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Best of 2017 – Moment in Time: Pictures from the Leinster final celebrations in...

It was our golden moment. On July 20 2003 Laois beat Kildare in a Leinster final that will go down as one of the...

Best of 2017 – Jack Nolan: We are where we are because nobody seems...

In April of this year, Jack Nolan gave a passionate response to Laois's shock loss against neighbours Offaly in the Allianz Football League Division...

Best of 2017- Tributes paid as Pat Critchley calls time on teaching career

Laois legend Pat Critchley called time on his 32-year teaching career this summer. Over the past 32 years, he worked successfully as a PE...
Former Knockbeg student Power in making a lot of money in New York

Best of 2017 – Former Knockbeg College student is a millionaire in the Big...

It's always huge news when someone your area, or even near your area, makes a name for themselves internationally.  That's exactly what happened to former...
A blaze at a house in Portlaoise

Best of 2017 – Watch: Massive blaze as fire erupts in house in Portlaoise

In July we brought you news of a dramatic fire at a house in Portlaoise.  Readers contacted us with video footage of the blaze at...

Best of 2017 – Portlaoise slimmer loses 13 stone in 16 months and runs...

We all love a good news story and this certainly falls into that category. A woman from Portlaoise shed an incredible amount of weight and...

18 things that will definitely happen in every Laois household this Christmas

It just wouldn't be an Irish Christmas without these things. From fights with family members, taking out the precious 'good cutlery' or watching Fr Ted...

Best of 2017 – Two Broke Divas: Seven bottles of fake tans, tried, tested...

The infinitely wise Two Broke Divas imparted their knowledge of tanning over the summer.  And as silly season is approaching, this advice is essential to...

Best of 2017 – Laois Abroad: An Irish community wherever you go, even in...

Laois Abroad is a series that focuses on Laois natives who have made travelled or built their lives overseas.  So far the series has covered...

Best of 2017 – The top 25 Laois Twitter accounts you simply have to...

Back in March, we sat down and put our heads together to come up with the first of our many lists. This one was all...

Best of 2017 – Outrage in Portarlington as tireless community worker is fined for...

Back in September, there was significant anger in Portarlington when a community man was fined wrongly for littering. Thankfully, there was a happy ending to...
Jonathan Tucker declare Ballyfin Gaels as the greatest hurling team in the world

Best of 2017- Hollywood actor celebrates Ballyfin Gaels’ championship win

This September, Ballyfin received a visit from Hollywood actor Jonathan Tucker- who made it just in time to celebrate Ballyfin Gaels being crowned Senior...
Tips for helping you survive Christmas

19 helpful tips for going to mass this Christmas

There was a time in Ireland when mass was a weekly and even daily ritual for the vast majority of the country. But that is...
O'Moore Park

Best of 2017 – There really are some classics in the Laois GAA club...

We spent most of 2017 going to club matches around the county. And when getting team sheets off secretaries or other club officials, we came...

Best of 2017 – The Laois group of friends that spent Electric Picnic weekend...

Electric Picnic threw up a selection of great stories once again - with the group of friends that did up a cattle trailer as...

Best of 2017 – Donal Miller: 22 unforgettable things about the night club in...

At the end of May, Donal Miller decided he'd put his natural wit to full use by penning a regular column for LaoisToday.  His piece...
All the style from the Scoil Chriost Ri debs

Best of 2017 – In Pictures: The glitz and the glamour at the Scoil...

Debs season was, like most things, completely new to the LaoisToday team when we tackled it. Julie Anne Miller was on duty for most of...

Best of 2017 – REVEALED: We’ve selected Laois’s Top 25 Instagrammers

We had best Tweeters, Snapchatters and we also had best Instagrammers. This was decided by a mix of public and office opinion. And like all other...

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, 23 December

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Philomena Birney Rushall, Mountrath, Laois Philomena Birney, Rushall, Mountrath, Co. Laois. December 21st 2017....
The Garda helicopter was in Stradbally last night

Best of 2017 – Man arrested after helicopter chase near Ballybrittas

There was high drama in Ballybrittas during the summer when the Garda helicopter made an appearance.  It was the first time it was deployed in...

Best of 2017 – Mark Doheny: 15 things you’ll remember if you went clubbing...

Our funnyman Mark Doheny came out with some absolute belters throughout 2017. Some were more popular than others and this one certainly seemed to strike...

Best of 2017 – Stradbally in lockdown after suspect device is found

Our site was a little over a week old when this story broke. A bomb in Stradbally. Who could believe it? Well it happened. And here...

Best of 2017 – The most coveted list of all. Laois’s 30 Hottest Men!

It was the list that almost crashed the LaoisToday site.  Back in the summer, someone in the office came up with the bright idea of...
Kieran Leavy had plenty to say at the meeting in the county board office

Best of 2017 – Laois County Board member launches attack on other sports

Over the next week or so, we are going to be taking a look back at some of our top stories from 2017. And on...
Deaths in Laois

Deaths in Laois – Friday, 22 December

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Phyllis Lalor (née Healy) 59 Hawthorn Drive, Portlaoise, Laois Beloved wife of the late...

Stomaching the Eighth Amendment – like it or not, abortion exists in Ireland

In a column on LaoisToday last week, Fr Paddy Byrne defended the Eight Amendment and hit out at Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.  In a...

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, 21 December 2017

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Kitty Brennan (née Bambrick) Coolnariska, Killeshin, Laois / Old Leighlin, Carlow Formerly of The...

The controversy surrounding the RTÉ Sports Awards

Another year, another RTÉ Sports Awards ceremony. An array of gongs were, as usual, handed out to esteemed and successful Irish sportspeople in December...

New auctioneer opens for business in Portlaoise

Things, it would seem, are on the up. Anecodatal evidence would suggest that there is an upturn in the economy again and a symbol...

Exporting around the world – but Finline Furniture remain focused on local retail as...

The hugely popular Finline Furniture annual sale returns on January 5, 6 and 7, with up to 70% off some of their ex-display items. The Emo-based business...