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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.

Outstanding memberships at Portlaoise Leisure Centre to be honoured when facility reopens

Anyone who had paid their membership to Portlaoise Leisure Centre when it closed last year will have the remaining time honoured when the facility...

‘Palpable sense of grief’: Laois priest on how the loss of traditional funerals has...

A Laois parish priest has explained how the loss of a traditional Irish funeral has exacerbated the grief that is being experienced by the...

Calls for action to solve ‘ongoing anti-social behaviour’ problems at former Laois shopping centre

A Laois County Councillor has called for action to be taken to solve what he says are 'ongoing anti-social behaviour' problems at the site...

Big Laois involvement as Slade Runner romps to first ever win in Dundalk

There was a huge Laois involvement as a horse called Slade Runner romped to its first ever win in Dundalk last night. Winless in 14...

GAA Diary: Coffey named on U-20 team of the year; transfers for Laois clubs...

Coffey named on GAA U-20 football team of the year  Laois U-20 football captain for 2020, Ronan Coffey, has been named on the GAA's team...

Coronavirus: 61 more deaths and 2,488 new cases – 38 of them in Laois

There have been a further 61 Coronavirus-related deaths and 2,488new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. Of the deaths reported today,...

Calls for indoor sports centre to built on lands Laois County Council purchased in...

Laois County Councillors in the Portlaoise Municipal District have called for a indoor sports facility to be built in the town. In 2019, Laois County...

Outrage as tarmacadam ‘allowed’ to flow into sewage system causing blockages for Laois people

A full investigation has been called for into how works, being carried out on behalf of Irish Water, resulted in tarmacadam getting into a...

Concerns raised over decision to cancel important Bus Eireann service in Laois

Concerns have been raised over Bus Eireann's decision to cancel a key route that connects Laois from Limerick to Dublin Airport. The Expressway Route X12...

€427,000 in funding granted for Laois and Offaly Youth Services

€47,723,693 has been allocated to youth organisations around the country by the Minister for Children Rodrick O'Gorman. The Laois-Offaly wing has received €427,253 which is...

Family of young Laois man who sadly passed due to cancer launch fundraiser in...

The family of Dean O'Farrell, a young Laois man who lost his brave battle with cancer recently, have launched a fundraiser in his memory.  A...

Watch: Laois man’s ‘Lulu’s Variety Show’ a big hit as he outlines hopes for...

A Laois man's online comedy sketch has proved to be a big hit in recent weeks. 'Lulu's Variety Show' is a series of short clips...

Life-saving phone-box defibrillator moves a step closer for Laois village

The campaign to have a life-saving defibrillator fully operational in a Laois village has moved a step closer. The civils works for the power supply...

Laois athlete chosen on two Athletics Ireland relay teams

Laois athlete Nessa Millet has been selected on two 2021 National relay squads. Millet has been chosen on both the National senior Women's 4x400m relay...

Coronavirus: 93 more deaths and 2,001 new cases – 46 of them in Laois...

There have been a further 93 Coronavirus-related deaths and 2,001 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. Of the deaths reported...
It was certainly a snow filled morning all over the county

Chilly week ahead as Met Eireann announce national wintery weather advisory

It's fairly miserable out there at the moment - and the forecast for the next four days isn't great either. We're dealing with a lot...

Laois group sign up as forest owners launch national organisation

Nine of Ireland’s forest owner groups have come together to form a national body, the Irish Forest Owners (IFO), with a Laois group also...

Laois organisation receive €500 donation from Aldi’s Laois store staff

A Laois organisation has become the latest beneficiary of Aldi’s Community Grants programme. A €500 grant was presented to Portarlington Men’s Shed recently. A Men’s Shed...

‘Quit delaying and start paying student nurses now’

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, has called on the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly to 'quit delaying and pay student nurses and midwives now'. The...

A view from Down Under: Laois woman on how Australia have fought Covid using...

As Ireland grapples with the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases, deaths and hospitalisations since the pandemic began - a look at how other countries...

‘Disgraceful vandalism’ strikes Laois GAA club

A Laois GAA club has been the victim of a disgusting act of vandalism. Members of Ballyroan-Abbey, which is situated in the village of Ballyroan,...

Coronavirus: Eight more deaths and 2,121 new cases – 24 of them in Laois...

There have been a further eight Coronavirus-related deaths and 2,121 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. 24 of the new...

‘Brighter days ahead’ for Laois nursing home as they receive Covid-19 vaccine

Staff and residents at a Laois nursing home have become the latest to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. On Sunday, members of the Midlands Regional Hospital...

Garda warning over online shopping and parcel deliveries scam

With online shopping and parcel deliveries increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gardaí have issued a warning to people over an online shopping and...

‘Is this a cycle lane or an obstacle course?’ Image from Laois road causes...

The picture, in all honesty, speaks for itself here. Laois woman Louise Troy captured an image of a cycle lane in Portlaoise - and it...

Nine Laois projects set to receive Outdoor Recreation Funding

Nine projects in Laois will receive funding under the Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Scheme. €160,000 has been allocated to Laois to develop walking trails, cycle...

Laois Gardai issues fines and turn around cars for breaches of 5km travel restrictions

Gardai in Laois were out in force over the weekend - exercising powers that have been granted to them to punish people who breach...

Laois’s loss could be London’s gain as former defender open to Exiles call

Former Laois footballer and hurler, Cahir Healy, says he is open to the possibility of representing London GAA if approached. The Portlaoise man, who last...

First winner of 2021 for Laois trainer as foundations laid for stable extension

A Laois trainer tasted success for the first time in 2021 on Friday evening in Dundalk. St George's Head won the Floodlit Friday Nights At...

New law ‘will break link between criminal gangs and vulnerable youngsters’

A new law will break the link between criminal gangs and the vulnerable youngsters they recruit, according to Laois TD Charlie Flanagan. Deputy Flanagan said...