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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.
Swift Stradbally

In Pictures: Stradbally Community project enhances built and natural heritage

A project led by the community in Stradbally  and Laois County Council is taking practical action to enhance the town’s wildlife and built heritage. Stradbally...
Farm Forestry

‘How much longer can the private forestry sector survive this level of incompetence?’ says...

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that he will not 'be happy' until he sees a greater level of plantation and afforestation taking place within...

Memories from famous Gordon Bennett motor race of 1903 sought for documentary

The Heritage offices of Laois, Carlow and Kildare County Councils are looking for the memories from local families about the famous Gordon Bennett motor...
Evan O'Carroll Laois footballers

Co-captain O’Carroll hoping Tailteann Cup gives Laois footballers chance to turn season around

After a bright beginning, 2022 is looking like it will be another disappointing year for the Laois senior footballers. An O'Byrne Cup final appearance was...

Delay in issuing passports ‘causing huge difficulties’ says local TD

Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has said delays in the issuing of passports is causing huge upset and difficulties to many intending to...

In Pictures: Lithuanian Ambassador to Ireland visits host of Laois schools

The Lithuanian Ambassador to Ireland, Marijus Gudynas, visited a number of schools in Laois during recently to commemorate European Day. He was accompanied by Laois...
Football general

All of this week’s Laois GAA fixtures with Leinster finals and county action ahead

It’s another busy week of action on the Laois GAA club scene with games across the county in both codes and at adult and...
Laois minor hurlers Leinster final

Leinster minor dreams ended for Laois as Offaly prove too strong in O’Moore Park...

Laois 0-13 Offaly 0-21 Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Final  The Laois minor hurlers' wait for a first Leinster title since the 1960s goes on as they...

LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as the Laois minor hurlers face Offaly in...

The Laois minor hurlers will be hoping to win their first Leinster title since 1964 when they face Offaly this evening. The Faithful will come...
Laois minor hurlers updated

Big day arrives for Laois minor hurlers as Offaly set to come to Portlaoise...

The Laois minor hurlers will be hoping to win their first Leinster title since 1964 when they face Offaly this evening. The Faithful will come...
Laois footballers

Laois footballers learn their fate as first draws for new Tailteann Cup made

The draw for the Preliminary Round and Round 1 of the brand new Tailteann Cup have been made. 17 teams take part in the competition...
Donaghmore

€273,048 for Community Groups in Laois under the Community Activities Fund

€273,048 has been approved in funding for 131 community groups in Laois under the Community Activities Fund. The Community Activities Fund (CAF) provides funding to...

PROFILED: Meet the 34 Laois hurlers hoping to bring Leinster minor glory home on...

The Laois minor hurlers will go in search of their first Leinster title since the 1960s at home to Offaly tomorrow night. The game was...
Clonad Leinster Senior League Winners

Cormack and McCormack to the fore as Clonad claim Leinster hurling league glory

Clonad 6-13 St Laurence’s (Kildare) 2-10 Leinster Hurling League Division 5 League final Clonad collected their first piece of silverware in nine years as they...
Laois Hunt Point to Point

With good weather forecast, the Laois Point to Point in Stradbally this Sunday promises...

How about a trip to the races in Stradbally next Sunday? Laois Foxhounds hold their second spring Point-to-Point this Sunday, May 15, on the grounds...
The Heath General

Points scored required to decide final Division 1B places as four teams deadlocked after...

The calculators were out across the county tonight as the top four and bottom four places in Division 1B were decided. Stradbally were already guaranteed...
Kieran Cotter

Magical start to new flat season for Laois trainer with four winners on the...

A Laois horse racing trainer has made a very good start to the flat season with four winners recorded already. Kieran Cotter, the Portarlington-based trainer,...
Laois minor hurlers

‘A mighty sound gesture’ – Buff Egan set to be looked after at Leinster...

Buff Egan's love affair with Laois hurling looks set to grow after the lads at Laois Gaels reached out to him on Twitter last...

All square in Division 2 as Park-Ratheniska and Ballyfin plus Timahoe and Crettyard play...

Park-Ratheniska 0-11 Ballyfin 0-11  ACFL Division 2 Round 6  A last gasp Sean Moore free salvaged a draw for Ballyfin following a tight encounter with Park-Ratheniska...
St Fergal's Rathdowney Leinster Junior Hurling Champions

Heroic Hogan and classy Coss lead the way as St Fergal’s produce remarkable comeback...

St Fergal's Rathdowney 0-20 Boyne Community School (Meath) 2-13 Leinster School's U-16 'C' Hurling Championship Final  St Fergal's Rathdowney were crowned Leinster U-16 'C' hurling champions...
Ireland's Fittest Family

Laois families sought as applications open for Ireland’s Fittest Family 2022

Laois families have a great track record on the hugely popular Ireland’s Fittest Family TV programme – and we are being sought once again. The...
Eoghan Cuddy Laois minor hurling captain

Time the key for Captain Cuddy as his troops prepare for Leinster minor hurling...

Ten months ago, the Laois minor hurlers were knocked out of the Leinster minor hurling championship by Kildare. It was a humbling experience for all...
Some of the volunteers from St Abbans AC Open Sports

In Pictures: St Abban’s 25th Annual Open Sports day a huge success

The Bank Holiday Monday in May saw the return of the St Abban’s AC Open Sports, with a festival of athletics on show in...
Volunteer

Laois to play its part as week-long celebration of volunteering set to get underway

A week long celebration of volunteering is set to get underway next week as National Volunteering Week 2022 was launched. National Volunteering Week, from May...
LCC Heritage Swift Boxes 01

Plans in place for Biodiversity Week to be celebrated in Laois

Biodiversity Week will be celebrated across Ireland from May 16 to 22 and a range of events and resources are available for anyone in...

Laois teenager ranked the number one fencer in Ireland following memorable season

A Laois teenager is ranked as the best fencer in Ireland following a remarkable season. Aleksandra Wawrzonek is a Fifth year student in Portlaoise College...
Irish Water

Summer promises for improved water supply made for those in Ratheniska

Before the first half of the year is out customers in Easter Hill, Ratheniska, will have a much-improved water supply. So says Irish Water after...
SUSI Grant

Local TD voices ‘disappointment’ as changes to student income earning limit ruled out

There is to be no change to the €4,500 limit on student earnings in order to qualify for the SUSI Grant. So says local TD...
Portlaoise CBS Golf Society John Duggan

Plans in place to revive Past Pupils Golf Society in memory of beloved late...

Plans are in place to revive the Portlaoise CBS Past Pupils Golf Society and rename it in memory of a beloved late teacher. John Duggan...
Kilminchy

€70,000 to be spent on five bus shelters in three locations in Laois

€70,000 is to be spent on the construction of five bus shelters in three locations in Laois. So says Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley who...