SOLAS Eco Food & Art Shop - Grand Opening.

We are delighted to announce the Grand Opening of our new 'Eco Food & Art' Shop', happening this Saturday at 12noon. Join us on Saturday and try some free samples of the food and wine
we sell in the Eco shop. Have a browse through our Irish made products, from soaps and hand creams, to Irish pottery and ceramics

The shop contains:

    Refillz: Offers over 250 options from zero packing dispensers
    Gees Jams & Mimo’s Sauces
    Corleggy Cheeses and Sheridan Crackers
    Olives & ‘Wooded  Pig’ range of incredible Salamis
    ‘Red Shed’ range of local Vegetables
    ‘Grape and Bean’ range of wines
    Range of local Crafts and Artisan products
    Bamboo products from 'Bambrew'
    Eco Friendly items from 'Greenaware'
    Beautiful scarf ans throws from Irish Company 'Cushendale'
    Pottery from Sligo man 'John Ryan'
    And much more....

David Maher explains “this is just the next logical step for us – to be able to partner with incredible local producers and artisans who make the SOLAS markets so vibrant and make it available to our customers 7 day a week”


We Need Your Help !

 SOLAS Portarlington is running for Business of the Year Laois 2022 and we would love your support.

It would be great to get the recognition from our lovely customers and the acknowledgment for all the hard-working staff.

It has been a very busy year here at Solas and we want the next year to be just as brilliant and fulfilling


To Vote:

Please following the link below to cast your vote:

How to Register your vote
  1. Enter your Email Address
  2. Name of the Business/Company/Individual you wish to nominate : SOLAS
  3. Address and Contact Details: SOLAS Portarlington
  4. Please choose ONE Award Category: No: 11 (Laois Business of the Year Award)


Thank you for all your support

A very special moment at our garden centre last week when our eagle eyed Horticulturist Veronica Smyth spotted not one but 2 rare caterpillars on a plant in our greenhouse

She quickly contacted Ireland's Insects/invertebrates Facebook group to help identify. Low and behold the caterpillar was a rare and endangered species which has been rarely seen in Ireland since the 1950's

The rare find is a beautifully coloured caterpillar of the Mullein Moth. This was 're-found' last year after previously being thought extinct. There is a small population of the Moth in North Dublin

One day after making the discovery, Fionnuala Parnell, a member of insects/invertebrate of Ireland made the trip from Dublin to Portarlington to retrieve,
collect and protect the caterpillars and brought them back to Dublin where they would join the existing population there

The story was picked up several media outlets including Laois Today, Leinster Express, The Nationalist & Midlands Radio

Well done to all involved!