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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.

In Pictures: Santa Claus makes visit to T&S United

There was great excitement in Timahoe on Monday night as a visitor from the North Pole dropped by. Santa Claus took time out of his...
The Laois County mens team at the National Novice Cross Country - Jimmy McCormack

In Pictures: Laois athletes perform well in last Cross Country event of year

This year’s Irish National Novice and Juvenile uneven ages cross country championships took place in the WIT Sports Arena in Waterford on last Sunday. The...

Knockbeg and Portlaoise CBS out while Heywood progress in U-16 championship

There was disappointment for two Laois based schools recently as they both suffered elimination from their respective U-16 football championship competitions. The season is over...
Don't get burgled this Christmas

Gardai issue handy tips to avoid being burgled this Christmas

A key tactic in burglary prevention is avoidance - not just alarming your property say Gardaí. For example: chain up your wheelie bin to a fence away...

Goal of Croke Park driving King through pre-season slog

Pre-season training is probably the toughest thing about being an inter-county player. You spend most of it either running around a field or in the...

Dublin Hospital Group statement on Portlaoise Hospital ‘misleading’

Sinn Finn TD Brian Stanley says the statement released by the Dublin Hospital Group yesterday is misleading. They say that Thursday's Strategic Plan launch is...
Laois manager Eamonn Kelly will be hoping some of the injuries heal up for next weekend

Hefty injury list for Laois hurlers ahead of Walsh Cup

The Laois hurlers will begin competitive action next week without a number of their regulars. Manager Eamonn Kelly has revealed that a number of his...

Portarlington MMA star becomes Euro champion and Conor McGregor endorsement

A MMA star from Portarlington was certainly busy over the weekend. After nearly three years away from the sport, Philip 'The Honeybadger' Mulpeter returned to...

Council should ‘keep it local’ rather than hire ‘foreign nationals’

Laois County Council should use 'their own people' to fix bridges rather than hire 'foreign nationals' a Councillor has said. Cllr Ben Brennan was speaking...

Dublin Hospital group say Thursday launch ‘not related to Portlaoise’

The Dublin Midlands Hospital Group has released a statement around the launch of their Strategic Development Plan on Thursday. The group say: "The Dublin Midlands...
The scoil Chriost Ri team that won the Leinster final today

Scoil Chriost Rí crowned Leinster champions following remarkable comeback

Scoil Chriost Rí 3-13 Loreto (Wexford) 2-8 Ladies Schools Leinster Senior Football Championship Final Scoil Chriost Rí have been crowned Leinster champions once again following a...
Brendan Quigley was is getting ready for another season

Midfielder Quigley gearing up for twelfth season with Laois

Midfielder Brendan Quigley is ready to pull on the Laois jersey for a 12th season. However, the same groin problem which kept him out of...

Save Portlaoise Hospital group plan mass protest on Thursday

The Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee has called for a mass protest to take place this Thursday. In a statement the group say: Thomas Timmons, the chairman...
New houses planned for Kilminchy

Planning granted for new housing development in Stradbally

Planning permission has been granted to construct a retirement village in Stradbally. North Eastern housing agency plan to build a 16 house development in the...

Third man arrested following Mountrath assault and false imprisonment

Gardaí have arrested a third man in the case of false imprisonment and assault in Mountrath. The arrest happened on Sunday and he has become...
Laois people and former players seem very happy with the proposed appointment of John Sugrue

Laois football manager provides injury update ahead of new season

We're still in 2017 but the Laois senior footballers will play their first competitive game of the new season in just under two weeks...
At the 10th. Anniversary of Portlaoise Enterprise Centre , were: Clr. Padraig Fleming ( Cathaoirleach Laois Co. Council ), Patricia Frayne (Centre Co-ordinator ), John Mulholland ( CEO Laois Co Council ), Evelyn Reddin ( Head of Enterprise LEO ) andBrian Ogilvie ( Chair, Board of Directors ).

In Pictures: Portlaoise Enterprise Centre celebrates 10 years with Christmas lunch

The Portlaoise Enterprise Centre celebrated 10 years in existence last week by hosting a Christmas lunch. All of the centre's occupants turned out to enjoy...

Stradbally the big winners as Laois soccer clubs end on a high before Christmas...

Just a handful of Laois soccer clubs were in action across the three local league this weekend. This was the last round of fixtures for...

Gardaí provide simple tips to avoid being robbed on Christmas week

Christmas is a time for family and happiness but the criminals don't stop. So say Laois Gardaí who have come up with some handy tips...

WATCH: Laois mammy receives a brilliant Christmas surprise

Christmas is a time for family but it can be hard to get them all together. Almost every family in the county will have loved...
Laois man Joe Higgins is the new manager of the IT Carlow football teams

Former All-star and Laois ladies manager takes club role

The off-season in GAA is where all the movements occur. And we have one very big managerial appointment to bring to you today - plus...
Walking signs

Calls for signs warning drivers of pedestrians and cyclists to be erected

Calls have been made for signs on local roads to be erected to make drivers aware that pedestrians and cyclists are using them. Cllr Tom...

WATCH: Brilliant Podge Lawlor Snapchat takeover as Laois hurlers help raise €100k for homeless

The Laois senior hurlers helped raise over €100k for homeless charities last night and one member of the panel became a Snapchat sensation in...

Relief works to take place on road to Portarlington train station

Works to alleviate flooding on a road that leads to the train station in Portarlington will take place in 2018. The announcement comes following a...
Portlaoise CBS got off to a winning start this afternoon

Portlaoise CBS leave it late to maintain 100 per cent start

St Mary's CBS Portlaoise 0-14 Ardscoil na Trionoide 3-4 Top Oil South Leinster Schools Senior 'B' Football Championship Round 2 Portlaoise CBS maintained their 100 per...

Flanagan pledges that Portlaoise Hospital ‘will be saved’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has pledged that Portlaoise Hospital will be saved and will not be closed. The Fine Gael TD made the comments...
The Scoil Chriost Rí team which were defeated yesterday

Scoil Chriost Ri denied Leinster soccer glory against Enniscorthy

Scoil Chriost Ri 0 Colaiste Bride Enniscorthy 2 Leinster U-19 'A' Schools Soccer Final Scoil Chriost Ri were denied Leinster soccer glory yesterday after going down...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run

Two arrested following Mountrath assault and false imprisonment

Two men have been arrested after a serious incident in Mountrath last week. Gardaí investigating an incident of assault and False Imprisonment in Kilbricken, Mounrath,...

Cllr has ‘pain in his ass’ over waste land in Stradbally

Cllr Paschal McEvoy says that he has a 'pain in my ass' over Transport Infrastructure Ireland's refusal to turn a waste land in Stradbally...
Caitlin Knight Champion, Hannah Reinhardt Champion, Ciara McPartlan 2nd place, Amelia Reinhardt 2nd place - winners for Laois Martial Arts

Laois Martial Arts close the year off with medals all round

Laois Martial Arts closed their busy year off with a tally of medals. The club have had a busy year of competition, attending all Kickboxing...