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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.
Members of the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra perform 'In My Back Garden' at Music Generation Laois' New Works Series premiere performance 2016

Laois School of Music Orchestra to take to the stage at National Concert Hall

55 young musicians from Laois are gearing up to take to the stage of the National Concert Hall as part of the 23rd Annual ‘Festival...
Laois GAA is full of wonderful nicknames and here is an updated list of them

Kelly Cup and Palmer Cup fixtures finalised

Following on from Monday night's draw, the County Board have confirmed the fixtures for the Kelly Cup and the Palmer Cup. This will see the...

Laois TD says it will take over 20 years to clear housing waiting list

Laois TD Brian Stanley says it will take more than 20 years to clear the social housing waiting list if present building levels continue. The...
Ballinakill hurlers have a new manager

Laois senior hurlers seeking new selector after Mullaney steps away

The Laois senior hurlers are looking for a new selector after Patrick Mullaney vacated the role. The Castletown native has stepped away citing 'family commitments'. The...
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All of the Laois GAA Gaels teams confirmed for 2018

There will be nine Gaels teams competing in the Laois hurling and football championships this year. Five of these will be in the hurling championships...

Green Party hits out at ‘barbaric case of wanton animal cruelty’ in Laois

A Green Party candidate for Laois-Offaly has hit out after a terrible case of animal cruelty Mountrath at the weekend. We reported the case of...

Laois family business sold to major retail group

4 Aces Wholesale Limited, a Portlaoise family owned business, has been sold to a major retail group. BWG Group has agreed terms to acquire 4...
Annanough and Barrowhouse will do battle in this IFC relegation decider

Kelly Cup and Palmer Cup draws made for 2018

The draws for the Kelly Cup and Palmer Cup were made at last night's County Board meeting. Defending Kelly Cup champions St Joseph's have withdrawn...

Timahoe delight as new bin service set to help keep the village clean

Timahoe residents are thrilled that rubbish has been collected from bins in the village, Cllr Tom Mulhall has said. Mulhall says that Laois County Council...
Will the Laois senior hurling championship be restructured?

New format to Laois senior and senior A hurling championships voted in

There will be a new format to the top two tiers of the Laois hurling championships following a vote at tonight's County Board meeting. The...
Former Arles-Killeen player Billy O'Loughlin is set to become the new Laois U-20 manager

O’Loughlin ratified as new Laois U-20 football manager

Billy O'Loughlin has been confirmed as the new Laois U-20 football manager following the County Board meeting. The former Arles-Killeen player was the choice of...

Deegan launches appeal for more referees in Laois

Multiple All-Ireland final officiating referee Maurice Deegan has launched an appeal for more people in Laois to take up the whistle. The Stradbally native says...

Manager Sugrue very impressed with debutantes

Laois manager John Sugrue gambled with his team selection against Limerick on Saturday night and it worked. The Kerry native gave league debuts to six...
Former Arles-Killeen player Billy O'Loughlin is set to become the new Laois U-20 manager

Former Arles-Killeen footballer set to become Laois U-20 manager

A former Arles-Killeen footballer is set to be put forward to become the new Laois U-20 football manager. Billy O'Loughlin, who now plays for St...

All Sunday’s Sports results from a very busy day

Today was the first really busy Sunday of sporting action in 2018. We had games in Ladies Football, hurling, soccer and rugby. Our reporters were out...
The Stradbally Town team that won after a penalty shoot out this morning

Stradbally Town pull off giant killing in dramatic fashion

Clonaslee United 0 Stradbally Town 0 (Stradbally win 5-4 on penalties) John Farrell Combined Counties Cup Round 3 The magic of the cup was alive and...

Laois hurlers suffer defeat away to Limerick

Limerick 1-25 Laois 0-18 Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B The Laois hurlers made a losing start to their Division 1B National League campaign in the...
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LIVE BLOG: Follow all Sunday’s sporting action here

It is an extremely busy day in the sporting world and we will do our best to keep you up to date. Along with an...

Walsh inspires Laois to league win over Limerick

Laois 2-12 Limerick 0-9 Allianz National Football League Division 4 Round 1 Gary Walsh kicked 1-6 as Laois began their National Football League campaign with a...
Conor Brady, middle, with Derek O'Gorman and John Clancy

My Club and I: Conor ‘Fred’ Brady (Stradbally Town AFC)

After a couple of months off, our My Club and I segment is back for its first outing of 2018. This time, Stradbally Town AFC's...
Portlaoise CBS got off to a winning start this afternoon

Portlaoise CBS’ campaign ended in Wexford after extra time

Portlaoise CBS 0-14 Bunclody 1-12 Top Oil South Leinster Schools Senior Football 'B' Championship Semi Final Portlaoise CBS' South Leinster campaign came to an end at...

Clonaslee College defeated in South Leinster decider

Clonaslee College 1-5 St Farnan’s Prosperous 4-11 Top Oil South Leinster Schools Senior Footballl 'D' Championship Final Clonaslee College's quest for South Leinster glory was ended this...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run

Big fall in amount of traffic Gardai in Laois

There has been a big fall in the number of Gardai involved in the traffic division in Laois in the last seven years. According to...

Ballyfin hurlers opt for All-Star Kilkenny defender’s brother as new manager

The Ballyfin senior hurlers will play in the top grade of the game in Laois this year and they have turned to a Kilkenny...

Semi Final defeat for Heywood Community School

Heywood Community School 3-5 Colaiste Eoin Hacketstown 2-14 Top Oil South Leinster Schools Senior Football Championship 'C' Semi Final Heywood's chances of reaching a South Leinster final...
Niall Donoher and Darren Strong are ready for another go with Laois

Donoher and Strong all set to go for another year

Two of Laois's elder-statesmen are looking forward to another year togging out with the footballers. Niall Donoher made his Laois debut in 2005 and while...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run

Gardai seize car and arrest two in Camross

Gardai have seized a car and arrested two men following an incident in Camross yesterday. The local Task Force were out around 12.45pm when they...
St Colman's NS in Stradbally

Permission sought for school extension in Stradbally

St Colman's National School is Stradbally is planning to extend. The school has submitted planning permission to accommodate a two classroom special needs unit. This would...
Doireann Moran, Meabh McGrath, Caoimhe Rothwell and Clodagh Cooney working on a back drop

Timahoe NS gearing up for Panto ‘Alice The Musical’

Tickets are now on sale for the eagerly awaited Timahoe NS Panto 'Alice The Musical'. The two-night show which will take place in Timahoe Community...

Laois Soccer club awarded for promoting integration of refugees

Emo Celtic has been recognised for their commitment to promoting the integration of refugees and asylum-seekers. The Laois club was one of five GAA and...