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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.

Deaths in Laois – Monday, April 12, 2021

Below are the recent local deaths. May they rest in peace. Christine Maher (née Molloy) 28 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, Laois Beloved wife of Joseph. Deeply regretted by her...

Coronavirus: Two further deaths and 303 new cases as restrictions set to ease slightly...

There have been a further two Coronavirus-related deaths and 303 more cases according to figures released by the health authorities this afternoon. One of these...

Three Laois venues included in Ireland’s 50 best places to stay in 2021

Three Laois accommodations have been included in the Irish Independent's 50 best places to stay in 2021. Ballintubbert House near Stradbally, Glamping under the Stars near...

The importance of keeping alive our unique Irish words

Banjaxed. Bockety. Making a bags of it. Foostering. Ructions. Me auld segotia. If you said those words or phrases to someone a non-Irish English-speaking person...

A magic win over Monaghan and an early career defeat among O’Loughlin’s defining memories

Given that John O'Loughlin has played for Laois for so long and has been an ever present on the county senior football team since...
The Ballypickas team that won the Laois Junior hurling final in 1994

County Final Memory: Ballypickas claim junior hurling honours in 1994

Ballypickas 1-7 Kyle 0-5 1994 Laois JHC ‘A’ Final Ballypickas and Kyle are two of the smallest hurling clubs in Laois but they’re two clubs with...

‘It’s a complete and utter disaster when you have Dublin in your province’

Being in a province with the Dublin footballers is "a complete and utter disaster" according to former Laois player Peter O'Leary who believes the...

Warm welcome for increased Leader funding as over €2 million allocated to Laois

Over €2 million in funding has been allocated to Laois Leader for local community and enterprise projects this morning by the Government. Laois-Offaly TD Sean...

Mike Quirke: ‘Collective sessions were never on our agenda’

Collective training sessions haven't been considered by the Laois senior footballers during this latest lockdown, according to manager Mike Quirke. The Kerry man was speaking...

Talking Sport Podcast: John O’Loughlin on his Laois career, hectic underage schedule and getting...

John O'Loughlin has been representing Laois competitively since 2005 when he first lined out for the county's minor hurling team when he was still...

#LoveLaois: Remembering nine magical days for Laois teams in Croke Park

This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in August 2020. As a county, we're obviously not Kerry or Kilkenny or Dublin. We don't have countless All...

The story of Cholmely Harrison and how Emo Court came into state ownership

This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday last September to make the 25th anniversary of Emo Court coming into state ownership. It's arguably the most popular...

Laois Hurling Memory: Offaly, the side netting and last-minute winner in 1981

Offaly 3-20 Laois 6-10 1981 Leinster SHC semi-final Imagine scoring 6-10 in a Leinster championship semi-final and not winning. Imagine being a point up with a minute...

Coronavirus: Three further deaths and 457 new cases

There have been three further Coronavirus-related deaths and 457 new cases according to figures released by the health authorities today. This evening’s figures come as...
John O'Loughlin

Time out nor retirement never appealed to long-serving O’Loughlin

Given the demands of inter-county GAA, it's a rare thing for someone to have a long career without some kind of break along the...

LaoisToday Podcast: Aimee Alexander, author of ‘The Little Book of Irishisms’

This week's guest on the LaoisToday Podcast is Aimee Alexander (or Denise Deegan to give her her proper name), author of The Little Book...
Mike Quirke substitutions

WATCH: Laois football manager Mike Quirke on 2021 season, the Dubs and his coaching...

Mike Quirke has had the most unusual two seasons as Laois senior football manager. He was no length in the job in 2020 when the...

Coronavirus: 13 further deaths and 604 new cases – as Laois rate almost doubles...

There have been 13 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 604 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. Of today's cases 19...

‘Socialisation is a muscle, you have to keep using it’

Children that haven't yet learned socialising skills could become fearful of mixing according to Carlow-based child psychotherapist Dr Colman Noctor. Speaking recently on the LaoisToday...

‘2003 was a brilliant year for Laois but it was a heartbreaking year for...

The 2003 season for the Laois footballers will always be remembered for the Leinster final success but it was a year that had numerous...
Killeshin 1993

County Final Memory: Killeshin deny The Rock to claim intermediate football title in 1993

Killeshin 0-7 The Rock 0-6 1993 Laois IFC Final Intermediate football in Laois is generally not known for its high scoring and that was certainly the...

A political convention like no other as Fine Gael candidates make their case

In normal times the Fine Gael delegates from around the county would have gathered in a hotel function room or a community hall. There would...

Warm welcome as Slieve Bloom Outdoor Amenities get €270,000 in funding

There has been a warm welcome from local politicians following the announcement of funding of €270,000 for the Slieve Bloom Outdoor Recreation Infrastucture scheme. "This...

Coronavirus: Two further deaths and 769 new cases – 10 of them in Laois

There have been two further Coronavirus-related deaths and 769 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening. Ten of the cases...

Fine Gael members to have their say as two names confirmed for convention battle

Fine Gael members in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District will convene on Monday evening for a virtual convention to hear from the candidates in the...

County Final Memory: ‘None as sweet as this’ as Camross deny Portlaoise five-in-a-row in...

Camross 1-5 Portlaoise 0-7 1985 Laois SHC Final There's something about a five-in-a-row in the GAA world that has proven so difficult for so many teams...

Contest for Fine Gael seat down to two candidates as former councillor James Daly...

The internal battle in Fine Gael for the Laois County Council seat vacated by Tom Mulhall has been reduced to two candidates following the...

Average price of land in Laois increases as supply dries up

The average price of farmland sold in Laois in 2020 increased to almost €14,000 an acre, according to the Irish Farmers Journal annual Land...
Zach Tuohy

Tuohy set for latest campaign as new Australian Rules season gets underway

Zach Tuohy will begin his 11th Australian Rules season tomorrow morning (Irish time) when Geelong begin their 2021 campaign away to Adelaide. With Covid under...

In Pictures: Some great photos from around the county as Laois families celebrate another...

  With a bit of luck this will be the last St Patrick's Day we'll have to spend locked down with nowhere to go. But many...