Welcome to the modern age
If steam trains and fly-fishing aren’t your thing, you can amp up the entertainment at the Electric Picnic. What started as a boutique music and arts event in 2004 is now one of the island’s biggest events, and is held every September at the in the grounds of the 18th-century Stradbally Hall, a 550-acre estate of natural woodland and rolling countryside. Expect an eclectic line-up from big names to emerging talent, great food, innovative artistic areas, comedy shows, teepees and family campsites.
Electric Picnic Festival may bring some of the world’s biggest rock stars to little County Laois, but one that remains year-round is the Rock of Dunamase. First claimed as a Christian settlement then later becoming a fortress for Anglo-Norman invaders, the towering limestone structure has become a popular spot for visitors to appreciate the stunning landscape of the legendary, County Laois.