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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 last year.
Egidijus Meilūnas of Lithuania is coming to Portlaoise

Laois Lithuanian Community set to welcome their Ambassador to Portlaoise

The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in Ireland, Egidijus Meilūnas is set to visit Portlaoise to meet with the Laois Lithuanian...
The Sinn Fein TD says the houses in Mountrath will be built shortly

23 new houses planned for Ballyroan

This is certainly a boost for anyone looking for a house! Planning permission has been sought to construct 23 new houses in Ballyroan. Kellyville Ltd submitted...
St Fergal's Rathdowney were crowned North Leinster Champions this afternoon

Brilliant St Fergal’s Rathdowney advance to Leinster final

St Fergal’s Rathdowney 4-11 Bridgetown Vocational School 1-9 Top Oil Leinster Schools Senior ‘C’ Hurling Championship Semi Final St Fergal’s Rathdowney are through to the Leinster...
Borris-Kilcotton quintet won gold at the All-Ireland scor at the weekend

WATCH: Praise for Borris-Kilcotton Scór na nÓg All-Ireland winners

There was high praise at Monday night's County Board meeting for the All-Ireland winning team in the Scór na nÓg which took place over...
Portlaoise and Portarlington both won their games in the Leinster League this afternoon but Port must still beat Newbridge on Tuesday to maintain their Division 2A status

Disappointment for Laois players as Roscrea and Newbridge eliminated from Schools Cup

There was disappointment for the five Laois players involved in Schools Cup rugby over the last 24 hours. There were four players on the Cistercian College...
Padraig McMahon will be a co-manager of Ballyroan-Abbey with Liam Irwin

Current player and former All-Star take the reins at Ballyroan-Abbey

Ballyroan-Abbey have put in place a very impressive management team for the 2018 season. Following the departure of Pat Ryan, we revealed that they had...

Appeal for robbery in popular Abbeyleix salon

Gardai are appealing for information after a robbery at a popular beauty salon in Abbeyleix over the weekend. Stone House, Ladies and Gents Hair Salon,...
New houses planned for Kilminchy

10 new houses planned for Portlaoise ‘delayed’

The construction of ten new houses in Portlaoise has been delayed. Laois County Council was due to make a decision on the application this week...
The Garda helicopter was in Stradbally last night

Garda helicopter combing the Midlands following robbery

The Garda helicopter is out this morning following a robbery in the early hours of the morning. Gardai say that at 12.30am this morning, a...
Rebecca Storm will perform a concert for Rathdowney school St Fergal's

Laois students to train and perform concert with renowned British singer

There is a very special event planned in Rathdowney at the end of March! British singer and musical theatre actress Rebecca Storm is set to...
Football For All a huge success in Portlaoise AFC

In Pictures: First Portlaoise AFC Football for All tournament a success

Portlaoise AFC Football For All (FFA) ran their first tournament on Sunday and the only thing that didn’t go to plan was the weather. That...
Barry Pender and Sarah Buggy claimed National Indoor titles

WATCH: Two national titles for Laois athletes at Indoor Championships

There was great success for two Laois athletes at the National Indoor Championships this weekend. The St Abban's duo of Barry Pender and Sarah Buggy...
Mary Wheatley was honoured at convention recently for her services to Ladies football

Recognition for one of Laois Ladies football greatest servants

One of the most influential figures in the history of Ladies football in Laois has been honoured for her services to the game. At convention,...

Mixed fortunes for Laois soccer clubs on busy weekend

Laois teams were competing across four different leagues this weekend as the season ticked into the final third. Portlaoise AFC's attentions turned away from the...

In Pictures: Disgusting illegal dumping at disused Laois school

This is absolutely disgusting. These pictures, sent to us by one of our followers, show large scale illegal dumping at two former National Schools in...
The Laois U-17 Celtic Challenge panel has been named

Palmer Cup: Victory for Abbeyleix and Shanahoe Gaels as hurling season begins

A week after the local Gaelic football season got underway in Laois, the hurling season kicked into game. Just five clubs have entered the Palmer...
The Laois Ladies senior footballer championship has been delayed following an appeal

Kelly Cup: Round 2 wins for Stradbally, Clonaslee, Arles-Kilcruise and O’Dempsey’s

The Kelly Cup saw its second round of matches played this way. And following four more games, we now have a clearer picture on what...

Laois Camogie make winning start to league campaign against Kildare

Kildare 1-7 Laois 2-11 Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League Division 2 Laois lost home advantage in this game over being unable to find a suitable pitch...
Defeats for Portarlington and Portlaoise in the rugby this afternoon

Defeats for Portarlington and Portlaoise in Leinster rugby league

Two potentially season defining matches took place today for the Laois clubs that play in the Leinster rugby league. Portarlington knew that relegation from Division...
Portlaoise Panthers players, from left, Stephanie Poland, Tim Stewart and Stephanie Schmid pictured at the official launch of the Basketball Ireland season 2017/18

Brilliant win on the road for Portlaoise Panthers men but defeat for women

There were mixed fortunes for the two Portlaoise teams in the men's and women's National Basketball League. Portlaoise Panthers men's team made the journey to...

Rise in insurance claims involving uninsured or untraced drivers

There was a rise in the number of motor insurance claims relating to uninsured or untraced drivers recorded in Laois last year. The total grew...
Evan O'Carroll and Eoin Lowry were on fire as UCD reached the Sigerson Cup semi final

Lowry and O’Carroll steer UCD to Sigerson Cup glory

UCD 1-13 NUIG 2-9 Higher Education Sigerson Cup Final For the second time in the last 24 hours, there are All-Ireland college football medals on their...

First ever Football For All tournament set for Portlaoise

There will be a very special soccer tournament in Portlaoise this Sunday. Five teams from across the Midlands will travel to Laois to take part...
Shane Nerney, Evan Lowry and Martin Doyle all enjoyed All-Ireland glory today

All-Ireland Colleges football glory for Laois quintet

Carlow IFE 6-9 National College of Ireland 0-10 Higher Education Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final Five Laois men have All-Ireland medals in their back pockets following a...
Congratulations to Maeve and Sarah who have been awarded scholarships

Laois duo awarded Leinster LGFA third level scholarships

Two young ladies Gaelic footballers from Laois have received scholarships. The pair are two of just four girls who were selected for the accolade by Leinster...

Block buster St Patrick’s Day parade planned for Mountrath

Mountrath will be alive with Irish legends this St Patrick’s Day as Tir Na Og, the Irish Rugby team and even Mrs Brown are...

Multi million euro urban regeneration plan secured for Portlaoise

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan says the new Project Ireland 2040 plan is good news for Portlaoise. The Laois TD says there will be a...
11,500 people commute to work from Laois every day

Enterprise Ireland and IDA set to visit Laois today

Members of Enterprise Ireland and the Industrial Development Authority are due in Laois today. Martin Shanahan and Julie Sinnamon are meeting with local TDs and...

17 clubs represented as Laois minor football panel for 2018 confirmed

Laois minor football manager Donncha Phelan has named a 35-player panel for the season ahead. A total of 16 clubs are represented and Portarlington lead...
Lots of Laois lads set for college action this weekend

Host of Laois players set for College football finals this weekend

The college football season will come to an end this weekend and there will be considerable Laois interest in a number of games. The showpiece...

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