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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.

BREAKING: Two new Coronavirus deaths and just four new cases as over half of...

1,717 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of two from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...
Confirmation in Stradbally cancelled

Laois priest outlines plans for reopening churches in his parish to mass next week

A Laois priest has outlined his plans for the reopening of the three churches in the parish of Stradbally for mass on Monday June...

Talking Music: Nova’s Fionn Marum on Christy Dignan, new single and Electric Picnic dreams

Brought to you in association with Laois Library Service After a brief hiatus, our Talking Music segment returns today. Portlaoise native Fionn Marum is the focus...
Mark Doheny perfectly describes how Laois all deal with the sunshine

Young Laois people encouraged to protect their skin as report shows level of sunburn...

Health experts are encouraging young people in Laois to protect their skin in the sun as new research shows that nine out of 10...

Laois mammy who sat Leaving Cert in 2018 receives scholarship for academic excellence

Laois woman Karen Wills, who sat her Leaving Cert in 2018 at the age of 44, has received a Third Level academic award for...

In Pictures: Sod officially turned on new full size floodlit astro pitch in Laois

The sod was officially turned as construction got underway on a brand new full size floodlit astro turf pitch in Laois. Killeshin FC, who play...

CONFIRMED: Government issue guidelines on weddings, funerals, hairdressers, gatherings and sport

The path to a life living alongside Coronavirus is becoming clearer as the Government has announced guidelines for a range of different elements of...

Laois hotel set to host ‘Midlands Drive-In Movies’

Who doesn’t love a good movie? If you have missed that big screen experience over the past few months then there is some fantastic news...

BREAKING: Two new Coronavirus deaths and 13 new cases as study shows Laois performing...

1,714 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of two from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...

‘Life saving’ free mental health text service established

A free, anonymous and inclusive text service has been launched to provide support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis. The new...

Laois Labour representative calls for school meals to be extended for the summer

Eoin Barry, Labour Area Representative for Graiguecullen-Portarlington has lent his support to the extension of school meal throughout the summer until school return in...

REVEALED: Locations of the 264 cases of Coronavirus in Laois displayed on new map

The locations of the 264 cases of Coronavirus in Laois have been revealed in a new interactive map.  Last night, the government updated their database...

WATCH: Young Laois camogie-mad girl and her mam all ready for GAA restart

This is brilliant! A young Laois girl and her mam have been honing their camogie skills in lockdown - and they have put it all...

Protest march organised over the closing of Portlaoise Leisure Centre

A protest march over the closure of Portlaoise Leisure Centre has been organised for Monday June 22. The march will begin at the leisure centre...

BREAKING: Four new Coronavirus deaths and 16 new cases while there is a blow...

1,714 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of four from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...

Laois Gardai launch campaign on dangers for children and teenagers online

Gardai in Laois have launched a campaign aimed at parents asking them to educate their children on the dangers they may be exposed to...

Three new County Councillors elected as chairs of Municipal Districts

Three new chairs of the three Municipal Districts in Laois have been elected in the last day. Fianna Fail's Seamus McDonald and the Fine Gael...

Burnt out cars, boy-racers, rubbish and anti-social behaviour – chaos on the Slieve Bloom...

Burnt-out cars, disgusting littering and despicable anti-social behaviour have blighted part of the Slieve Bloom Mountains recently. So says Independent Cllr James Kelly who outlined...

Gardai issue warning to public over bank card ‘smishing’ scam

Gardai, in conjunction with Bank of Ireland, have alerted the public to a ‘smishing’ scam whereby persons are being contacted by a text message,...

Laois Gardai recover stolen caravan belonging to young Louth boy with special needs

This is brilliant news. Gardai in Laois have recovered a caravan belonging to a young Louth boy who has special needs. 15-year-old Drogheda teenager Sean Sharkey-Carroll,...

My Club & I: St Paul’s ladies footballer and Emo secretary – Anne Lawlor

The Coronavirus pandemic means that while we should be in the middle of GAA action – we’ve yet to get started. Around now, Laois clubs...

Two Laois artists receive Arts Council Covid-19 awards

Two Laois artists have each been awarded a €3,000 grant to help them make new and original work during the Covid-19 crisis. The government agency...

BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and just eight new cases as €9 meals needed...

1,710 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of three from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...

Laois man launches online GAA raffle to help ‘Sophie’s Wish’

A Laois man has launched an online GAA raffle in a bid to help a young Tipperary girl in her bid to get to...

Online petition launched to ‘Save Portlaoise Leisure Centre’

An online petition aiming to save Portlaoise Leisure Centre has been launched. Set up in the name of the staff of the facility, more than...

Portarlington Leisure Centre planning to reopen next month

Portarlington Leisure Centre is actively planning to reopen their facility on July 20 - when we enter Phase 4 of the government's roadmap to...

BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 14 new cases as 26,000 learner drivers waiting...

1,709 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of three from yesterday. Not all of these people passed away today –...

GAA unveil plans for the 2020 Cul Camps

The GAA have announced new plans for the staging of the 2020 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps. The camps themselves will start on July 20 with...

Laois County Council release statement on the future of facilities at Portlaoise Leisure Centre

Laois County Council say they will immediately arrange for refurbishment works to enhance the Portlaoise Leisure Centre building and the site to make sure...

Popular Laois parish online concert to continue throughout the summer

The twelfth weekly Rathdowney church online concert takes place today - and it is so popular that the man behind them has announced they...