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The list of Laois events postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak

With colleges, schools and pre-schools set to close from tomorrow, Friday, March 13, until March 29 and restrictions placed on public gatherings due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, a long list of events locally.

The Government has banned public gatherings of over 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

Here we list the local events, in alphabetical order, that have been cancelled, changed or postponed.

If you have something you would like added to this list, then please email info@laoistoday.ie.


Basketball activity

Basketball Ireland announced on Wednesday night that they were postponing all games and activity with immediate effect.

Local club Portlaoise Panthers followed up on that by also announcing that “all our training, academies, games and events are suspended until further notice”.


Christy Moore concert in Midlands Park Hotel

Christy Moore had been due to play two concerts in the Midlands Park Hotel next week on Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20. He announced before the Government statement that he was pulling those two performances as well shows in Kilkenny and Killarney.


Dunamaise Arts Centre

The following events have been postponed in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

  • Songs for Charity – Friday, March 13
  • Chatterbox School of Speech & Drama Show – Sunday, March 15
  • Extra Ordinary – Wednesday, March 18
  • The Lost Messiahs – Friday, March 20
  • Harney School of Speech & Drama Showcase – Sunday, March 22
  • Robert Mizzell’s Nashville Song Book – Friday, March 24
  • Little Women – Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24/25
  • Halcyon Days – Friday, March 27
  • Curtain Call Stage School ‘Annie’ – Saturday, March 28
  • Art & Writing Classes

Michelle de Forge, Director of Dunamaise Arts Centre said: “We are trying our best to reschedule events where possible but all ticket holders to our March events are now entitled to a full refund, transfer to a new date or account credit for a future performance if preferred.

“Ticket holders will be contacted directly by the Box Office team in due course and we would ask them to please bear with us while we work through these calls and we thank them for their patience in doing so.”

“If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 057 8663355 or see www.dunamaise.ie . Keep up to date with rescheduled dates and any further announcements on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We look forward to welcoming all our patrons back to Dunamaise in the near future and appreciate their patience, understanding and ongoing support.”


Killenard Bridge Club

Killenard Bridge Club, who have members from Portarlington, Emo, Ballybrittas, Rath and Vicarstown have postponed all of their meetings until further notice.

The club meet every Monday night in the O’Dempsey’s GAA clubhouse.


Ladies Gaelic Football – O’Connor Cup

The third level Ladies football competitions – the O’Connor Cup were due to be on in Tralee this weekend with a number of Laois players involved. But that has also been postponed.


Laois County Council Civic Reception

A Laois County Council Civic Reception for the award-winning Portarlington Leisure Centre on Thursday night in county hall has been deferred to a later date.


Laois County Council trip to New York

The Laois County Council delegation to New York, including Fine Gael councillor Conor Bergin, for St Patrick’s Day has also been cancelled. 


Laois GAA €130 County Board Draw

The first of four monthly Laois GAA draws scheduled for Friday night will not be open to attend by club delegates as in previous years – though it will be attended by independent observers and streamed live on social media.

€10,000 is the first prize with almost €30,000 in total in 35 different prizes each month.


Laois GAA fixtures

A number of Laois GAA games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed. 

Among those are the Allianz Football League Division 2 game between Laois and Westmeath in Mullingar on Sunday and Laois v Down Lidl Ladies Football League Division 3 game.

There was also a large schedule of almost 30 Laois GAA club games – in hurling and football at adult and juvenile level – that have now been postponed also.

All GAA activities, including training and team gatherings, have been suspended until Sunday, March 29 (inclusive).


Mountmellick Drama Festival

Mountmellick Drama Festival Committee have announced the cancellation of the final two nights of this year’s festival.

Tonight’s production, Thursday, March 12, Eurydice and tomorrow night’s, The Cripple of Inishmaan will now not go ahead.

“We regret any inconvenience and disappointment this will cause,” they said in a statement.


Petmania Operation Transformation Dog Walk

An Operation Transformation Dog Walk organised by Petmania was due to be in Tullamore this weekend has been cancelled and announced on their Facebook page.


Portarlington Rugby Club – trip to Seville

Portarlington Rugby Club have a tradition of going on an overseas trip in March – but their tour to Seville this year has been postponed. A large group was due to travel while the club’s U-11 and U-12 teams were due to go to Wales – that has also been postponed.


Portlaoise CBS school tour to Italy

A number of students from Portlaoise CBS were due to go on school tour to Italy this week but that trip has also been cancelled with money to be refunded in full.


Rathdowney Pantomime

The 34th annual production of the Rathdowney Pantomime, due to start on Thursday, March 12 and run until Sunday, has been postponed also.
“Due to the recent announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning, the decision has been made at an urgent meeting by Rathdowney Panto committee and adult cast to postpone the panto until at least April pending further updates.

“We are thinking of cast, crew and the attending public in making this decision. Thank you all in advance for your co-operation and understanding. You can all be STARS ON STAGE in April all going well.”


Rosenallis GAA Tractor Run

Rosenallis GAA were due to have a fundraising Tractor Run this Sunday, March 15, but that has been postponed also.


St Patrick’s Day Parades

All St Patrick’s Day parades in Laois have been cancelled, as well as the bigger parades in the likes of Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.


Streets of Portlaoise 5K run

The hugely popular annual Portlaoise Athletic Club ‘Streets of Portlaoise’ 5km run on St Patrick’s Day has also been postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date.

“All entrants will be contacted by popup races outlining the options in respect of the rescheduled date.”

Vicarstown parkrun

The weekly Vicartsown parkrun on a Saturday and the junior parkrun on Sundays have both been cancelled until further notice.


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