Welcome to Co. Laois (pronounce "leash"), which uniquely does not border any county with a sea coast. I have to say until 2008 I hadn't been really impressed by Co. Laois. Indeed, it is not easy to convey a magical and enchanted image, knowing that on top of being a landlocked county, its main town, Portlaoise, owns a high-security jail. The Good News is that with a bit of research, it is possible to unearth some interesting spots, such as Emo Court, the Heywood Gardens and the beautiful Slieve Bloom Mountains.
If you plan to go through this county, here's what I suggest you see, do or visit in Co. Laois.