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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.

Scarbrough inspired Elks end Portlaoise Panthers Women’s Cup journey

Portlaoise Panthers 50 Ulster University Elks 71 Hula Hoops Women’s Division 1 Cup Semi Final Portlaoise Panthers Women's National Cup dreams were dashed this evening by...

Two Laois Twitter greats head Down Under, Tinder problems and annoying songs – it’s...

We’re back again with our Top Tweets of the Week from all around Laois. You think Liverpool and spurs are bottlers? Should see my tinder...

Second quarter costs Panthers U-20s as National Cup dream ends

Portlaoise Panthers 62 Dublin Lions 67 Hula Hoops Under 20 Men's Cup Semi Final A poor second quarter showing cost Portlaoise Panthers U-20s dearly as their...

Success for Knockbeg College duo at BT Young Scientist Exhibition

The BT Young Scientist Exhibition came to an end in the RDS yesterday and there was an accolade handed out to two Knockbeg College...

In Pictures: St Brigid’s camogie club host successful Family Walk/Run

St Brigid's Camogie Club hosted a very successful Family Walk/Run at the weekend. Over 100 walkers /runners between kids and adults descended on Rathdowney on Sunday...

In Pictures: Emo-Rath Athletic Club Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Emo Rath Athletic Club is celebrating 10 years in existence. It is one of the ‘newer’ Athletic Clubs in the County, but in its...

Portlaoise RFC U-15s begin 2019 with nine-try rout

Portlaoise 59 Longford 12 Leinster U-15 Rugby League Portlaoise RFC U-15s started the New Year with a long trip to Longford at the weekend with a...

Laois company preparing for Inter-firms Hurling final

Park-Ratheniska is the place to be on Saturday afternoon as one Laois company will strive for Inter-firms hurling glory. First Ireland Spirits, from Abbeyleix, will...

Hosey and White help Portlaoise CBS set up all-Laois South Leinster semi final

Portlaoise CBS 3-18 Dunlavin (Wicklow) 3-5 U-16 South Leinster 'C' Football Championship Quarter Final Portlaoise CBS qualified for the semi-finals of the U-16 'C' South-Leinster championship...

Mountrath Mart closure ‘a sad day for farming in Laois’

The news that Mountrath Mart has closed was met with shock and dismay last night. Leading farm website Agriland broke the news last night that a mart...

Laois pub named in Sunday World ‘Top 10 Boozers’ for 2018

This is a fine accolade for any establishment to get. The Sunday World 'Pub Spy' spent the previous year visiting various public houses all over...

Portlaoise College students get their head in the game at BT Young Scientist exhibition

Portlaoise College TY students Luke Kelly, Byron Sage McGuirk and Lee Carroll Talbot headed to the RDS today accompanied by teacher Ms Aoife Fox...

Progress on Mountmellick, Portlaoise and Abbeyleix Hospitals ‘likely to halt’ claims Laois TD

Laois TD Brian Stanley says that progress on Mountmellick, Portlaoise and Abbeyleix Hospitals is likely to halt. The Sinn Fein TD made the claim and...

Laois soccer player named in Republic of Ireland U-16 squad for upcoming friendlies

One Laois teenager has been named in the Republic of Ireland U-16 squad for two huge friendlies. Former Portlaoise AFC player Colin Conroy has been...

Three well-known snooker players coming to Laois for exhibition

Three of the world's most known snooker players will be coming to Portlaoise later this month. On January 26, Dennis Taylor, Ken Doherty and John...

New candidate among nominees for Fine Gael Local Election convention in Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick

A new candidate has been nominated to contest the upcoming Fine Gael selection convention to contest next year’s local elections in the Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick local...

Winner announced for Laois GAA and LaoisToday competition

This was a brilliant competition and it received a mammoth amount of entries. Back before Christmas, we teamed up with Laois GAA to give away...

Popular Laois County Council official set to depart role

Laois County Council are set to lose one of their top officials this month. Director of Services for transportation, emergency services, planning and economic development...

Portarlington teacher bravely opens up about mental health journey

This is simply powerful. Portarlington native Christopher Booth has opened up in incredible detail about his mental health battle. The Colaiste Iosagain secondary school teacher penned...

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Ellen Shortall (née Kiely) Aughamaddock, Stradbally, Laois / Templemore, Tipperary Ellen passed away peacefully...

Laois stallion farm set to open doors to public this week

A Laois stallion farm will open its doors to racing professionals and fans on Friday and Saturday, January 11 and 12, this week. Anngrove Stud in...

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year on the hunt for Laois entrepreneurs

Now in its 22nd Year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 programme officially opens today for nominations. The theme of this year’s programme is...

Portlaoise falls ten places in latest litter rankings

Portlaoise has fallen ten places according to the latest survey by business group Irish Business against Litter (IBAL). The Anti-Litter League sees Portlaoise tumble from...

Laois County Council collects over €5 million in Property Tax in 2018

Laois County Council collected €5.1 million in Property Tax in 2018, Revenue has revealed. This represents a €400,000 increase in comparison to the 2017 total. 30,700...

Portlaoise RFC’s promotion hopes damaged following Wexford defeat

Portlaoise 19 Wexford Wanderers 23 Leinster Rugby League Division 2A Portlaoise's chances of making an immediate return to Division 1B of the Leinster Rugby League were...

St Joseph’s reach U-21 decider following dramatic tussle with Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels

St Joseph's 3-9 Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels 2-9 Laois Shopping Centre 2018 U-21 'A' Football Championship Semi Final A game that had everything began the 2019 club season...

LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from the U-21 ‘A’ semis and U-21 ‘B’...

It is a massive day in the 2018 GAA season - although we are in 2019. The U-21 football championship, in both grades, has three...

Laois’s or Laois’, nights out and sound Gardai – it’s our Tweets of the...

We’re back again with our Top Tweets of the Week from all around Laois. You see, ⁦@sarahcareyIRL⁩, it starts with dropping the s after the...

Remember the Game: Four-try Mannion help Portarlington down Clondalkin in 2004

Portarlington 45 Clondalkin 17 Leinster Rugby League 2004 15 years ago, a Portarlington rugby team began the New Year with a big win in the Leinster...

Portarlington student recognised for excellent Junior Cert results

Just before Christmas, Cistercian College Roscrea celebrated its annual Carol Service in the Monastery Church at Mount St Joseph Abbey. Afterwards the President of the...

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