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Two Broke Divas: Tesco clothing are upping their game

Move over Penneys, Tesco clothing are quickly upping their game! I popped into Tesco the other day for a plastic hairband (don’t ask) and came out with...

The Sunday Interview: A new challenge for Aileesh after life in Ballyfin Demesne

Having established what has been dubbed ‘the world’s best hotel’ at Ballyfin Demesne, Aileesh Carew has moved on to become sales and marketing director...

Dan Keane: What we simply have to know about the planning process

We might as well start with a look at the planning process. My column over the next few weeks will bring you through the process...

Wired with Whelan: The rumour mill can grind you down in the best little...

  “Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Welcome to Ireland. The best little country in the world. The best little...

You might remember some of these things if you went to school in Ballyfin...

Did you go to school in Ballyfin College, long before it was one of the top hotels in the world? Well, if you did, you’re...

Barbara Brown: The only way to find out is to try lots of different...

As I sit here typing up my first blog by a blazing fire, sipping a chilled glass of Chardonnay I might add, it hits...

Jack Nolan: Hurlers must now bounce back – just as the footballers did

A week ago, I left O’Moore Park shocked at the inept display of the Laois footballers after their comprehensive defeat to Louth and yesterday...

Alison Dunne: Use your own home to express who you are

Colour is without doubt the most powerful and exciting aspect of Interior Design. Skilfully used the possibilities are endless. The colours we use in our...

Elaine in Spain: Enjoying every minute of my first month in Pamplona

About one year ago I made the decision to spend a semester abroad in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the Erasmus+ programme. This involves studying...

Our Wedding Story: Mary Gallagher and Liam Phelan

Portlaoise couple Mary Gallagher and Liam Phelan - who tied the knot on August 19 last year - are the first to feature on...

Wired with Whelan: We need to cop on when it comes to the bit...

Lettuce pray … for a bit of cop on at dinner time Don’t panic. Don’t change channels. It’s only me, not Fr Paddy. But I am...

Stephen Dowling: Spring calving now in full swing

Firstly, I would like to thank LaoisToday, who have asked me to be a regular contributor as a columnist. Each fortnight I will focus...
Business owner Maria Lukacova with husband Andre and Transition Year student son Api

Portlaoise chocolatiers all set for Valentine’s Day

Forget France and Belgium, a creative contemporary chocolatier in Portlaoise is tasting success, thanks to its handmade confections.  And they're bracing themselves for a busy...

Two Broke Divas: The MAC must haves (and the ones to avoid)

MAC Cosmetics have grown a cult following over the past two decades. I bought my first product at 17 years of age, 14 years...

New baby and a busy business – hectic times for Heidi Higgins

With a new baby and a spring/summer collection just launched, life is full-on for Portlaoise fashion designer, Heidi Higgins. Little Matilda Maher – Heidi...

Money Matters: Build up your savings bit by bit

We’re into the New Year and we all want to implement our resolutions – one of the most common being to get going with...

Noel Garvan: Why we need to go back to basics

An evolutionary perspective on health may demystify the often confusing and contradictory information thrown at us all year round and to an even greater...

Fr Paddy: It’s so important to welcome refugees

President Trump’s first few weeks in office are proving to be very worrying especially his response a most hard line one. Responding to the...

Fr Paddy: Standing up for our catholic schools

On this Sunday, January 29, at 11am, in St Peter and Paul's, Parish Church, Portlaoise, RTE, will televise a live celebration of the Eucharist,...

Fit with Brid: February – a new start again

Have you arrived into February and not quite managed to get off to the healthy start you had envisaged for 2017? Join the club...