Inspired by the history, mythology and beauty of Laois, Portlaoise-based poet Laura Murphy has composed an evocative tribute to the county - watch In Laois I Fly Free above.

Filmed at the Rock of Dunamase, Slieve Bloom Mountains, Oughaval Woods and Portlaoise, Murphy's poem is brought to screen in collaboration with three Laois-based artists: cinematographer Terry Byrne, musician Dale McKay and vocalist Roo Elizabeth, working together to bring forth the golden threads of magic that run through Laois's ancient past and present alike.

This project was produced as part of the Creative Ireland Laois programme in 2021 - find out more here.

Pic: Sandy Middleton