County Laois is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster, and was formerly known as Queen’s County. The modern county takes its name from Loígis, a medieval kingdom.
Laois County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 80,559, according to the 2011 census – 20% higher than it was in the 2006 census, which is the highest percentage population growth in the country.
The first people in Laois were bands of hunters and gatherers who passed through the county about 8,500 years ago. They hunted in the forests that covered Laois and fished in its rivers, gathering nuts and berries to supplement their diets.
Next came Ireland’s first farmers. These people of the Neolithic period (4000 to 2500 BC) cleared forests and planted crops. Their burial mounds remain in Clonaslee and Cuffsborough.