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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.
Borris-In-Ossory

Ghost estate in Laois village set to be completed as permission granted for 26...

Laois County Council have confirmed that planning permission has been granted for 26 new houses in Borris-In-Ossory. Private developer M&M Holdings has been granted permission...

Strong first half sees hard-working Laois footballers claim first win of 2022

Laois 1-12 Meath 0-9 O'Byrne Cup Round 2 It is only the O'Byrne Cup in the middle of January but when you've just been hammered by...
Stephen Donnelly

CONFIRMED: Health Minister announces new Covid-19 close contact rules to come into force from...

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced changes to Ireland’s self-isolation and restriction of movement rules following a Government meeting today. For a period of...
Broadband

‘Laois-Offaly residents being told it may be Christmas 2026 before their areas see high-speed...

An Independent TD for Laois-Offaly has described the anticipated connection date for high-speed fibre broadband for parts of Offaly and Laois as ‘utterly unacceptable’. Carol...

WATCH: Laois poet’s video poem showcases our wonderful county

A Laois poet has released a video poem which showcases and highlights the beauty of our wonderful county. Portlaoise's Laura Murphy released 'In Laois I...
Tax

Laois TD encourages people to claim tax relief on a range of expenses

January offers a good opportunity for people to avail of the tax reliefs to which they are entitled on expenses including medical bills and...
parkrun

Laois community activity hub seeking to launch their own junior parkrun

A Laois community activity hub is seeking to set up and establish their own junior parkrun. Rathdowney-Errill Activity Hub are hoping to establish the event...
Soccer

Local soccer league postpones fixtures for one week due to Covid-19 cases

The consistently high number of daily Covid-19 cases is impacting all facets of life - and sport is no different. The Combined Counties Football League...
Laois footballers

Laois team named for Round 2 O’Byrne Cup clash against Meath in Stradbally

Laois senior football manager Billy Sheehan has named his starting 15 for Wednesday's Round 2 O'Byrne Cup clash with Meath. The sides comprises mainly of...
Heywood BT Young Scientist

Laois represented as 58th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition to begin tomorrow

Over 1,000 students are set to take part in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2022 as it launches online tomorrow at 8am. And...

Government set to introduce ‘double’ Bank Holiday this year and extra permanent one in...

The Government are set to introduce a 'double' Bank Holiday this year and add an extra permanent one in 2023. So said Tanaiste Leo Varadkar...
Sean Fleming Castletown

County Council place nine sites for new homes in Laois village up for sale

Nine new sites will be for sale so people can build their own homes in Castletown village - according to Laois TD Sean Fleming. Laois...
Sigerson Cup and Fitzgibbon Cup

19 Laois players set to be involved as Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups to begin...

After a one year Covid-19 enforced absence, the most prestigious college football and hurling competitions are set to get underway this week. The Sigerson Cup...
Portlaoise GAA

Laois GAA club unveil plans for new clubhouse, walking track, floodlights and pitch upgrades

Portlaoise GAA have launched plans to develop its facilities in Rathleague, under the brand identity 'TOWN25'. The initiative was approved by members at the club's...
Portlaoise College Thomas Maguire and Jade O'Shea-Brennan

Two students awarded €1,000 from Laois secondary school towards college fees

Each year at Portlaoise College, they award two students with a Scholarship Bursary worth €1,000 each which goes towards their third level education fees. This...
Laois hurlers

Six Talking Points as the Laois hurlers got 2022 underway against Wexford

The Laois hurlers made a losing start to 2022 in Rathdowney on Sunday afternoon but they were far from disgraced as they put in...

Defeat for Laois but no disgrace as Wexford win Walsh Cup opener

Laois 1-16 Wexford 1-28 Walsh Cup Round 1 The Laois hurlers made a losing start to 2022 in Rathdowney this afternoon but they were far from...

LIVE BLOG: Follow all of the action as the Laois hurlers take on Wexford...

The Laois hurlers begin their 2022 campaign in Rathdowney this afternoon in the opening round of the Walsh Cup against Wexford. Cheddar Plunkett's side begin...
Portarlington

County Council approve 58 new homes near Laois train station

Laois County Council has approved a planning application to construct 58 new homes near Portarlington Train Station. Werdna Limited are behind the development which is...
Tom Kinsella Laois Hospice update

€10,000 raised for Laois Hospice as Tom Kinsella Memorial Christmas Convoy Road Run a...

The annual Tom Kinsella Memorial Christmas Convoy Road Run was a huge success with €10,000 raised for Laois Hospice. Knock Vintage Men’s Shed and Ballyroan...
Neil Kenna First Dates Ireland

Laois barman set for TV debut as First Dates Ireland returns tonight

The new season of First Dates Ireland gets underway tonight - and a Laois man is set to feature prominently. Neil Kenna, who hails from...
Sue Ramsbottom Laochra Gael

TG4 announces first ever Laois person will feature on popular Laochra Gael

TG4 have announced that, for the very first time, a Laois person will feature on their popular show Laochra Gael. The definitive GAA sports series...

In Pictures: 60 athletes burn off the Christmas turkey as St Abban’s Stephen’s Day...

After its cancellation last year, the St Abban's St Stephen’s Day Road Race returned this year with one lap of the Tura Triangle for...
Deaths in Laois

Sympathies paid to Laois TD and Councillor following sad passing of beloved sister

Sympathies have been paid to a Laois TD and County Councillor following the passing of their beloved sister. Ann Fleming, sister of TD Sean and...

New additions to Laois hurling panel as 2022 season set to begin this weekend

The Laois senior hurlers will get their 2022 season underway against Wexford in Rathdowney on Sunday afternoon. After a Covid and injury hit first year...
School General

Laois student representatives voice their disappointment at decision to fully reopen schools tomorrow

Two Laois students have voiced their disappointment at the Department of Education's decision to fully reopen schools tomorrow. Yesterday, the Department said 'there is no...

21 fresh faces on football panel as new-look Laois gear up for 2022 season

The Billy Sheehan era will begin in Wexford this weekend - and Laois football fans can expect to see plenty of new names don...
School General

CONFIRMED: Schools set to reopen in full as planned on Thursday

All schools across Laois and the country are set to reopen as planned on Thursday, the Department of Education has confirmed. The Department confirmed the...
Sinn Fein TD Patricia Ryan

LaoisToday Podcast: Sinn Féin poll topper one year on from General Election triumph

This interview with Kildare South Sinn Fein TD Patricia Ryan was broadcast initially on February 12, 2021.  On this week’s episode of the LaoisToday Podcast,...

2021 Remembered – ‘As a part time tour guide, I can tell you that...

Back in January, we spoke to Timahoe native Roghan Headen about the Government grant of €100,000 to the Timahoe Round Tower and Visitor Centre. You’ll...