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LoveLaois Podcast: Blaise Brosnan on his Owner-Manager Development Programme with Local Enterprise Office Laois

Renowned business consultant Blaise Brosnan brings his Owner-Manager Development Programme to Laois this autumn and ahead of the 15-week programme, he spoke to LaoisToday...

Ballykilcavan Brewery’s new Visitor Centre helping to tap into a new market

David Walsh-Kemmis of Ballykilcavan Farm and Brewery joined us this week for another installment of the LaoisToday LoveLaois Podcast. David began by telling us how...

#LoveLaois: The bakery helping to make Abbeyleix the food hub of Laois

For this week's LoveLaois we made the trip to Abbeyleix to sample one of the most Instagramable food establishments in the county. Mueller and O'Connell...

#LoveLaois: The culmination of years of hard work as Borris-in-Ossory unveil their new playground

For the latest edition of Love Laois, we headed to Borris-in-Ossory, who last week unveiled their wonderful new playground and multi-use games facility. The playground...

Clonaslee High Nelly Club is planning a ‘Community Care Cycle’ for the village

Clonaslee High Nelly Club is planning a 'Community Care Cycle' for the village on Sunday, July 2. It will be an enjoyable day for all,...

Laois to host seven Street Feasts this Sunday with organisers calling on everyone to...

Street Feast 2023 - the national day of street parties and community celebrations - will take place on Sunday, June 25. Six Laois Feasts have...
Laois Summer Camps 2023

UPDATED – LoveLaois: A handy week-by-week listing of Summer Camps on around the county...

The summer holidays are fast approaching and many a parent will be eyeing up activities to keep their little ones entertained over the school...
Michael Scully Photographer

The fascinating story of Michael Scully, a renowned photographer who has been practicing his...

For more than half a century, photographer Michael Scully has been capturing special moments in Laois. From Stradbally, but living most of his life in...

End of an era as Chief Superintendant John Scanlan brings the curtain down on...

After 41 years of distinguished service, John Scanlan, the Chief Superintendent of the Laois-Offaly-Kildare Garda division is set to retire this week. Mr Scanlan joined...
Laois Rose Sinead Dowd

From New York to Cullohill – the story of the new Laois Rose

In the early hours of Easter Monday morning last in the ballroom of the Midlands Park Hotel, a new Laois Rose was crowned. Because of...
List of St Patrick's Day Parades on around Laois

St Patrick’s Day: The full list of parades on around the county this Friday

St Patrick's Day 2023 is almost upon us and committees around the county have been working tirelessly to bring the festivities to life this...
Clonaslee Arts Main

Weekend Read: Arts activity blooms in Laois village with plans for further initiatives

The scenic Slieve Bloom village of Clonaslee has enjoyed a groundswell of activity in the arts over the past twelve months and there are...
Green Ribbon

Coillte set to host ‘Green Ribbon Let’s Talk and Walk’ at Emo Woods this...

Coillte, in collaboration with the IFA, See Change and Mental Health Ireland, is hosting a Green Ribbon Let’s Talk and Walk event at Emo...
Coolrain Playground

#LoveLaois: Coolrain playground – a gem of a facility in a charming village

County Councils generally come in for some easy criticism but they certainly deserve credit in Laois for the number and quality of the local...

John Whelan: Timahoe – a towering example of the delights on our doorstep

This piece by John Whelan originally appeared on his Vanhalla - Camper Heaven blog earlier this year.  We have learned many things and a great...
Grantstown Lake

#LoveLaois: Grantstown Lake – a lovely, gentle loop between Ballacolla and Rathdowney

All over Laois there are numerous walking routes that have experienced more footfall over the past year than in any previous 12-month period. One such...

#LoveLaois: Is your business re-opening with outdoor dining next week? Let us know and...

The weather is getting better, the summer holidays are on their way and the Coronavirus restrictions are easing again thankfully. From next Monday, June 7,...
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...
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#LoveLaois: Local tourism chairperson picks her favourite spots in Laois

One of the positive things of the past year has been people's renewed appreciation of the many great amenities right on our doorstop. Over the...
Togher Woods

#LoveLaois: Togher Woods – flat, scenic and just on the edge of Portlaoise

For the 20,000+ people living in Portlaoise, there was very few of them didn't make their way out to Togher Woods at some stage...
Vicarstown

#LoveLaois: Lovely Vicarstown – walking routes, bike hire and a Blueway route that is...

On the face of it, the small village of Vicarstown is like so many other Irish rural areas that has lost services over the...
Oaghaval Woods Stradbally

#LoveLaois: Oaghaval Woods near Stradbally – spectacular forestry, great trails, picnic area and on...

While we may not have the mountainous landscape of Kerry or Galway or quick access to the sea, there is no shortage of beautiful...
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...

Love Laois: A list of local restaurants now open as restrictions ease

This weekend marks the next significant step in the easing of the restrictions in the run up to Christmas. The official stance as per The...

Portlaoise-based designer on leaving Poland, calling Laois home and spotting her design at Wimbledon

I've always been in awe of those with creative talent where beautiful images seem to appear effortlessly on paper, canvas or in the case...

Machado Men’s Grooming: CEO Síle Headen on starting up, “Movember” and exporting plans

Pogonophile: One who loves or studies beards. Yes, we weren't aware of this either! This was just one nugget of information we came across after getting...

Love Laois: Our Instagram list to give you a feel good feed

During these pandemic times, we are all aware of just how much our digital feeds have become anxiety-inducing with a bombardment of figures and...

Makeup Artist Ruth Bergin on finding her passion, meeting a hero and silver linings

This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in June of this year.  Makeup artistry is just that - an art - and Abbeyleix native Ruth Bergin...