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As LaoisToday celebrates its 2nd birthday we look back on the stories we had on site this day two years ago

And just like that we are 2!!

LaoisToday celebrates its second birthday today, our site having gone live this day two years ago – February 7, 2017.

To mark the occasion we had a small gathering in Kelly Lou’s in Kealew Business Park – before having our official launch in the Midlands Park Hotel later that year in November.

As we mark our 2nd birthday, we take a look back on some of the stories we had on site that day.

At the time, we had 3,500 Facebook likes, something which has grown to over 21,000 two years down the road.

18 of the best pictures as Portlaoise and Portarlington do battle in Towns Cup

Portlaoise had beaten Portarlington in rugby’s Towns Cup just a couple of days before we went live. We had a selection of great images from Sportsfile.

All Ireland final referee appointed manager of home club

Alan Hartnett reported on the appointment of former inter-county referee as manager of his native Courtwood club. Within two years they were intermediate champions.

The RSVP Bride of the Year is a Laois woman

A Laois girl from near Mountmellick won a prestigious prize.

Laois have a new Rose co-ordinator after Anne Marie steps aside

The first Laois Rose Anne Marie Bowe had also been one of the main organisers of the event in recent years in Laois. We had the story of her decision to step down

20 things you’ll remember if you went to school in the Brigidine in Mountrath

A brilliant piece from a past pupil who asked to remain nameless!

Robert Sheehan on his helicopter trip with Tom Cruise

Robert Sheehan is one of Laois’s most successful exports. This story of his time hanging around with Tom Cruise is brilliant



Moment in Time: Ploughing in Ballylinan in 2008

Alf Harvey’s archives always throw up a selection of great images. Our first Moment in Time was no different.

‘A test of character now’ says Laois boss Creedon

This time two years ago, the Laois footballers were coming off the back of a disappointing loss to Louth. Sound familiar? Laois manager at the time Peter Creedon gave his views on the heavy loss.

In Pictures: All the glamour from the Laois Hunt Ball

There’s nothing like a Black Tie event – and the Laois Hunt Ball in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel was a seriously stylish event.

In Pictures: Stradbally GAA celebrate in style

In 2016 Stradbally GAA denied Portlaoise from winning 10 Laois senior titles in a row in hugely dramatic circumstances. Their Dinner Dance was a hugely celebratory affair

It's been a brilliant season for Raheen but they aren't finished yetRaheen pull off giant-killing act after extra time

Raheen had a great season in 2016-2017 – this was one of their many great cup wins. Incidentally, the club don’t field a team any more.

Zach Tuohy: ‘I want to play for Laois again’

We’d all love to see this

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

Heidi Higgins is a busy woman – and this time two years ago she was juggling her hectic business with being a new mum

Exciting times ahead for Emo GAA as drawings are revealed

Emo GAA are building a stand – and a whole lot more

Serious plans in place in Emo GAA

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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.