VIDEO: Chinese tourists showing big interest in Laois heritage

New multilingual tourist apps and videos featuring stories of Laois Heritage, are attracting attention in China as well as France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan


The apps commissioned by Laois Heritage Forum to boost tourism, have been downloaded by over 4,000 people worldwide, including 1,000 Chinese viewers, and Laois Heritage Officer Catherine Casey is hoping they will come and visit. 

Laois has never looked so good, thanks to three new beautifully shot and narrated videos now available for the world to see online.

The short videos were commissioned by Laois Heritage Forum, who have also released an new smartphone app featuring audio guides of sites.

The ten minute clips cover the history of towns like Durrow, Portlaoise, Stradbally, Portarlington and Abbeyleix, the monastic sites of Laois, and Donaghmore Famine Museum.

Each has been translated into Irish, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, available on YouTube and in a new app created by Abarta Audio Guides, already downloaded 4,000 times.

Heritage Officer Catherine Casey is hopeful they will bring international tourists to Laois, as well as showing Irish tourists and schoolchildren the history of the county.

"If only a portion of those viewing it come to visit, that would be brilliant. We are hugely impressed with the download figures so far, but we also hope the Irish language version will be used by schools, and we would love more Irish people to download the app and come to Laois," she said.

The films are also available to visitors at Timahoe Heritage Centre, Heritage House Museum and Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural Museum.

The videos can be seen on Laois Heritage Forum's Youtube channel,

The audio guides can be downloaded at…