review gave it 4 stars and states that it is, “A compelling case for suicide prevention…pain…anger…hatred..love…guilt… Doireann…delivers one of the bravest, rawest, emotionally exhausting performances you’re ever likely to see.”

Tickets cost €14/€16 and begins at 8pm. For tickets or to find out more see here

FRIDAY JANUARY 11

Sharon Shannon

Join the button accordion player extraordinaire from County Clare for a great night’s entertainment in Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Sharon also puts on a great show and they are a very limited number of tickets available. The show begins at 8pm and tickets cost €25. For tickets see here

Table quiz for Panama and Zambia

A table quiz is being held to raise funds for those heading out to the Panama and Zambia for volunteer work in DeBruins Bar at 8.30pm. €10 per person entering.

SATURDAY JANUARY 12

Capers Variety Show Semi Final

Beat the January Blues with a night filled with talent, entertainment & fun.

Presented by Barryroe Macra in Mountmellick Arts Centre at 8pm on Saturday.

Tickets are €10 for Macra members and €12 for non-members. It’s guaranteed to be a great night full of fun.

Operation Transformation Walks 2019 Laois

Get the year off to a great start with a family walk and join in the great operation transformation movement to get more active in 2019.  

Laois Sports Partnership have put together a series of walks around the county on Saturday so there is bound to be one near you.

There are multiple length walks available at some locations. All walks are free to take part and will run in the following locations.

  • Emo Court 5K – Meet at Emo Community Centre at 11am
  • Stradbally – Ballykilcavan Farm 3k & 5k – Meet at Ballykilcavan House, Stradbally at 11am
  • Durrow – Capponellagh Woods 5k & 8k – Meet The Square, Durrow at 11am
  • Portlaoise Slí na Slainte 5k Meet at Leisure Centre Portlaoise  at 11am

Note that all walks begin at 11am and registration is open from 10.30am at all locations.  You are requested to register online here.

Slieve Bloom Guided Walk

The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is Camcor River Guided Walk.  

This walk is a Grade B 5km walk and takes 2-3 hours so its suitable for all levels of fitness.

Meeting point is Kinnitty Community Centre at 2.30am. €5 per walk or €20 annual membership. For more information see here

SUNDAY JANUARY 13

Cake sale in Portlaoise 

The Panama pilgrimage is busy fundraising this weekend! There is a cake sale for the pilgrimage in Portlaoise parish centre after 11.15am mass and 12.30pm mass.

Slieve Bloom Guided Walk

The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is Two Rivers Guided Walk.  

This walk is a Grade A 10km walk and takes 4 hours so a good level of fitness is required. Meeting point is at Clonaslee Community Centre at 11am.

 €5 per walk or €20 for annual membership.

Family Forest Day – Emo Park Woods

The next family forest day is this Sunday in Emo Park Woods. Activities will be centred around exploring what is happening in our woodland environment in January.

There will be games, crafts and exploration of different types of shelter the forest can provide to both animal and us.

It costs  €10 per person (adult/child). Under 4’s are free of charge when accompanying older siblings and grandparents go free too.

Places are very limited in order to keep group size small and booking is essential. For more information / booking details contact Barbara at reconnectwithnatureirl@gmail.com or phone 087-2073121.

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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