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Sarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs.

Up and Coming: Ballyroan Artist Clodagh Dunne on her stunning artwork

The pandemic has taken so much away – but it has brought out the very best in some young Laois people. Our new series ‘Up...
Owen Joyce Up and Coming

Up and Coming: Raheen’s Owen Joyce on his Occupational Therapy business

The pandemic has taken so much away – but it has brought out the very best in some young Laois people. Our new series ‘Up...

Laois Crime Prevention Officer offers tips to retailers ahead of big reopening on Monday

Laois Crime Prevention Officer Graham Kavanagh has offered a number of tips to retailers to help them avoid being burgled.  From Monday, outdoor dining and...
Ballinakill Park

How a whole community came together in a Laois village to make their playground...

This week on the Midweek podcast with LaoisToday, host Paul Downey spoke to Liz Kavanagh of the Ballinakill Community Development Association. Ground was broken for...
Brittas Lake

#LoveLaois: Brittas Lake Loop – stunning foliage, friendly ducks and mucky paths

For this week's Love Laois, we made a trip out to Brittas Wood in Clonaslee to do the Brittas Lake Loop. The loop starts just...
Mary-Claire

Meet the Rathdowney woman who took an ‘unusual path to television’

Mary-Claire Fitzpatrick, of TikTok and RTÉ fame, spoke to Paul Downey on the LaoisToday Midweek podcast this week.  “I did an undergraduate degree in law,...
Tennessee

New to the Area: Tennessee woman calls Portlaoise her ‘Forever Home’

We love hearing from people who have moved from a different country to live in Laois and this week in our 'New to the Area'...

Laois Volunteers sought for baking birthday treats for people in Direct Provision centres and...

A group who bake cakes for people in Direct Provision and Emergency Accommodation hope to expand their work to Laois. Consider It Cakes was launched...
Alison Dyer Miss Laois

Alison Dyer on her plans for charity work and the build up to the...

Newly crowned Miss Laois Alison Dyer says she is looking forward to using her role to make a positive difference. The Portarlington native joined the...
Áine Hennesy

Up and Coming: Stradbally lady Áine Hennessy discusses her thriving online vintage fashion business

The pandemic has taken so much away - but it has brought out the very best in some young Laois people. Our new series...
Stylists Laois

Laois salon owner says there is a shortage of hair stylists in the county

Local salon owner David Finn says there is a shortage of hair stylists in Laois. David is currently recruiting for his Portlaoise based salon, The...

‘It’s like Christmas again’ – Owner of Laois salon delighted to be back open...

"Five months is a long time to be sitting at home and we all think it'd be brilliant but it's not, a lot of...
New to the Area

New to the Area: We’re looking to talk to people who have recently moved...

A popular regular feature on the LaoisToday site since its beginning is the New to the Area series. Here at LaoisToday we talk to people...
Leanne Donovan

Up and Coming: Portlaoise girl Leanne Donovan on her exciting venture for Irish Graduates

The pandemic has brought out the very best in some young Laois people. Our new series ‘Up and Coming’ is designed to highlight the...
Rebecca Asthma

‘Don’t Underestimate Asthma’: Laois girl speaks on National Asthma Week

A Laois girl has explained her daily struggle with severe asthma to mark National Asthma week. Portarlington girl Rebecca Houlihan spoke to Paul Downey on...
Joe Vicky Phelan

Laois expat commended for fantastic deed by Vicky Phelan

Laois man Joe O'Donnell has been commended for doing a fantastic deed for Vicky Phelan by the woman herself. Joe has been living in San...
Disabled Persons Grant

€1 million in funding for Laois secured for Disabled Persons Grant Scheme

€1,031,693 in funding has been secured for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Laois and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs). The...
Rachel Scully sustainability

Laois primary school teacher publishes children’s book on sustainability

A Laois based primary school teacher has published a children's book on sustainability. Monasterevin native Rachel Scully, who now lives in Vicarstown, is working as...
Brian Stanley on Covid-19

Laois TD highlights housing and rental crisis in the county and hits out at...

Laois TD Brian Stanley has highlighted was he says is the housing and rental 'crisis' that exists in the county. Speaking on Sinn Féin’s housing...

‘Groundbreaking’ new Climate Action Walk set for Abbeyleix

A ground-breaking new Climate Action Walk for Abbeyleix will be launched online on Saturday May 15. The walk is an end of residency project by...
Flanagan AIT

First ever Technological University announced for the Midlands

Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Charlie Flanagan, has today welcomed the establishment of a new Technological University in the Midlands following confirmation from his colleague...
Mary Louise Bowe music

Laois woman speaks about her life long love of music

Stradbally native Dr Mary Louise Bowe sat down with Paul Downey on last week's LaoisToday Midweek Podcast to discuss her lifelong love of music,...

Laois Crime Prevention Officer on sheep attacks and responsible dog ownership

In this week's Laois Today Midweek Podcast we had our Monthly Crime Prevention slot with Sergeant Graham Kavanagh. This month the topic of the day...
The Abbeleix Bog Walk has been voted as number 1

Thirteen of the best walking trails Laois has to offer

As we said goodbye to the 5km rule and hello to the ability to explore our lovely little county again - we've been keeping...
Evin Joyce Malawi

Laois man in Malawi on novel School in an Envelope project

Glenbarrow native Evin Joyce has been an aid worker professionally for almost ten years. Currently in Malawi, he has divised an ingenious path to...
Top Laois TikTok-ers

WANTED: Search launched for Laois’s Top 25 TikTok-ers for 2021

We’re back with another of our popular LaoisToday lists - Yes, we’re on the hunt for Laois’s best TikTok-ers! We’re expecting competition to be immense...
Brian Stanley on Covid-19

Laois TD urges cross-party support for Sinn Féin mental health motion

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has urged cross-party support for Sinn Féin’s motion calling for an emergency response to the accelerating mental health crisis. This...

In Pictures: Portlaoise College students become teachers in UL

Two Portlaoise College TY students, Lee Carroll-Talbot and Byron Sage-McGuirk, accepted an invitation from the University of Limerick to present a project. The invite came...

That was My Year: Renowned Laois author Helen Cullen

Portlaoise author Helen Cullen has had a simply remarkable year.  After her much-heralded first novel The Lost Letters of William Wolf was released in July, and was...

2018 Remembered – End of an era in two Laois schools as well-known principals...

Back in June of 2018, two schools saw the end of an era as their principals retire. Mr O’Neill's retirement was especially poignant as his...