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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.

Fixtures details confirmed as Laois ladies and Laois Camogie set to resume competitive action...

The Laois ladies and Laois Camogie teams are set to resume competitive action on the weekend of May 22/23. The initial plan for the National...

Coronavirus: No further deaths and 394 new cases – as NIAC set to recommend...

There have been no further Coronavirus-related deaths and 394 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. With 12 new cases announced...

Improvements for Laois school’s heating system after funding approved

Improvement works for the heating system in a Laois primary school will commence shortly following the approval of funding. Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming confirmed...

‘I thought I was going to die’ – Laois Supervet on contracting Covid-19 twice

Laois Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick has revealed how he feared he was going to die when he contracted Covid-19 for a second time. The Ballyfin native,...
Slieve Bloom Mountains

Almost €600,000 to be spent on improving roads near key Laois tourism area in...

€598,170 will be spent on improving roads in the Camross, Coolrain and Killanure area in 2021 by Laois County Council - boosting its status...

Laois footballer nominated for prestigious Gaelic Players Association academic award

The Gaelic Players Association launched their inaugural GPA Excellence Awards recently. These brand new awards have been split into six different categories. The nominations for each...

Social distancing and Covid-19 testing system ‘not feasible’ for World Ploughing Championships

The possibility of the World Ploughing Championships being staged in Laois later this year appears highly unlikely unless there is a major shift in...

Strong Laois connection as Acapella Bourgeois bids for Grand National glory

The most iconic horse race in the world takes place this afternoon - and there will be Laois interest in it. The Grand National in...

Laois GAA club set to resume popular bingo game – but with a twist

A Laois GAA club have announced the resumption of their popular bingo game - but with a twist. Due to Covid-19, Portarlington GAA have decided...

Coronavirus: 34 further deaths and 473 new cases – as hospital numbers continue to...

There have been 34 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 473 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. Of the deaths reported today...

Minister says ‘no threat’ to Laois social welfare service that caters for ‘10,000 people’

The Minister for Social Protection has confirmed that there is 'no threat' to a social welfare service in Rathdowney. Concerns for the future of Rathdowney...

New footpath and pedestrian crossing approved for busy road near Laois GAA ground

A brand new footpath and a controlled pedestrian crossing are set to be constructed on a busy road near a Laois GAA ground. The Cathaoirleach...
Dairy Farms Laois

Dairy farming thriving as milk worth €87 million for rural Laois economy

The value of dairy farming to the rural economy in Laois has been highlighted from new figures released by Glanbia Ireland. The accounts for 2020...

‘Somebody is going to be attacked’ – Residents of Laois housing estate fume as...

Residents in a Portlaoise housing estate say they have been left 'angry' and 'frustrated' following a meeting with Laois County Council officials over the...

Blow for club and county as key forward ruled out for season with injury

There has been a pre-season blow for the Laois hurlers and Rathdowney-Errill as a key forward is set to be out for the 2021...

What the new GAA schedule is likely to mean for Laois

After weeks of speculation, the GAA revealed their new calendar for the 2021 season yesterday. All conditional on the Covid-19 situation of course, the calendar...

Coronavirus: Seven further deaths and 400 new cases – as people encouraged to take...

There have been 7 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 400 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. With 13 new cases announced...

Restructured league, no backdoor and club activity – 2021 GAA calendar will see action...

The GAA have announced the fixture calendar for both football and hurling at inter-county level - and given an indication for when they believe...

Star-studded line up confirmed as Laois athletics club hosts for series of webinars

A Laois athletics club have announced a series of webinars with star-studded guests to celebrate their tenth birthday. Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District AC are hosting...

5G network now available in seven areas across Laois

The new 5G network is now available in seven areas across Laois. According to eir, 5G now reaches more than 57% of the Irish population...

GAA ‘hopeful’ for a return to club training for adults in May

The GAA are 'hopeful' that adult club players will be permitted to return to training in May. All club activity has been suspended at adult...

Call for Laois performers to take part in major community variety show for new...

Laois's newest mental health charity are putting together their first fundraiser - but they need all of the community's help in order to make...
Brian Stanley on Covid-19

Laois TD’s legislation set ‘to tackle bogus self-employment’

Laois TD Brian Stanley says his party have brought forward to legislation aimed at tackling 'bogus self-employment'. This is an issue which the Public Accounts...

In Pictures: Laois students transform old storage unit on school grounds for visual art...

Bright Space Project Art is all around us and we have never needed its mood-boosting qualities more than we do now. After a whirlwind year...

BREAKING: Emergency services on the scene as former Laois shopping centre on fire again

For the second time in recent weeks, a fire has broken out on the site of a former Laois shopping centre. The blaze broke out...

Coronavirus: Five further deaths and 423 new cases – as EMA say blood clots...

There have been five further Coronavirus-related deaths and 423 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. 4 of these deaths occurred...

Laois man elected new president of Macra na Feirme

A Laois man has been elected as President of Macra na Feirme - the Irish rural youth organisation. Errill native John Keane takes over from...

More than 23,000 Covid-19 tests carried out in Laois since pandemic began – but...

More than 23,000 Covid-19 tests have taken place in Laois since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March of last year. Latest figures from the HSE...

Laois ladies footballers learn national league fate as fixtures and structure confirmed for 2021...

Taoiseach Micheal Martin gave elite inter-county GAA the green light to resume from April 19 - and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association are first...

Plans for new group to represent Laois people with physical impairments to be established

The wheels are in motion for the establishment of a brand new group aimed at representing Laois people with physical disabilities and impairments. Raheen native...