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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.

BREAKING: GAA, Camogie Association and LGFA announce roadmap for return of club and county...

The GAA, Camogie Association and LGFA have published their roadmap for a return to club and county action in Laois and across the country. The...

BREAKING: Seven new Coronavirus deaths but just 28 new cases as advice issued on...

1,670 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of seven from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...

BREAKING: Taoiseach announces acceleration of roadmap for reopening of Ireland

The Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business to ease the COVID-19 restrictions and reopen Ireland’s economy and society in a phased manner will enter...

Popular Laois tourist attraction to feature in RTE series tonight

The very popular Emo Court will feature in an RTE programme tonight. 'Great Irish Interiors' will air at 8pm on RTE One and it will...

Popular Laois pantomime brings down the curtain for 2020

A popular Laois pantomime has been forced to cancel their shows for this year due to the Coronavirus. The 34th annual production of the Rathdowney...

Laois club chairman pens open letter to GAA and County Board pleading for the...

A Laois club chairman has penned an open letter to the GAA and the County Board pleading for the reopening of club facilities.  On March...

Advice to aspiring young soccer players from a Laois man exposed to the professional...

Portlaoise’s Paul Cahillane has offered some advice to young Laois soccer players who may be offered the opportunity of a professional career abroad. The former...

‘Laois cannot be left out of midlands Just Transition’ says TD

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has called for Laois not to be left out of the Just Transition Fund. As part of the European Green...

BREAKING: Five new Coronavirus deaths and 38 new cases as Gemma O’Doherty and John...

1,664 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of five from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...

Laois parish puts plans in place for first ever ‘virtual’ cemetery mass

A Laois parish has put plans in place to host their first ever virtual cemetery mass this week. The Parish Priest of Rathdowney has revealed...

Laois woman thanks nurses, doctors, family and friends as she wins 49-day hospital battle...

A Laois woman who spent 49 days in hospital fighting Coronavirus has praised the doctors and nurses in both Portlaoise and St James' Hospitals...

The story of a Laois man, a future Man United flop and a wet...

Portlaoise's Paul Cahillane has revealed his toughest ever soccer opponent. The former Celtic, UCD and Wexford Youths midfielder was the guest on this week's addition...

My Club & I: Meet the Clough-Ballacolla woman who is breaking new ground

The Coronavirus pandemic means that while we should be in the middle of GAA action - we've yet to get started. Around now, Laois clubs...

BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan offers advice...

1,659 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of three from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...

Local TD calls for ‘double standards on social distancing rules’ to be addressed

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan has said she will be engaging with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris to seek...

Gardai ‘spat or coughed at’ 88 times since Covid-19 restrictions introduced in April

Members of An Garda Síochána have been spat at or coughed on 88 times since Covid-19 public health guidelines were introduced. Commissioner Drew Harris confirmed...

In Pictures: Laois camogie side swaps hurls for wooden spoons for club and community...

Banríon Gaels Camogie Club conducted a virtual bake off competition last week which saw members swap their hurls for wooden spoons to give back...

Laois front line nurses get €70,000 donation of cream to help treat skin damage...

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) is to donate €70,000 for the purchase of ‘Propolis’ cream to counter the damaging effects on skin due to...

BREAKING: Eight new Coronavirus deaths but just 10 new cases as leading Irish doctor...

1,658 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of eight from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...

WATCH: Laois man features on BBC dating show

Episode one of Na Gael Marys took place on BBC Two last night and a Laois man was the subject of the show. Courtwood native...

Laois Macra na Feirme members ‘Shave or Dye’ for Pieta House

A group of Macra na Feirme members from Laois have raised almost €4,000 for Pieta House with a socially distanced fundraisers. With the country's barbers...

Laois County Council set to move next monthly meeting out of the chamber

The June meeting of Laois County Council will not take place in the chamber in Portlaoise. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it would not be possible...

Audiology waiting lists branded a ‘scandal’ by Laois TD

Audiology waiting lists in Laois and Offaly have been branded a 'scandal' by a Sinn Fein TD. Audiology is a branch of science that studies...
The Heritage, Midlands Park and Maldron Hotels

WATCH: Laois hotels outline plans for reopening and hopes for the future

All going to plan, hotels in Laois and all around Ireland will be able to open their doors fully again on July 20 when...

Laois secondary school student scoops national sports journalism award

A Portlaoise CBS Transition Year student has won a national award for journalism. David 'Dee' O'Brien, from The Heath, has won the GAA Future Leaders...

Laois GAA club turn the sod on €180,000 new development

GAA pitches remain closed due to the Coronavirus but one club has turned the sod on a massive upgrade to theirs. Ballyroan-Abbey GAA have two...

Laois Councillor calls on 5G companies to be made liable for any ill effects...

Laois County Councillor Aisling Moran has called on companies who install and switch on 5G technology to be made liable if there are any...

BREAKING: Six new Coronavirus deaths and just 39 new cases as calls for faster...

1,645 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of six from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan made the comments about Portlaoise Hospital last night

Local Laois groups encouraged to apply for share of €5 million CLAR Programme

Laois community groups, schools, clubs, and health organisations are being urged to apply for a share of the €5 million CLAR Programme. This funding has...

WATCH: Laois-based multi-national company on course for July opening

The managing Director of a Laois based multi-national company says that they remain on course for their official opening in July. The Coronavirus outbreak halted...