Welcome to our guide to Portlaoise4 min
One of Ireland's most influential political activists.6 min
The Market Square was the focus of the town and the stage for many public events.1 min
St. Peter's Church was built in 1803 to replace the medieval church (see track 6)3 min
The Methodist's in Portlaoise, and the story of engineering genius William Dargan7 min
This church was constructed in around 1560 and has many stories to tell12 min
The history of Fort Protector and the story of the daring aviator James Fitzmaurice.9 min
The Presentation Order of Nuns arrived in Portlaoise in the 1820s6 min
The story of the men from Laois who fought in World War I3 min
The unusual burial ground on top of a glacial esker3 min
Bridge Street is named after the bridge that crosses the River Triogue3 min
The history of the Main Street of Portlaoise and some of its buildings1 min
The story of crime and punishment in Portlaoise5 min
Thank you for downloading The Story of Portlaoise by Abarta Audioguides2 min
The history of settlement at Portlaoise dates back to the turbulent years of the sixteenth century, when a mighty bastion known as Fort Protector was established by the Crown Forces in their campaign against the O'Moores and O'Connors. The town of Maryborough grew up around the fort, and the foundations of the town became established. Our audioguide will help you travel back through time to the establishment of Fort Protector, and will help you to discover the stories of some of the people who helped to shape the history of the town. From architects who designed Portlaoise's prominent buildings like Gandon, Williams and Gillespie, to the pioneering visionary William Dargan who became known as the 'Father of the Irish Railways', to tales of highwaymen like Grant the Robber, this audioguide is packed with stories, facts and information.
This guide was produced with Laois County Council, Laois Partnership & Laois Tourism.