Excitement building for 'bigger and better' Old Fort Quarter Festival in Laois

Michelle Hogan


Michelle Hogan



Portlaoise is building up to a festive summer weekend celebrating the history and heritage of the town with the return of the Old Fort Quarter festival.

The festival, which is in its third year, will burst into life on Main Street, Portlaoise on June 22, 23 and 24. 

Launching on Friday evening with the help of Laois TD and Minister Charlie Flanagan and Chairperson of the Hertage Council of Ireland, Michael Parsons the festival will get off to a great start.

Full line up of free family events at Old Fort Quarter Festival in Laois.

Friday night will see acts like The Jury, The Frank and Walters and an Oasis Tribute entertain the town until late.

Saturday and Sunday will be geared towards families, free events will run throughout the days alongside a food market and plenty of lively, local music. 

In an exciting addition this year, many free family activities have been added to the already brilliant line up with the addition of Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of creativity for children and young people.

The free events for all the family will be held at Fitzmaurice Place, Main Street and the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Cork band The Frank and Walters 'delighted' to return to Laois for Old Fort Quarter Festival.

The huge lineup of free activities includes painting and art, cupcake decorating, shield making, henna art, hair braiding, dance, theatre, street performers, stilt walkers, circus skills workshop and much more!

Families will have a chance to fill up on delicious food at the Old Fort Food Market and listen to excellent music all weekend.

There will be comedy upstairs in Kavanagh's on Saturday and Sunday from around 4pm and plenty of opportunities to learn about the history and heritage of Portlaoise through walking tours, talks and heritage themed activities.

Sharon Shannon's vegan stall and Laois food producers feature in Old Fort Food Festival.

Ivor O'Loughlin is the Chairperson of the Old Fort Quarter committee.

“This year, the festival will be bigger and better than ever, with two music stages, a new dedicated comedy stage, plenty of history and heritage events and displays for all the family, a comic book convention and some of the very best in Irish, artisan foods.

“I’d like to sincerely thank our sponsors, supporters and the Old Fort Quarter. In particular, I would like to thank the members of the Old Fort Quarter committee, who have been working hard behind the scenes to make this happen.

“Anyone looking to attend this weekend should look at out our website or Facebook page to check out this year’s line-up and to plan their visit in advance,” he said.

WATCH: Laois musicians James O'Connor and Alan Smyth's new band to play Old Fort stage.

The Old Fort Quarter Festival is sponsored by Rockshore Irish Lager and is supported by the Laois Partnership. Further details about the festival are available on the website: www.oldfortquarter.ie. The Leinster Express is local media sponsor.