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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 bank forced to close following suspected Covid-19 outbreak

A Laois bank has been forced to close temporarily following a suspected Covid-19 outbreak among staff members. AIB in Lyster Square in Portlaoise has been...

Laois TD becomes one of the first politicians to receive Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland

A Laois TD became one of the first politicians in Ireland to receive the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday. Independent TD for Kildare South, Cathal Berry, who...

Nine Laois towns and villages to benefit from €383,000 in funding

€383,375 has been allocated for improvements to towns and villages across Laois under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. A total of nine communities in...

Boost for Laois hurlers as two key forwards return to panel

There has been a boost for the Laois hurlers as two key forwards have committed to the panel for 2021. Ballinakill's Cha Dwyer and Borris-Kilcotton's...

Gardai in Laois make arrest and seize a drone, drugs and mobile phones

Gardaí have arrested a man in his 20s in Portlaoise following the seizure of a number of items recently. They discovered a drone along with...

Calls for vaccination of teachers and school staff to be ‘fast-tracked’

Laois-Offaly TD Barry Cowen has called for the vaccination of teachers and school staff to be 'fast-tracked'. In a letter to Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Mr...

In Pictures: Some much needed fun as first snowfall of 2021 hits Laois

We put the shout out, and as usual, you did not disappoint. While the snow didn't arrive over Christmas, most of us woke up to...

Coronavirus: 10 additional deaths and 6,521 new cases – 82 in Laois – as...

There have been a further 10 Coronavirus-related deaths and a massive 6,521 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. Of...

Historic day as Portlaoise Hospital starts Covid-19 staff vaccination programme

Aidel Aurel Casabar, Staff Nurse at the A&E in Portlaoise Hospital in Laois is the first person to be vaccinated with the Pfizer BioNTech...

Laois Leaving Cert student launches petition calling on Minister Foley to reverse 3-day week...

A Laois Sixth Year student has launched a petition calling on the Minister for Education to reverse yesterday's decision regarding a three-day week for...

Laois GAA club unveil €300,000 plan for new pitches and facilities

A Laois GAA club have unveiled plans to build two brand new pitches, ball wall and a training area. Clough-Ballacolla, who have their home grounds...

Residents planning legal action as permission for Portlaoise waste plant granted

Residents near where an anaerobic digestion facility is set to be constructed in Laois are planning to mount a legal challenge to An Bord...

Local senator throws his support behind quest for new building for Laois secondary school

Labour Senator Mark Wall has thrown his support behind the ongoing campaign to see Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington receive a new building. According to the...

Coronavirus: 17 additional deaths and 7,836 new cases – 107 in Laois – as...

There have been a further 17 Coronavirus-related deaths and a massive 7,836 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. Of...

Government announce new additional Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge

The government have announced a raft of additional Covid-19 restrictions aimed at further curbing the spread of the virus in the country. Taoiseach Micheal Martin...

BREAKING: Portlaoise Hospital cease ‘all inpatient, day case and outpatient services’ due to Covid-19...

Given the rising numbers of community transmission of Covid-19, the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise have taken the decision this week to cease all non-time...

Laois man appointed chairperson of Kilkenny Tourism

A Laois man has been appointed as the new chairman of Kilkenny Tourism. Ciaran Conroy, from Portlaoise, joins the body which strives to increase the...

CONFIRMED: Staff at Portlaoise Hospital to receive Covid-19 vaccine this week

The Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, of which Portlaoise Hospital is a member, has confirmed that staff in the Laois hospital will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech...

Nursing Home CEO praises staff as Covid-19 battle continues

The CEO of Brookhaven Healthcare, which manages Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally, has praised the efforts of staff in trying to manage the Covid-19...

Two Laois clubs appoint new managers ahead of 2021 season

Two Laois football clubs have appointed new managers ahead of the 2021 season. Joe Higgins has stepped down as St Joseph's boss but his replacement...

Gardai seek owners of recovered quads and issue advice for people travelling for Covid-19...

Gardai in Laois are hoping to reunite owners with quads that they recovered recently. Following searches at properties, Gardai in Portlaoise found two Honda Quads...

Coronavirus: 17 additional deaths and 5,325 new cases – 12 in Laois – as...

There have been a further 17 Coronavirus-related deaths and a massive 5,325 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. Of...

Three new classrooms on the way to Laois school as extension approved

There is very good news for a Laois school this afternoon as funding for three new classrooms has been approved. Raheen National School (Tobar an...

Laois man with a big heart brings Christmas cheer to his town

A Laois man with a big heart brought some Christmas cheer to his town once again this year. Ned Horan rode around Mountmellick on a...

Laois among four new retrofitting centres of excellence

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has confirmed four retrofitting centres of excellence are to open within the...

Laois Doctor on Covid-19 Vaccines: How they work and why they’re safe

2020 saw the world ravaged by Covid-19 but 2021 will hopefully see the world fight back against this virus through vaccinations. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is...

MEP for Laois hits out at ‘tardy delivery’ of vaccine as non-EU countries ‘power...

MEP for the South, which include Laois, Billy Kelleher, has hit out at the European Union's vaccine roll-out programme. The Cork native says that the...

Coronavirus: Six additional deaths and 6,110 new cases – 80 in Laois

There have been a further six Coronavirus-related deaths and a massive 6,110 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. Of...

Teacher’s union calls for extension of school closure until ‘at least January 18’

The Teacher's Union of Ireland has called on the government to extend the current school closures until January 18 at the earliest. TUI General Secretary...

In Pictures: Portlaoise AC St Stephen’s Day 5km a huge success

The annual St Stephen’s Day 5km event held by Portlaoise Atheltics Club proved to be a big success once again. For the last number of...