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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.
Sean Moore was magic again last night for Laois against Louth

Five talking points after Laois’s win over Louth

The scoreline of 2-13 to 1-8 looks a comfortable one, but the truth of the matter is that this Laois U-21 team had to...
Aine Haberlin will be hoping to lead Trinity College to glory this weekend

Several Laois Ladies involved in colleges action this weekend

The Laois Ladies senior football team currently sit top of Division 2 of the National Football League but for some of their squad, attentions...
Morrin calls on people not to give up on education

‘It’s never too late to return to education’ says head of Laois Third Level

The head of Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre has urged people to remember that it is never too late to go back to education. Margaret Morrin,...
Dan Cremin, Conor Delaney and Liam Keenan of Flash Science from St Mary's CBS

In Pictures: Student Enterprise Programme Laois Schools County Final

The Student Enterprise Programme Laois Schools County Final took place in the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise yesterday with a dazzling array of young Laois...
Laois GAA is full of wonderful nicknames and here is an updated list of them

Magic Moore inspires 14-man Laois to victory

Laois 2-13 Louth 1-8 Leinster U-21 Football Championship Quarter Final Laois U-21 footballers recovered from being reduced to 14 men midway through the first half to...
Ellen McWey, Arianna Mezzepelle, Ruth Bergin and Megan Walsh from Heywood CS with their product - a sensory blanket for people suffering from dementia or other sensory products. Their mini company is called SenseAbility. They were the outright winners at the Laois Student Enterprise Programme in Portlaoise this afternoon

Winners announced in Student Enterprise Programme

A group of girls from Heywood CS have been crowned the winners of the Student Enterprise Programme for Laois schools. Their mini company, SenseAbility, was...
We look at the talking points ahead of tonight's big game

What you need to know about tonight’s Leinster U-21 FC clash between Laois and...

Leinster U-21 Football Championship Preview Gary Kavanagh's Laois U-21 side begin their Leinster championship campaign tonight by facing Louth in O'Moore Park at 7.30pm. Laois haven't...
The Moran family went down a storm on Twitter last night

Laois family set to become latest stars of Gogglebox Ireland

On tomorrow night’s episode of TV3’s smash hit show Gogglebox Ireland, the final new home will be revealed. Over the last four weeks we’ve seen four...
The Scoil Chríost Rí team who lost out in the All-Ireland semi-final

Scoil Chríost Rí beaten despite late comeback

Scoil Chríost Rí 1-11 Ballygawley 5-4 Lidl Ladies Gaelic Football All-Ireland PPS Senior 'A' Semi-Final Scoil Chríost Rí's pursuit of All-Ireland glory is over after they...
Laois U-21 captain Brian Daly will now play for St Joseph's after his transfer was granted

Kavanagh names Laois U-21 team for Louth clash

Laois U-21 manager Gary Kavanagh has named his team ahead of tomorrow night's Leinster quarter final against Louth in Portlaoise. The starting 15 boasts four...
The Raheen FC team who were crowned Division 2 champions last week

Raheen defeat neighbours to clinch the CCFL Division 2 title

Raheen 3 Abbeyleix Athletic 2 CCFL Division 2 When the first team in a division comes up against the bottom side, the result is normally a...
Michael Caney, PTC; Aisling Boland, BMS; David Ryan, Jet.com; Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Jackie Slattery, Director of Career Zoo; Laura Zapala, Qualtrics and Mark Fitzgibbon, Amgen

Laois people asked to attend jobs fair in Dublin

Career Zoo, Ireland’s premier career event, is calling on Laois people to head to the Convention Centre in Dublin next Saturday to avail of thousands of...
Daragh Meredith at the Great Wall of China

Laois emigrant tugs at the heart strings with poem about home

Last month, we featured Killenard native Daragh Meredith as part of our Laois Abroad series. The O'Dempsey's clubman is currently living in China where he works...
An exciting new venture for the Midlands Schoolboys League

Here are all of this week’s CCFL soccer fixtures

SATURDAY MARCH 11 All games at 2.30 unless stated LFA Youths Cup Quarter Final: Birr Town v Sacred Heart; 2.00 Under 17 Cup Group 1: Hodson Bay v Mucklagh Mullingar...
Very tough day for Cahir Healy and the rest of the injury hit Laois side in Galway

