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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.
Timahoe NS Action Workshop 01

In Pictures: Laois actor visits local school for successful drama workshop

Actor and filmmaker Emmet Byrne facilitated drama workshops with children in Timahoe National School recently. Emmet and workshop facilitator Caitríona Kenny were with 1st, 2nd...
Healthy Ireland Laois workshop (9)

In Pictures: Big attendance as workshop held to help inform the new Healthy Laois...

The Healthy Laois Unit of Laois County Council held a Consultation Workshop in the LOETB Centre of Excellence in Portlaoise recently. Led by Emma O’Connor,...
Scoil Chriost Ri Colaiste Iosagain and Portlaoise CBS Midlands Basketball

History made as Colaiste Iosagain, Scoil Chriost Ri and Portlaoise CBS claim Midlands basketball...

History was made in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght yesterday as three Laois schools claimed glory in Midlands 'A' Regional finals. The U-16 and...
Age Friendly Ireland Laois ICE Card (3)

In Pictures: Age Friendly Laois launch new ICE card which could help save lives

Age Friendly Laois recently launched a new initiative called the ICE card which they hope will save lives. The ICE (In Case of Emergency) card...
Operation Transformation

Excitement building in Laois town ahead of arrival of Operation Transformation TV cameras

The Laois town of Stradbally is well used to being thrust into the national spotlight - and it is set to do so again...
Pauline Flanagan Fianna Fail

Laois woman elected as National Events Director with Fianna Fáil Women’s Network

A Laois woman has been elected as National Events Director at the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network Conference which was held in Mullingar on Saturday...
O'Moore Park

Inability to recruit suitable coaches ‘one of the biggest problems in Laois GAA’

The inability to recruit suitable coaches for the inter-county squads has been labelled 'one of the biggest problems in Laois GAA'. So says secretary Niall...
Civic Reception Laois Ladies Main

In Pictures: Magical Laois Ladies celebrated for All-Ireland success with Civic Reception

The wonderful Laois Ladies footballers were celebrated at a civic reception in Laois County Council last week. The Ladies gave us a wonderful year in...
Laois Library Teddy Fennelly

Portlaoise Library set to host talk from renowned Laois historian

Portlaoise Library is set to host a talk from historian Teddy Fennelly on the role of the press from 1913-1923 on Wednesday evening at...
Community Welfare Office

Renewed calls for Minister to act as Community Welfare Officers still not reinstated in...

The Minister for Social Protection has been called upon to act in the community welfare sector in Laois. Councillor Conor Bergin brought forward a motion...
Portlaoise Hospital

€14 million ‘major and immediate’ investment announced for Portlaoise Hospital

A €14 million investment has been approved for a major extension to the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. The news was confirmed by Laois TD Sean...
Catherine Quigley RIP

Tributes paid following sad passing of kind-hearted Laois woman who gave her life to...

Tributes were paid in the Laois County Council chamber on Monday following the sad passing of Catherine Quigley. Mrs Quigley, from Rockdale in Portlaoise, passed...
Laois County Council General

New appeal launched for Laois properties to house Ukrainian people

Laois County Council is appealing to those who have unoccupied properties to offer them as temporary homes for those fleeing war in Ukraine. The call...
Goldencroft Housing estate

First phase of new 67-home development in Portlaoise set to be handed over early...

Work on a brand new housing development adjacent to Portlaoise Train Station is progressing very well. Clúid Housing’s new development, called Goldencroft, was recently inspected...
Holy Family Senior School Water Action Day Main

In Pictures: ‘Save Water, Save Earth’ – Laois school’s Water Action Day a huge...

Two years of concerted effort to reduce water usage culminated in a Laois primary school on Friday. Holy Family Senior School in Portlaoise held a...
Tommy Fitzgerald

Laois man Fitzgerald helps guide St Thomas’s to fifth straight Galway hurling success

St Thomas's claimed the Galway Senior hurling title for the fifth straight year on Sunday - and a Laois man was heavily involved. Former Laois...
Peter Grogan Bohemians

Laois teenage soccer player named U-17 Player of the Year for Bohemians

The League of Ireland season concluded earlier this month and will resume again next Spring. Laois have been well represented in throughout both the men's...
Portlaoise Garda Station

Works for new Divisional Garda HQ in Portlaoise to begin in December or start...

Works on the new Portlaoise Garda station are expected to commence before the end of this year or at the start of 2023. Minister of...
Portarlington Main

Main Street in Portarlington to be closed to traffic on Sunday as ESB set...

Main Street in Portarlington is set to be closed to traffic on Sunday so the ESB can carry out essential works. So confirmed Sinn Fein...
St Fergal's Rathdowney all-weather (2)

Case made for Laois secondary school to receive brand new sports hall

Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley is calling on the Minister for Education to approve funding for a sports hall at St Fergal’s College...
Laois County Council General

Laois TD welcomes €5,000 increase in income eligibility limits for social housing

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the €5,000 increase across the three income eligibility limits for social housing. Deputy Flanagan was responding to confirmation...
Ballyroan-Abbey U-20 football winners 2022

Brilliant Ballyroan-Abbey too strong for Courtwood-Emo to claim back-to-back U-20 titles

Ballyroan-Abbey 3-13 Courtwood-Emo 1-8 Laois U-20 Football Championship Final  Ballyroan-Abbey's underage dominance continued in the Centre of Excellence tonight as they defeated Courtwood-Emo in the U-20...
Live Blog - Laois u-20 Final

LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from the Laois U-20 football championship final

The Centre of Excellence is the place to be tonight as the Laois U-20 football championship final is down for decision. Ballyroan-Abbey are hoping to...
Operation Transformation

Laois chosen as base for new season of popular RTE TV show Operation Transformation

This year, RTE’s popular TV series Operation Transformation will make Laois it’s home. The stunning setting of the Malt House in Stradbally will be the...
Knockbeg College Senior Footballers new

Knockbeg hold on to see off Ard Scoil Athy as both teams advance to...

Knockbeg College 0-10 Ard Scoil na Trionoide Athy 1-6 Leinster School's Senior 'A' Football Championship Round 2 Knockbeg edged out Ard Scoil na Trionoide in Athy...
Martin McDonald and Dick Mullins

Laois athletes excel on the international stage as Master Cross Country

Two Laois stalwart Masters Cross Country runners produced medal winning performances in the British and Irish Masters recently. Martin McDonald and Dick Mullins were in...
Emily Corbet Women's League of Ireland Player of the Year

Laois striker named Women’s League of Ireland Player of the Year for 2022

An incredible season for a Laois teenager was capped off in fine style last night at the Women's League of Ireland Awards. Clonaslee's Emily Corbet...
Sean Greene and Conaire GEE Laois U-20 Final

Exciting encounter anticipated as Ballyroan-Abbey and Courtwood-Emo to clash in U-20 final

Ballyroan-Abbey v Courtwood-Emo  U-20 Football Championship Final in Centre of Excellence at 7.30pm The penultimate piece of silverware for 2022 will be handed out tonight as...
Minister Pascal Donohue

Social Welfare Bill will help thousands of families and individuals in Laois with increased...

The Social Welfare Bill 2022 gives effect to Budget 2023 measures will help thousands of individuals and families in Laois with increased payments according...
Creativity in Older Age 01

In Pictures: ‘Activations’ launched in Laois ahead of meetings in December and January

‘Activations’, a capacity research and development programme for artists aged 55+ in Laois, was recently launched at The Laois Arthouse. This was done by Muireann...