Party in Portlaoise's Old Fort Quarter

Party in Portlaoise's Old Fort Quarter

Portlaoise celebrates its historic past with mix of medieval and 21st Century entertainment that is sure to have something for all the family.

The Old Fort Quarter Festival draws its title and theme from the little known, but fascinating history of the original ‘Fort of Maryborough’ and offers a weekend of free family fun and live music on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June on Main Street, Portlaoise.

A jam packed programme of events will run from noon to midnight each day. Street Theatre including stilt walkers, jugglers, puppet shows, giant games, family art workshops and more fun daily.

On Sunday, a range of medieval heritage displays offer a taste of life in Maryborough Fort with displays by a Blacksmith, Armoury and more from Irish Arms re-enactment group.

Live Music on Main Street includes top acts; Interskalactic, Big Generator, Poguetry in Motion, Transmitter, Strength In Numbers - eire, The Valves and more each evening.

Beginning in 1547AD as a defensive fortification against the local clans, the town of Maryborough (now Portlaoise) developed around the site of the Fort. The Festival is the first major public event to raise awareness of the significance of the Old Fort. Longer term plans include branding that section of town as the 'Old Fort Quarter', from Main Street to Fitzmaurice Place and along Church Avenue and Railway Street on each side, in order to identify this section of the town as a cultural/heritage site.

The Festival Committee are working closely with the Gardai and Laois County Council to make sure all necessary advance arrangements regarding temporary street closure of lower Main Street, traffic flow, parking arrangements and security are in place, to ensure a safe, family friendly and positive atmosphere is created for the weekend long Festival.

Main Street Portlaoise will be thriving on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June for this fantastic weekend of entertainment for all to enjoy. For updates on this exciting event check local press and follow Old Fort Quarter on Facebook or Twitter. The Festival is kindly supported by Laois County Council, Laois Heritage Society, Dunamaise Arts Centre and local businesses.

Along with the weekend programme of events the Rep of Ireland V France match will be shown on a big Screen on the Main Stage at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday.

Come along and enjoy the festival.