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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.

Family launch search for perpetual cup in memory of Laois man

A Laois family have launched a search to locate a trophy that is very special to them. The Hearns family, from Raheen, donated a Perpetual...

Update sought on Council plan on facilitation of public spaces for retail and hospitality...

Laois County Councillor Mary Sweeney has sought an update from Laois County Council on how they plan for the facilitation of public spaces for...

Laois solicitors call for reversal of new bank charge to reduce unnecessary financial burden...

The Laois Solicitors’ Association are calling for solicitor client accounts to be exempt from proposed new charges, so-called negative interest, from two of the...

Coronavirus: 47 new deaths and 901 new cases – 22 in Laois – as...

There have been 47 further Coronavirus-related deaths reported today and 901 new cases according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. 44 of...
RehabCare Portlaoise

WATCH: RehabCare Portlaoise smash the Jerusalema Dance Challenge

Staff and service users of RehabCare Portlaoise have become the latest to smash the Jerusalema Dance Challenge. Aideen Phelan, programme facilitator in RehabCare Portlaoise day...
Dumping in Knockmay

In Pictures: ‘Three-pronged approach’ required to tackle ‘dumping crisis’ on Council land in residential...

Old couches, fridges, blankets, mattress, drugs paraphernalia and general rubbish are strewn across a field owned by Laois County Council in the middle of...

Car parking spaces to be re-marked outside Laois cemetery

Laois County Council are to re-mark the car parking spaces opposite St Peter and Paul's Cemetery in Portlaoise. That comes following a request by Labour...

Coronavirus: 57 new deaths and 650 new cases – 24 in Laois – as...

There have been 57 further Coronavirus-related deaths reported today and 650 new cases according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. 34 of...
Dog Fouling

‘Absolutely disgusting’ – outrage as dog fouling leads to wheelchair user receiving nasty surprise

Dog fouling has been described as 'absolutely disgusting and a huge problem' at this morning's meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District. Fianna Fail Councillor Catherine...
Portlaoise Plaza Jerusalema Challenge

WATCH: Mrs Brown makes an appearance as staff at Portlaoise Plaza take on Jerusalema...

The staff at Portlaoise Plaza have become the latest to conquer the Jerusalema Dance Challenge. Under the watchful eye of site manager Colm Mulrooney, staff...
Kieran Lillis is to open a new restaurant in the Heritage Golf Club

Laois footballer set to open new restaurant in popular golf club

Laois and Portlaoise footballer Kieran Lillis is set to open a brand new restaurant in the Heritage Golf Resort in Killenard. Lillis, who has been...

An Post seeking ‘retail partner’ to keep Laois post office open

An Post are seeking a new 'retail partner' in order to keep a Laois post office open. The owner of the post office in Borris-In-Ossory...
Paralympic swimmer Nicole Turner from Portarlington

Laois paralympian ‘hopeful’ Tokyo Games will go ahead as she takes second year out...

On March 24 last year, Nicole Turner's world came crashing down when it was announced that the Tokyo Paralympics would not be going ahead...
Sadhbh Dunne and Cara Phelan of Scoil Chriost Ri

Laois students launch virtual ‘walk to Lourdes’ in aid of PATH

Two Laois students are calling on everyone to get active in aid of local homeless charity PATH. Sadhbh Dunne and Cara Phelan, who are both...

Coronavirus: 33 new deaths and 744 new cases – 15 in Laois – as...

There have been 33 further Coronavirus-related deaths reported today and 744 new cases according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. 31 of...
Betty O'Brien, Lorcan Fitzpatrick and Trudy Nealon

Coping With Covid – Laois artist explores how people are managing the pandemic

In 2020 when the pandemic first began, Laois artist Annie Holland set out to create a new body of work titled 'Coping with Covid'. The...

New pedestrian crossing confirmed for Laois town

A brand new pedestrian crossing has been confirmed for a Laois town. According to Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley, Mountrath is to get a new...

Laois doctor on Covid-19 vaccine bringing ‘sense of relief as hope for a normal...

Ireland is set to majorly ramp up its vaccination programme in the coming weeks and months. Yesterday, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed the locations...

Laois native appointed to top job in Limerick Institute of Technology

Limerick Institute of Technology’s Director of Industry Engagement Seamus Hoyne has been appointed LIT’s new Dean Flexible and Work Based Learning. A native of Ballacolla...

13 point plan submitted to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in Laois town

A new speed limit, increased pedestrian crossings and new cycles lanes are some of a proposal to improve infrastructure in a Laois town. The plan...

Positive news for Laois village as work underway for high speed broadband connection

Work is underway to ensure Ballyfin homes and businesses will be connected under the Government’s plan for high speed broadband. So says Fine Gael Councillor...

Coronavirus: No new deaths and 821 new cases – 7 in Laois – as...

There have been a no further Coronavirus-related deaths reported today and 821 new cases according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. This...

Gardai and Revenue seize €192,000 worth of drugs in Laois

Gardaí have today seized Cannabis with an estimated value of €192,000 following a joint intelligence led operation conducted with the Revenue Customs Service. This came...
Playground in Portarlington

‘Mindless morons’ set fire to equipment in Laois playground

Anyone with information is being asked to come forward following vandalism in a Laois playground. On Saturday evening, damage was done in the children's playground...

Surveying for National Broadband Plan ‘well underway’ across 10 Laois areas

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out the new high-speed fibre broadband network, says that surveying works in several areas of Laois are...

€12.6m allocated for maintenance and renewal of road network in Laois

€12.6m has been allocated for the maintenance and renewal of the road network in Laois. This is a very substantial allocation and it will allow...

Call for entries to the third annual Laois-Offaly Garda Youth Awards

Entries have been sought for the third staging of the Laois-Offaly Garda Youth Awards. The awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13...
Emer Dunne Today Show

Laois singer set to appear on popular RTE TV show

A Laois singer is set to appear on a popular RTE One TV show this afternoon. Mountmellick native Emer Dunne will star on the Today...

€250,000 allocated to Laois to upgrade outdoor spaces

€250,000 has been allocated to Laois from a new new Outdoor Public Space Scheme. Minister for State at the Department of Finance, Sean Fleming, says...
Alan Dooley Limerick County Council

Laois man secures top job in Limerick County Council

A Laois man has secured a top job in Limerick County Council. Alan Dooley, who is originally from Mountrath and whose family previously owned Dooley...