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Strange times for Laois third level students as they adapt to online learning

In a college year like no other, the college life experience has dramatically changed because of the ongoing pandemic. Laois students all across the country...

LISTEN: Local musician releases second single

Portlaoise singer/songwriter Chris Conroy released his second single - 'Sink or Swim' - last Friday. Off the back of the success of his first single...

Portlaoise homeless charity launches Christmas appeal

PATH, Portlaoise Action to Homelessness Charity, have launched their Christmas appeal which is aimed at giving care packets to the homeless and supporting families...

Fundraiser launched to save Portarlington Christmas tree

In its 35th year this year, the Christmas tree in Portarlington is under threat as Covid-19 has hampered the committee's abilities to fundraise. A GoFundMe...

Mountmellick community dig deep to save the town’s Christmas tree

The community spirit in Mountmellick is alive and kicking as residents and business owners dug deep into their pockets and raised over €25,000 in...

Laois girl in New Zealand launches fundraiser for small businesses for support up to...

With the current lockdown causing local small businesses to close down for a third time in Laois, a fundraiser has been launched to raise...

Jamie Dowling: Five mental health tips for helping you through lockdown

As we enter into six weeks of lockdown and enter into the Winter months - it is vital everyone takes care of their mental...

Laois TD calls for lack of energy upgrades to pensioner’s homes to be addressed

Nearly 200 pensioners in Laois/Offaly and Low Income families have not had planned energy upgrades done to their homes. So says Brian Stanley of Sinn...

Laois Connects still making an impact online with social farming

Despite the current pandemic Laois Connects is still making an impact online. Recently, there was a very lively and informed discussion on Social Farming in...

Local man set to raise funds for Laois Arch Club via Virtual Dublin Marathon

A Portlaoise man is set to embark on a mammoth task this weekend in aid of a very important charity. Alex Cathcart, a Special Needs...

Watch: Laois Domestic Abuse Service chief outlines increase in calls since Covid-19

The Acting Co-ordinator of Laois Domestic Abuse Services says there has been an increase in calls to them since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Gardai previously...

Local TD calls on government to improve Garda infrastructure and build museum

Independent TD Cathal Berry has called on the Government to invest to improve the current infrastructure within the Garda Síochána and has suggested that...

A fifth of Irish pubs running up costs of €2,000 a week

More than a fifth of pubs in Ireland are reporting continuing costs of up to €2,000 a week to sustain while generating no revenue...

Laois Minister calls for Covid-19 infected nursing home staff to be placed in hotels

Minister for State Sean Fleming has called for staff working in nursing homes who are either deemed a close contact of a confirmed Covid-19...

Meet the Laois man who is running Ireland’s only gardening podcast

The world of podcast has grown exponentially in recent years. During the lockdown, a number of new podcasts popped up but one Laois man actually...

Laois businesses encouraged to sign up for Covid-19 Safety Charter training

29 tourism businesses in Laois have so far received the COVID-19 Safety Charter. Nationally almost 2,700 tourism businesses, including approximately 50,000 employees, have completed the...

Championship Diary: Top scorers, family tradition, Geelong disappointment and referee appointment

On a busy week in the GAA season, there's plenty to talk about. Here we look at the top scorers in the intermediate football championship,...

In Pictures: Basketball Ireland awards for Portlaoise Panthers and Scoil Chríost Rí

The awards just keep coming for the Portlaoise Panthers basketball club and Scoil Chríost Rí as they won six awards at the Basketball Ireland...

Ladies Player of the Match Kehoe on first title, supporters and upcoming Leinster campaign

'The day after the first senior final we were in, we came home and seen the gear bag and I was like put it...

Time taken to sell houses in Laois falls by five weeks

The average time taken to sell a house in Laois has fallen by half the time in the last quarter. The REA Average House Price...

Full round of CCFL fixtures announced as the new season starts

After a short pre season for many clubs the CCFL is back in action this weekend with a full round of fixtures. Most Laois clubs...

Laois sporting organisations boosted by Dormant Accounts funding

Sporting organisations across Laois are to receive €108,040 from Dormant Accounts funding. Five different bodies will benefit from the funding. The funds will be spread across...

The Irish wheelchair Association launches ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ appeal

The Irish Wheelchair Association in Laois is appealing for your support after they decided to cancel their annual street collection because of Covid-19. The charity...

Championship Diary: Kavanagh and Maher leading the way in hurling scoring charts

Ahead of this weekend's senior hurling semi-finals and relegation playoff action, two of Laois's finest hurlers are engaged in a different type of battle. Rathdowney-Errill...

The Heath senior men’s rounders team go in search of an All-Ireland final place

The Heath senior men’s rounders team go in search of a place in the All-Ireland final as they take on Carrickmacross from Monaghan this...

Dual star Maher on putting injury trouble behind her as she seeks double glory

Two weeks ago - Laura Marie Maher achieved something which she was probably starting to think would never happen. The Rosenallis native lifted her first...

Manager Quirke hoping for ‘fair play’ from clubs as Laois footballers recommence training

Laois senior football manager Mike Quirke is hoping that clubs will cooperate with him as his side recommence training collectively tonight. Laois were permitted to...

All the latest GAA fixtures as mixed week of action ahead

After the drama of the football championships last weekend, the action continues this week with games in hurling, football and ladies football. We will find...

Gardai make arrests and issue warning as teenagers targeted to become ‘money mules’

30 people have been arrested so far as part of An Garda Síochána's Operation Ransom where €1.5 million has been stolen from bank accounts. Operation...

Two Laois schools to benefit from books to celebrate Culture Night

Children in two Laois primary schools, St Fintan’s boys National School in Mountrath and Scoil Bhride National school in Portlaoise, will receive a gift...