25 Sept 2022

Laois to welcome three times its population next month

Laois to welcome three times its population next month

Laois Chamber of Commerce has erected signs in preparation for two events that will see Laois welcome more than three times its own population next month.

The influx is thanks to the return of the Electric Picnic music festival in Stradbally and the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, which this year also plays host to the World Ploughing Championships. 

In anticipation of the major events, Laois Chamber has erected signs welcoming the visitors and directing them to the

The Electric Picnic, which was postponed during the Covid lockdowns, is expected to attract around 70,000 visitors over the weekend of September 2, 3 and 4. It’s followed weeks later by the National Ploughing Championships which draws a crowd of almost 300,000. It is being held in Ratheniska on September 20, 21 and 22.

The events provide a major boost for local businesses and service providers. Laois has a population of almost 92,000 people according to the latest Census figures. 

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