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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.

Laois musician calls for increased pay for doctors and nurses

A Laois musician says the Covid-19 pandemic has finally made all of us appreciate the work that doctors and nurses do - and called...

The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days

1 - Laois Gardai plead with people to stay off frozen lakes following incident involving a family Gardai in Laois were pleading with people to...
In 2015, the Laois manager was Seamus Plunkett but we want to know can you name the players that played against Carlow?

‘A brilliant appointment for Laois’ – former player hails Cheddar return

Former Laois hurler Cahir Healy has heralded the return of Seamas 'Cheddar' Plunkett as manager as 'a brilliant appointment'. In something of a surprise, the...

Laois trio set up fundraiser in aid of staff at nursing home following Covid-19...

Three Laois businesswomen have launched a fundraiser in aid of the staff at a nursing home which is battling through a Covid-19 outbreak. Droimnin Nursing...

Cessation of peat harvesting ‘a major loss to the Midlands’

Bord na Mona have formally ceased all peat harvesting on its lands. Production had been halted from a High Court decision in 2019 which ruled...

Coronavirus: 50 further deaths and 3,498 new cases – 53 of them in Laois

There have been a further 50 Coronavirus-related deaths and 3,498 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. All of these 50...

Mass Covid-19 vaccination centre set to open in Laois this weekend

Three mass Covid-19 vaccination centres are set to open around the country tomorrow - with one of them in Laois. Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly...

Two Laois credit unions among seven to be included in new government scheme

Two Laois credit unions are among seven nationally who have been chosen to take part in a brand new government scheme. People First Credit Union...

New RTE TV show looking for renovators and DIY builders

A new RTE show focusing on renovation and brand new homes is looking for interested people to come forward. The people behind Build Your Own,...

REVEALED: Areas of Laois with largest Covid-19 spikes shown in new figures

The three local electoral areas in Laois have all experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases, the latest figures show. It is, of course, unsurprising, given...

Laois footballers and hurler take on roles in new GPA initiative

The Gaelic Players Association and Women's Gaelic Players Association, who voted to merge together last month, have launched details of a new initiative The GPA...

Laois farmers receive more than €47 million from Department of Agriculture schemes

Between September and December of last year, Laois farmers received over €47 million in payments via different schemes run by the Department of Agriculture. From...

Scheme for people to sell excess renewable energy to the national grid to be...

Individuals, farmers, businesses and community groups will be able to sell renewable electricity into the grid under a scheme being developed by the government. A...

Coronavirus: 28 further deaths and 3,955 new cases – 60 of them in Laois...

There have been a further 28 Coronavirus-related deaths and 3,955 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. 26 of these deaths...

102-year-old woman receives first Covid-19 vaccine at St Vincent’s in Mountmellick

This is great news! The government's Covid-19 vaccination programme continues around the country and today, it came to St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit in Mountmellick. Around...

Fishing, agri-food, hospitality and tourism industries to benefit from €1.05bn Brexit Reserve Fund

The fishing, agri-food, hospitality and tourism industries are set to benefit after Ireland was granted €1.05bn of the EU's Brexit Reserve Fund. The figures represents...

Planning application submitted to construct 54 new houses in Laois town

A planning application has been submitted to Laois County Council to construct 54 new houses. Kilkenny Investment Property Holding are seeking to erect the properties...

Watch: Laois involvement in stunning production of hit song in Irish and Welsh

For many, this is the song that represents the first lockdown when we all took to our gardens and tried to replicate the dance...

Return of the King! Boost for Laois footballers as Donie commits for 2021 season

The Laois senior footballers have received a pre-season boost as one of the county's highest ever scorers has returned to the panel. Arles-Killeen ace Donie...

Ninth Covid-19 death at Laois centre as 50 nursing home outbreaks recorded countrywide in...

One more Covid-19 death has been sadly confirmed at a Laois nursing home. Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally has been battling a Covid-19 outbreak since...

Making the case for an all-inclusive facility for Portlaoise Panthers basketball club

Portlaoise Panthers basketball club wish to see an all-inclusive facility constructed in Laois which, they say would benefit the entire county. At present, the club...

Laois man appointed ‘kicking consultant’ with Welsh rugby club Cardiff Blues

A Laois man has been appointed as a 'kicking consultant' with Welsh Pro14 side Cardiff Blues. Portlaoise native Alan Kingsley holds a similar role with...

Coronavirus: 63 further deaths and 3,569 new cases – 45 of them in Laois...

There have been a further63 Coronavirus-related deaths and 3,569 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. 5 of these deaths occurred...

Laois TD’s committee to investigate as new Department of Health secretary general role to...

The Public Accounts Committee, of which Laois TD Brian Stanley is the chairman, is to investigate following a government decision to increase the salary...

Coronavirus: 46 further deaths and 3,086 new cases – 40 of them in Laois

There have been a further 46 Coronavirus-related deaths and 3,086 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today. 2 of these deaths...

Two more Covid-19 deaths recorded at Laois nursing home

Two more Covid-19 deaths have been sadly confirmed at a Laois nursing home. Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally has been battling a Covid-19 outbreak since...

Brexit: ‘Paperwork demands’ see Laois businesses cease trading with UK

Two Laois businesses have announced that they will cease trading in the UK due to the fallout from Brexit. FreeTV.ie and TheGardenShop.ie say they have...

The end of the line: Laois undertaker on Covid-19 experience and vaccine hope

A Laois undertaker has opened up about how the Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed how we grieve in Ireland. Liam Whelehan, who works with his...

Online fundraiser launched in aid of Stradbally Woodland Railway

The 'Support Our Steam Appeal' has been launched by one of the country’s oldest voluntary steam preservation societies - which is based in Stradbally. Like...

Gardai granted power to hand out fines for travel restriction breaches

Gardai now have the power to prosecute breaches of travel restrictions under Covid-19 Regulations by means of a fine. The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary...