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The 'Into the West' Mural launch at the Old Cinema, Portarlington was part of Cruinniú na nÓg; a national day of free creativity for children and young people. L-R, Darren Warren (artist assistant); ADW, mural artist; Portarlington local, Sadie Hainsworth, who played the role of a cleaner in the film, Muireann Ni Chonaill, Arts Office Laois Co. Council; and actor Rúaidhrí Conroy who played 'Tito' in the film.

Laois allocated more than €175,000 for Creative Ireland local authority projects

Laois County Council have been allocated €175,161 for Creative Ireland local authority projects. This partnership between the Government Departments and Local Authorities is being enabled...
Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise

‘Great news for Portlaoise Hospital’ as senior dietitian for diabetic services set to be...

The HSE has confirmed that a recruitment process to hire a senior dietitian for diabetic services in Portlaoise Hospital is underway. So says Sinn Fein...
Martyn's Centra and Dunnes Stores Rathdowney Lotto

Two Laois shops sell big winning tickets in €19 million weekend Lotto draw

Two Laois shops sold winning Lotto tickets of €36,687 each in Saturday's draw where the jackpot of €19 million was won. 149 players had five...
Michael Butler

Laois Association Dublin pay tribute following sad passing of their secretary

The Laois Association Dublin has paid tribute following the sad passing of their secretary Michael Butler. Abbeyleix man Michael died in St Vincent's Hospital after...
Aishling Murphy

Laois hairdressers set to host Women’s Aid fundraiser in memory of Aisling Murphy

A Laois hair and beauty salon is planning a fundraiser for Women's Aid in memory of the late Ashling Murphy. The 23-year-old Offaly primary school...
Heating

‘Damning poll finds more than half of adults have not heated their homes due...

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan has described the findings of a recent Amarach poll on the actions people have taken in response to...
Brian Stanley

Resignation of entire Disabled Drivers Medical Scheme Appeals Board ‘gravely concerning’ says Laois TD

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has expressed grave concern at news that the entire Disabled Drivers Medical Scheme Appeals Board has resigned. According to Deputy...
Tom Looby RIP Portlaoise

Sadness in Portlaoise at the death of Tom Looby

The death occurred of Tom Looby last week, a well-known man in Portlaoise who had the distinction of winning Laois senior hurling medals in...
Alison Dyer Miss Laois

Search launched for Miss Laois in the 75th year of the Miss Ireland event

Diamonds are forever for the Miss Ireland Organisation as this year marks its 75th Jubilee of the competition with plans for the largest and...
Pete Corcoran RIP

End of an era in Courtwood and Rath community following death of Pete Corcoran

This week marked the end of an era in the small rural areas of Courtwood and Rath following the death of Pete Corcoran, one...
Charlie Flanagan and Stephen Donnelly

‘Cost for antigen tests is too high’ says Laois TD who calls on Health...

Laois TD Charlie Flanagan has called on the Minister for Health to provide free antigen tests to 'hard pressed families'. The Fine Gael TD has...
John Woods Durrow

Sadness in Durrow at the death of John Woods

There was sadness in Durrow this week with the passing of John Woods, proprietor of the renowned Woods Bakery in the town for a...
Portlaoise Hospital

Approval granted for major new extension to Portlaoise Hospital

Planning permission has been granted for a new 2 and 3 storey extension to Portlaoise Hospital, TD Sean Fleming has confirmed. The proposed development includes...
The number of carers in Laois is on the rise

Figures expose ‘shocking’ shortage of home carers in Laois says local TD

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has called on the government to act urgently to ensure carers are available to assist people who need home...
Borris-In-Ossory

Ghost estate in Laois village set to be completed as permission granted for 26...

Laois County Council have confirmed that planning permission has been granted for 26 new houses in Borris-In-Ossory. Private developer M&M Holdings has been granted permission...
Abbeyleix Bog

Peatlands communities urged to apply for share of €500,000 funding scheme

The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme for 2022 is now open and groups are being urged to make applications. The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme is administered...
Stephen Donnelly

CONFIRMED: Health Minister announces new Covid-19 close contact rules to come into force from...

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced changes to Ireland’s self-isolation and restriction of movement rules following a Government meeting today. For a period of...
Broadband

‘Laois-Offaly residents being told it may be Christmas 2026 before their areas see high-speed...

An Independent TD for Laois-Offaly has described the anticipated connection date for high-speed fibre broadband for parts of Offaly and Laois as ‘utterly unacceptable’. Carol...

WATCH: Laois poet’s video poem showcases our wonderful county

A Laois poet has released a video poem which showcases and highlights the beauty of our wonderful county. Portlaoise's Laura Murphy released 'In Laois I...
Tax

Laois TD encourages people to claim tax relief on a range of expenses

January offers a good opportunity for people to avail of the tax reliefs to which they are entitled on expenses including medical bills and...
Sheila Heydon-Hughes RIP

Death occurs of Sheila Heydon-Hughes, mother of local TD and Minister

The death has occurred of Sheila Heydon-Hughes, mother of local Kildare South TD and Junior Minister for Agriculture Martin Heydon. Minister Heydon, who has been...
Sean Fleming Castletown

County Council place nine sites for new homes in Laois village up for sale

Nine new sites will be for sale so people can build their own homes in Castletown village - according to Laois TD Sean Fleming. Laois...
Brother Gerald Macken

A brilliant teacher and ‘the perfect gentleman’ – Wonderful tribute paid to the late...

Brother Gerald Macken sadly passed away on January 2 in what was his 90th year.  Originally from Ballaghaderreen in Roscommon, Gerald had a strong...
Fertiliser Farming

‘Minister must consider incentivising the use of organic fertilisers as a cost reduction measure’...

An Independent TD for Laois-Offaly has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, to clarify the progress his department...
Paddy Campion

Sadness following the passing of Laois cycling enthusiast and hurley maker

There is deep sadness in Borris-In-Ossory today following the news of the passing of Pat 'Paddy' Campion. Mr Campion died peacefully at the Midlands Regional...
Johnny O'Brien RIP

Death occurs of well-known Portlaoise man Johnny O’Brien

The death has occurred of Johnny O'Brien, one of the great characters of Portlaoise, and a man well-known in business and community circles. Mr O'Brien...
Portarlington

County Council approve 58 new homes near Laois train station

Laois County Council has approved a planning application to construct 58 new homes near Portarlington Train Station. Werdna Limited are behind the development which is...
Tom Kinsella Laois Hospice update

€10,000 raised for Laois Hospice as Tom Kinsella Memorial Christmas Convoy Road Run a...

The annual Tom Kinsella Memorial Christmas Convoy Road Run was a huge success with €10,000 raised for Laois Hospice. Knock Vintage Men’s Shed and Ballyroan...
Deaths in Laois

Sympathies paid to Laois TD and Councillor following sad passing of beloved sister

Sympathies have been paid to a Laois TD and County Councillor following the passing of their beloved sister. Ann Fleming, sister of TD Sean and...
Conor Bergin Borris-in-Ossory

Over €210,000 secured for renovation of former Laois courthouse

The derelict Borris-in-Ossory courthouse has been granted over €210,000 in government funding to help restore the derelict building and develop it into a remote...