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  Ireland Travel Guide: County Laois
Laois is an inland county, one of the smallest at 664 square miles (1,726 square km), and is surrounded by Kildare, Offaly, Tipperary and Kilkenny.
Laois was created out of a number of unrelated Gaelic territories and became Queen’s County in 1556, when Mary was on the throne of England.
The county’s capital was founded by Queen Mary in 1555 as a walled fort to protect the southern end of the Pale, and was named Maryborough after her.
www.authenticireland.com /travel_guide/laois.htm   (1033 words)

 County Laois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
County Laois (IPA: [liːʃ]), also spelt Laoighis or Leix (Irish: Contae Laoise), is a county in the midlands of Ireland.
Laois was the subject of two Plantations or colonisations by English settlers.
The population of County Laois is expanding rapidly, given its easy commute to Dublin and affordable housing in pleasant surroundings.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/County_Laois   (673 words)

 Laois Town and Villages - Ancestral Research, Family History, Laois, Offaly, Genealogy
In the tranquil days of the early Christian era Laois was a haven of piety and sanctity, the silent ruins which today are scattered throughout the county, gentle but poignant reminders of the monastic era which originally shaped our Christian heritage.
The rich, fertile lands of Laois passed to the new colonists, the delightful demesne and impressive houses still in existence, statements of the affluence and prosperity which the county afforded.
In 1556 the "campa" known to the English as the Fort of Leix, or Fort Protector, was renamed Maryborough in honour of Queen Mary.
www.irishmidlandsancestry.com /content/laois/about_laois.htm   (2938 words)

 Laois County Council Departments Home Page
Laois County Council continues to protect and improve the living and working environment of county Laois and to ensure that the activities of the council are carried out in an environmentally friendly manner.
The aim of Laois Heritage Forum is to promote an awareness and understanding, leading to a greater appreciation and ownership, of the built, natural and cultural heritage of the county, through the implementation of specific actions to optimise the unique character of County Laois.
Laois County Council is committed to ensuring that the road network in Laois is safe for every member of the public, driver, cyclist and pedestrian alike.
www.laois.ie /Departments   (961 words)

 County Laois Main Page
Covering an area of 664 square miles and with a population of over 52,000, Laois is a county of great contrasts from the wild hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the gentle landscape of the Central Valley.
County Laois is ideally located in the centre of Ireland as is accessible by main roads from Dublin to the southeast and southwest of Ireland.
By ferry, the nearest seaport is Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin.
www.dragnet-systems.ie /regional/leinster/county_laois/colaois_main.htm   (430 words)

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Mission Statement: The Laois County Enterprise Board Limited’s mission is to stimulate and support the creation of economically sustainable employment opportunities in Laois, through the promotion of an enterprise culture, provision of information and advice, formation of alliances, fostering of economic development and provision of direct financial supports.
Bordered by counties Kildare, Offaly, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow, it possesses three principal natural features: the upland area of the Slieve Bloom mountains in the west of the county, the central limestone lowlands and the limestone hills of the Castlecomer plateau in the south-east of the county.
The ratio of males to females in the county was 27160: 25785 in 1996.
www.laoisenterprise.com /laoisceb/Files/actionplan.doc   (3775 words)

 County Laois - Ireland and Britain Travel Specialist
County Laois was established in 1588 by the Queen of England Mary I and was originally titled Queens County.
The county was further taken over by the English Protestants who served Cromwell in the 17th Century and later by French Protestant Huguenots who served William of Orange, many of their houses can still be seen in the town of Portarlington.
One of the most prominent sights in County Laois is the Rock of Dunamase once a hill top fortress that resisted all attempts at siege from Vikings and Normans until Cromwell’s troops sacked it in the 17th Century and left Dunamase to ruin.
www.12travel.co.uk /ie/information/irish_counties/laois.html   (280 words)

 Ireland Now County Laois
Laois, pronounced leesh and sometimes spelled Leix, is in central Ireland.
Major rivers are the Barrow and the Nore; the county town is Port Laoighis (Maryborough).
Part of the kingdom of Ossory from the 1st to 11th century, Laois came under the English crown in the 16th century.
www.ireland-now.com /laois.html   (105 words)

 More Baronies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In early days the county was divided into two portions; one called Targoll, the ancient seat of the Facmonii and of the Macmaniim, or the MacManuses; and the other named Rosgoll, occupied by the Guarii or Guirii, from whom the MacGuires derive their name.
By the end of the 13th century the county was subject to the power of the Fitzgerald lords of Desmond, the Fitz-Mauirce lords of north Kerry, and the Irish McCarties, tanists of the elevated central and southern regions.
The O'Kellys in Laois are connected with the territory of Leighe, Gallen and Magh Druchtain.
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This in itself is an attraction and a natural resource, as the County of Laois and its principal town Portlaoise from the heart of the country.
While the Slieve Bloom Mountains form a rugged backdrop to the north of the county, the centre is dominated by large tracts of tillage and pasture land, bounded on the east by the Killeshin plateau.
The county is well endowed with towns and villages, all of which give support to the development of the county's natural resources and, equally important, its human resources.
www.henneberry.org /dunn/cloonagh.htm   (2061 words)

