Coonty Laois (pronounced /ˈliːʃ/ (deprecatit template) "leash" – Erse: Contae Laoise) is ane o the twenty-sax coonties o the Republic o Ireland an ane o the thirty-twa coonties o Ireland. It is locatit in the province o Leinster. Its name wis formerly spelt as Laoighis an Leix. The population o the coonty is 69,012 accordin tae the 2006 census. Laois is the 23rd lairgest o Ireland’s 32 coonties in aurie an 24t lairgest in terms o population. It is the seivent lairgest o Leinster’s 12 coonties in size an tent lairgest in terms o population.