This town is divided into two counties by the River Barrow, Laois and Offaly. The most historically interesting feature in the town is the Protestant church of St. Pauls. Portarlington was founded in 1666 by Sir Henry Bennett ( Lord Arlington) of the same family which had built Emo Court. Lord Arlington had been granted much of the land which had been confiscated from the Irish natives.
A French Huguenot colony was established in the late 17th century and the town became a centre for silver and banking.
A small museum is located in the town who's exhibits include a 4000 year old axe head.
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Portarlington, Co. Laois is served by Portarlington.