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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.
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Economic Recovery Plan guarantees extension of 9% tourism VAT rate for businesses in Laois

The Economic Recovery Plan launched by Government sets out a range of supports and investment for the tourism industry in Laois, including the extension...

Second Laois woman wins prestigious scholarship to study in America

A second Laois woman has secured a prestigious scholarship to study in America. Back in April, we revealed how Miriam Keegan, a primary school teacher...

In Pictures: Awards handed out as Coláiste ĺosagáin bid farewell to 181 Leaving Cert...

While it was a wet morning, the weather did not dampen the spirits of the Leaving Certificate students in Coláiste ĺosagáin as they gathered...

Three Laois playgrounds to share in €30,000 grant for upgrade works

€30,000 in funding under the Local Authorities Play and Recreation Grant to support outdoor play as part of the Summer of Play initiative has...

Major housing development planned for Laois town as application submitted

A major housing development is on the cards in a Laois town after planning permission was submitted recently. Portarlington is set for 58 new homes...

Internationally renowned Laois journalist and author publishes first novel

A Laois author who is renowned internationally as a soccer journalist has published his first novel. James Corbett, who lives in Vicarstown with his wife...
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Laois County Council sets out ‘supports and initiatives’ to boost tourism industry this summer

Laois County Council have set out the ways in which they are acting to boost the tourism industry in Laois this summer. The issue came...

Seven Laois girls selected on Midlands squad for U-13 Gaynor Cup

The Midlands League have confirmed a 20-player squad for the U-13 Gaynor Cup competition - and seven Laois-based girls have made it. Traditionally, the showpiece...

Laois minor footballers name captain, vice-captain and 32-player panel ahead of 2021 campaign

Laois minor football manager Mark Bates has named his captain, vice-captain and 32-player panel ahead of this year's Leinster championship. Graiguecullen lead the way with...

Laois County Council has its own ‘you have no authority here Jackie Weaver’ moment...

A serious row broke out at today's virtual meeting of Laois County Council - in scenes similar to a famous online row at Handford...

Portlaoise Leisure Centre grass and astroturf pitches set to reopen following breakthrough

The grass and astroturf pitches in Portlaoise Leisure Centre are set to reopen following a breakthrough. At a recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District,...

Laois mental health advocate launches second ‘wipe your worries away’ teddy bear walk

A Laois mental health advocate and his partner have launched a second ‘wipe your worries away’ teddy bear walk. Earlier this month, Mark Condon and...

Relegation playoff awaits for Laois as Kildare inflict third straight defeat

Laois 1-8 Kildare 2-18 National Football League Division 2 South Round 3 A relegation playoff against Down lies ahead of Laois in two weeks time as...

€748,000 Just Transition Funding for conservation of medieval churches and pollinators in Laois and...

A major new project linking conservation of medieval heritage and biodiversity has been launched by Laois and Offaly County Councils. The three year project has...

Laois senior football team named ahead of Sunday’s Kildare clash

Laois senior football manager Mike Quirke has named his starting 15 for Sunday's Round 3 Division 2 South encounter with Kildare. It shows one change...

Laois school set for car wash fundraiser this Sunday

A Laois primary school are all set for their big fundraiser this weekend. Members of The Heath National School are going to be looking to...

Wexford too strong as Laois head for camogie league relegation playoff

Laois 1-9 Wexford 7-19 National Camogie League Division 2 Round 2 Wexford proved far too strong for Laois in O'Moore Park this afternoon - sending the...

Local Senator calls for ‘urgent change in puppy care’ as she backs Justice for...

Local Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has pledged to support a campaign Justice for Reggie demanding urgent change for puppy's being sold without proper care from...

Dislocated shoulder, broken collarbone and a smashed leg – but this Laois woman is...

April Kent and her teammate Siobhan Herbst, of Wicklow, are aiming to become the first Irish people to compete at the World Cup of...
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Laois companies encouraged to start planning for green future with grants available

Laois companies who are supported by Enterprise Ireland are being encouraged to start planning for a green future now. There are three grants available to...

What the summer holds – Government confirm details for pubs, restaurants, foreign holidays, music...

Speculation has been mounting throughout the day, and now Taoiseach Micheal Martin has confirmed an easing of Covid-19 restrictions throughout the summer months. Ireland was...

Six Laois schools to receive extra special education classes for new academic year

Six Laois schools are to receive extra special education classes for the new academic year. Sean Fleming, Minister of State at the Department of Finance,...

Five Laois women selected on Ireland U-20 basketball squad for European Challenge

Ireland U-20's women’s head coach Martin Conroy has named his 18-person squad for the FIBA European Challenge 2021 - and five Portlaoise Panthers players...

Trilogy Triathlon all set to go the extra mile for great cause and calling...

Trilogy Triathlon Club in Portlaoise, working in conjunction with Pop Up Races and Eventmaster, are all set to host a virtual 100km in June. The...

Brian Shaves For Shine – Laois man to shear locks in aid of mental...

A Laois man is to shave off all of his hair in aid of a mental health charity. Brian Dunne hasn't cut his hair for...

Making the case for reopening the astro pitches at Portlaoise Leisure Centre next month

From June 7, leisure centres around Ireland will be permitted to reopen their doors for the first time in 2021. However, this will not be...

Boost for Laois ladies footballers as Fitzpatrick injury ‘not serious’

There is good news for the Laois ladies this weekend as the injury sustained by Erone Fitzpatrick in the win over Kildare is 'not...

In Pictures: Huge numbers as Portlaoise Mothers & Others resume for 2021

Portlaoise Mothers and Others have returned to training at the GAA grounds in Rathleague. Over 50 women have now joined Portlaoise Mothers and Others where...

In Pictures: #LoveLaois – TY students take a trip around the county

TY students from Portlaoise College headed on a Laois mystery tour this week. They had no idea where they were going at the start -...

Stradbally based Laois County Councillor says Electric Picnic should not go ahead

Stradbally based Laois County Councillor Paschal McEvoy says that he believes the Electric Picnic should not go ahead this year. The Fianna Fail Councillor believes...