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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
Eoin McEvoy NUIG Galway

Laois man’s new research could help stop the spread of cancer cells around the...

A 30-year-old Mountmellick-born lecturer in biomedical engineering at the University of Galway has just had his research, which gives new insights into how cancer...

Abbeyleix man set to scale the heights with herculean effort for Movember

An Abbeyleix man is set to undertake the daunting four peaks challenge in under 30 hours which consists of climbing the four highest peaks...
Charlie McConalogue Farm Walk

Agriculture Minister pledges to attend Laois IFA AGM if reappointed on visit to local...

Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, pledged to attend the AGM of Laois IFA in January if reappointed in the cabinet reshuffle, during a visit to...
Alice Culliton Concern Worldwide Fast

Kind-hearted 75-year-old Laois woman set to take part in Concern Worldwide Fast this weekend

Seventy-five-year-old fundraiser and former aid worker Alice Culliton from Mountmellick will take part in her annual 24 hour fast for Concern Worldwide this Saturday,...

A long way from home – the Brazilian native happily making home and life...

“When I moved to Portlaoise, I found the meaning of community, not only the Brazilian community, but everyone I met was kind and helpful...
Portlaoise Kitchen Choir

They’re back! The brilliant 65 Kitchen Choir will be on stage again next month

They started out at the ‘Mass on the Grass’ at Marian Avenue, Portlaoise, and have been performing every year apart from the last two...
Portlaoise Musical Society

Portlaoise Musical Society continue to lead the way as they prepare for return to...

The award-winning Portlaoise Musical Society will premiere as the first Irish musical society to perform with an Irish sign language interpreter at its show...

The story of the Laois man playing a key role in the London Irish...

A Laois man is playing a key role in the planning of the new multi-million pound London Irish Centre which is scheduled to open...
George Ramsbottom Kenya

Laois man shares his experience following trip to Kenya to learn about farming practices

Luggacurren man George Ramsbottom, who is a dairy specialist with Teagasc, recently visited Kenya to gain a better understanding of farming practices there. In conjunction...
Shane Brennan Portlaoise film

The story of Portlaoise man Shane Brennan and his award-winning short horror film

The sense of unease of being stopped at a traffic light on a rural road in the dead of night even though there is...

Emer Dunne Interview: Touring Laois, releasing an album and losing her number one supporter

Mountmellick singer/songwriter Emer Dunne has just completed a tour of Laois, with free shows having taken place in Clonaslee, Camross and Ballylinan. “We had three...

Laois-based academic author publishes new book on ‘Mental Health for Milennials’

A Mountmellick-based academic author has been working in recent years with a west of Ireland-based publishing house that promotes work highlighting the impact and...
Rennie Buenting Stradbally artist

The Stradbally-based, Dutch-born, artist telling the story of the Irish Sugar Beet industry

A Dutch born artist who is currently based at the Arthouse, Stradbally, has depicted the closure of Carlow sugar beet factory in her installation...
Sinead McEvoy Miss Bikini Ireland

Laois teenager finishes third in Miss Bikini Ireland national contest

Ballyroan student Sinead McEvoy was placed third in the Miss Bikini Ireland competition recently. The 19-year-old who studies electronic engineering at Maynooth University, has taken...

Yvonne McKeon Interview: Taking on the family business at 21, heading up Laois Chamber...

When the sudden death of her father saw her drop her plans to work in New York to instead run the family business –...

The story of a Laois-based couple developing their own range of hot sauces

A Portarlington-based couple is perking up palates with a range of hot sauces under the O’Mimo’s Chilli Madness brand. Seamus and Mimo O’Flynn of the...
Niamh Boyle Laois Art House

A way with words – Meet the Laois novelist who is completing third book...

Working as a part-time branch librarian at The Art House in Stradbally, and writing her third novel as well as a collection of short...

Meet the Laois man proudly flying our flag and making a big impact in...

Having set sail from Cobh for New York on Easter Sunday 1955 with his parents and four siblings, Mike Dunphy remembers the passengers cheering...
Sinead McEvoy Miss Bikini Ireland (2)

Meet the Laois teenager who is representing her county at the Miss Bikini Ireland...

She is studying the male dominated area of electronic engineering at Maynooth University and she has taken part in a range of sports over...

Heartbroken Laois mam pleads for answers after son shot dead by police in Germany

A Laois-born mother has spoken of her heartbreak at the shooting dead of her son at his home in Hamburg by German police three...
Kate Ramsbottom ceramic

Meet the Laois woman who injected some creativity into her retirement with fabulous results

A former anaesthetist is injecting lots of creativity into her retirement. Kate Ramsbottom from Ratheniska who worked at both Portlaoise and Tullamore hospitals, now crafts...
Patrick Kelly Tractor-Trailer Challenge 01

Laois man seeking to achieve World Record for charity fundraiser at Ploughing Championships

Dairy farmer turned massage therapist Patrick Kelly from Castletown will attempt to set a world record in driving a tractor and trailer in reverse...
Pride

‘We want Laois Pride to be as big and successful for the community as...

“I’m so excited to say that this week is the first ever Laois Pride,” said Shauna Golden, co-chair of the initiative. Originally from Athlone, Westmeath,...
Dick Dillon Electric Picnic Buddy's Lane

Electric Picnic remembers one of its biggest fans as ‘Buddy’s Lane’ opened

One of Electric Picnic’s biggest fans was poignantly remembered this year as ‘Buddy’s Lane’ was created on the woodland route from Pink Moon crossroads...

Meet the Laois woman playing a big role the 20th anniversary celebrations of the...

A Stradbally native is at the centre of planning for the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris – The Centre...
Outcast Crew

Laois Celtic trad punk band The Outcast Crew set to rock Spike Island at...

Celtic trad punk band The Outcast Crew will take to the Spike Island stage at 1.30am on Saturday night/Sunday morning. The Laois band comprises: Brian...
The Lost Messiahs

Meet the Laois indie rock band getting ready to wow the crowds at Electric...

Having played Electric Picnic in 2014, indie rock band, The Lost Messiahs, are thrilled to find themselves back at Stradbally Hall, playing the word...
The Finns

Laois brothers set to kick off Electric Picnic on Spike Island Stage on Friday

With musical talent on both sides of the family, it’s little wonder that brothers Hugh and Ciarán Finn from Rathdowney, who will play the...
Thomas Cosby Electric Picnic

Thomas Cosby: ‘It’s a working weekend for us and we have to look after...

“I missed it for the last two years, but it has come back with a bang and got a bit bigger,” said Thomas Cosby...
Lorna Sixsmith

Meet the Laois woman who is an author and a very successful dairy farmer

Growing up, it was never Lorna Sixsmith’s intention to farm. Today the author and dairy farmer milks 160 cows at Garendenny, Crettyard, alongside her...