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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.

All the latest GAA fixtures as focus switches back to hurling

After a weekend of football drama, attentions switch back to hurling this week. Midweek games are largely made up of juvenile action while things ramp...

Coronavirus: 102 new cases as Ireland officially enters recession

There has been a total of 102 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. Of these 56 are in Dublin, 11 in...

Third Laois student receives full marks in Leaving Cert 2020

The good news just keeps flowing regarding the 2020 Leaving Cert and Laois students. Mountmellick Community School's Hannah Ledesma has also scored the maximum 625...

Two Portlaoise students score seven H1s as Leaving Cert results announced

This is an unbelievable achievement. Two Laois students have scored full marks in the 2020 Leaving Cert results which have been announced this morning. Thomás Dunne...

Portarlington topple The Town to avenge 2019 semi final defeat

Portlaoise 0-10 Partarlington 1-11 Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 2 Portarlington have beaten Portlaoise for the first time in the championship since 2001 following a committed...

Titanic battle as St Joseph’s cling on to defeat Stradbally

Stradbally 0-14 St Joseph's 1-12 Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 2 St Joseph's are through to Round 3 of the Laois SFC after a titanic tussle...

LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from Saturday’s Laois GAA games

We're onto the second full weekend of the Laois GAA football championships and we have four games today. Up first at 3pm is the meeting...

The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days

1 - Search on for lucky EuroMillions winner after ticket sold in Laois A person in Laois could be waking up a whole lot richer...

O’Sullivan hoping his Portarlington comrades can right wrongs and down The Town

Portlaoise and Portarlington are set to square off in the Laois senior football championship for the second time in 12 months in O'Moore Park...

Calls for electricity and gas prices not to be hiked during pandemic

Sinn Fein TD for Laois-Offaly, Brian Stanley, has called on energy companies not to increase their prices during the current pandemic. During the week, it...

Mullen on form as Mountmellick strike late to see off Annanough

Annanough 0-11 Mountmellick 2-11  Laois Shopping Centre IFC Round 2 Mountmellick are through to the quarter final of the intermediate football championship following a hard-fought victory...

Coronavirus: 98 new cases as saga over pubs and restaurants rumbles on

There has been a total of 98 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. 24 of the cases are in Dublin, 13...

Laois County Councillors decide not to increase Local Property Tax for 2021

Laois County Councillors have voted unanimously not to increase the rate of Local Property Tax for 2021. The decision was made at a special meeting...
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Looking ahead to Friday’s Laois club football action with senior and intermediate games down

It's another big night of Laois club football action with championship games for decision in both the senior and intermediate grades. Laois Shopping Centre SFC...

Laois soccer ladies team on the lookout for new faces

With the new season just around the corner, Mountmellick United's ever-improving Senior Ladies soccer team are looking for new players from around the county...

In Pictures: First Year students return to Laois secondary school

It is a school year like no other - but at least it is underway now, something that didn't look possible not so long...

Laois hotel chief calls for restrictions to be lifted as ‘survival’ and ‘jobs’ on...

The General Manager of the Midlands Park Hotel has called on the government to lift restrictions which are currently in place on the number...

Previewing Thursday night’s Laois GAA action

After plenty of Junior 'C' and Junior 'B' action in recent days, the first senior game of the week is due to take place...

Coronavirus: 89 new cases as plans to reopen all pubs become clearer

There has been a total of 89 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. 53 of today's cases are in Dublin, 15...

Survey launched to enhance the visitor experience in the Slieve Bloom Mountains

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is currently consulting on the future development of...

Search on for lucky EuroMillions winner after ticket sold in Laois

A person in Laois could be waking up a whole lot richer this morning. That is because a winning Euromillions ticket, worth €50,000, was sold...

A 72-year-old keeper, an actor and a last minute goal – the magic of...

Ah Junior C - never, ever change! Last night saw Round 1 of the Laois Shopping Centre Junior 'C' football championship with eight games taking...

Funding secured for major improvements in Portlaoise and Portarlington

€1,196,000 under the Government’s July Stimulus Funding for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaptation Measures has been allocated to Laois. This money will be used...

Coronavirus: 217 new cases as school class sent home after positive case

There has been a total of 217 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today. This is the highest single figure increase...

‘Fairer’ Calculated Grades for Leaving Cert 2020 welcomed

Almost 80% of Leaving Cert student's estimated grades will remain the same - Minister for Education Norma Foley has announced. The remainder will be either...

Laois doctor urges parents not ‘to dose’ children in order to send them to...

A Laois doctor has called on parents not to dose their children with paracetamol or ibuprofen and send them to school if they feel...

Former Laois minister and government colleague in Twitter spat over new book

The publication of a new book has resulted in two politicians entering into something of a war of words over Twitter. Former Minister for Justice...

All of this week’s Laois GAA fixtures as attention turns back to football

Another extremely busy week of GAA action is ahead once again. It is back to football now though as the ladies and men's competitions resume. Check...

Coronavirus: 53 new cases as Kildare permitted to leave lockdown

There have been no new Coronavirus deaths reported today – meaning 1,777 is the death toll in Ireland. While there has been a total of...

Six-star Borris-Kilcotton batter Ballinakill to reach semi finals

Brought to you in association with Telfords, Portlaoise and Mountrath Ballinakill 0-18 Borris-Kilcotton 6-21 Laois Shopping Centre SHC Round 2 Borris-Kilcotton are the first team through to...