The rolling lawns of Stradbally Hall provides the perfect setting for a feast of eclectic music, entertainment, food and festivities. The ancestral home of the Cosby family is a picturesque 600 acre estate, complete with private lake and surrounded by ancient oak and chestnut trees. Situated just an hour from Dublin, 15mins off the M4, it is nonetheless in the heart of the country in the village of Stradbally, Co. Laois.
Stradbally Hall has hosted the award winning Electric Picnic arts and music festival each year in late August/early September since it began in 2004. The Picnic has received widespread international acclaim, being described as “Ireland’s version of Glastonbury” and “a great inspiration to Latitude“. U.S. magazine Billboard calling it as “a magnificent rock n roll circus, a textbook example of everything a festival should be” and Rolling Stone describing it as “one of the best festivals we’ve ever been to”. The Electric Picnic was voted Best Medium-Sized European Festival at the 2010 European Festival Awards, and has been voted Best Big Festival in each of the last four Irish Festival Awards since they began in 2007.
It is also the venue for the Irish steam rally, an annual gathering of enthusiasts of steam-powered vehicles. Traction engines and other steam-powered vehicles are brought to the rally, displayed and demonstrated and a narrow gauge steam railway offers rides along a short track.
This is considered by many to be the premier event in the calendar of steam and vintage shows throughout Ireland. It attracts a wide range of working exhibits and a huge attendance of visitors.
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