Visit the billionaire’s Laois mansion as John Collison opens Abbeyleix Estate for a charity Christmas market

The public is invited to a one day Christmas Market on the grounds of Abbeyleix Estate in Co Laois with all profits being donated to charity.

The property is owned by billionaire Stripe co-founder John Collison, who bought the stately home last year.

Organizers said the market “will have something for everyone, young and old.”

The event takes place on Saturday, December 3rd from 11am to 4pm and includes a Christmas Grotto, but tickets to the Grotto are already sold out.

Event organizers said entry to the Christmas market is still available, with tickets available on

On the day of the event, a ‘courtesy bus’ will be available to transport attendees from Abbeyleix Town to the site whilst parking permits are available for eligible disabled and elderly-friendly visitors.

“Enter our magical courtyard here at Abbeyleix House and Farm where we have gathered a variety of local craft and food vendors for you and your family to get together in a festive spirit. Whether it’s a gift for grandma, an old friend or two, our vendors will tempt you and your shopping list with everything they have to offer,” said a spokesman for Abbeyleix House and Farm.

“Enjoy the soft, upbeat tunes of our star singers, sing festive music while sipping on a complimentary hot drink, and take a stroll through the market or out to the paddocks where you might meet some of our friendly furry friends.”

Tickets for the market cost €10 for adults and €5 for children, children under the age of two are free.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the St.Lazarians SVP Conference and My Lovely Horse Rescue.

A classic 18th century manor house, Abbey Leix Estate in County Laois covers 1,120 acres and includes a large area of ​​mature native woodland.

The property was bought last summer by Limerick-born tech mogul John Collision for an estimated €20million.

Abbeyleix is ​​an hour from Mr Collison’s childhood home and an hour from Stripe Dublin HQ.

The estate, which belonged to the de Vesci family for three hundred years before being purchased by British engineer and businessman Sir David Davies in 1995, has the oldest surviving oak tree in Ireland. It also has a stud, quadrangle and clock tower.

The main house, designed by architect James Wyatt in 1773, is one of the largest in Ireland with nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 117 windows and 27,000 square feet of indoor space. It also has 10 manor houses and cottages.


Stripe founders Patrick and John Collison.

Mr. Collison co-founded online payments company Stripe with his brother Patrick in 2010.

Earlier this month, the brothers announced around 1,000 jobs would be cut worldwide, telling employees the company had hired “too much for the world we’re in” as inflation slowed the post-pandemic recovery shake. Visit the billionaire’s Laois mansion as John Collison opens Abbeyleix Estate for a charity Christmas market

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