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In Pictures: Hundreds flock to Portlaoise as live music scene finally resumes

After more than 500 days of shut down, live music has finally returned to Laois in the last week.

From Friday, August 27 to Saturday, September 11, Kavanagh’s @ Old Fort Quarter have been hosting live performances in front of audiences.

This is located in the school yard of Scoil Mhuire just off Main Street in Portlaoise.

While capacities have been capped at 200 people, the craic has been mighty.

There are still five gigs left and there are a small number of tickets available for each.

Photographer Alf Harvey has been covering the various gigs over the last number of days.

Below we have pictures from some of them.

The first selection is from Pogueology and James O’Connor who brought the house down on Saturday night.

While Sunday saw Transmitter draw a similar reaction from the sold out crowd.

Check them out below:

Pogueology & James O’Connor Music

Pat McMahon, Dan Phelan, Liam McKenna and Davy Wrest at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Aidan Kelly, Orla Calt, Colm Kelly, James McKeon and Declan and Nuala Kelly at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Joe and Eileen Duff at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Declan Dunne, Pamela La Cumbre, Eamonn Dunne, Bernadette Dunne, Zoe Osborne and Eamon Dunne at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Claire Foyle, Sinead McNamara, Liz Connell, Phylo Nolan, Mary Duff and Oonagh Fennell at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Angela and Marie Hanlon at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Lauren Kelly, Anna Bracken, Peter Keily, Murt Kelly, Hazel Kelly and Ivan Bracken at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Gretta Fogarty, Kevin Fogarty, Derek Walsh and at back Linda and MIchael Timperley at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Denis and Fiona Donoghue at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Sinead Martin, Caroline Ryan, Darragh Hyland, Katie Ryan and John McCormack at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Aoife Sweeney, Orla Scully, Conor Sweeney, Kathy Scully, Trish Lalor and Kathleen Scully at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Marie Keyes, Margot Macomer, Mags Gardiner and Deirdre Holland at Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Pogueology perform in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
James O’Connor & his Band of Alan Smyth, Niall Harney and Kevin Connolly in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
James O’Connor & his Band of Alan Smyth, Niall Harney and Kevin Connolly in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
James O’Connor & his Band of Alan Smyth, Niall Harney and Kevin Connolly in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Brian O’Mahony leads Pogueology in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Transmitter 

Jennie O’Neill, Danielle Towell, Joanne Harding and Tracy Farrell in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Stuart Quinn, Transmitter in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Producer Brendan Fitzpatrick in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Brian Killeen, Abbeyleix, support act to Transmitter in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Eve Culleton, Aedin Doran and Olivia Kiernan in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Damien Fitzpatrick, Nick O’Neill, Fidelma Lawless, Colm Kelly and Ray Fitzpatrick in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Garry and Sierra Scully; Marianne and Cormac McStay and Niall O’Loughlin (at back) in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Pre wedding party time for Sinead Delaney (Errill) and Kevin Finlay (Borris in Ossory) front right who are getting married in Portugal on the 13th September next, pictured in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Aimee Cummins, Pauline O’Brien, Lynn O’Reilly, Claire O’Brien, Tracey Houlihan and Aileen Maher in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Aimee Minihan, Donal Doyle and birthday girl Jennifer O’Shea in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Aisling Bracken, Annita Deffew, Serina Hickey and Claire Carthy in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Eva Fennell, Cathal Maher, Tara Buggie, Jack Kennedy, Benny Carroll and Fiona Kelly in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Cathy Garland, Gemma Levins, Ken Colton and Rachel Dollard in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Liz Cahill, Sharon Heavey and James Buggy in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Karen Carroll, Rebecca Carroll and Zoe Nolan in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Mary Doyle, Tracey O’Sullivan and Alison Doyle at Transmitter in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Lauren Maher, Cathal O’Sullivan, Aoife Cooney and Chloe Finlay in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying Transmitter in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Transmitter performing in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Transmitter playing in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying Transmitter in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying Transmitter in The Old Fort Quarter Portlaoise hosted by Kavanagh’s Pub as part of their Festival of Gigs.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.