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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 County Council announce temporary suspension of parking charges

Laois County Council has announced that they have temporarily suspended parking charges around the county. Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald pressed Laois County Council to lift their...

BREAKING: Confirmed Coronavirus cases rise again but none in Laois

In a continuation of the worryingly upward trend, 74 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. That is a big increase on...

Penneys and Odeon Cinema shut their doors as Coronavirus crisis continues

Penneys has announced that they are closing all of their stores around the country tonight until further notice. Around 10,000 people work in the various...

Laois horse owner pledges winnings from Wexford win to ‘Do It For Dan’

The owner of a horse that was victorious in Wexford on St Patrick's Day has pledged a portion of his winnings to the 'Do...

WATCH: Laois supermarket goes viral for in store St Patrick’s Day Parade

Fair play to them all. For the first time since 2003, there are no St Patrick's Day parades in the parish of Stradbally today. Usually, the...

Dublin footballer Brogan regrets 2007 behaviour towards Laois in TG4 documentary

Dublin footballer Alan Brogan is the subject of a TG4 documentary this evening. The 38-year-old Oliver Plunketts forward retired from inter-county action in 2015 and...

Laois school battles Coronavirus with online teaching programme

Schools across the country closed their doors to students on Thursday March 12 and are not set to reopen until March 29 at the...

BREAKING: Big increase in positive Coronavirus cases confirmed in Ireland

54 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. That is a big increase on the 169 cases from yesterday and takes the...

Laois shop wins Best Hot Beverage Award at Daybreak Store of the Year Awards

Daybreak The Gandon Inn was crowned Best Hot Beverage at the annual Daybreak Store of the Year Awards, which took place Wednesday March 4. The...

HSE release advice about anti-inflammatory medication and COVID-19

The HSE is today advising anyone with Covid-19 to continue to take any medication you were already taking, unless you are told not to...

Woman whose wedding was postponed launches fundraiser for ‘Do It for Dan’

A bride-to-be whose wedding was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak has launched a fundraiser for little Dan Donoher. Kilkenny woman Tanya Keating was due...

Laois minor football boss challenges all children to remain active during Coronavirus outbreak

Laois minor football manager Mark Bates has challenged all children to remain active each day during the Coronavirus outbreak. After Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the...

Laois Councillor urges people to shop locally and support small business amid Coronavirus outbreak

A Laois County Councillor has called on people to support local businesses in this time of crisis. Labour Councillor Noel Tuohy, who ran as a...

Asthma Society release advice on COVID-19 outbreak

The Asthma Society of Ireland is advising people with asthma to be extra vigilant in their asthma management and follow the advice set out...

Laois hurler and Taoiseach hit out at crowds in pubs over the weekend

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Laois hurler John Lennon are among many people who have hit out at those that ignored public health advice and...
Confirmation in Stradbally cancelled

Laois churches with webcams as Sunday Mass goes ‘behind closed doors’

Today marks the first Sunday that all Catholic masses in the country will be held behind closed doors. Bishop Denis Nulty explained the decision in...

Laois Doctors release statement as second person dies from Coronavirus in Ireland

Ireland recorded its highest increase in Covid-19 cases today since the outbreak began.  A second person has died and 39 more cases of Coronavirus have...

BREAKING: Brand new music and arts festival announced for Laois

Well this is exciting. Laois, the home of the Electric Picnic, has a new boutique festival which is bound to fetch the crowds and rave...

Fighting back against Coronavirus: Laois man in South Korea on how they are coping

Almost three weeks ago, we spoke to Timahoe native Conor Lennon who is caught up in the epicenter of the South Korean outbreak of...

CANCELLED: 11th annual Tri-Laois event scheduled for April falls victim to Coronavirus

With colleges, schools and pre-schools closed from today, Friday, March 13, until March 29 and restrictions placed on public gatherings due to the outbreak...

Horse with strong Laois connections scoops €78,000 in Cheltenham

A horse with strong Laois connections scooped €78,000 at Cheltenham this afternoon. Ronald Pump finished second in the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle today - the...

In Pictures: Serious style at the 14th annual Portarlington and Killenard Gala Ball

The 14th annual Portarlington and Killenard Gala Ball was held in the Heritage Hotel recently. The event, which took place on February 28, was attended...

BREAKING: First Electric Picnic acts for 2020 announced

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the first lineup for Electric Picnic 2020 has been announced. Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers, Picture This...

CANCELLED: Laois secondary school call off proposed trip to Italy due to Coronavirus

A Laois school who were due to go to Italy on Friday have cancelled their trip. 100 students from Portlaoise CBS were due to go...

Eight more Laois St Patrick’s Day Parades cancelled as Coronavirus cases hit 24

Eight more St Patrick's Day parades scheduled to take place in Laois have been cancelled. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced yesterday the cancellation of the state's...

Travelling during Coronavirus outbreak: Laois parents and three kids on their incredible Asian journey

A Laois family are currently travelling around Asia. Portlaoise parents Aoife O'Meara and Martin Halion, with children Sam, Mia and Alice who are all aged...

Kind-hearted Laois duo heralded as heroes after saving man’s life

Two Laois people have been hailed as heroes by the family of a man whose life they saved at the weekend. Colm Lynman was out...

Laois Garda saves person’s life at full flood in River Barrow

There was an astonishing act of heroism in Laois yesterday as a Garda saved a person's life at full flood in the River Barrow. In...

Preparations in full swing as Clonaslee prepare for first parade in 40 years

In an era where a number of St Patrick’s Day parades are being cancelled around the country – this Laois village is bringing theirs...

LISTEN: Transition Years in Portlaoise CBS create new school anthem

St Mary's CBS Portlaoise have released their new school anthem written and performed by their Transition Years. Working with GMC Beats the students wrote and...

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