Important Laois heritage site has gone green for St Patrick's Day

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Important Laois heritage site has gone green for St Patrick's Day

Timahoe round tower lit up in green

A towering example of Laois heritage has gone green for St Patrick's celebrations.

Timahoe Round Tower bears more resemblance to a Star Wars light sabre this week, thanks to the efforts of a local committee.

The tower which is over 1,000 years old, is the most elaborately carved in Ireland. It was the centre of a monastic site founded by St Mochua, and is now at the heart of Timahoe village near Portlaoise.

Roghan Headen is on the Tigh Mochua le Chéile committee.

"We were asked by the Department of Heritage to light up our national monument sites in Laois and we are only too happy to do so in Timahoe. Our tower is 96 feet tall and features ornately carved Hiberno Romanesque carvings. Our visitor centre will be open for the season in the coming weeks and we welcome visitors to take a tour and enjoy our playground and village," he said.

A growing attraction for tourists, Timahoe Heritage Centre has a visitor centre and an upcoming Viking festival in June marking 1,100 years since it was attacked by vikings.

Timahoe Heritage Centre will have a float in the Portlaoise parade to spread the word about their tower and festival. 

See Timahoe Heritage Centre website here.

Other sites that have gone green in Laois include Heywood Gardens, Abbeyleix Library and Laois County Council offices.