Exploring Ireland – County Laois, Ireland

County Laois (pronounced “leash”), Ireland is located in the Province of Leinster; previously named Queen’s County, County Laois’ name was changed in the early 1920’s, with the advent of the Free State.

Today, this Emerald Isle locale, which is known for its Bronze Age relics and its rich cultural legacy, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.

A Brief History Of County Laois

The first “residents” of this Gaelic county were hunter-gatherers who suvived on seafood they fished from the rivers, animals they caught in the forests, and any fruit and nuts they could forage from the area.

In time, these ancient people moved to other regions, and they were replaced by a group of Neolithic newcomers who began to create the ancient burial places that still stand in the Laois area.

After the Neoliths, the people of the Bronze Age settled in County Laois, and these primitive people built their own stone memorials in the woodlands, as well as forts that sprung up in the hills of Clopook, Monelly, and Skirk.

Today, the forts, circular stone relics, and gilt weapons of Ireland’s ancient past are still present in the County; one of the best places to experience these ancient ruins and relics is at Monamonry, where a Bronze Age stone circle rests, evoking ancient spirituality and mystery…

Things To see And Do In County Laois

The Old Mill Looped Walk offers visitors a unique and convenient way to experience the natural beauty of Clonaslee, County Laois.

This moderately-challenging route begins near the Glenbarrow Trailhead (beside the car park area), and it’s easy enough for most inexperienced hikers to handle.

Once you’re on the trail, you’ll enjoy happening upon a multi-level waterfall, the remnants of an antiquated water mill, and the serene and lovely Barrow river.

In season, the woodlands and fields around the Old Mill Looped Walk feature a stunning rainbow-riot of wildflowers, including pretty bluebells.

For more looped walks, try the Brittas trail or the Waterfall trail…

…some serene video footage of other County Laois attractions…

Poet’s Cottage, Camross

Experience the beauty of a traditional 18th century Irish Cottage (note: this is a painstakingly constructed replica) by planning a visit to Poet’s Cottage in Camross County, Laois.

This tourist attraction offers visitors a taste of another era, and it is named after a renowned local poet, Patrick Ryan, who lived in Camross during the 18th and 19th centuries.

This cottage features a rough stone facade, an authentic thatched roof, manicured landscaping, and an interior adorned with a cozy kitchen hearth.

Visitors to Poet’s Cottage can marvel at working tools, utensils, cauldrons and furnishings from the 1800`s…

Monamonry Stone Circle

Known as Druid`s Altar, the Monamonry Stone Circle illustrates the mysticism and mystery of the County’s Bronze Age settlers, who must have honored the Creator, and their own dead, by building this simple stone circle.

Of course, the history and meaning of these ancient relics is lost in the mists of time – however, the site’s nickname, Druid’s Altar, paints a Pagan picture.

Add A Traditional Irish Cottage Charm To Your Charm Bracelet

To enjoy the beauty of a traditional 18th century Irish cottage, add this whimsical, handcrafted charm to your charm bracelet or charm necklace.

Crafted from fine sterling silver and beautiful enamel, this pretty Thatched Roof Irish Cottage Charm really captures the detail of a typical rustic Irish cottage – complete with tiny doors and windows.

Since it’s handmade in Ireland, its delicate finishing is second to none, and it definitely shows off the artistry of true Emerald Isle craftsmanship.

To experience more amazing Irish and Celtic charms and accessories, be sure to view our entire Tara’s Diary Collection