1. ABOUT PORTLAOISE TOWN
1.1. How far is it from Dublin?
Portlaoise is located approximately 45 minutes from Citywest. Bellingham is located on the Dublin Road with immediate access to the motorway. There are no traffic lights until Newland’s Cross.
1.2. What transport links are available in Portlaoise?
Portlaoise is located at the centre of the motorway network. The Dublin-Cork and the Dublin-Limerick motorways intersect in Portlaoise and, currently, you can travel from your new home onto the motorway and from there journey (by motorway) to Belfast, Cork, Limerick or Galway.
Trains travel regularly to Dublin and Cork from Portlaoise; timetables are available on www.irishrail.ie. Bellingham is just a six-minute drive from the train station.
Buses travel daily on hourly schedules from Portlaoise to Dublin. For timetables, visit:
The main bus stop in Portlaoise is located in front of the library on James Fintan Lalor Avenue.
The Red Cow ‘Park and Ride’ facility is only a 50-minute drive from Bellingham.
1.3. What facilities/amenities are located in Portlaoise town?
Portlaoise is the capital town of Laois and offers a host of facilities, services and amenities.
• Roll ‘n’ Bowl bowling alley and entertainment centre
• Storm cinema
• Numerous pubs and night clubs
• Four-star Heritage Hotel
• Town Parks, on the Timahoe Road and Ridge Road
• Nearby the Grand Canal in the picturesque village of Vicarstown and the scenic beauty and walks of the fabulous Slieve Bloom mountains, also renowned for its traditional culture and story telling festivals.
• Live concerts/events in Sky Venue
• Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre
• Internet cafés
• For children and teenagers there are well established drama groups, youth clubs and a highly rated Laois School of Music
• Of course Portlaoise is only 5 minutes away from the world renowned Electric Picnic festival in the nearby village of Stradbally
• Portlaoise Leisure Centre
• FAI Centre of Excellence for budding soccer stars
• Portlaoise GAA – catering for football, hurling and camogie
• Portlaoise Rugby Club
• Portlaoise Soccer Club
• Portlaoise also caters for a range of alternative and minority sports. It has a thriving Trinity Triathlon club, four indoor swimming pools, all-weather pitches, basketball and boxing clubs, a full range equestrian pursuits and even a surf club!!
• The nearby Rivers Nore and Barrow as well as the Grand Canal are an angler’ paradise.
1.4. How many schools are in the area?
Bellingham is located close to the new Portlaoise College . Two new multi-million second level schools on a shared campus are fully complete. For a complete list, please ask our sales team.
2. ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT
2.1. What amenities exist nearby?
Bellingham is located adjacent to Portlaoise College and is within a minutes drive from the new Motorway. It has the advantage that it is easily accessible to both the town centre and also the Motorway.
2.2. Where are the crèches located?
A down syndrome creche is allocated within the Bellingham development.
2.3. What are the maintenance and management fees?
There are no management fees at present on this development
2.4. Are there designated social houses on this site?
7.5% of the houses are designated for social use, which is significantly below the normal of 10-20 per cent.
2.5. What parking facilities are available?
All three bed houses have two car spaces allocated to them.
2.6. Who maintains the green space?
The residents association will maintain the open spaces.
3. ABOUT THE HOUSE
3.1. What warranties exist for my new home?
The house structure is Certified by Homebond.
3.2. Are homes block-built or timber-frame construction?
The houses are built using proven concrete block construction with dense insulation and achieve superb insulation values.
3.3. What BER rating does the house have?
All houses are B rated.
3.4. Is the house well insulated?
All houses are certified to achieve a ‘B’ BER Rating. A BER certificate will be issued for your new home to confirm this. The houses are insulated using high density insulation and are very cost effective to run.
3.5. How much tiling is done in the bathroom?
Tiling is shown in the individual property.
3.6. Will noise travel from one house to another?
Noise reduction measures have been certified by the engineer.
3.7. How are houses heated?
Mains gas is supplied and fitted to an A-Rated modern modulating and condenser boiler to obtain 90.4% efficiency.
3.8. Can I control the heat in my house?
Yes. Thermostats enable you to adjust the heat in.
3.9. Who maintains the front and back gardens?
The homeowner is responsible for the general maintenance and upkeep of their home, including front and back gardens.
4. ABOUT THE DEVELOPERS
4.1. What previous schemes have the developers completed fully?
ONS are the biggest and best builder in Laois. To date, the company has completed Fairgreen Village, Portlaoise (500 houses), with a pub, crèche, shops, restaurants and offices, as well as the Esker Hills (500 houses) development.recently the Company has completed Phase 1 of Bellingham, on the Mountrath Road, Portlaoise.
Laois County Council have taken in charge Fair Green Village, Esker Hills and a large portion of Bellingham.
5. USEFUL LINKS
LEISURE, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS
Roll ‘n’ Bowl: http://www.bowlingireland.com/
Storm Cinemas: http://www.stormcinemas.ie/portlaoise/
Portlaoise info: http://www.discoverireland.com/us/ireland-places-to-go/placefinder/p/portlaoise-laois
More info: http://www.portlaoiseontheweb.com/
Portlaoise Heritage Hotel: http://www.theheritagehotel.com/
Sky Venue Portlaoise: http://www.skyvenue.ie
Dunamaise Theatre: http://www.dunamaise.ie/
Portlaoise Leisure Centre: http://portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie/
Portlaoise Sports Clubs: http://www.portlaoiseontheweb.com/sportsclubs.html
Irish Rail: www.irishrail.ie
Bus Eireann: http://www.buseireann.ie
JJ Kavanagh Coaches: www.jjkavanagh.ie
Dublin Coach: http://www.dublincoach.ie/
Laois County Council: www.laois.ie