Stradbally is located on the N80 National Secondary Route, approximately 12km east of Portlaoise and 7km from Junction 16 on the M7 Motorway.

The structure of Stradbally is that of a long, linear street with two squares on the western end; Market Square and Courthouse Square. A wide Main Street is the primary focus of the town, with a mix of two and three-storey buildings fronting onto it, a number of which are designated as Protected Structures. Main Street has a formal setting, indicating its origins as a planned estate village.

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Overall population base


Labour force



Stradbally has 2 primary schools, and falls under the catchment of Portlaoise for secondary schools.

Primary School M F Total
Cosby National School 17 20 37
St. Coleman’s National School 133 124 257
Seondary School M F Total
Saint Mary’s CBS 840 840
Scoil Chriost Ri 976 976
Portlaoise College 237 192 429


Stradbally has developed along the route of the N80 Tullamore-Enniscorthy Road, with the National Road routeing through the centre of town. The N80 provides a high degree of connectivity between the midlands and the south-east. Junction 16 on the M7 Motorway is 7km east of Stradbally, providing access to both the M7 Dublin-Limerick Motorway and the M8 Dublin-Cork Motorway.

Local Amenities

Stradbally is provided with a range of amenities and services, including playing facilities Stradbally GAA Club, walking routes at Oughaval Wood, fishing facilities at Stradbally Lake, a local library and Stradbally Steam Museum. Stradbally is also home to the annual Electric Picnic event, which brings a significant number of visitors to the town.

Population Base

Stradbally has a population of 1,350 and a labour force of 929 (CSO, 2016).



Stradbally benefits from the provision of fibre broadband, with a fibre cabinet located in the centre of town, providing reliable broadband speeds.

Planning Context

Stradbally is designated as a ‘Service Town’ within both the Laois County Development Plan 2017 – 2023 and the Regional Planning Guidelines for the Midland Region 2010 – 2022 and it provides an important retail, residential, service and amenity function for the local hinterland and support for the Principal Town of Portlaoise. The town also acts as an important service centre for the surrounding agricultural hinterland.

Stradbally is provided with zonings for the provision of additional Residential, Commercial, Enterprise & Employment, Industrial, Community-Educational-Institutional and other sustainable development in the future. The Laois County Development Plan 2017 – 2023 zones lands for development in Stradbally as follows:

Land use Ha
Residential 6
General Business 3
Community – Educational – Institutional 5
Enterprise & Employment 16
Industrial 2
Tourism 2


“Stradbally is very well serviced by roads which are convenient for our customers coming from all over Ireland. It are a pretty village to work and live in.”

Ken Graham, Ken Graham Engineering Ltd.

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