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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 TD calls for attendances in MW Hire O’Moore Park to be increased

Laois TD Brian Stanley has called on the government to increase the number of spectators that can attend games in line with the overall...

Previewing Friday night’s Laois GAA football championship action

Laois Shopping Centre SFC Relegation Semi Final Courtwood v Rosenallis In LOETB Centre of Excellence at 7.30pm It is the semi final that nobody wants to...

BREAKING: World Ploughing Championships confirmed for Laois in 2021

The World Ploughing Championships will be held in Laois in 2021. Ratheniska will be the venue for the event in 12 months time - after...

Coronavirus: 240 new cases as NPHET recommend Dublin move to Level 3

There has been a total of 240 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 119 cases are in Dublin, 19...

A speed survey for Portarlington and request for new litter bins for The Swan

Laois County Council are to carry out a speed survey on the Edenderry Road in Portarlington. Cllr Aidan Mullins requested that one be carried out...
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December football final on the cards in Laois as inter-county set to halt club...

The Laois football championships could be set for December finals as inter-county action is set to resume next month. The two week lockdown of Laois,...

Suggestion that a ‘private car park’ could help solve problems at Glenbarrow in Slieve...

The idea that a private car park could be opened to alleviate some of the major issues with the lack of car parking facilities...

‘Eyesore’ in Laois town ‘would not be tolerated anywhere else in the county’

The issue of derelict building that has been described as 'an eyesore that would not be tolerated anywhere else in the county' has come...

Previewing Thursday night’s Laois minor football championship semi finals

Midlands Park Hotel Laois MFC Semi Final Portlaoise v Graiguecullen In LOETB Centre of Excellence at 7.15pm Portlaoise and Graiguecullen meet in the semi finals of...

Frustration grows as two Laois housing estates still not ‘taken in charge’

Frustration was palpable in the chamber of Laois County Council this afternoon as two Laois housing estates have still not been 'taken in charge'. When...

Coronavirus: 254 new cases as fears grow over increasing numbers in hospitals

There has been a total of 254 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 136 are in Dublin, 20 in...

Poor broadband hampering efforts of people to work from home

Working from home remains a key part of the government's strategy for managing our way through the Coronavirus pandemic. In Level 1, which is when...

36 Laois families to be given new homes under government scheme

Up 36 Laois families could be taken off the housing waiting list thanks to new funding which has come on stream. The county is set...

Coronavirus: 357 new cases as unfairness of Laois, Kildare and Offaly lockdown highlighted

There has been a total of 357 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 218 of these are in Dublin,...

Dail suspended and Cabinet to self isolate as Health Minister awaits tests

The Dail has been suspended the cabinet will self isolate as Minister Stephen Donnelly awaits a test for Covid-19. Mr Donnelly requested a test this...

EXPLAINED: The full details of the Government’s Level 1 to 5 plan for Covid-19

The government have published the full details of each of the elements of their six month plan for dealing with Coronavirus. The plan comes into...

Government announce details of new ‘five level’ plan to live with Covid-19

The government have announced details of their medium term plan to deal with the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. 'Protecting health, strengthening employment and supporting communities' are...

From devastation to elation – how repeating the Leaving Cert changed a Laois teenager’s...

12 months ago, Rian O'Connell was devastated. The Portlaoise teenager had completed his Leaving Cert and when the CAO offers came out, he realised...

Talking Sport Podcast: O’Moore’s triumph again, cup glory for Towerhill and hurling championships take...

The O'Moore's Camogie club won the first county final of this most unusual year on Saturday when they claimed their third title in five...

Health Minister asked to change rules on maternity visits for partners

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan has written to the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly asking him to immediately intervene with the HSE in...

Coronavirus: 208 cases with less than five in Laois as self isolation period reduced...

There has been a total of 208 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 108 are in Dublin, 18 in...

Laois man’s campervan blog ‘Vanhalla’ to feature on The Open Door

Vanhalla - Camper Heaven, the popular campervan blog is to feature on a Midlands 103 radio programme this evening. The Vanhalla Blog, published by John...

Laois TD calls for cancer screening services to be ‘fully reopened’

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has called on the government and the HSE to get cancer screening services 'resumed immediately'. According to Deputy Stanley, more...

Shock specialists Rosenallis strike again to down Borris-Kilcotton and top their group

Borris-Kilcotton 1-13 Rosenallis 2-12 Laois Shopping Centre SHC Round 3 Rosenallis have done it again! Two weeks after knocking Camross out, they have now beaten Borris-Kilcotton...

Dwyer hits a hat-trick as Clough-Ballacolla ease to the semi finals

Clough-Ballacolla 4-26 Castletown 0-11 Laois Shopping Centre SHC Round 3 John Dwyer fired over a hat-trick and Jordan Walshe hit eight points from play as Clough-Ballacolla...

Live Blog: Follow all the action from Saturday’s Laois GAA action

Brought to you in association with Telfords, Portlaoise and Mountrath It is a very busy day on the local GAA scene - although there may...

Our guide to the Laois Camogie final between St Brigid’s and O’Moore’s

St Brigid’s and O’Moore’s will meet in the Laois Camogie championship final on Saturday at 12.30pm in MW Hire O’Moore Park. It is the third...

My Club & I: Towerhill Rovers defender Kevin Sheehan ahead of Counties Cup Final

The Combined Counties Cup is the biggest domestic soccer competition in this part of the country. On Sunday, the final of the 2019-2020 edition will...

Previewing all of Saturday’s Laois GAA action

Brought to you in association with Telfords, Portlaoise and Mountrath Laois Shopping Centre SHC Group A R3 Castletown v Clough-Ballacolla MW Hire O'Moore Park at...

Coronavirus: 210 cases with six in Laois as Ryanair compares NPHET to ‘North Korea’

There has been a total of 210 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these, 121 are in Dublin, 17 in...