We are a community-led conservation project with walking trails open to all
Abbeyleix Bog Project manages 500 acres that includes around 100 acres of degraded—but improving—raised bog.
Turf was harvested from the site through the mid-20th century.
Today, the site's former railway line provides an elevated walking trail and connects to a boardwalk and bog bridge built by Abbeyleix Bog Project volunteers.
Abbeyleix Bog Project is entirely ran by its community of volunteers.
Our local community takes great pride in managing the bog for the benefit of its habitats, wildlife and visitors.
photo credit: Tina Claffey
Read more about our community and approach
- Laois Live
"Hugh is a man at one with nature and deserves a mention for the tireless effort of keeping the habitat in good nick for the enjoyment of walkers and animals alike."
- United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
"This successful project to protect and restore Abbeyleix Bog, located in County Laois, Ireland, has been hailed as a model for community-centred peatland restoration efforts and recognized as a textbook example of sustainable peatland management."
- Landscape Finance Lab
"Abbeyleix is a microcosm, and replicates in a localised way the five elements essential for integrated landscape management."
The unique landscape of our bogs has inspired artists, writers and poets for centuries.
In 2023, the Abbeyleix Bog Project accepted art submissions from the public for its annual calendar and was was delighted with the response. It is through the generosity of all the artists who submitted, the businesses of Abbeyleix, Portlaoise and Ballyroan and the public who bought the calendars that this project was such a success.
Throughout 2024, contributing artists will be featured here.
Emily McCormack is an Irish Artist who in 2018 established an oil painting school and art studio in Co. Meath. Prior to this, she worked in civil engineering. She has exhibited within Ireland and the UK and her artwork has also been featured on RTE One’s Nationwide Programme and publications such as Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living Magazine, RSVP and the Meath Chronicle. You will find her most days in her studio painting landscapes including the bogs of Ireland, equine or seascape paintings. She also writes a monthly newsletter and oil painting blog for beginners which are published on her website.
Her artwork can be viewed on her online store, every Sunday on Dublin’s Merrion Square Open Air Art Exhibition (weather permitting) and most days on her socials, including Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn (@emilymccormack-artist).
'Dusk Settles Over the Bog' by Emily McCormack