Portlaoise, Ireland

The Story of Portlaoise

The Story of Portlaoise

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14 tour stops



Welcome to our guide to Portlaoise

4 min

James Fintan Lalor

One of Ireland's most influential political activists.

6 min

The Market Square

The Market Square was the focus of the town and the stage for many public events.

1 min

St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church was built in 1803 to replace the medieval church (see track 6)

3 min

The Methodist Church and Railway Station

The Methodist's in Portlaoise, and the story of engineering genius William Dargan

7 min

Old St. Peter's Church

This church was constructed in around 1560 and has many stories to tell

12 min

Fort Protector and Fitzmaurice Place

The history of Fort Protector and the story of the daring aviator James Fitzmaurice.

9 min

The Presentation Convent

The Presentation Order of Nuns arrived in Portlaoise in the 1820s

6 min

Memorial Park, Millview

The story of the men from Laois who fought in World War I

3 min

Ridge Graveyard

The unusual burial ground on top of a glacial esker

3 min

Bridge Street

Bridge Street is named after the bridge that crosses the River Triogue

3 min

Main Street

The history of the Main Street of Portlaoise and some of its buildings

1 min

The Courthouse and Dunamaise Arts Centre

The story of crime and punishment in Portlaoise

5 min


Thank you for downloading The Story of Portlaoise by Abarta Audioguides

2 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.

Itinerary 2.3 km / 1:07

Offline map included

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