07 Dec 2021

Sensational St Patrick's Day display promised by Dunamaise Arts Centre

Portlaoise Parade Grand Marshall honour for town's arts centre

st patrick's day

Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise

Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise kick starts its 20th Anniversary celebrations in style as it leads Portlaoise Parade as Grand Marshal this St Patrick’s Day.

The Dunamaise team has put together a creative team to create what it promises will be a sensational and colourful display of artistic and theatrical elements. This will involve many local groups and schools who have or will take to the stage at Dunamaise.

With children and community at the heart of this year’s theme for the parade in Portlaoise, Dunamaise Arts Centre Director Michelle de Forge was keen to involve as many of its patrons and participants as possible. 

“Dunamaise Arts Centre brings the arts to life in Laois and we are privileged to be able to celebrate this with such an honour as being Grand Marshal at this year’s parade. We are a creative place for imaginative storytelling through all art forms.

"We support hundreds of professional and amateur artists and performers to connect with our audiences of all ages and backgrounds, presenting the very best of high quality, impactful, inspirational and entertaining arts and creative experiences in the midlands.

"We are delighted to celebrate Dunamaise in this year’s parade with many of our regular performers and supporters walking with us to spread the word about all we do. We encourage our local community to keep supporting us and the arts in Laois and beyond.

"All our local performers and super supporters are welcome to march with us on the day. The more colourful entertainment, the better for all our community,’’ she said.

Dunamaise Arts Centre will announce various events throughout the year to celebrate its 20th anniversary and commemorate this milestone. 

The Dunamaise Arts Centre consists of a 240 seat theatre and cinema, an art gallery, cafe and workshop spaces. The arts centre has welcomed a vast breadth of professional and amateur artists and productions to its stage and gallery.

A few significant memories include a visit from President Michael D. Higgins, a performance by The Chieftains, the receipt of actor Robert Sheehan’s famous hoodie from RTÉ’s popular Love Hate series during his Ambassadorship and many more wonderful events.

Aside from the many professional touring theatre productions, musicians, dance artists and films, Dunamaise Arts Centre provides a professional stage with the best of equipment, expertise and facilities for thousands of children and local performers every year since its opening in May 1999.

With its new tagline of ‘All Roads Lead to Something Wonderful at Dunamaise’ meaning that whether you’re on the stage or seated in the audience,  walking through the gallery or enjoying a coffee in the cafe, something wonderful is brought to life because of your local arts centre.

Portlaoise Parade starts at 12.30pm from County Hall Portlaoise.

For all events at Dunamaise Arts Centre please see

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