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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.

Weekend Read: Inside the yard of the Laois trainer making huge strides in horse...

Kieran Cotter's rise in the horse racing game in the last 18 months has been nothing short of meteoric. The flat racing trainer - who...

Laois hotel named second best in Ireland and UK by prestigious magazine

A Laois hotel has been named the second best in Ireland and the UK by a prestigious travel magazine. Ballyfin Demesne, located on the grounds...

Coronavirus: One new death and 25 new cases as mask wearing to become mandatory

There was one new Coronavirus death today – meaning 1,744 is the death toll in Ireland now. While there has been a total of 25...

Laois County Council decide to ‘pause’ pedestrianisation of Main Street in Portlaoise

Laois County Council have announced that they are to pause the pedestrianisation of Main Street in Portlaoise with immediate effect. The Council says that due...

Local Senator to make new school for Portarlington her top priority

Newly elected Fianna Fail Senator Fiona O'Loughlin says that seeing Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington achieve its new school building is her top priority. The former...

Former Laois footballer transfers to Munster club ahead of championship

Former Laois footballer Billy Sheehan has transferred to Clare football side Cratloe ahead of the upcoming club championships. The former Emo and Laois attacker has...

Gardai appeal for information following burglary from local alpaca farm

Gardai are appealing for information following a robbery at a local alpaca farm. Gardaí in Mountmellick are investigating a burglary that happened in Hushabye Farm...

Coronavirus: Six new deaths and 23 new cases as WHO speak on airborne transmission

There were six new Coronavirus death today – meaning 1,743 is the death toll in Ireland now. While there has been a total of 23...

Laois TD raises problems for families seeking affordable housing

A Laois TD has called for a solution for families who are 'trapped in the rental market' because they do not qualify to be...

Gardai carry out inspection of pubs for compliance with regulations

Gardai conducted 6,830 checks on licensed premises throughout the country under Operation Navigation to support public health guidelines over the weekend. Gardaí found 2,785 individual...

Students with Down Syndrome to be included in Summer Provision

A local Senator has welcomed the decision to include primary and secondary school students with Down Syndrome in the Summer Provision for 2020. Summer Provision...

Laois man supplying vulnerable African communities with PPE to fight Covid-19

The Coronavirus has done immeasurable damage to people and their livelihoods but the disease has also brought people who go above and beyond to...

Return to GAA action moves closer as HSE close Centre of Excellence testing facility

The HSE have closed the Covid-19 testing facility that they set up some months ago in Laois GAA's LOETB Centre of Excellence. A spokesperson for...
New Laois Games Development Officer Peter Hally

‘Blow’ for Laois GAA as Games Development Officer steps away from role

Laois GAA have been dealt a blow with the news that one of their Games Development Officers has stepped away from his role. Wexford native...

Coronavirus: No new deaths and 11 new cases as Portlaoise Hospital remains Covid-19 free

There were no new Coronavirus death today – meaning 1,742 is still the death toll in Ireland now. While there has been a total of...

Praise for former Laois firefighters after return to fight Covid-19

There has been high praise for former firefighters who returned to help Laois County Fire and Rescue Services in their battle against Covid-19. Across the...

Laois soccer club team up with local hospital for fundraiser

A Laois soccer club has teamed up with a local hospital for a fundraiser which will take place next weekend. Mountmellick United have joined forces...

Coronavirus: One new death and 24 new cases as parents asked not to take...

There was one new Coronavirus death today – meaning 1,742 is the death toll in Ireland now. While there has been a total of 24...

262 new homes on the cards for Laois as Strategic Housing Development launched

262 new homes could be on the way to a new estate in Portlaoise after a Strategic Housing Development was launched by a Laois...

Calls for Back to School Allowance applications to be made available for those not...

A Laois TD has called for assistance for those who are struggling to apply for the Back to School Allowance. Sinn Fein's Brian Stanley says...

Enivironmental Protection Agency provide update on status of site of former Laois factory

The Environmental Protection Agency has provided a positive update to Laois County Councillor Aidan Mullins in relation to the site of the old Avon...

Residents of Laois housing estates raise concerns over entrance and walkway for 155 new...

The residents of three Laois housing estates have raised serious concerns over plans to construct an entrance and a pedestrian walkway for 155 new...

Coronavirus: No new deaths and just four new cases as Chief Medical Officer to...

There were no new Coronavirus deaths today – meaning 1,741 is the death toll in Ireland still. While there has been a total of 4...

Laois man appointed principal of Offaly school

A Laois man has been appointed as the new principal of an Offaly secondary school. The Laois and Offaly ETB (LOETB) announced the appointment of...

Second place for Laois makeup star on BBC’s ‘Glow Up’

Abbeyleix native James MacInerney finished as the runner up on the the second series BBC’s Glow Up. The show sees ten aspiring make-up artists compete...

Laois GAA chairman on streaming games and financial implications of reduced crowds at matches

Laois GAA chairman Peter O'Neill says that Laois are exploring the possibility of live streaming championship matches later this month - but that having...

Coronavirus: No new deaths but 18 new cases as video of street drinking emerges

There were no new Coronavirus deaths today - meaning 1,741 is the death toll in Ireland still. While there has been a total of 18...

Coronavirus: One new death and 11 new cases as travel restrictions to be extended

1,741 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – with two new deaths reported today. While there has been a total of 11 new...

Workers on government schemes could face tax bills of between €150 and €3,000

Christmas could see unknowing workers hit with a tax bill of up to €2,828.59, in addition to any drop in income they may have...

Laois football boss could add to his panel after club championships

Laois senior football boss Mike Quirke says that it may be possible for him to add to his current Laois senior football panel if...