 Laois Nationalist: County team is alive and well
Laois are hoping this year to turn things completely on their head following painful defeat in the Leinster semi-final against Meath by 5-14 to 1-6 in 2003 at Croke Park.
A number of Leinster counties opted out of the junior championship in recent years but slowly counties have been coming back into the fold and nine counties will take part in the provincial championship.
In 1993, when Laois last won the Leinster title, the team was backboned by players such as Hugh Emerson, David Sweeney and Damien Delaney.
www.laois-nationalist.ie /news/story.asp?j=22576   (761 words)

 A Neighbour looks at an adjoining County: Laois - Ancestral Research, Family History, Laois, Offaly, Genealogy
The town, once the chief town of the whole county is gone also, not a trace of it remains but what does remain is the beautiful ancient entrance to the monastery.
Laois and neighbouring county Offaly were "planted" in the reign of Mary of England (1553-58) and became Queen's County and King's County and the chief towns Maryborough (after the Queen) and Philipstown after her husband Philip II of Spain.
The dignified beauty of the towns of Laois would deserve a lengthier tribute than this essay can give -18th century in character with broad streets, quiet impressive buildings and often a branching off square, they hold their own and perhaps surpass the towns of any other county.
www.irishmidlandsancestry.com /content/laois/community/adjoining_county.htm   (1893 words)

 Ireland Guesthouses Laois Ireland Vacation Rentals
Laois (pronounced LEASH) is one of Ireland's twelve land-locked counties.
The heritage of the County includes one of the finest celtic fortifications in Ireland - the Rock of Dunamase and numerous fine houses of architectural merit.
There are several gardens of note, angling, golf and equestrian facilities for every level, and for the outdoor walker both long and short walks on which to escape the stresses of everyday life.
www.irishguesthouseguide.com /laois.htm   (169 words)

 Laois Property - MyHome.ie – Properties for sale in county Laois.
MyHome.ie is the leading destination for property in county Laois.
We have a comprehensive list of Laois property including houses, homes, cottages, apartments as well details on tax incentive property to buy, rent or lease in the area.
Our site is updated daily by real estate agents in Laois who currently handle some of the best property available in the county.
www.myhome.ie /laois-property.asp   (321 words)

 County Laois
Tranquillity is easily found in Laois, a most interesting region with lots to attract the visitor.
Portlaoise, the county town is an important cross-roads and gateway to the Slieve Blooms.
The county has fine golf courses, good fishing and equestrian facilities including horse drawn caravanning.
www.irelandbreaks.co.uk /leisure/accommodation/CountyLaois.htm   (150 words)

 County Laois - Information on Co. Laois, Ireland
County Laois is one of Ireland's 12 inland counties with a population of 53,000.
Much of the county is flat and comprises fertile agricultural soils and peat bogs.
County Laois is centrally located and has good access to the capital city Dublin and to the major urban centres and open countryside towards the west coast.
www.justreservations.com /laois-hotels.asp   (552 words)

 Irish Ancestors /Co. Laois (Queen's county)
As in so many cases, the Norman grant of the lands to the Fitzpatricks was largely unsuccessful and the native Irish remained a constant threat until the sixteenth century when, along with the neighbouring Offaly, Laois was annexed to the English crown under Queen Mary and renamed "Queen's county".
The county was retitled Laois after Independence in 1922, and Maryborough became Portlaoise.
Physically, the county is centred on the valleys of the upper Nore and Barrow rivers; most of the Slieve Bloom mountains, with some of the most beautiful and secluded landscape in Ireland, are in Laois.
scripts.ireland.com /ancestor/browse/counties/leinster/index_la.htm   (166 words)

 Laois (Queens county, Leix) Borris parish. From Ireland URL http://www.from-ireland.net, ©Jane Lyons
Adjoining the same place was a mill, the old church of Dysart Galen, and the remains of an old castle over it called ('cnoc árd agur') and Caislean na Cuilenthoi,(Castle of Cullenagh) The general treated the captain of that place very leniently, and placed a garrison of his own there.
This town is the seat of the Queen's County assizes, courts of quarter sessions, during Hilary term, usually in January, during Easter Term, usually in March or April, during Trinity Term, usually in June, and during Michaelmas Term, usually in October, while weekly courts of petty sessions are also held.
It is the residence of a stipendiary magistrate, and the head-quarters of the county constabulary force.
www.from-ireland.net /counties/laois/hist/borris.htm   (3199 words)

