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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.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin

CONFIRMED: Taoiseach announces range of additional Covid-19 public health measures as we head for...

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has announced a range of new public health measures as we head for Christmas. The measures come following a letter from Chief...
St Mary’s CBS students Sean Maher (navy mask) and Daniel Corbett (white mask) with their winning project

Two Laois students scoop climate award for nuclear energy project

Two Portlaoise students have won the EirGrid Delivering a Cleaner Energy Future Award with their nuclear energy project. Portlaoise CBS students, Seán Maher and Daniel...
Laois County Council General

Laois County Council to hire six new staff in housing section to help meet...

Laois County Council has been given the go ahead to recruit six new staff into the housing section of the Council to assist them...
St Peter and Paul's Cemetery Portlaoise

Major €560,000 investment outlined for Portlaoise Cemetery including Columbarium Wall

A major €560,000 investment by Laois County Council in St Peter and Paul's Cemetery in Portlaoise has been confirmed. As part of the Council's capital...

Portarlington captain Bracken hoping all of Laois get behind his side for Leinster campaign

The Portarlington footballers will begin their first Leinster club championship campaign in 20 years against St Loman's on Sunday. O'Moore Park is the venue for...

Local Senator calls for progress to be made on establishment of Midlands Hospice

There have been renewed calls to build a hospice in the midlands. The Midlands region of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath is the only region...

Closure of Laois and Offaly employment services described as ‘bad decision’ by local TD

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has stated that the closure of local employment services in Portlaoise, Tullamore, Portarlington and Birr is a bad decision...
Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise

Laois TD and Councillors call for restoration of adult diabetic services in Portlaoise Hospital

A Laois TD and County Councillors have called on the HSE to restore adult diabetic services in Portlaoise Hospital. At Monday's meeting of Laois County...

Laois star named Women’s League of Ireland Player of the Year

A Laois soccer player has been named Player of the Year at the 2021 SSE Airtricity Women's National League Awards. Graiguecullen native Kylie Murphy, who...
Ballyroan-Abbey

Double remains on the cards as Ballyroan-Abbey breeze past St Joseph’s to reach U-20...

Ballyroan-Abbey 1-23 St Joseph's 0-10  Laois U-20 Football Championship Semi Final  Ballyroan-Abbey are through to the Laois U-20 football championship final following a 16 point win...
Maggie Murphy

Federation of Irish Sport Volunteer award for Laois and Timahoe Ladies stalwart

Maggie Murphy has been awarded a Federation of Irish Sport Volunteer award for her services to Ladies football. The former Laois footballer, who is now...
St Fergal's Rathdowney Hurling

St Fergal’s emerge from all-Laois battle to reach knock-out phase of Leinster ‘B’ hurling...

St Fergal's Rathdowney 2-11 Heywood CS 1-8  Leinster School's Senior 'B' Hurling Championship Round 2 St Fergal's Rathdowney are through to the knockout phase of the...
Caroline Dwane-Stanley Laois County Council

‘An absolute and utter disgrace’ – Outrage as Laois County Council hand back €600,000...

Laois County Council's inability to spend the majority of a record allocation of grant money from the government has been labelled 'an absolute and...
Clough-Ballacolla celebrations

TV cameras to return to O’Moore Park as Laois hurling champions chosen for coverage...

The RTE TV cameras will be back in O'Moore Park next weekend as Clough-Ballacolla have been chosen for coverage once again. They were in Portlaoise...

Exciting encounters anticipated as both U-20 football semi finals down for decision

The Laois U-20 football finalists will be known this evening as both semi finals are down for decision tonight. The Centre of Excellence is the...

Laois artist successful at prestigious Zurich Portrait Prize at National Gallery of Ireland

Tom McLean, a contemporary figurative painter and illustrator from Laois, has won a highly commended prize of €1,500 for his work Note to Self...

Laois Arthouse to celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new exhibition inspired by Laois...

Laois Arthouse is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a new exhibition inspired by a poem by critically-acclaimed poet Pat Boran. In Trust. In...
Bodhrán Mountmellick MGL 01

In Pictures: Mountmellick students take part in the Music Generation Laois ‘Music-Rich’ schools programme

Students in Mountmellick’s Scoil Phádraig Naofa are currently taking part in bodhrán classes with Dale McKay from Music Generation Laois. 4th and 5th classes participate...
Portlaoise Upgrade Work (1)

Contractors told to ‘pull the finger out’ as ‘snail’s pace work’ leaves Portlaoise traders...

The pace at which a huge plan to upgrade a significant portion of Portlaoise is being carried out at has come in for fierce...
Camross Vintage Club 2

In Pictures: €3,000 raised following first ever vintage run in memory of Martin Bergin

The first ever Martin Bergin Memorial Run was held by Camross Vintage Club back in October. Mr Bergin, a Camross native and founding member of...

“When there is an accident out there, someone will come out but it will...

A Laois County Councillor has expressed his anger over the Council's continual refuse to put salt on a busy school road. Independent Councillor Ben Brennan...
Clough-Ballacolla celebrations

Magic Maher leads the way as Clough-Ballacolla defeat Rapparees for historic first Leinster win

Clough-Ballacolla 1-17 Rapparees 0-12 Leinster Club SHC Quarter-final The back-to-back Laois Senior hurling champions are through to the Leinster semi finals for the first time in...

LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Clough-Ballacolla take on Rapparees in Leinster quarter...

The Saturday GAA action continues in O'Moore Park at 5.30pm this evening. Declan Laffan’s Clough-Ballacolla host Rapparees of Wexford in the Leinster quarter final. While Clough-Ballacolla...
Ballinakill celebrations

Ballinakill’s Leinster adventure ends as Kilkenny champions Glenmore prove just too strong

Ballinakill 1-12 Glenmore 2-17 Leinster Club IHC Quarter-final Ballinakill's Leinster campaign is over after they were beaten by eight points by Glenmore in Abbeyleix this afternoon. Seamus...
Mountmellick Macra Launch MDA

Christmas themed Light Up Truck and Tractor Run organised for Mountmellick

Christmas festivities get off to cheerful start in Mountmellick when trucks and tractors from around Leinster converge in the town on Saturday December 18...

Huge Saturday of provincial action ahead with five Laois teams to do battle

It is another extremely busy Saturday of GAA ahead with five games down for decision involving Laois teams. It is all about provincial games now...

Portlaoise and Tullamore ICU capacity has to be increased permanently says Laois TD

Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has called for ICU capacity in Portlaoise and Tullamore Hospitals to be increased permanently. The Laois TD made the...
Na Fianna Og U-20 'B' Winners

Deadly Dunne the difference as Na Fianna Og see off The Heath in U-20...

Na Fianna Og 2-11 The Heath 2-10  Laois U-20 'B' Football Championship Final  Colin Dunne's point in injury time was the difference as Na Fianna Og...

In Pictures: Portlaoise College Awareness Week a huge success

Each year in Portlaoise College, Awareness Week is marked by a week long timetable of events. Past pupils are invited to the school to give...
Aoife Coady Louis Walsh

Meet the Laois singer who is in contention for a spot in Louis Walsh’s...

Last weekend, 125 girls aged between 15 and 21 auditioned in front of music mogul Louis Walsh in Vicar Street. Among them was 20-year-old Portarlington...