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"Welcome to Laois" Tour at The Rock of Dunamase - Photo: Michael Scully


A Sense of Place is the overarching theme in which culture and creativity are recognised as integral to life within County Laois with multi-faceted portals for everyone in the county to become involved in creativity and culture be that as initiators and innovators as well as participants and audiences.

In Laois through a multi-disciplinary programme and stand-alone projects, our intention is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; embrace and welcome new ideas; and create the conditions to help turn those ideas into reality and embed creativity into all aspects of the cultural, social and economic life of Laois.

Culture and Creativity is at the heart of our community and Creative Ireland provides a distinctive opportunity for County Laois to work strategically with our cultural, social and economic assets for the enrichment of the county.

The tools of Collaboration, Communication, Community, Participation, Inclusivity and Empowerment are paramount as points of inquiry and the platforming of our Sense of Place; informing strategic priorities underpinned with arts, heritage, libraries & archives, environment, enterprise, tourism, etc.

As a vibrant rural county proximate to Ireland’s capital and a gateway to the Irish midlands with a distinct built, natural and cultural heritage, our sense of place is reflective in traditional, current and future cultures and placemaking - a multi-faceted approach to planning, designing and maximising our assets, inspired by our past, present and future potential.

Our purpose if to foster an environment conducive to collaboration, innovation and creativity, so that the people of Laois can realise their full creative potential…Develop and support programmes to build confidence and increase quality of life through creative engagement with sense of place.

The values inherent in achieving our ambitious programme include,
-Striving for excellence in all areas of cultural and creativity
-Building the confidence of Laois to take its place as a leader in the cultural arena
-Using creativity to improve quality of life in Laois
-Embedding a culture of collaboration within the local authority and the wider community

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Into the West: Mural Launch and Film Screenings as part of Cruinniu na nÓg 2019

Rural Murals in Laois are an ideal opportunity to explore and represent architecture, heritage and community contexts. Commissioned murals within the Creative Ireland Laois programme enable us to revisit narratives, embed them into current culture whilst also contributing to the regeneration and place making of our towns and villages.

Culture and Creativity Team

Catherine Casey

Heritage Officer


Ann Lawlor

Creative Ireland Laois project manager


Donal Brennan

Director of Service


Carmel McNicholl

Senior Executive Officer


Bernie Foran

County Librarian


Rosa Flannery

Coordinator, Music Generation Laois


Bridie Keenan

Assistant Arts Officer


Patricia O’Rourke

Clerical Officer and Creative Laois Committee Secretary


Michelle de Forge

Director of Dunamaise Arts Centre


Our Strategy