Abbeyleix, 9 miles (14 km) south of Portlaoise, takes it name from a Cistercian abbey founded here in 1183 by Conor O' More. Today it is an attractive town with tree-lined streets. Golf (9), tennis, game fishing. In the grounds of the de Vesci demsne (which is not open to the public) is the tomb of a Laois chieftain, Malachi O' More.
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