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History & Heritage

On Fitzmaurice Place

Step back in time to Medieval Maryborough and learn some of the fascinating history of the mighty Fort Protector! Explore a soldier’s camp display, stalls of medieval armoury, medieval craft and cooking displays or make your own shield. Featuring Lord Edwards Own Re-enactment Group, Raven Haven Aviaries, Ancient Music Ireland and Irish History Live Re-enactments Group.

Guided heritage walks of the The Old Fort will begin at 1pm, 3.30pm and 5pm, departing from The Main Stage on Main Street, Portlaoise, Saturday and Sunday. The walks will be guided by the Laois Heritage Society.



Main Stage:

Friday 22nd June

The Jury 7pm
The Frank & Walters 8:30pm
Roll With It- Ultimate Oasis Tribute 10:30pm
DJ 12:30am

Saturday 23rd June

Joe S 12pm
Vendetta Love 1pm
Curtis Walsh 2pm
Robin and the Hoods 3pm
Portlaoise Comhaltas 4pm
Dublin Ukulele Collective 5pm
Rusangano 7pm
The Valves 8pm
Transmitter 10pm
DJ Bob Conway 12:30am

Sunday 24th June

Fionn Marum 12pm
Curtis Walsh 1pm
Music Generation Laois 2pm
Vocalese 4pm
Kavanagh’s Ukulele Troup 5pm
Soul Beats 6pm
James O’Connor & Alan Smyth 7:30pm
Smash Hits 10pm
DJ Bob Conway 12:30am

Stage 2:


Radio Nowhere 7pm
Super Bass 9.15pm
DJ Morgan 11.30pm


Cian MacGearailt 3pm
Vendetta Love 4.30pm
Joe S 5.30pm
Done & Dusted 6.30pm
Lounge Act 8.30pm
DJ John Hearn 10.30pm
DJ Eoin White 12.30pm


Abbey Folk 7.30pm
DJ Ger 10pm


Comedy at Kavanagh’s Comedy Club


Eve Darcy & Pauline Shanahan 4pm
Cornelius O’Sullivan & Anthony Riordan 5:45pm
Mark Doheny 7:30pm


Gary Lynch & Greg Marx 5:45pm
Jonathan Sheehan & Ashlee Bentley 7:30pm


Cruinniú na nÓg

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Cruinniú na nÓg is a new national day of creativity for children and young people, taking place on 23rd June 2018. The Old Fort Quarter Festival will be celebrating this day with a whole host of creative activities for children and young people.

At Fitzmaurice Plaza there will be:

Creative Workshops

Pendant Painting Workshops 12-5pm
Art Workshops 12-5pm
Cup Cake Decorating 12-5pm
Shield Making 12-5pm
Henna Art 12-5pm
Hair Braiding 12-5pm


Emer Dunne Dance Group 1pm -1.15pm
Laois Youth Theatre 1.30pm-1.45pm
Youth Dance Ensemble 2pm-2.30pm
Intercultural Dance Groups 2.45pm-3.30pm
CCE Portlaoise Group 3.45pm-4.30pm

Circus Skills Performance & Workshops

Street Show 12-12.30 pm
Stilt Walking 12.50-1.35pm
Street Show 2pm-2.30pm
Circus Skills Workshops 3pm-4pm

In the Dunamaise Arts Centre there will be:

Storytelling 12-4pm
Try-an-Instrument 12-1pm
Drumming Circle 1pm-2pm
Rap Workshop ages 13-18 4pm-6pm
Silent Disco ages 10-12 5pm-5.45pm


Artisan Food Market

All weekend, some of the best local artisan producers from around Laois and beyond, will be bringing their culinary delights to the heart of Portlaoise at our delicious market.