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In Pictures: Laois actor visits local school for successful drama workshop

Actor and filmmaker Emmet Byrne facilitated drama workshops with children in Timahoe National School recently. Emmet and workshop facilitator Caitríona Kenny were with 1st, 2nd...
The Heath NS

Laois primary school set to host Christmas themed tractor run in aid of playground...

A tractor run for both young and old is fast approaching as The Heath NS hosts a Christmas themed event on Sunday December 11. The...
Healthy Ireland Laois workshop (9)

In Pictures: Big attendance as workshop held to help inform the new Healthy Laois...

The Healthy Laois Unit of Laois County Council held a Consultation Workshop in the LOETB Centre of Excellence in Portlaoise recently. Led by Emma O’Connor,...
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In Pictures: Age Friendly Laois launch new ICE card which could help save lives

Age Friendly Laois recently launched a new initiative called the ICE card which they hope will save lives. The ICE (In Case of Emergency) card...
Operation Transformation

Excitement building in Laois town ahead of arrival of Operation Transformation TV cameras

The Laois town of Stradbally is well used to being thrust into the national spotlight - and it is set to do so again...
Pauline Flanagan Fianna Fail

Laois woman elected as National Events Director with Fianna Fáil Women’s Network

A Laois woman has been elected as National Events Director at the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network Conference which was held in Mullingar on Saturday...
Civic Reception Laois Ladies Main

In Pictures: Magical Laois Ladies celebrated for All-Ireland success with Civic Reception

The wonderful Laois Ladies footballers were celebrated at a civic reception in Laois County Council last week. The Ladies gave us a wonderful year in...
Laois Library Teddy Fennelly

Portlaoise Library set to host talk from renowned Laois historian

Portlaoise Library is set to host a talk from historian Teddy Fennelly on the role of the press from 1913-1923 on Wednesday evening at...
Community Welfare Office

Renewed calls for Minister to act as Community Welfare Officers still not reinstated in...

The Minister for Social Protection has been called upon to act in the community welfare sector in Laois. Councillor Conor Bergin brought forward a motion...
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Laois students receive top awards at Carlow College graduation

Two Laois students were recognised with academic excellence at the recent Carlow College, St Patrick’s Conferring ceremony for 2022. Jessica Higgins from Portarlington and Robert...
Portlaoise Hospital

€14 million ‘major and immediate’ investment announced for Portlaoise Hospital

A €14 million investment has been approved for a major extension to the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. The news was confirmed by Laois TD Sean...
Catherine Quigley RIP

Tributes paid following sad passing of kind-hearted Laois woman who gave her life to...

Tributes were paid in the Laois County Council chamber on Monday following the sad passing of Catherine Quigley. Mrs Quigley, from Rockdale in Portlaoise, passed...
Laois County Council General

New appeal launched for Laois properties to house Ukrainian people

Laois County Council is appealing to those who have unoccupied properties to offer them as temporary homes for those fleeing war in Ukraine. The call...

Over €250,000 awarded to two Laois outdoor recreation projects under new scheme

Two outdoor recreation projects in Laois are set to receive over €250,000 in funding between them following an announcing from Minister Heather Humphreys this...
Goldencroft Housing estate

First phase of new 67-home development in Portlaoise set to be handed over early...

Work on a brand new housing development adjacent to Portlaoise Train Station is progressing very well. Clúid Housing’s new development, called Goldencroft, was recently inspected...
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In Pictures: ‘Save Water, Save Earth’ – Laois school’s Water Action Day a huge...

Two years of concerted effort to reduce water usage culminated in a Laois primary school on Friday. Holy Family Senior School in Portlaoise held a...
Martin McDonald

Laois County Council set to honour legendary local athlete Martin McDonald

Legendary Laois athlete Martin McDonald is set to be honoured by Laois County Council for his recent success in the world masters mountain running...
Portlaoise Garda Station

Works for new Divisional Garda HQ in Portlaoise to begin in December or start...

Works on the new Portlaoise Garda station are expected to commence before the end of this year or at the start of 2023. Minister of...
Portarlington Main

Main Street in Portarlington to be closed to traffic on Sunday as ESB set...

Main Street in Portarlington is set to be closed to traffic on Sunday so the ESB can carry out essential works. So confirmed Sinn Fein...
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Case made for Laois secondary school to receive brand new sports hall

Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley is calling on the Minister for Education to approve funding for a sports hall at St Fergal’s College...
Laois County Council General

Laois TD welcomes €5,000 increase in income eligibility limits for social housing

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the €5,000 increase across the three income eligibility limits for social housing. Deputy Flanagan was responding to confirmation...
Gardaí

Gardai launch investigation following incident of attempted robbery and assault in Laois

Gardai in Portlaoise are appealing for information after an incident of attempted robbery and assault took place. The incident happened on Thursday night and occurred...
Charlie McConalogue Farm Walk

Agriculture Minister pledges to attend Laois IFA AGM if reappointed on visit to local...

Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, pledged to attend the AGM of Laois IFA in January if reappointed in the cabinet reshuffle, during a visit to...
Minister Pascal Donohue

Social Welfare Bill will help thousands of families and individuals in Laois with increased...

The Social Welfare Bill 2022 gives effect to Budget 2023 measures will help thousands of individuals and families in Laois with increased payments according...
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In Pictures: ‘Activations’ launched in Laois ahead of meetings in December and January

‘Activations’, a capacity research and development programme for artists aged 55+ in Laois, was recently launched at The Laois Arthouse. This was done by Muireann...

In Pictures: All smiles as two Laois secondary schools celebrate Junior Cert results

After a very long wait, the 2022 Junior Certificate students finally received their exam results yesterday. Although they sat the state exams back in June,...
Mountmellick Community School

WATCH: Laois secondary school launch TikTok page to promote Stand Up Awareness Week

A Laois secondary school set up a TikTok account as part of their efforts during Stand Up Awareness Week. Mountmellick Community School produced a video...

Laois County Council urged to CPO vacant properties that have ‘never been lived in’

In the midst of a housing crisis, the image of vacant homes in the centre of Portlaoise is something that has angered local councillors...
Laois County Council Housing

‘Worsening housing emergency in Laois exposed by latest Daft.ie rent report’

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has demanded that the Minister for Housing ‘take emergency action to tackle run away rents’ in Laois. Deputy Stanley was...

In Pictures: ‘The Light Within’ – an Irish Quaker story – finishes filming in...

‘The Light Within’ – An Irish Quaker story has completed filming in Laois with an expected screening of the film in early Spring at...