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Caroline Allen is a freelance journalist based in Portlaoise. She has written for numerous local and national publications and lives outside Portlaoise with her husband Martin and sons Evan and Colin
Gabrielle Lynam

A legend of the Irish dancing scene – the incredible career of Gabrielle Lynam

When Portlaoise woman Gabrielle Lynam was born in 1957, her feet were turned upwards, and she had to wear calipers. “My mother brought me...
Eamonn Culliton Camino

The story of the Portlaoise man who walked to Spain in memory of his...

A Portlaoise man has gone the distance to remember his beloved sister who died from stomach cancer during the pandemic, and to raise funds...
David McDonald Unlocked

Inside story of life as a prison officer in Portlaoise makes for riveting read

For the vast majority of people who lived in Portlaoise over recent decades, little was known about the goings on in the town’s maximum-security...
Miscellany Cakes Main

Back in business: Laois cake shop owner delighted to re-open after battling cancer

From crunching the numbers to having her cake and eating it, Sarah Walsh followed her passion in opening Miscellany Cakes. Today (Friday, July 29),...

The Sunday Interview: The retired Portlaoise garda who is now an author of thriller

Behind closed doors in scenic Fisherstown, a scribe toils on action-packed plots that probe the nefarious world inhabited by Detective Superintendent Kate Bowen.  She’s...

Our Wedding Story: Chantelle Murphy and Rory Coss

Working in The Blow Dry Parlour in Portlaoise, you’d be forgiven for thinking that getting glammed up for her big day would release Chantelle...

The Sunday Interview: The young Portlaoise man with a string of local businesses

At just 30 years of age, Portlaoise man David Finn is a serial entrepreneur who has built up a string of local businesses without...

The Sunday Interview: A new challenge for Aileesh after life in Ballyfin Demesne

Having established what has been dubbed ‘the world’s best hotel’ at Ballyfin Demesne, Aileesh Carew has moved on to become sales and marketing director...

Our Wedding Story: Mary Gallagher and Liam Phelan

Portlaoise couple Mary Gallagher and Liam Phelan - who tied the knot on August 19 last year - are the first to feature on...
Business owner Maria Lukacova with husband Andre and Transition Year student son Api

Portlaoise chocolatiers all set for Valentine’s Day

Forget France and Belgium, a creative contemporary chocolatier in Portlaoise is tasting success, thanks to its handmade confections.  And they're bracing themselves for a busy...

New baby and a busy business – hectic times for Heidi Higgins

With a new baby and a spring/summer collection just launched, life is full-on for Portlaoise fashion designer, Heidi Higgins. Little Matilda Maher – Heidi...