Reopening Information

Welcoming back audiences to Dunamaise in Autumn 2021!   

Updated Government Public Health Measures regarding COVID-19 restrictions have come into effect since 22October, 2021. For Dunamaise Arts Centre and our patrons, this means…


  • We can operate at 100% of venue capacity = 240 seats. 
  • Where patrons from other groups are sitting in seats right next to you, please be assured that all adults in attendance will have met vaccination entry criteria. If a performance is not entirely sold out, we will continue to leave vacant seating between parties where possible, to give additional comfort to customers.    


  • Visitors are asked to follow staff instruction and the signage in relation to all activity in the building.
  • Patrons are required to present an EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate or HSE / NHS proof of full Covid-19 Vaccination or recent recovery certificate, along with ID. A negative PCR or antigen test is NOT accepted for entry as per current Government rules.
  • Unaccompanied minors attending events adult must be fully vaccinated and provide Certificate proof as above.
  • Children under 18 who are accompanied by adult ticketholders do not need proof of vaccination/recovery.
  • Masks or appropriate face coverings must be worn by patrons at all times in the venue apart from when eating or drinking. Staff will wear masks at all times. Children under 9 years old are not required to wear masks.
  • Tickets should be booked in advance if possible, either online or through the Box Office. Please use contactless payment / tap your card to pay if possible. Card payments can also be taken over the phone.
  • Our box office team will help allocate or adjust seating as required to keep some social distancing between parties. Patrons with any specific access or seating requirements are welcome to book through the Box Office on 057 866 3355 and staff will be happy to assign specific requested seat locations, pending availability.
  • We advise patrons to allow additional entry time when planning their visit due to for proof of vaccination checks on arrival. 
  • When visiting the Gallery, we will ask to note just your name and contact number at reception. Max 6 people (1 pod of upto 6) at a time in the Gallery.  
  • The auditorium is a designated controlled environment where assigned seating will support the HSE Track & Trace system, if necessary. Limited Customer contact details will only be shared for this sole purpose. Lead booker contact information will be retained for contact tracing purposes for a limited period, in line with public health advise and in accordance with GDPR. 
  • Face masks should be worn when visiting the arts centre. Facemasks are available to purchase at cost price from Box Office or café, should you need one.
  • You will find hand sanitation stations at various points around the arts centre for your use.
  • We have a strict cleaning policy throughout the Arts Centre. Touchable surfaces are sanitised regularly.    
  • The Box Office reception desk, Caffe Latte counter and Laois Tourism Info Desk will keep protective screens in place. Staff will be wearing PPE for their and your protection and safety. 

Some areas/facilities within the arts centre, including the Internet Cafe, will remain closed for the time being. Bar service will be resumed at a future date.  

  • Dunamaise Arts Centre will adhere to Government guidelines on Capacity, Social Distancing and Hygiene guidelines throughout the season, adapting to changes as they may occur. We will inform our customers if any changes affect bookings or attendance at events here.
  • If you or a member of your party have any Covid-19 symptoms, as per HSE Guidelines, please rearrange your visit for a later date. Dunamaise Arts Centre will facilitate exchanges or refunds for symptomatic ticket holders OR for those effected by any further events cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19.

The above measures are based on latest Government Guidelines. See for details.

Contact us any time on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  OR 057-8663355. 

OPENING HOURS: 10am-5pm Monday - Saturday and evenings of events (subject to change)

Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Contact The Dunamaise Arts Centre

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.

General Enquiries:

Our Sponsors

The Arts Council Laois County Council

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