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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.
Portlaoise Shamrocks reached the Division 1 Cup final

Wins for Portlaoise Shamrocks and O’Moores in latest CCFL action

Portlaoise Shamrocks advanced to the Michael Dolan Division 1 Cup final following a dramatic penalty shoot out victory over Camlin United on Saturday evening. The sides...
Ciara Burke started for the Laois ladies today in their defeat to Westmeath

Laois Ladies suffer semi final defeat to Westmeath

Laois 1-10 Westmeath 2-18 Ladies National Football League Division 2 Semi Final Laois Ladies bid to reach the National Football League Division 2 final is over...
Slieve Bloom Mountains

Calls for better signage to stop visitors getting lost in the Slieve Blooms

A call has been made for Laois County Council to improve the sign posts around the Slieve Bloom mountains because 'several people are getting...
Ciaran Comerford was excellent for Laois in Newbridge today

Dubious officiating sees Laois minors suffer extra time loss to Louth

Laois 0-15 Louth 2-11 (AET) Leinster Minor Football Championship Round 1 Laois made a losing start to the Leinster minor championship as a missed penalty and...
Club Laois is back and it is better than ever

LIVE BLOG: Laois take on Louth in Leinster MFC

The Laois minor footballers are taking on Louth in an overcast O’Moore Park this afternoon. This is the second successive year that the teams have...
The Portlaoise U-17 hurling team who won the championship in 2000

Remember the Game: 2000 U-17 hurling win for Portlaoise

Portlaoise 4-5 Ballinakill 1-10 U-17 Hurling Championship Final 2000 Seventeen years ago last month, Portlaoise were crowned U-17 champions following a four point win over Ballinakill. Three...
Laois minor football manager Noel Delaney

Laois minor football manager anticipating tough Louth clash

Laois minor football manager Noel Delaney reckons that Louth will come to O'Moore Park today and try to claim a scalp. The O'Moore County have...
Laois GAA are hoping to form a Fr Manning Cup team

Back to back wins for Portlaoise as they put under strength Kilcruise to the...

Portlaoise 2-5 Arles-Kilcruise 0-8 ACFL Division 1B Portlaoise made it back to back wins in Division 1B of the ACFL as two Scott Lawless goals helped...
Alan Kinsella will once again captain the Laois minors in their crunch clash with Meath

Courtwood man named captain as Laois minor football team announced

Courtwood's Alan Kinsella has been named as captain of the Laois minor footballers for the coming year. Kinsella, son of All-Ireland referee Eddie, is in...
Laois Ladies manager Kevin Doogue is set to take down Westmeath

Laois Ladies out to end Westmeath losing streak

Laois Ladies manager Kevin Doogue says his side are determined to end their losing streak against Westmeath - which now extends to three games. The...
Dumping in Laois has become an epidemic one Cllr has claimed

Parts of Portarlington like ‘a third world country’

Parts of Portarlington have been described as being like 'a third world country' by a County Councillor. Sinn Féin Councillor Aidan Mullins made the claim...

Some of the mighty Laois club football heroes still playing into their 40s

We salute this crew of mighty men. Any player that can keep playing sport well into their 40s is not to be messed with and...
Billy Sheehan of St Jude's shares a joke with Jordan Briggs of Naomh Mearnóg during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Round 1 match

Former Laois star on form in Dublin championship opener

Former Laois star Billy Sheehan was on the scoresheet as St Jude's made a winning start to the Dublin senior football championship last night. The...
The Abbeyleix granny purchased her Lotto ticket in Clelands

Laois winner of €250,000 Lotto prize revealed as Abbeyleix granny

A grandmother from Abbeyleix has come forward to claim the €250,000 Lotto Plus prize that she won last Saturday. The woman, who wishes to remain...
TD housing

Stanley hits out at Flanagan over ‘misleading the public’

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has hit out at Fine Gael Minister Charlie Flanagan over comments he made about Sinn Féin’s position on water charges. Deputy...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after all the damage to cars

Appeal for information after Cloneygowan shop robbed

Gardaí are appealing for information after a shop in Cloneygowan was burgled. A cigarette machine and a sum of cash were stolen after two masked...
Bridget & Eamon are heading stateside after the Laois comedian's creation was signed

Laois comedian’s TV show to be shown in the USA

Bridget & Eamon are heading to America - after the RTE TV show was picked up by a station over there. Amazon in America has...
Graiguecullen Health Centre which has had its physiotherapy facilities removed

Calls for HSE not to discontinue physiotherapy in Graiguecullen

The discontinuement of physiotherapy treatment at the health centre in Graiguecullen will cause 'great difficulties' for the people in South Laois who avail of...

Footpaths in Portarlington like ‘something you’d see in Syria’

The footpaths in Portarlington have deteriorated to such a bad state, they are like something from a war thorn region a county Councillor has...

New exhibition opening at Laois Arthouse in Stradbally

The Stradbally branch of the Active Retirement Association (ARA) will launch their art exhibition entitled 'Doorways of Stradbally' at the Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally...
The Stradbally Allotments

Six-year lease on Stradbally Allotments ‘will not be renewed’

A new six-year lease will not be granted to the Stradbally Community Allotment Association after the current one expires, it has been revealed. The committee...
Borris-In-Ossory GAA club was the location of a robbery yesterday

Appeal for information after Borris-In-Ossory clubhouse burgled

Gardaí are appealing for information after the Borris-In-Ossory GAA club grounds were broken into yesterday. The incident, which occurred some time between 10am and 6pm...
Portlaoise AFC U-19s who were crowned CCFL Premier Division champions on Monday

Portlaoise AFC crowned U-19 Premier Division champions in style

Portlaoise AFC 8 Ballymahon United 2 CCFL U-19 Premier Division Portlaoise AFC claimed their first U-19 CCFL title in 10 years following an emphatic triumph over...
Laois GAA are hoping to form a Fr Manning Cup team

All your Laois GAA fixtures for the next week

Some of you are enjoying the second half of your Easter holidays, but there is a busy week of local GAA action ahead. WEDNESDAY APRIL...

Appeal after man foiled in attempted robbery in Mountmellick

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a loan male was disturbed while attempting to break into a shed in Mountmellick. The incident took place at...
Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt will be in Portlaoise tomorrow and so too will be Our Duke's Grand National trophy

Ireland rugby coach and Grand National trophy coming to Portlaoise

The Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt will be in Portlaoise tomorrow - and so too will the Grand National horse racing trophy. Schmidt will be...
The Laois girls competed brilliantly for Ireland U-15 basketball team over the weekend

Laois girls star on Irish U-15 basketball victories

The Irish U-15 Women’s squad had a superb international test series in Scotland over the weekend, where they took on Scotland’s Under 15 and...
Carry Out in Portlaoise was the location of an attempted robbery last night

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after attempted robbery of Carry Out

Gardaí are appealing for information after an attempted robbery at Carry Out off licence on the Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise last night. A loan male...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run

Horror after knife and baseball bat attack in Portarlington

Gardaí are appealing for information after two people were attacked outside their home in Portarlington by three men wielding knives and baseball bats. The incident...
Stephen Maher is one of the Laois injury concerns ahead of the weekend

Laois hurlers facing injury crisis ahead of championship opener

Laois hurling manager Eamonn Kelly is facing a severe injury crisis ahead of his sides' Leinster Round Robin opener against Westmeath, it has been...