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Rock of Dunamase, Glenbarrow, The Pantry, fishing and mountain biking – Love Island winner samples what Laois has to offer

Greg O'Shea Laois

Greg O’Shea has had the most interesting few years.

From playing rugby with Munster to winning Love Island and then going to the Olympics with the Irish rugby 7s team, it has just been one incredible experience after another.

This weekend he experienced something quite different, by spending the weekend in Laois and Offaly as part of a Discover Ireland promotion.

With just shy of a million followers on Instagram, his social media activity is all about the midlands this weekend.

His first stop on his three-day trip was to the Rock of Dunamase where he explored the ruins of the historic site and took in the splendid panoramic views.

From there he went to Portlaoise where he had a spot of lunch in The Pantry and then on to the Laois Angling Centre in Coolrain where he enjoyed some fishing before he crossed the border and checked into Kinnity Castle for the night, though dinner that night was in the Riverstown Restaurant.

The following day he was back in Laois to visit Glenbarrow and get in for a swim (plus a coffee from The Falls takeaway van) before heading to Bloome Riders in Kinnity to sample their electric mountain bike hire.

He then enjoyed a few pints of local craft beer in the Slieve Bloom Bar in Kinnity and dinner in the castle.

His final day was all about Birr, visiting Birr Equestrian Centre to go on a horse-riding trek around the Slieve Blooms before visiting Birr Castle and having lunch in the very popular Thatch Restaurant in Crinkle.

You can check out the highlights of his visit on his Instagram highlights. 

Greg O'Shea Laois
O’Shea exploring the Rock of Dunamase
Greg O'Shea Laois
Greg O’Shea at Glenbarrow after a brief swim

Greg O'Shea Laois Angling Centre

Greg O'Shea Laois
Having a coffee from ‘The Falls’ at the Glenbarrow car park

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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.