Portlaoise has an array of fun and fascinating events lined up for National Heritage Week, embracing both its built and natural heritage.
For children there are lots of free events to entertain.
Bring them to ‘Homes for Wildlife’ in the people’s park on the Timahoe road, to do a bug hunt, and bird and bat box installations, on Monday August 24 from 12-2pm, all run by wildlife experts, tidy towns and men’s shedders.
The next day they can visit Portlaoise library for a wildlife art workshop with artist Gordon D’Arcy, from 1.15pm.
Other kids events include a fossil and rock workshop on Tuesday at 11am and a Vikings show on Wednesday at 11.45, both in the library.
Children are welcome to most events, including a walking tour of historic Portlaoise, starting at the statue of James Fintan Lalor, County Hall, on Saturday August 22 at 3pm.
Explore your family tree at a genealogy workshop for beginners , in Portlaoise library at 11am on August 22.
Architecture of Laois, Offaly and Kildare is the subject of a lecture in the library on Tuesday August 25 at 7.30pm.
Film archives of Laois will be dusted off and played again, in the Dunmaise Arts Centre at 8pm on Wednesday August 26, call 8663355 to book a seat.
One can learn how to search old Leinster Express issues at a free tutorial in Portlaoise library on Thursday August 27 at 6pm.
A new book ‘The Folk Tales of Laois’ will be launched on Thursday August 27 at 7pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.
The life and exploits of explorer Ernest Shackleton is the topic of a talk by Kevin Kenny on Monday August 24 in the Heritage Hotel at 8pm, adults only. That Friday an exhibition ‘Survival’ on Shackleton and Crean, opens in Portlaoise library at 7pm.
There is a Victorian variety show in the library on August 25 at 6.30, and a talk on Laois railways in Portlaoise Parish centre on Friday August 28. See www.heritageweek.ie