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In Pictures: All smiles as Abbeyleix Climate Action Project launched

An ambitious new project which aims to engage the community of Abbeyleix with action for climate change was launched on Saturday October 10. Science Communicator...

Laois man set to feature in new three-part BBC TV series

A Laois man is set to star in a new three-part BBC TV series that is set to get underway on Monday October 26. BBC...

In Pictures: All smiles as Laois TY group take on the Bogathon

This looks like great craic! On Monday October 5, a group of TY students from Mountrath Community School headed for the bog. Not to foot turf...

Young Laois pianist uses Lockdown to celebrate 350th anniversary of famous composer

This year, 2020, marks not only the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven but also the 350th anniversary of the birth...

In Pictures: Glorious Castle Durrow hosts Laois PPN over-55s event

In the grounds of the stunning Castle Durrow, and guided by the head gardener Bart Howard, Laois Public Participation Network (PPN) hosted an 'Autumn...

In Pictures: Abbeyleix Bog walk and Bike Week in Ratheniska, Portlaoise and Durrow

As we all adjust to the new normal of living alongside Covid-19, there are many things we cannot do at the moment. Around now, photographers...

Crooked Compass: One Laois couple and their van conversion project

"Two eejits, one van." And just in case the inverted comas didn't alert you, those are not my words! That, in fact, is the tag...

Dunamaise delighted to open their doors and lift the curtains again

After months of having its doors closed and events cancelled, Dunamaise Arts Centre is delighted to be able to open the stage curtains for...

In Pictures: All the best photos as Culture Night a huge success in Laois

The annual Culture Night took place at venues around Laois on Friday September 18. A host of free events took place with punters adhering to...

Laois man’s campervan blog ‘Vanhalla’ to feature on The Open Door

Vanhalla - Camper Heaven, the popular campervan blog is to feature on a Midlands 103 radio programme this evening. The Vanhalla Blog, published by John...

Fascinating life and work of Helen Roe to be celebrate at Old Fort wall...

The fascinating life and work of Helen Roe is celebrated in an outdoor immersive audiovisual projection by artist, Caroline Conway for Culture Night on...

WATCH: ‘Children of the Free State’ – Laois artist and photographer Annie Holland on...

"May you live in interesting times" is an old proverb that rings true at this particular time. But there is something comforting about speaking to...

Online parish concert set to conclude after 24 weeks

A hugely popular weekly online parish concert will show its final performance today. Back in March, Fr Martin Delaney launched an online concert live every...

‘The truth must dazzle gradually’ – award-winning Laois author publishes second novel

Laois author Helen Cullen has just published her second novel The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually. The Portlaoise woman previously penned the much-acclaimed award-winning Lost Letters of William...

Laois woman to take over RTE Radio 1 morning show

Laois woman Claire Byrne has been appointed as the new presenter of the RTE Radio One 'Today' programme. The Mountrath is to succeed Sean O'Rourke...

New writers-in-residence for Dunamaise Arts Centre as Portlaoise writers appointed

Laois County Council Arts Office in association with Creative Ireland Laois and Dunamaise Arts Centre have announced the appointment of two writers for new...

Applications open for children to take part in Late Late Toy Show

Applications are now open for children to be toy testers or performers at this year's Late Late Toy Show. Applications are now open to children from...

Talented Laois teenager releases first ever album

A talented Laois teenager has released his first ever album. Stradbally's Ross Molloy, 'Rossi M', has released Love Me When I'm Old. The six track album...

In Pictures: Stradbally goes back to basics to mark Annual Steam Rally

Around now, the town of Stradbally would normally be a hive of activity. The annual Steam Rally should just have come to an end and...

TG4 launch search for Ireland’s most talented family

Can your family sing like the Corrs or dance like the Cunninghams? TG4 is looking for Ireland’s most talented family - and we'd only love...

Laois hotel named second best in Ireland and UK by prestigious magazine

A Laois hotel has been named the second best in Ireland and the UK by a prestigious travel magazine. Ballyfin Demesne, located on the grounds...

Second place for Laois makeup star on BBC’s ‘Glow Up’

Abbeyleix native James MacInerney finished as the runner up on the the second series BBC’s Glow Up. The show sees ten aspiring make-up artists compete...

Music industry facing a much different future, says well-known Laois singer

Laois musician James O'Connor, who has played at Electric Picnic, teaches music in Music Generation Laois and has recently launched his new album, says...

Laois singer releases uplifting new charity single written in lockdown

A Laois singer has released his uplifting new single The Lockdown (Stay With Me) on all digital platforms. A regular performer at Ireland’s largest festival...

Online art workshops proving to be a huge success

A series of online art workshops currently in progress titled “Artistic Strategies and Techniques for Oil Painting“ have proved a big success for Laois...

Laois people encouraged to get in the saddle for sick kids with ‘Tour De...

Temple Street Foundation and CMRF Crumlin, which are both part of the Children’s Health Foundation family, are inviting everyone in Laois and across the...

This day two years ago: Leinster football final and Old Fort Festival

Will we ever see scenes like these again? We certainly hope so! This day two years ago - June 24 2018 - Laois people were...

WATCH: Kildare photographer captures stunning drone footage of Rock of Dunamase

This is class. A Kildare photographer has captured some stunning drone footage of the Rock of Dunamase in 4K. Luke Shaw from Newbridge is the man...

Elise Abbie: From Laois to Sweden – a debut single and a worthy cause

Elise Abbie - that name may not sound all that familiar to you now but for more than one good reason that might change...

In Pictures: Summer Solstice at the Rock of Dunamase

What a way to start the day! The Rock of Dunamase has long been one of Laois's most idyllic spots and this morning to mark...