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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: Laois County Council confirm date for possible re-opening of Portlaoise Leisure Centre

Laois County Council are hopeful that Portlaoise Leisure Centre will re-open in January 2021. Director of Services Donal Brennan revealed the news at this morning’s...

Six-in-a-row for Laois trainer as filly scoops €24,000 in the Curragh

A Laois trainer pulled off an incredible six-in-a-row success and scooped the top prize of €24,000 at The Curragh yesterday. A Step Too Far, trained...

Brilliant Burke and clinical O’Carroll lead Crettyard to IFC final

Mountmellick 0-9 Crettyard 3-14 Laois IFC Semi-final A heavily bandaged Ciaran Burke and a mercurial Evan O'Carroll led the way for Crettyard as they absolutely thrashed...

Coronavirus: 430 new cases as four more counties in Level 3 danger

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has been a total of 1,802 COVID-19 related deaths in...

Live Blog: Follow all the updates from Sunday’s hurling and football action

After a thoroughly dramatic and exciting day on Saturday, we are back with more action today. The big games get underway from 12.30pm and run...

Dundalk success for Laois trainer ahead of big Curragh race

A Laois trainer bagged his tenth winner of the flat season in Dundalk on Friday night. Ahyoka, at odds of 15/2, won the DundalkStadium.com Handicap,...

Coronavirus: Five deaths and 248 new cases recorded – with six in Laois

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 5 people with COVID-19 have died. There has been a total of 1,802 COVID-19 related...

Live Blog: Follow all the action from Saturday’s Laois GAA games

We're down to the second last weekend of hurling in Laois and what a day we have in store. Over the next six hours, we...

History made as Portlaoise end Sarsfields eight-in-a-row dream and claim first ever title

Sarsfields 0-12 Portlaoise 1-12 Laois Ladies Senior Football Final History has been made in MW Hire O'Moore Park this afternoon as Portlaoise have won their first...

Live Blog: Follow all the action from the Laois Ladies senior football final

There will be history made whatever the outcome in MW Hire O'Moore Park when Sarsfields and Portlaoise clash in the Ladies senior football final. Sarsfields...

In Pictures: Digital maps of estate donated to Laois Archive

The Laois Digital Archive, an initiative of Laois Library Service, has receive a donation of digitised maps of the Ballykilcavan Estate by the Walsh...

History on the line as Sarsfields and Portlaoise clash in the Ladies senior football...

There will be history made whatever the outcome in MW Hire O'Moore Park when Sarsfields and Portlaoise clash in the Ladies senior football final. Sarsfields...
Ballinakill hurlers have a new manager

Previewing all of Saturday Laois GAA action

Laois Shopping Centre Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final Camross v Portlaoise In the MW Hire O'Moore Park at 2.30pm 13 years ago, Camross and Portlaoise...

Live Blog: Follow all the action from tonight’s senior relegation and junior ‘C’ hurling...

There are two big games in the LOETB Centre of Excellence tonight - with silverware and survival on the line. Up first, at 7pm, the...

Coronavirus: 326 new cases as outbreak confirmed in Mullingar hospital

There has been a total of 326 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 152 cases are in Dublin, 32...

REUNITED: Laois man’s search for late dad’s family yields positive result

We all need a bit of good news at the moment - and this story shows the positive power of social media and what...

Captain Williams expecting ‘tough battle’ as Sarsfields seek historic eighth title in a row

Sarsfields will go in search of Laois Ladies football history on Saturday when they face Portlaoise in the senior decider. The Heath won seven consecutive...

Previewing all of Friday night’s Laois GAA action

Laois Shopping Centre Senior Hurling Championship Relegation Final Castletown v Ballinakill In the LOETB Centre of Excellence at 7.30pm It is the final that neither team...

Final quarter surge sees Ballyroan-Abbey claim second minor title in three years

Portlaoise 0-6 Ballyroan-Abbey 2-9 Laois MFC ‘A’ Final Portlaoise's eight year wait for a Minor title goes on as Ballyroan-Abbey stunned them in the final quarter...

Coronavirus: 324 new cases and three deaths as second county set to move to...

There has been a total of 324 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 167 cases are in Dublin, 42...

Former Laois footballer set to feature in Clare county final this weekend

Cratloe face Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the Clare senior football championship final on Saturday - and a former Laois footballer is set to be involved. Former Emo...

Decrease in Covid hospital figures nationally but increase of those in ICU

There is no change in the status of the two patients who are being treated for Covid-19 in Portlaoise Hospital. The two remain in Critical...

New management and new focus – Portlaoise Ladies captain Saunders hoping for first ever...

The Portlaoise Ladies footballers will contest their fourth senior football championship in the last five years on Saturday - and they are hoping to...

Previewing tonight’s Laois minor ‘A’ and ‘B’ football championship finals

Midlands Park Hotel Minor 'A' Football Championship Final Portlaoise v Ballyroan-Abbey In the LOETB Centre of Excellence at 7.15pm Tonight sees the conclusion of the minor...

Coronavirus: 234 new cases as Swedish epidemiologist tells Dail to allow virus spread in...

There has been a total of 234 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 103 cases are in Dublin, 30...

Laois dairy farmer announced as Farming for Nature Ambassador

A Laois dairy farmer has been chosen as a Farming for Nature Ambassador for 2020. John McHugh, from Clondarrig, which is between Portlaoise and Ballyfin,...

Pedestrian crossing for Laois town and calls to resurface road near school

A brand new pedestrian crossing is on the way to a Laois town. Laois County Council, at the request of Independent Cllr James Kelly, will...

Coronavirus: 334 new cases as concerns raised over capacity in ICUs in Ireland

There has been a total of 334 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 174 cases are in Dublin, 34...

Laois allocated €3.3 million for retrofitting from Carbon Tax collection

Laois County Council has been allocated €3.3 million of a €20 million pot for retrofitting houses in the county. Minister for Housing, Local Government and...

Grant of €50,000 received following successful connection of Laois house estate water supply

The residents of Killenard Lodge have had a troubled history with their water supply since the estate was completed. The estate's water previoysly came from...