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Portlaoise (population 9,474) is the county town of Laois.
It is 52 miles south west of Dublin, on the main road to Limerick and Cork. A new bypass keeps the large volumes of through traffic away from the town.

Attractions
The Rock of Dunamase, 6 kilometres east of Portlaoise, is a limestone hill covered with the remains of fortifications dating back to the thirteenth century.

Heywood Gardens

The neoclassical Ballyfin House (1821).

Amenities
The Heath Golf Club is six miles north east of Portlaoise.

The town also has a swimming pool.

Transport
There are buses every hour to Dublin, and there are at least 11 trains a day.

Useful contact details for Portlaoise
Train station (0502) 21303
Bus Éireann (01) 8366111 http://www.buseireann.ie/
Iarnród Éireann (1850) 366222
or (01) 8366222 http://www.irishrail.ie/
Garda Station (0502) 74100
Bank of Ireland (0502) 62355
AIB (0502) 21349
Laois Enterprise Board (0502) 61800
General Hospital Portlaoise (0502) 21364
Tourist Information   (0502) 21178
   
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