The Commuters Dream
The Capital of County Laois, Portlaoise is situated within easy reach of Dublin – a short 60 minute drive away on the new M7 Motorway – while Kildare, Newbridge and Naas are just 30 minutes away. It s located just a short drive from Junction 18 to the M50 and Dublin Airport.
Portlaoise offers excellent Bus Eireann and private bus services connecting to Dublin/Cork (N8 & N7) and the Dublin/Limerick (M7) National Primary Routes.
The town is serviced by the Dublin/Cork and Dublin/Limerick rail line and along with the recently renovated train station; the expanded commuter schedule offers a daily service running every 20 minutes from 6.30am.
Bellingham is located just a minutes walk from Kilmichy Village, including O’Gorman’s Pub, Spar,a Chiese and an Idian Restaurant.
Portlaoise is the leading shopping town of the Midlands, yet at the same time you will enjoy easy parking and no queues. The town boasts hassle-free access to all major retail names and a large number of purpose built shopping centres.
In Portlaoise town centre Tesco is anchor tenant, however there is also a LIDL supermarket nearby and an Aldi . The Kyle Shopping Centre boasts major retailers such as Dunnes Stores, Argos, Elvery Sports and TK Maxx and Superquinn. Further up the town the Lismard Retail Park houses Mothercare, Homebase, Pet Mania, Heatons, Cost Plus Sofas and Sports World. Gandon Court offers the convenience of a large Eurospar, Paddy Power Bookmaker, Clipz Hairdresser, Portland Barber, Fairgreen Pharmacy, The Mile Bush Pub, Fransesco’s take-away and Mizzoni’s Pizza all on one development.
Portlaoise offers ready access to two local hospitals, a large general hospital and a psychiatric hospital, plus private nursing homes and a sufficient number of GPs.
Portlaoise as six primary schools plus one of the country’s leading Irish-speaking schools (Gaelscoil). There are three secondary schools and a mixed vocational school. There is a new VEC school plus two schools that cater for children with special needs.
Portlaoise is one of Ireland’s leading childcare destinations. Rinnucinni offers easy access to several private crèches and pre-schools, plus a large public Children’s Playground. Bellingham itself features excellent outdoors facilities, whether in the privacy of your large backyard or in the maintained common areas.
A Social Destination
Dunamaise Theatre and Centre for the Arts together with the 5 screen Storm Cinema and live concerts/events being held in the Sky Venue provide excellent facilities for Arts, Culture and Social Activity.
Within walking distance of Bellingham, cutting out the cost of taxis and driving difficulties, Portlaoise offers a wide choice of internet cafés and coffee shops an exceptional mix of pubs, nightclubs and restaurants to suit all tastes – whether you’re looking for hearty Irish cuisine, something with Mediterranean flair or Eastern influences, a trusted McDonald or Supermac’s meal or a delicious Domino’s Pizza.
For children and teenagers there are well established drama groups, youth clubs and a highly rated Laois School of Music. The Roll ‘n Bowl bowling alley and entertainment centre is fun guaranteed!
Nearby the Grand Canal in the picturesque village of Vicarstown, the scenic beauty and walks of the fabulous Slieve Bloom mountains, are renowned for their traditional culture and storytelling festivals.
And don’t forget Portlaoise is only 5 minutes away from the world renowned Electric Picnic festival in the nearby village of Stradbally.
Whether you’re interested in martial arts, equestrian trails, GAA, or fancy improving your golfing handicap on any one of the regions six quality golf courses, Portlaoise is an ideal location that offers Bellingham home owners an exciting new lifestyle.
Portlaoise also caters for a range of alternative and minority sports. It has a thriving Trinity Triathlon club, four indoor swimming pools, all-weather pitches, basketball and boxing clubs, a full range equestrian pursuits and even a surf club!!
The nearby Rivers Nore and Barrow as well as the Grand Canal are an angler’s paradise.
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