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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.
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Masterson to make 100th appearance for Connacht as they host Ulster

Portlaoise native Eoghan Masterson will reach a significant rugby career milestone this evening when he makes his 100th appearance for Connacht in the Guinness...

Coronavirus: Six further deaths and 1,296 new cases as Covid vaccine arrives in Ireland

There have been six further Coronavirus-related deaths and 1,296 cases according to figures released by the health authorities today. It is the second day in...

Coronavirus: Two further deaths and 1,025 new cases

There have been two further Coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland and 1,025 new cases. The health authorities haven't provided a breakdown of the cases on a...

Schedule outlined for when local nursing home residents and staff will receive vaccination

Vaccination of local nursing home residents and staff will begin on January 12 in the fight against Coronavirus, according to HSE plans unveiled today...

Deaths in Laois – Friday, December 25, 2020

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Tommy Fitzpatrick Cloncullen (Ringstown), Ballyfin, Laois Beloved husband of Bernie and father to Deirdre,...

Coronavirus: Eight further deaths and 922 new cases as 14-day rate in Laois goes...

There have been eight further Coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland and 922 new cases. Twelve of the new cases are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day...

St Stephen’s Day events hit as traditional Abbeyleix hunt cancelled and Clonaslee walk and...

St Stephen's Day has traditionally been a great day to get out of the house and take part in some local community event but...

Local bakery pulls out all the stops once more as magical Christmas window display...

Now that you're allowed to cross the county boundaries again, Laois readers would be well advised to take a trip to Athy this Christmas...

Picture becoming clearer for Laois teams as GAA set out schedule for 2021

The first seven weeks of 2021 will be very quiet on the sporting front - but once the end of February comes, Laois teams...

Schools, funerals and social settings – how the Coronavirus cases have increased sharply again...

A second Portlaoise primary school has closed its doors and moved to online learning and a popular restaurant in the town have opted to...

Starnes girls star on TG4 – but miss out on final place

Ever since the first lockdown way back in March, Durrow sisters Allana and Abbey Starnes have been entertaining the masses with their singing on...

Laois Gardai set to feature prominently in Bernard O’Shea’s new TV series

Local members of An Garda Siochana are set to feature in a new Bernard O'Shea comedy show which will air on RTE in the...

Coronavirus: Four further deaths and 764 more cases as Laois numbers increase again

There have been a further four Coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland and 764 new cases. Nineteen of the new cases are in Laois, meaning the county's...

Laois man guides Limerick to second successive Munster minor hurling title

Laois man Diarmuid Mullins has guided Limerick minor hurlers to Munster championship glory this afternoon for the second year running. Limerick were 2-22 to 0-25...

From Los Angeles to London and Canada to Laois – how a local musician...

Local music fans will be familiar with James O'Connor who has been performing at venues around the county for a number of years now...

Elephant on the Farm: Laois man publishes children’s bedtime story

The various lockdowns and restrictions this year have led people to doing things they normally wouldn't have time for or pushing themselves outside their...

‘When the final whistle went in the Bainisteoir final … you’d have to take...

The Killeshin footballers have achieved a lot over the last decade or so, going from a junior club to a senior county final in...

Coronavirus: Five further deaths and 527 new cases

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There have been a further 527 cases - 11...

Laois man Francie Gorman elected as IFA South Leinster chairman

Laois farmer Francie Gorman has been elected as the new chairman of South Leinster region of IFA. Gorman, who is from Spink and is a...

LaoisToday Podcast: Bernard O’Shea on growing up in Laois, his new book and his...

In the latest LaoisToday Podcast interview, Steven Miller is joined by well-known comedian Bernard O'Shea who discusses growing up in Laois, his new book,...

Portlaoise confirm senior football management team as they bid to get back on top...

The Portlaoise senior footballers will be a wounded animal in 2021 having been knocked out of this year's championship at the quarter-final stage for...

Results of Laois GAA elections to be announced today

The results of the recent Laois GAA election - including the position of chairman - will be announced later today. This year's Laois GAA convention...
In 2015, the Laois manager was Seamus Plunkett but we want to know can you name the players that played against Carlow?

‘We need to really maximise the talent that’s in the county and just improve...

New Laois hurling manager Seamas 'Cheddar' Plunkett says he's looking forward to taking over the county senior hurling team again and that maximising the...

Ger Lawlor: ‘People around me in the hospital had lost their eyesight, had lost...

On a Friday evening at the end of March this year, Emo native Ger Lawlor returned to his home in Cratloe in Clare, just...

Weekend Read: Strikes, hype and never-ending drama – how the Limerick hurlers went from...

All Ireland final Sunday is here, later than usual, but this year we're all grateful that the day is happening at all. In Croke Park...

Coronavirus: 3 more deaths and 248 new cases – 9 of them in Laois

There have been three more Coronavirus-related deaths and 248 new cases confirmed by the health authorities this evening. Nine of the new cases are in...
Ballinakill hurlers have a new manager

Galway far too strong as they see off Laois in Leinster U-20 hurling championship

Galway 4-21 Laois 0-7 Leinster U-20 HC Quarter-final The Laois U-20 hurlers were always going to be up against it taking on a highly-rated Galway side...

LIVE BLOG: Laois U-20 hurlers take on Galway in Leinster championship

Middle of December isn't the time of the year that you'd associate with the Leinster hurling championship but tonight in MW Hire O'Moore Park,...

Big occasion for Masterson brothers as they’re both named to start for Connacht against...

Rugby's European Champions Cup gets underway this weekend and there will be a Laois involvement in Paris as the Masterson brothers from Portlaoise line...

School staff deserve huge appreciation as today marks Go raibh math agaibh (GRMA) day

One of the many great stories in Pat Critchley's memoir Hungry Hill involves a Sunday night of pints one summer in Portlaoise. The group out socialising ended...