With its strategic location, affordable housing, range of outdoor activities, easy commute to local work or motorway all the way to Dublin, Laois ticks all the boxes. Those living in Laois can have all the benefits of city living, but without the stress and associated cost. Laois isn’t just an attractive place to work based on its accessibility, it also offers an unrivalled lifestyle, perched on Ireland’s Ancient East, hosting internationally acclaimed arts, culture and music festivals, and boasting a huge variety of amenities for everyone.


Students in primary,
middle and high schools


Cost of living is a third less
than large urban areas


Average rent is 37%
cheaper than in Dublin


The SouthLaois Cycle Trail offers cyclists up to 48 km of trails taking in the towns and villages of Cullahill ballacolla ballinakill attanagh and
Durrow. Laois has three public leisure centres, twenty playgrounds and ten Public libraries.

Natural Amenities

The Slieve Blooms Mountains containing the Glenbarrow waterfall are one of the most popular attractions for visitors with the villages of Rosenallis and Clonaslee being the favoured starting and finishing points for a great mountain walking experience.


Situated on Ireland’s Ancient East, Laois has a wealth of historical treasure troves to explore. The Rock of Dunamaise and Dunamaise Castle, a beautiful Norman castle, is a hugely popular tourist attraction along the Ancient East and is one of the best sighted castles in the country. Emo Court House and Gardens attracts 300,000 visitors every year.

Culture and Arts

Hosted in Stradbally, Electric Picnic, Ireland’s premier culture, arts and music festival has had a long and vibrant history, helping a burgeoning local arts scene to thrive. Dunamaise Arts Centre houses local and international exhibitions, while a number of Ireland’s most influential contemporary artists are located in Laois.

Hospitality and Restaurants

Artisan food, outdoor food markets and festivals are a key part of Irish life and Laois is no exception. There is a large range of restaurants and cafés, ranging from independent artisan producers, to five-star gourmet dining. Ballyfin House, one of Ireland’s most prestigious hotels, offers incredible luxury, and in 2016 was awarded Condé Nast’s Hotel of the Year award.

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