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Laois Abroad: The Mountrath woman who is now a top lawyer in Washington DC

Roisin Comerford is certainly the definition of a small town girl doing well in the big city. Roisin's mother Ann Martyn owns Centra in Mountrath...

Laois Abroad: From running the roads of Ballyfin to the tracks of Kenya

Ballyfin man Ciaran Fitzpatrick moved to Kenya in 2011 to pursue his running career. However his path changed when he was offered a coaching job...

Laois Abroad: From Ballybrittas to high-ranking political advisor in the EU

Julie Connell has fulfilled a lifetime of travels and has met famous figures from all over the globe in her job as a Director...

Laois Abroad: The Laois nurse living in rural Australia for the past 24 years

Portlaoise woman Mary Urquhart has lived in Cobar, New South Wales (NSW) for 24 years now. She went there on a working holiday Visa at the...

Retired Laois couple who moved to South Africa are loving their new life

A little over a year ago retired Portlaoise couple Jim and Esther McCormack bade farewell to the lives they knew in Ireland. They sold their...

Laois Abroad: The Abbeyleix woman living in Gran Canaria for the last 30 years

We've had Laois people from all over the world take part in our Laois Abroad series and this week we chat to Noreen Dunne...

One Laois student on her three encounters with a famous band abroad

Portlaoise native Aedín Dunne was lucky enough to meet one of her favourite bands not once, or twice, but three times while they were...

Laois Abroad: This young Laois woman living the American Dream

Áine Hennessy first visited America on a one year graudate visa in 2015 and fell in love with the place ever since. We spoke to...

Laois Abroad: A Mountrath man climbing the property ladder in Berlin

Business runs in Billy Telford's family. The renowned family business, Telford's, has been existence since 1885 and still operates in Mountrath and Portlaoise. Billy has...

Laois Abroad: From Killenard to Perth via Paris and Utrecht

Our Laois Abroad series has allowed us reach out to Laois people all over the world and this week we caught up with Dan...

Laois Abroad: Canada calls for young Laois couple

Bea Morrin and Gary Ryan moved from Laois to Canada in 2016 and have set up their own successful careers across the Atlantic. Stradbally native...

Laois Abroad: Australia Day celebrated by young Laois couple Down Under

Trumera woman Donna Hosey and her partner Gary Brophy moved to Australia in 2012 and haven't looked back since. After orginally moving Australia to work,...

Laois Abroad: The Portlaoise man making a home in La Rochelle

Portlaoise man Noel McNulty moved to France as a student in 1997 and hasn't looked back since. He now lives with his partner Caroline and...

Laois Abroad: The young Laois couple making strides in Yorkshire

Shane Carney and Niamh Bracken moved from Laois to East Yorkshire in the UK a couple of years back and have both set up...

Laois Abroad: A Portarlington man embracing opportunities in Australia

Barry Smith took off on a solo adventure to Australia in 2014, and has been enjoying his Antipodean adventure ever since. He has returned home...

Laois Abroad: An Irish community wherever you go, even in the UAE

Rachel Williams and James Finn began their journey in Abu Dhabi not so long ago and have already immersed themselves to living in the...

Laois Abroad: This ‘Young Professional’ award winner is taking Australia by storm

Sinead Keane is a Heath woman who is making a huge name for herself in the nursing profession in Australia. Sinead recently won the "Young...

WATCH: Mountmellick basketball star to make his Sweet Home Alabama

These are exciting times for 17 year old James Gormley as he jets off to take up his basketball scholarship in Alabama, USA next...

Mountmellick man hopes to make it big in LA

George Blue moved from Mountmellick to LA in June of this year to pursue a career in modelling. "People told me I had a lot...

Laois Abroad: San Francisco is 6000 miles away but Portarlington will always be home

Mary Rogers (nee Maher) from Portarlington is the latest to feature in our Laois Abroad piece.  She has been living in San Francisco for a...

Laois Abroad: The Mountmellick man who left the priesthood and is now an author...

Tom Phelan was born and raised on a small farm in Mountmellick, Co Laois. He joined the priesthood as a young man and spent time...
Abbeyleix native Mark O'Brien presents an Irish radio show called 'Ceol agus Craic' along with his good friend Ken Tracy from Sligo every Saturday morning in Toronto

Laois Abroad: Meet the man living in Canada but keeping Abbeyleix very close to...

Abbeyleix man Mark O’Brien is this week’s ‘Laois Abroad’ interview. Mark went to primary school in Abbeyleix and then to the Salesian College in...

Laois Abroad: Watching out for snakes on the sites in Sydney

George Cooper from Coolrain features this week in ‘Laois Abroad’. Son of George and Jane Cooper, he’s the youngest in the family behind sisters...

Elaine in Spain: Enjoying every minute of my first month in Pamplona

About one year ago I made the decision to spend a semester abroad in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the Erasmus+ programme. This involves studying...

Laois Abroad: The Killenard man on a Chinese billboard

Daragh Meredith (28) is from Killenard, where he attended the local primary school before going to Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington and to third level...
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