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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.
Callum McCormack of Westmeath celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup

McCormack’s hat-trick sends Laois out of O’Byrne Cup

Laois 1-13 Westmeath 3-16 Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Round 2 We had hoped this one would be so close that a point kicking competition would...
We're live in Stradbally for the meeting of Westmeath and Laois in the O'Byrne Cup

LIVE BLOG: O’Byrne Cup Laois v Westmeath in Stradbally

It is a case of do or die for Laois in Bill Delaney Park, Stradbally this afternoon. John Sugrue's men need to beat Westmeath by...
Malachy McNulty and Cheddar Plunkett are back

McNulty and Cheddar set to remain in Portlaoise roles

Portlaoise footballers and hurlers are set to retain their managers for the 2018 season. Both Malachy McNulty and Cheddar Plunkett will be put forward for...

Three men caught trying to break into house in Portarlington

Gardaí caught and arrested three men who were attempting to commit a burglary in Portarlington yesterday. The trio were detained at 6pm after they were...
Star line up for Laois GAA Strategic Review Launch

Star studded line up to launch Laois GAA Strategic Review

A star-studded line up will be on hand to officially launch the Laois GAA Strategic Review. The report is believed to address the issue of...

Laois GAA football and hurling chairmen confirmed

Laois GAA have new football and hurling chairmen for the 2018 season. New County Board chairman Peter O'Neill vacated the role after taking the top...
New houses planned for Kilminchy

Site found for Kolbe Special School in Portlaoise at long last

A site has been found to build a new premises for the students of Kolbe Special School. The Laois Nationalist is reporting that a site...

New U-19 football and hurling championships to replace U-21 grade

The Fixtures Review Committee has recommended that brand new football and hurling championships be introduced this year. At inter-county level, the U-21 football championship has...
Laois manager John Sugrue, left, and selector Eoin Kearns ahead of the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup Group 4 First Round match between Westmeath and Laois at TEG Cusack Park in Westmeath

Sugrue pleased with the attitude of the Laois panel

New Laois manager John Sugrue says that he is very pleased with the attitude his panel has shown in the first month of his...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run

Garda car damaged following New Year’s Day arrest

A Garda car was damaged after Gardaí made an arrest on New Year's Day. The incident occurred in Portlaoise in the early hours of New...

LIVE BLOG: Laois v Kilkenny in Walsh Cup

The Laois senior hurlers are looking to maintain their 100 per cent winning record this season when they face Kilkenny tonight. Eamonn Kelly's charges face...

Seven changes for Laois senior hurlers ahead of tonight’s Kilkenny clash

Laois manager Eamonn Kelly has named his team for tonight's Walsh Cup clash with Kilkenny in O'Moore Park. The manager has made seven changes for...

Tynan’s rhubarb tart chosen as Pudding of the Year

Tynan's of the Storeyard were given a major accolade recently as their rhubarb tart received a big award. John and Sally McKenna's Guides named Imelda's...
Storm Eleanor hit the country overnight

Laois motorists urged to exercise caution following Storm Eleanor

Laois road users are being asked to exercise extreme caution this morning following Storm Eleanor. Crime Prevention Officer Graham Kavanagh made the call after the...
The future of the Laois GAA football leagues is to be examined by an external group

Laois football leagues to be restructured in 2019

The Laois GAA football leagues are set to be restructured in 2019. The Fixture Review Committee made the recommendation after receiving submissions requesting change. Under the...
Will the Laois senior hurling championship be restructured?

New Laois senior hurling championship format to be voted upon

A new format for the senior hurling championship in Laois is to be put before the clubs. The Fixtures Review Committee received submissions from Clough-Ballacolla...

Laois junior GAA clubs invited to take part in Netherlands tournament

Calling all junior football clubs in Laois - fancy taking part in a tournament in Holland this March? Den Haag GAA Club, the Netherlands, present...
Gary Walsh will be hoping for better fortune when Laois take on Clare later today

Laois go down narrowly in Westmeath

Laois 1-12 Westmeath 1-13 O'Byrne Cup Round 1 Laois made a losing start to their O'Byrne Cup campaign in Mullingar this afternoon. This was new Laois manager...
Cusack Park and Hawkfield are the venues for our first live blog of the new season

LIVE BLOG: O’Byrne Cup and Walsh Cup in Westmeath and Kildare

It's still not 2018, but our first live blog of the new season is here. Today, John Sugrue's Laois senior footballers and Eamonn Kelly's hurlers...
Ballyfin House

Ballyfin House announce fireworks display for New Year’s Eve

The skies around Ballyfin will be lit up on New Year's Eve. Ballyfin House have announced that they will hold a fireworks display to ring...

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, December 30, 2017

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Fintan Connor Kilcooney, Geashill, Offaly / Mountrath, Laois Formerly of Clonenagh, Mountrath, Laois. Peacefully...

Former Portlaoise rugby players shine as Ireland U20s defeat Munster

Ireland U-20s 26 Munster XV 10 Ireland U-20s continued their preparations for the upcoming Six Nations championship by defeating a Munster XV this afternoon. And two...

Appeal after gas cylinders stolen from Portlaoise business

A Portlaoise business has appealed to the public not to buy gas cylinders from unlicensed dealers after they were burgled. Reliable Home Furnishers had their...
Ross King was in fine form for Laois today against Meath

Laois senior hurlers name captain for 2018 season

The Laois senior hurlers will play their first competitive game of the new season on Saturday and ahead of that, they have confirmed their...
TD housing

Kolbe School cannot be left behind – Stanley

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has said that Kolbe School Portlaoise, which caters for children with severe intellectual and physical disabilities, needs a new...
Neil Foyle is hoping to lead the younger lads by example

Foyle wants to help out younger members of Laois hurling panel

Such is the youthful nature of the Laois senior hurlers that someone who is 28-years-old is considered somewhat old. But that is exactly what Borris-Kilcotton's...
David Conway believes that Laois will get the better of Offaly tomorrow

Conway on the comeback trail after knee surgey

Arles-Kilcruise forward David Conway will begin this season on the sidelines after recently undergoing knee surgery. The Laois sharpshooter says he played most of last...

Scoil Fionntain Naofa Shanahoe planning expanison

A primary school in Shanahoe has applied for planning permission to expand. The board of management of Scoil Fionntain Naofa primary school have made the...
Laois ladies footballer Aileen O Loughlin

Laois Ladies football fixtures for 2018 confirmed

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association have released their master fixture list for 2018. Like 2017, Laois will operate in Division 2 of the National League...
Say Yes to the Dress are looking for Laois brides to be

RTE looking for Laois brides-to-be to appear on Say Yes to the Dress

Do you know anyone who intends to get married in 2018? Well, the hit RTE show Say Yes to the Dress are searching for brides-to-be to...