Midlands Prison

Governor, Ethel Gavin
Governor, Ethel Gavin

Midlands Prison Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Tel: 05786 72110 / 72100 Fax: 05786 72199

Operational Capacity: 870
General Description: A closed, medium security prison for adult males. It is the committal prison for counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath.
Chaplain: Sr. Breda Coman, Mr. William Burke and Fr. Larry Kelly
Visiting Committee: Mr. Joe Leahy (Chairperson), Midlands Prison Visiting Committee, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
GPS: 53.037418, -7.284670
By Bus: Daily services from all major cities. Check www.buseireann.ie for service times.
By Car: Check website www.aaroadwatch.ie for up to date directions.
By Train: Portlaoise station is the nearest train station and is within easy walking distance of Midlands Prison. Check www.irishrail.ie for service times.
Visiting Times: Normal visiting times are Monday to Saturday from 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm. Sentenced offenders are entitled to one 30 minute visit per week. Special visits of 15 minutes duration may also be available on request. Each prisoner must nominate six adults who will visit him (there is no limit on the number of children) and those visitors must produce photographic identification on arrival at the prison. Staff will explain the visiting procedures. There is a no smoking policy in operation during the visit.

Visiting Times – Monday – 2pm-4pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9.30am-12pm, 2.15pm-4pm. No visits on Tuesday.

The Irish Prison Service is committed to making visiting a prison as easy as possible for visitors. The Prison Service understands the importance of helping prison maintain and develop relationships with family and friends and is committed to enhancing where possible, and subject to appropriate security considerations, the visiting facilities and regimes for prisoners. All visitors should note the following:

A minimum of 48hrs notice must be given when booking.
A visit is not confirmed until a receipt email is received confirming date and time of intended visit from the prison. This should be printed off and brought with you to the prison when visiting.

To visit a prisoner in Midlands Prison contact: Midlands Prison – Tel: 05786 72155, Dublin road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois or book a visit online using the form below:


Please follow this link to book a visit