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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.
Martha Kirwan was rock solid as the back as Laois recorded their second league win

Laois bounce back to crush Clare

Laois 2-14 Clare 0-12 Ladies National Football League  Laois recovered from defeat to Waterford two weeks' ago with a resounding victory over Clare this afternoon. Kevin Doogue's...
The Ballacolla team who won the league this morning

Ballacolla FC crowned Division 3 champions

Kilkenny League Roundup Ballacolla have been crowned Division 3 champions of the Kilkenny & District Soccer League following a 3-1 victory over Deen Celtic B...
An exciting new venture for the Midlands Schoolboys League

All the weekend CCFL soccer results and how the tables look

Combined Counties Football League Results Week 25 FAI Youths Cup 4th Round Portlaoise 1 Parkville Utd 3 Aishling Annacotty 4 Ballymahon 3 Under 17 Cup Group 1 Longford Town...
A big win for Graiguecullen tonight

Semi-final pairings confirmed in the Kelly Cup

Kelly Cup Roundup The semi-final line-up is now confirmed after the final games in the group stage of the Kelly Cup were completed. With Timahoe pulling...
Towerhill Rovers

Mixed fortunes for Laois teams in CCFL cups

CCFL Roundup Stradbally Town and O'Moore's were the big winners in the latest round of CCFL cup fixtures played today. Stradbally advanced to the quarter final...

Rafter snatches vital win for Portlaoise AFC

Pegasus-St. James Ath 0 Portlaoise AFC 1 Leinster Senior League Division 1B Aaron Rafter's injury time strike kept Portlaoise's promotion ambitions alive after a hard fought win...
Stradbally will be looking to add further silverware down south this weekend

Stradbally set to compete in prestigious Kerry tournament

County champions Stradbally will take part in the Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé this weekend in West Kerry. This is the 28th staging of this...
Mrs Liz Kennedy and Moya Doherty with 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class from The Swan NS

The Swan NS enjoy a visit from millionaire business woman

Moya Doherty, the woman behind Riverdance, paid a special visit to a Laois school yesterday morning. The Irish entrepreneur, believed to be one of the...

Lowry’s UCD advance to Sigerson Cup final

UCD 1-10 UL 0-11 Sigerson Cup Semi Final There will be one representative at the final weekend in the most prestigious third level competition in the country...
Philip Mulpeter and John Kavanagh with Conor McGregor's UFC belt

Next Conor McGregor could be a Laois man

The next Conor McGregor will come from Laois, the man in charge of the new Straight Blast Gym in Portarlington has boldly claimed. Philip Mulpeter,...
Cahir Healy returns as Laois look to get back to winning ways

Laois hurlers name team for clash with Offaly

Laois manager Eamon Kelly has made two changes to the team which suffered defeat against Kerry last weekend. Portlaoise's Cahir Healy comes in to the...
Dramatic moment Stradbally grenade is exploded

WATCH: Grenade detonated safely at Stradbally Hall

A grenade that was discovered at a house in Stradbally yesterday has been safely destroyed by the army bomb disposal unit. The owner of the...
Stradbally Town kept their chances of survival in the CCFL Division 1 alive with a draw this morning

Here are all of this week’s CCFL soccer fixtures

Combined Counties Football League Fixtures Week 25 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 All games at 2pm unless stated; first-named team has home advantage FAI Youths Cup 4th Round Portlaoise v...

Booth displays his talents on and off the pitch

Laois full back Denis Booth needed a safe pair of hands to see off Armagh yesterday but his talents were also required the night...
It's been a brilliant season for Raheen but they aren't finished yet

Wins for Raheen and Rosenallis in latest CCFL action

CCFL Roundup Raheen continued their winning cup run as two late goals saw them get the better of Clonown Rovers in the 3rd round of...
Conor Meredith's wonder goal proved the difference the last time the sides met

Remembering some of the great Laois v Armagh games

Ahead of the National Football League Division 3 meeting between Laois and Armagh this afternoon, we have decided to take a look at some...
Cathal Connaughton, Eddie Allen, Liam Butler, Colin Grenna, Cian McDonald and Adam Holden celebrate with their medals

Laois U-17 Boys win bronze at All-Ireland cross country

Laois U-17 Boys followed up on their Leinster success, by winning the Bronze medals in the All-Ireland in Waterford. Cian McDonald (Ballyronan Abbeyleix & District...
Laois will be hoping to make it fourth time lucky on Saturday evening against Kerry

Five talking points ahead of the National Hurling League

Laois enter Division 1B this year with a clear aim of trying to retain that status for 2018. Laois face Kerry and Offaly in the...
Tonight's outcome could have a crucial baring on the remainder of the season

Stalemate suits neither side as Portlaoise remain second

Portlaoise 0 Inchicore Athletic 0 Leinster Senior League Division 1B St James' Gate were the big winners as Portlaoise AFC played out a goalless draw with...
Lee pictured with supporter Sean Molloy after last season's league win

My Club and I: Lee Salter (Crettyard United)

Lee Salter is the subject of this week’s ‘My Club and I’ interview. Lee is a player with Crettyard United soccer club who scored a...
The Heath will be hoping to make it back to back wins Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

Clubs ready for new season as Laois GAA announce league fixtures

Laois GAA ACFL and ACHL fixtures 2017 The Heath will start the defence of their Division 1 title at home to newly promoted Ballyroan-Abbey when...
Bad news for works at the HP plant this morning

Massive jobs blow as HP announce plant closure

Workers at the Hewlett Packard plant in Leixlip were dealt a hammer-blow this morning as the company announced it is to close with the...
Tasty beverages coming your way soon as Ballykilcavan Brewery gets ready to launch

Stradbally based brewery gearing up to produce first bottle

A family owned business in Stradbally is getting ready to produce the first bottles of their home brewed beer this April. David and Lisa Walsh-Kemmis...
Stephen Maher was the main man for DJ Carey's Carlow IT side

Picky stars as Laois lads lead the way in Fitzgibbon Cup

Fitzgibbon Cup Roundup Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher hit 3-12 as DJ Carey’s Carlow IT reached the Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finals last night. They dismantled 13 man...
Eoin Lowry will be looking to set the game alight later today

Laois players set to feature in Sigerson Cup quarter finals

It is the clash of IT Carlow and University College Cork that will attract most interest from Laois supporters as the Sigerson Cup quarter...
Could will see The Notorious in Portarlington in the future?

Conor McGregor’s coach to open SBG Portarlington

Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, will be in Portarlington next week to launch the new Straight Blast Gym facility. The UFC superstar’s mentor will be...
Exciting times ahead for Emo GAA as drawings are revealed

Emo GAA are building a stand … and a whole lot more

Emo GAA have announced plans to massively redevelop their club grounds. They are currently embarking on a new complex development programme. The two-storey building incorporates seating...
Lillis is a leader both on and off the pitch

Lillis calls on players and officials to attend CPA meeting

Kieran Lillis has called on Laois club players and officers to come to an information night for the newly formed Club Players Association on...
Sean pictured with Tony 'Barney' Maher holding the Jack Delaney Cup

Stradbally GAA save biggest cheer for local legend Seán

There was a lot of joyous roaring and shouting at the Stradbally GAA Dinner Dance last weekend but the biggest cheer of the night...
The Midlands Schoolboys League U-15 team who played in Manchester at the weekend

Strong Laois presence as MSL take on Manchester sides

There was a strong Laois presence in the Midlands Schoolboys League U-15 squad which travelled to Manchester last weekend. Eight of the 22 strong panel...

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