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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.

Experimental Laois set to conclude O’Byrne Cup campaign away to Wicklow

This evening, the Laois senior footballers will bring the curtain down on their latest O'Byrne Cup campaign. John Sugrue’s men travel to Bray Emmett’s to...

Remembering the great Joe McCabe – a Laois Hall of Fame hurler

The news of the passing of one of Laois's all-time greatest hurlers was met with sadness yesterday. Clonad's Joe McCabe, who was in his 100th...

Cllr hits out at ‘deplorable conditions in Portarlington secondary school’

Fine Gael Cllr Tom Mulhall has hit out at what he described as 'deplorable conditions' in a secondary school in Portarlington due to over-crowding. Just...

In Pictures: Ballacolla New Year’s Day Walk and Vintage Run a huge success

New Year's Day in Ballacolla was the place to be for the Annual Richard Moynan Memorial Walk and Vintage run. The Vintage run was on...

In Pictures: Portlaoise GAA celebrate remarkable 2018 with New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance

2018 was a brilliant year for all involved in Portlaoise GAA. The Senior footballers claimed the Jack Delaney Cup for the 11th time in the...

Laois senior football team named for final O’Byrne Cup game

The Laois footballers will conclude their O'Byrne Cup campaign on Saturday in Wicklow. John Sugrue's men travel to Bray Emmett's to face their hosts in...

In Pictures: Huge turnout at New Year’s Day walk in Timahoe

This event in Timahoe is always very well attended and the 2019 edition was no exception. People from all over Laois and further afield turned...

Calls to enforce sanctions to tackle illegal dumping in Laois

Eoin Barry, Labour Party representative in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington municipal district has called for the enforcement of sanctions to tackle illegal dumping in Laois. He said:...

Jobs on the way to Laois as multi-national company announces new store

Some good news to start the new year. A multi-national company have announced plans to open a range of stores around Ireland - including one...

Plans to build 72 new homes in Portlaoise submitted

Plans for a major housing development in Portlaoise have been launched. An application by Liam Conroy to build 72 houses on the Borris Road, Borris...

‘Light at the end of tunnel’ fading for family of Laois woman missing 25...

A Mountmellick man says that his hopes of finding his sister who disappeared from Waterford 25 years ago this week are fading. Imelda Keenan disappeared...
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2019 GAA season set to start with a bang this weekend

It is the first week of January and the GAA season is set to return with a bang this weekend. Both our senior hurlers and...

Laois community gearing up for ‘Generation Transformation’

This looks like it will be great craic. Stradbally, Vicarstown and Timahoe Activity & Wellness Hub has managed to reach 5,332 participants in 2018 through...

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Mary (Mollie) Blanche (née McHale) Rath, Ballybrittas, Laois Peacefully at her residence. Loving wife...
Vicarstown man John Scully has been recognised for the success of parkrun

Vicastown planning special New Year’s Day parkrun

Calling all runners, especially the ladies. Vicarstown parkrun is doing a special initiative for New Year's Day and they are hoping to have 30 ladies...

Deaths in Laois – Monday, December 31, 2018

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Mary (Mollie) Blanche (née McHale) Rath, Ballybrittas, Laois Peacefully at her residence. Loving wife...

2018 Remembered – Mountmellick flood victim Jimmy wins big on Winning Streak

We had some year on the popular game show Winning Streak. Four times, Laois people appeared on TV and each of them took home life-changing...

Ladies footballer Conlon calls for GAA and LGFA to come together

Brought to you in association with Expert Laois Laois Ladies and Sarsfields footballer Clare Conlon has called for the LGFA and the GAA to come...

The Heath and Ballylinan appoint new managers for 2019 season

Both The Heath and Ballylinan footballers will have new men at the helm for the 2019 season. Barry McNamee has departed The Heath after one...

Laois Ladies captain McEvoy announces retirement

Brought to you in association with Expert Laois The 2018 Laois Ladies captain Mags McEvoy has announced her retirement from inter-county football. The Sarsfields defender, who...

Laois native Kelly appointed Wicklow Ladies manager

The Wicklow Ladies will have a very familiar face on the sidelines in 2019. James Kelly will be in charge of the side who lost...

Portlaoise rugby player selected for Irish U-18s clubs Christmas camp

While most of us will be kicking back and enjoying a mince pie over the Christmas period, one young Portlaoise rugby player will be...
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Second O’Byrne Cup defeat for Laois footballers

Laois 1-11 Wexford 2-13 O'Byrne Cup Round 2 The Laois footballers lost their second O'Byrne Cup match on the trot as they came out the wrong...

Laois to face Wexford in O’Byrne refixture five days before Christmas

Last Saturday, the Laois senior footballers were to take on Wexford in Round 2 of the O'Byrne Cup. However, torrential rain meant the pitch in...

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, December 20, 2018

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. John Roche Mountrath Rd., Portlaoise, Laois Roche, John, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Dec 18th 2018...

Mountmellick FET Centre raise funds for Ken Smollen Food Appeal

Fair play to all involved here! The Early Childhood group at Mountmellick FET Centre organised and ran a food drive in the centre, for the...

In Pictures: Retired Portlaoise Hospital porter turns home in Christmas wonderland

This house is truly spectacular. Every year, retired Portlaoise Hospital porter Noel O'Brien turns his house into a winter wonderland. 73-year-old Noel lives with his wife...

O’Neill and McCaul kick Portlaoise CBS to Senior League glory

Portlaoise CBS 1-7 Colaiste Choilm Tullamore 0-6 School's Senior Football League Final Portlaoise CBS were crowned Senior League football champions this afternoon following a hard-fought victory...

Winner announced in Club Vitae and LaoisToday competition

This really is a great prize. Recently, LaoisToday hit the 21,000 'Like' mark on Facebook and we decided we'd like to reward our loyal followers. So,...

Sinn Fein select three candidates to contest 2019 Local Elections

Sinn Fein has selected three of their four candidates to contest the elections next May to Laois County Council. TD Brian Stanley confirmed the news...

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