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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.

Horses with Laois connections feature in Irish Grand National

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins are celebrating Grand National success this afternoon after favourite Burrows Saint galloped to victory in Fairyhouse. However, two horses with...

Minor boss Phelan hoping to build ‘positivity around Laois football’ ahead of championship opener

Laois minor football boss Donncha Phelan is hoping his young side can build on the 'positivity surrounding Laois football' at present when they take...

Laois minor football team named for championship opener against Carlow

Laois minor football boss Donncha Phelan has named his starting team to face Carlow in Round 1 of the Leinster minor football championship. The starting...

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, April 22, 2019

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Joe Rigney Leamonaghan, Ballycumber, Offaly / Mountmellick, Laois Joe died on April 21st 2019,...

Shield glory for Crettyard, Stradbally Town reach cup final and all the soccer results

In glorious conditions this Sunday, a number of Laois teams were involved in action across the province. Crettyard United claimed silverware against Graiguecullen outfit St...

Snoop Dog in Portlaoise, photography for boyfriends and the Blue Bridge – It’s our...

Our Tweets of the Week have thrown up some real gems. Ariana grande makes music for girls who cry because they cheated on their boyfriends...

Lecture planned to explore the Laois link to Henry Grattan

Though Henry Grattan’s name is undoubtedly familiar to most Irish people, often because it is associated with the name of a street in a...

Laois shop wins Best High Convenience Store of the Year award

Daybreak ‘The Gandon Inn’ was named ‘Best High Convenience Store of the Year’ at the annual Daybreak Store of the Year Awards. Hosted in the...

Laois U-20 football boss O’Loughlin hits out at ‘mind-boggling’ fixture list

Laois U-20 football boss Billy O'Loughlin has hit out at GAA chiefs for their scheduling of this year's football competitions. The U-20 football grade has...

Wins for Camross, Ballyfin and Portlaoise plus all of today’s GAA results

It was a glorious Saturday weather wise and a total of ten GAA games took place involving Laois teams. Laois have an All-Ireland final to...

Picky points the way as Clough-Ballacolla defeat Castletown to maintain 100% start

Castletown 2-16 Clough-Ballacolla 3-23 ACHL Division 1 Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher hit 1-13 as Clough-Ballacolla made it four wins from four games with a ten point win...
The playground is completely flooded in Mountmellick

Laois is one of the most ‘at risk’ counties for flooding

A new report has shown that Laois is one of the most 'at risk' counties in Ireland for flooding. Despite being the only county in...
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Wins for Graiguecullen and Ballylinan plus all Good Friday’s results

Graiguecullen are up to second place in Division 1A as this topsy-turvy senior league took another twist. Leaders Portlaoise have a 100% record with four...

In Pictures: Fundraising efforts continue at Portlaoise Educate Together NS

Portlaoise Educate Together NS Parents Association held a Mega Egg Hunt on Wednesday last, to try raise funds for much needed resources for the...

The Waters and Communities Special Award now open for Laois entries

The Waters and Communities Special Award is now open for applications with a deadline of May 17, 2019. The Award is run in conjunction...

Two Laois brain injury survivors launch new initiative to help change lives

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland have launched of a new initiative to help young brain injury survivors get back to work and education. With an estimated...

George Cornelius sees Laois trainer win big at Dundalk Races

A Laois trainer and his family were celebrating a big win on the race track last weekend. George Cornelius came in at 14/1 in the...

Laois minor footballers announce panel, captain and vice-captain

Laois minor football manager Donncha Phelan has named his 31-man panel for the upcoming season. Donncha and his managerial team have spent the last number...

In Pictures: Portlaoise Educate Together NS carry out big clean

Claire Romito, 1st class teacher and Green School’s Coordinator for Portlaoise Educate Together NS, co-hosted an informative assembly last week along with members from...

What’s on in Laois this Easter Bank Holiday weekend

Brought to you by Laois Tourism It’s a long weekend and that means it’s a busy one. There is lots of family fun with egg...

Laois bride-to-be pulls out all the stops on Hen weekend

Well this is some get-up! A Laois bride-to-be was pictured wearing a very interesting outfit at her hen party. Roisin Behan and her army of merry...

Laois people spend over €13 million on home improvements and energy upgrades

Laois homeowners have spent over €13.1 million in total through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) since its launch in 2013. This incentive has facilitated homeowners...

In Pictures: Some great shots from the Laois football Feile finals

The Laois football Feile ‘A’ and ‘B’ finals took place in the LOETB Centre of Excellence on Sunday evening. Portarlington and Portlaoise contested the ‘A’...

Scoil Chriost Ri competing well in third appearance at World School basketball Championships

Scoil Chríost Rí competed a remarkable feat last year as they qualified to represent Ireland in the International Schools Basketball World championships in Greece 2019. This is...

CONFIRMED: Laois priest set for Late Late Show appearance

A Laois priest is getting ready for his appearance this Firday night on Ireland’s longest running programme, the Late Late Show. Fr Sean Hyland was...

Former Laois Parish Priest calls for Notre Dame Cathedral to be fully restored

The former Parish Priest of Stradbally has called for all of Europe to come together to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral. Fr Sean Maher,...

All of this weekend’s soccer fixtures

Big cup games and some very important league matches. SATURDAY APRIL 20 All games at 2.30 unless stated Under 17 Cup Semi Finals Mullingar Ath v Portlaoise;...

In Pictures: All smiles at the Ballacolla NS Grandparents Day

The annual St Pius X Ballacolla NS Grandparents Day went down a treat in the Laois school last week. Grandmothers and grandfathers were given the...

Carlow soccer league glory for Killeshin FC U-14s

Killeshin FC's U-14 team were crowned champions of the Carlow and District Juvenile Soccer League last night. The lads were pushed all the way in...

Motorway misery set to continue for Laois commuters as M7 works extended

There really seems to be no end in sight for these roadworks. Kildare County Council officials have said that the improvement works on the M7...

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