County Laois

The county name derives from Loígis, In the 11th century, its dynastic rulers adopted the surname Ua/Ó Mórdha. They claimed descent from a member of the Red Branch Knights.
Motto: I bpáirt leis an bpobal ‘In partnership with the community’.

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Laois

The Athens of Ireland

The Rock of Dunamase, Dunamase. County Laois    c. 1170   The Rock of Dunamase is one of Ireland's most impressive locations for a castle as it sits on a limestone outcrop 150 feet above the [...]

Once the finest country house in Laois & recently voted one of the top 10 castle hotels in the World

Castle Durrow is located in the village of Durrow in co.Laois. This beautiful 'country pile' was built between 1712 and 1716 as a family home by Captain William Flower. Flower was the MP for Kilkenny [...]

Only 200 years to complete this country pile, James Gandon & the Jesuits

Emo Court, Emo. County Laois          1790 Emo Court is a country villa designed, but not built by the famous architect James Gandon. Gandon is best known for his great public buildings in Dublin which include The [...]

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