Injury hit Laois put to the sword in Salthill

Laois 1-11 Galway 3-31 Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B An injury hit Laois side were put to the sword by a rampant Galway in Salthill...
Portlaoise Shamrocks reached the Division 1 Cup final

Sunday soccer washout as bad weather causes havoc

Just two games involving Laois soccer teams took place today after the recent bad spell of weather got the better of most of the...
Adi Roche with Laois Rose Kate Hyland on their visit to Chernobyl

Laois Rose Hyland makes trip to volunteer in Chernobyl

2016 Laois Rose Kate Hyland, has just returned from an emotional volunteering trip to Belarus with Adi Roche and Chernobyl Children International. The 27 year...
Logan Nicholson scored a penalty and a conversion but it wasn't enough for Portlaoise

Late penalty denies Portlaoise but destiny is still in their hands

Portlaoise RFC 15 Clondalkin 18 Leinster League Division 1B Portlaoise remain deep in relegation trouble after a Clondalkin penalty with the last kick of the game...
The winning relay teams at yesterday's Indoor Championships

Success for all clubs at the Laois Indoor Championships

The Laois Athletics Downeys Nissan Indoors Championships, held yesterday in the magnificent AIT, was the highlight of the athletics calendar this year so far. A...
Alan Malone pictured before the Leinster Minor Football Final in 2016

Saturday Sports Interview: At just 26, Graiguecullen’s Alan Malone has a serious coaching CV

By the age of 26, most people are just trying to pull themselves together in life. They're either trying to finish college, get a job...
St Abban's athlete Sarah Buggy has been called into the Irish Squad for the European Cup

My Club and I: Sarah Buggy (St Abbans AC)

Sarah Buggy is the subject of this week's 'My Club and I' interview. The St Abbans athlete won the senior women’s triple jump at the Irish...
Take our quiz and see if you are up to date on the Laois happenings this week

How well do you remember? Take our weekly quiz

It's been another hectic week here in the O'Moore County but now that we've reached Friday and the weekend is almost upon us, it's...
Kelly Cup final between Emo and St Joseph's is OFF

Kelly Cup final off as bad weather plays havoc with local fixtures

Tonight's Kelly Cup final between Emo and St Joseph's is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch. The game, which was due to take place in...

BARE In The Woods announces free gig for all supporters

The organisers of the BARE In The Woods music festival are inviting all their supporters to a special event in Portarlington tomorrow night. The Hometown...
B/R: 3rd from the left Damien Bowe (Rathdowney Errill), Last on the right is Tucker Kerwin (Shanahoe) F/R: first on left Colin Delaney (Camross), 3rd in from left Paul Kerwin (Shanahoe), fourth, fifth and sixth in from left are Willie Delaney, Eddie Brennan and Mick Brennan (all Rathdowney Errill)

Laois hurlers taking their skills Down Under

Meet the group of Laois hurlers who are taking Australia by storm. The Rathdowney-Errill quartet of Damien Bowe, Willie Delaney, Eddie Brennan and Mick Brennan...
Gardai appealing for witnesses to the act of vandalism to contact them

Home heating oil stolen from house in Mountrath

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after home heating oil was stolen from a private residence in Mountrath. The theft, which took place in Rushall area...
Are you the lucky winner? A big prize was won in Laois last night

Someone in Laois is €180,000 richer after playing the Lotto

One Laois person woke up €180,000 richer this morning following last nights' National Lottery Draw. A Quick Pick sold in SuperValu on the Abbeyleix Road...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after all the damage to cars

Gardaí seek witnesses after man viciously assaulted and robbed

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a man was beaten and robbed in Portlaoise last night. The man, aged in his early 20s, was attacked by...
Gardai are appealing for information after the Golf was stolen

Car stolen from well known Stradbally business

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a car was stolen from outside McKeon Stone in Stradbally yesterday afternoon. The VW black Golf car, registration plate...
The Cumann na mBunscol final fixtures are here

Laois Cumann na mBunscol announce new initiative

Laois Cumann na mBunscol have embarked on a new venture in an attempt to improve football and hurling in the county. For the first time,...