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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.
Dumping in Laois has become an epidemic one Cllr has claimed

Parts of Portarlington like ‘a third world country’

Parts of Portarlington have been described as being like 'a third world country' by a County Councillor. Sinn Féin Councillor Aidan Mullins made the claim...

Some of the mighty Laois club football heroes still playing into their 40s

We salute this crew of mighty men. Any player that can keep playing sport well into their 40s is not to be messed with and...
Billy Sheehan of St Jude's shares a joke with Jordan Briggs of Naomh Mearnóg during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Round 1 match

Former Laois star on form in Dublin championship opener

Former Laois star Billy Sheehan was on the scoresheet as St Jude's made a winning start to the Dublin senior football championship last night. The...
The Abbeyleix granny purchased her Lotto ticket in Clelands

Laois winner of €250,000 Lotto prize revealed as Abbeyleix granny

A grandmother from Abbeyleix has come forward to claim the €250,000 Lotto Plus prize that she won last Saturday. The woman, who wishes to remain...
Deputy Brian Stanley

Stanley hits out at Flanagan over ‘misleading the public’

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has hit out at Fine Gael Minister Charlie Flanagan over comments he made about Sinn Féin’s position on water charges. Deputy...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after all the damage to cars

Appeal for information after Cloneygowan shop robbed

Gardaí are appealing for information after a shop in Cloneygowan was burgled. A cigarette machine and a sum of cash were stolen after two masked...
Bridget & Eamon are heading stateside after the Laois comedian's creation was signed

Laois comedian’s TV show to be shown in the USA

Bridget & Eamon are heading to America - after the RTE TV show was picked up by a station over there. Amazon in America has...
Graiguecullen Health Centre which has had its physiotherapy facilities removed

Calls for HSE not to discontinue physiotherapy in Graiguecullen

The discontinuement of physiotherapy treatment at the health centre in Graiguecullen will cause 'great difficulties' for the people in South Laois who avail of...
The footpaths in Portarlington are so bad one Councillor says they resemble a war-thorn region

Footpaths in Portarlington like ‘something you’d see in Syria’

The footpaths in Portarlington have deteriorated to such a bad state, they are like something from a war thorn region a county Councillor has...

New exhibition opening at Laois Arthouse in Stradbally

The Stradbally branch of the Active Retirement Association (ARA) will launch their art exhibition entitled 'Doorways of Stradbally' at the Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally...
The Stradbally Allotments

Six-year lease on Stradbally Allotments ‘will not be renewed’

A new six-year lease will not be granted to the Stradbally Community Allotment Association after the current one expires, it has been revealed. The committee...
Borris-In-Ossory GAA club was the location of a robbery yesterday

Appeal for information after Borris-In-Ossory clubhouse burgled

Gardaí are appealing for information after the Borris-In-Ossory GAA club grounds were broken into yesterday. The incident, which occurred some time between 10am and 6pm...
Portlaoise AFC U-19s who were crowned CCFL Premier Division champions on Monday

Portlaoise AFC crowned U-19 Premier Division champions in style

Portlaoise AFC 8 Ballymahon United 2 CCFL U-19 Premier Division Portlaoise AFC claimed their first U-19 CCFL title in 10 years following an emphatic triumph over...
Laois GAA are hoping to form a Fr Manning Cup team

All your Laois GAA fixtures for the next week

Some of you are enjoying the second half of your Easter holidays, but there is a busy week of local GAA action ahead. WEDNESDAY APRIL...

Appeal after man foiled in attempted robbery in Mountmellick

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a loan male was disturbed while attempting to break into a shed in Mountmellick. The incident took place at...
Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt will be in Portlaoise tomorrow and so too will be Our Duke's Grand National trophy

Ireland rugby coach and Grand National trophy coming to Portlaoise

The Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt will be in Portlaoise tomorrow - and so too will the Grand National horse racing trophy. Schmidt will be...
The Laois girls competed brilliantly for Ireland U-15 basketball team over the weekend

Laois girls star on Irish U-15 basketball victories

The Irish U-15 Women’s squad had a superb international test series in Scotland over the weekend, where they took on Scotland’s Under 15 and...
Carry Out in Portlaoise was the location of an attempted robbery last night

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after attempted robbery of Carry Out

Gardaí are appealing for information after an attempted robbery at Carry Out off licence on the Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise last night. A loan male...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run

Horror after knife and baseball bat attack in Portarlington

Gardaí are appealing for information after two people were attacked outside their home in Portarlington by three men wielding knives and baseball bats. The incident...
Stephen Maher is one of the Laois injury concerns ahead of the weekend

Laois hurlers facing injury crisis ahead of championship opener

Laois hurling manager Eamonn Kelly is facing a severe injury crisis ahead of his sides' Leinster Round Robin opener against Westmeath, it has been...
Cannabis herb valued at €500 was found in the search

Cannabis herb recovered after search of house in Portlaoise

Cannabis herb valued at €500 was recovered after a planned search of a house in Portlaoise. The find took place at Carmody Square, Fairgreen in Portlaoise...
One of the vehicles at the Portlaoise Macra na Feirme tractor run yesterday

Portlaoise Macra na Feirme charity tractor run draws big crowds

Portlaoise Macra na Feirme held a tractor run on Easter Monday in aid of Pieta House. It proved to be a huge success with almost...
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after all the damage to cars

Homeowners scare off men attempting to steal diesel in Portlaoise

Gardaí are appealing for information after three men were disturbed in the act of siphoning off diesel from a house in St Brigid's Place...
Organisers hoping big crowds will be in attendance again at Barrowhouse 5k

Third annual Barrowhouse 5k set to draw big crowds

The annual Barrowhouse 5k in aid of Shanganamore N.S will take place on Wednesday April 26. Now in its third successive year the race has...
Alan Kinsella will once again captain the Laois minors in their crunch clash with Meath

Laois minor football panel confirmed ahead of championship opener

The Laois minor football panel has been confirmed ahead of their Leinster championship round one clash against Louth. Noel Delaney's men will go into the game...
Portlaoise AFC are now just one win away from claiming the title

Portlaoise AFC win again to keep title hopes alive

Portlaoise AFC 4 Greenhills/Greenpark FC 1 Leinster Senior League Division 1B Portlaoise AFC won for the first time in seven years away to Greenhills/Greenpark FC this morning...
Emo-Courtwood-The Rock are into the MFC final

Arles-Killeen end losing streak with win over Ballyroan-Abbey

Arles-Killeen 0-15 Ballyroan-Abbey 1-8 ACFL Division 1A Arles-Killeen ended a four game losing streak with a fine home victory over Ballyroan-Abbey last night. Seven points from Laois...
Adam Campion was influential for St Joseph's tonight but he is soon off to the USA

Five wins in a row for 14-man St Joseph’s

St Joseph's 1-12 Portlaoise 0-10 ACFL Division 1A St Joseph's made it five straight wins in the ACFL Division 1A as they overcame a numerical disadvantage...
Evin Keane was on the score sheet as The Heath beat Stradbally

The Heath inflict third straight defeat on Stradbally

The Heath 1-13 Stradbally 0-13 ACFL Division 1A The Heath inflicted a third straight defeat upon Stradbally and gave their chances of regaining their league title...
The Laois Minor Hurling team who face Dublin in the Leinster championship today

Valiant Laois minor hurlers just edged out by 14 man Dublin

Laois 1-8 Dublin 1-11 Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Round 2 The Laois minor hurlers missed the chance to advance straight to the semi-finals of the Leinster...

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