Laois African Support Group (IRL)


About Us

Bolaji Adeyanju


olaji Adeyanju is originally from Nigeria

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Sia Fayiah


Sia Fayiah is originally from Liberia and Nigeria.

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Samson Osumah

Resource Manager

Sandra Adeyanju

Public Admin

Sandra Adeyanju originally from Nigeria,

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Nicola Hogarty

Assistant Secretary

​Nicola is from Robertstown County Kildare.

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Julie Smyth

Programme Coordinator

Julie is from Lackagh outside Monasterevin.

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Noluyanda Mguye

Operations Manager

Mattew Evbuomwan

Event Co-ordinator

Abisola Idris

Abisola Idris originally from Nigeria

Ololade Olagunju

Youth Leader

A student of Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise

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Rihanna Adeyanju

Oreoluwa Ajekigbe

A young aspiring Nurse

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In addition to celebrating African unity, diversity and the cultural and economic potential, Laois African Support Group aims to increase public awareness of our African culture and Heritage.
This is our second year of celebrating the African culture and Heritage in Loais, we decided to engage school kids and teach them about our Culture and Heritage by going into different schools in Co Laois.

We also engage in workshops for schools interested in learning our African cultural instruments, African Arts,culture and heritage.
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School Workshops
  • Culture Development Education
  • African Literature
Our FREE workshops for schools can takes place at different schools across Co. Laois. To book, please contact 0873880688/0851337338 or email us:

There will be a 2 hours Lecture on African Literature, History, Culture and Heritage taking place in Portlaoise on the week of the Flagship event.


  • 08.12.2019. 05:00 PM
  • 25.10.2019. 06:30 PM
  • Portarlington Commnity Centre

An Evening to integrate the Local residence into the community.

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  • 20.09.2019. 05:00 PM
  • Dublin Rd, Ballyroan, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, R32 TYW7

Laois African Support Group - IRL are proud to be presenting Gaisce - The President's Award this year as part of our youth empowerment programme. We will be having our open night at the The Killeshin Hotel & Leisure Club, Portlaoise on the 20th Sept 2019 from 5pm. If you are interested or would like more information about the #GaiscePresidentAward please contact us on the below information.

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  • 22.08.2019. 01:50 PM
  • Conor Davis Park, Bay Road, Townparks, Mountmellick, County Laois, Ireland

So we are coming to the end of 2019 summer and its that time of the year to enjoy one last Family fun day bbq event, why not come and lets mingle by participating in different activities and of course bbq. Some of the planned event on the day will include Games, Basketball, kids activities, Trampoline, Fun Fitness and Music by DJ Matt.....

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  • 30.06.2019. 10:33 AM
  • Main Street, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland

We will be participating in this years OLD FORTH FESTIVAL for the first time and we are pretty excited by this, We have a selection on this day and seriously cant wait for Sunday the 30th June, come visit us as we do #African Dance, Avnel trampoline, Hair braiding, Artwork display, African Music and the chance of Triple 3 performing. There is also TobiA performing on the day if you haven't seen this guy perform theres a chance for that on Sunday, He was mesmerising on #africaday2019, For more information please contact one of our designated team members.

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  • 01.06.2019. 12:00 PM - 01.06.2019. 06:00 PM
  • Parish centre, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland

The ‘Africa Day Laois’ event is taking place in St Peter & Paul Parish Centre Portlaoise Co. Laois on Saturday, 1st June 2019. Africa’s rich culture was showcased through family-friendly activities, along with music, performances, sport and educational elements, please see pictures from last year on gallery

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  • 31.05.2019. 09:00 AM
  • Laois, Ireland

As part of the AFRICA DAY 2019, Laois African Support Group will also be visitng schools, Talking and educating the kids about the Values, Ways and culture of africa, We also have a workshop planned with AVNEL FITNESS with the kids

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  • 30.05.2019. 10:00 AM
  • Dunamaiuse art centre, Portlaoise

As part of the AFRICA DAY celebration, LAOIS AFRICAN SUPPORT GROUP and DUNAMAISE ART CENTRE Portlaoise have come together to screen an african movie called (QUEEN OF KATWE) the film depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe. She learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her victories at World Chess Olympiads.[6]

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  • 15.04.2019. 11:00 AM - 26.04.2019. 03:00 PM
  • Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland


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  • 30.06.2018. 12:00 PM - 30.06.2018. 03:00 PM
  • Main Street, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland

‘Africa Day Laois’ event took place in Kavanagh Park on Saturday, 30th June. Africa’s rich culture was showcased through family-friendly activities, along with music, performances, sport and educational elements, please attached pictures on the gallery section.

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Feel the Taste of Africa in Laois




  • 05.05.2019. 04:26 PM

  • 28.04.2019. 04:27 PM

  • 03.04.2019. 12:00 AM

Reaching back to your roots. Promoting peace and harmony. Empowering Africa's youth.

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  • 26.03.2019. 01:50 PM


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  • Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland


This was a great family experience and one every family should part take in. A great day out lots to see and do every child should have this experience."

William Jones

This weekend Ava and I went to Portlaoise for the day to attend Laois Africa day flagship celebration which took place in the Kavanagh Park. This annual event in Portlaoise is a free family friendly event . Africa Day is a celebration of the continents unity and is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25, 1963. It is celebrated in various African countries, as well as around the world. Overall the event is a really great family day out with lots of family-focused activities, including children’s games. It was very accessible with We had a super day and will definitely be back next year for Africa Day 2019! Thanks for reading"

TrishTravelers blog

Opinion: I was a vulnerable girl when I came to Ireland, and I’m forever grateful to the loving friends I met through Africa Day."


i would like to thank you guys to visit us in hazel hotel, really it was nice to meet such a persons like you all was awesome and supportive ❤"

R Al Sayed