 Information Laois Information County Laois Tourist Information Laois Attractions County Laois
The heritage of the County includes one of the finest celtic fortificatoins in Ireland - the Rock of Dunamase and numerous fine houses of architectural merit.
There are several gardens of note, angling, golf and equestrian facilities for every level, and for the outdoor walker both long and short walks on which one can escape the stresses and rigour of everyday life.
The good humour and hospitality offered by the people of Laois through the numerous places to stay, places to eat and pubs in which to enjoy the Irish traditional music and fun will ensure you will have a wonderful visit to the county.
www.ebookireland.com /laois.htm   (1060 words)

 Laois History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Laois was originally referred to as Queens County by the British.
After Ireland gained its independence, Queens county was renamed Laois (pronounced Leesh) after the Loigis, who were the professional Pict soldiers that assisted the Laigin (Welsh aggressors) in their conquest of Leinster.
Laois history of human occupation goes back at least 8,500 years.
laois.travelinireland.com /laois_history.htm   (172 words)

 County Laois   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Laois (pronounced Leash), also spelt Laoighis or Leix, is a county in the midlands of Ireland.
There was a more successful plantation in the County in 17th century, which expanded the exisitng English settlement with more landowners and tenants from England.
As of early 2005, administration of the County was in the hands of a coalition formed by the Fine Gael, Labour and Progressive Democrat parties.
county-laois.iqnaut.net   (237 words)

 RTÉ.ie Sport - Club v County issue is resolved in Laois
The row over club games in County Laois has been sorted out and Portlaoise players are free to represent their county once again.
The Laois County Board has said that it will endeavour to give clubs adequate time to prepare for championship matches.
Clubs are to be given 13 days preparation after the Laois teams make their exits from their respective SFC and SHC championships.
www.rte.ie /sport/2006/0518/laois.html   (104 words)

 Hotels, Hostels, Bed and Breakfasts, Guesthouses, Farmhouses and Self Catering Accommodation in Laois Ireland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Surrounded by some wonderful rural tranquillity, Laois is nestled in the heart of Ireland and boasts a host of hidden charms.
History and culture abound in the small county, combined with a fine selection of first class accommodation, sporting and recreational facilities.
The county's main town of Portlaoise was originally established as the Fort of Maryborough in 1556 under the reign of Queen Mary, and many elements of its garrison past are still evident throughout the town.
www.irishbeds.com /laois.html   (291 words)

 Laois   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
As County Offaly was known as King's County, so Laois (pronounced leash) was Queen's County, named after Mary I who "planted" the county with her Catholic supporters in the late 1550s.
Topographically, Laois has two distinct landscapes: the Slieve Bloom Mountains running along its northwestern border with Co. Offaly, and the green plains that cover the rest of the county.
An old traveller's tag asserts that the Laois landscape is, like the local accent, flat and boring: a more sympathetic visitor will appreciate the quiet byways and the gentle, unhurried rhythms of everyday life.
travelpublishing.co.uk /HiddenPlacesIreland/Laois/LaoisMain.htm   (226 words)

 Hoganstand.com - GAA Football & Hurling
The Tipperary County Board stated that the Rathdowney ground was capable of only holding 2,000 people: I think that the entire thing was blown out of all proportions.
Laois is a small County and it is divided down the line between both hurling and football Can you ever achieve Championship success at either grade: Of course we can, and for an example all we have to is look at neighbouring Offaly.
Laois are hard to beat there: The only advantage Rathdowney offers the Laois hurlers is that, at the moment, it is very much a home venue for us.
www.hoganstand.com /Laois/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=40956   (643 words)

 County Laois(Queen's county, Leix), Ireland © Dr.Jane Lyons
People said that they came from A, B, or C, possibly in such and such a county in Ireland, and the thing is, that today, some people don't know if their ancestors were talking about the Civil Parish that they came from or the Religious parish or Barony or which division.
Some cover only Laois, while others take in parts of the surrounding counties or are districts whose main town is in another county and which covers only part of Co. Laois.
The centre for any registration district was a town in a county and the area taken in by the Poor Law Union related to that town.
www.from-ireland.net /contents/laoisconts.htm   (2375 words)

 Laois Nationalist: Around County Laois
COUNTY Laois jam-maker supreme Helen Gee was in the south of England this week showing off just how good her produce really is. more >
LAOIS people who want to develop an environmental project but do not have the necessary funds to complete it can now apply to the Vodafone and Conservation Volunteers Ireland (CVI) nature fund for a grant.
PUPILS in a number of national schools across the county had more than just schoolbooks on their minds for the last few weeks in school this year.
www.laois-nationalist.ie /news/around_county.asp   (383 words)

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