Monday, April 6, 2020

1985 Election Memories: A Fianna Fáil landslide, first woman elected, some...

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on April 22 2019. The local elections of 1985 in Laois were the most significant and dramatic in more...

Fr Paddy: This will call for great resilience of mind and heart

My friends, while the name of the virus we are struggling to control is known as COVID 19 – the entire experience that we...

Fr Paddy: Spiritual Nuggets of Hope in difficult times

This is a particularly tough time in human history where the new coronavirus has many people worried, unsure as to how to act and...

Fond memories and warm tributes for renowned vintage enthusiast

There have been glowing tributes and fond memories recalled following the death of one of Portlaoise town’s most senior citizens. Joe Ryan from the Abbeyleix...

1979 Election Memories: The men in suits, the dealing in Donoghues, and Charlie McDonald...

Forty years ago in 1979 the first ever direct elections to the European Parliament were held in tandem with the local elections on June...

Pat Critchley: Remembering the Portlaoise Fire Brigade from back in the day

This Pat Critchley piece first appeared in his book 'Hungry Hill' in 2008 The members of the Fire Brigade are unsung heroes of our community. Dad...

On yer bike – Laois gears up to improve safety and facilities for cyclists

Good news for cyclists and cycling enthusiasts in Laois this week as there are plans to increase and improve cycle lanes and other bike...

Fr Paddy: Blessed Carlo Acutis … Patron of the Internet

I am greatly taken by the life story of Carlo Acutis, a young, talented and deeply spiritual teenager whose life story is a real...

High speed broadband is coming at last – and a Laois man will deliver...

Sure, there have been lots of promises and lots of delays when it comes to high-speed broadband. But a solution seems finally in sight. The...

Manager invited to visit Laois town ‘some dark night’

It sounds ominous alright. But it’s not as sinister or salacious as it might first appear. But yes, the Chief Executive of Laois County Council, John...

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Concerns over privacy at County Hall ‘confession boxes’ to be addressed

Serious concerns about how members of the public are treated in terms of privacy, dignity and confidentiality at the local authority offices at County...

Laois trip to the States for St Patrick’s Day to proceed despite detractors

An official trip to the United States by a small Laois delegation on the occasion of the St Patrick’s Day festivities is going ahead,...

Lots of opportunities for creative communities and schools in Laois this year

The Creative Ireland programme in Laois for 2020 is brimming with ideas on how to engage with communities. The aim is to continue to invite...

Fr Paddy: Lent … A time to pause and maybe a time to lighten...

Last Wednesday we began Lent, the season of reflection that leads us towards the three days of the Triduum, with Easter Sunday falling on...

Leniency sought for ‘well meaning’ bottle bank offenders

The scenario. It’s the week or so after Christmas or New Years. You load up the wine, beer and mineral bottles in boxes in the boot...

Nuns praised for generous gift of convent site for social housing

Approval has been given for work to advance on a major new social housing development and ancillary services in the heart of Portlaoise town. The...

Sand bags, stress and sympathy but no quick solutions in sight for Laois flooding

Not surprisingly there have been a flood of concerns over flooding across Laois this week. Virtually non-stop rainfall and water-logged land have combined to put...

Fr Paddy: ‘If you do no good to others, you do nothing great’

Lent begins on Wednesday 26th February. Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day...

Disabled drivers the loo-sers due to inconvenience of new public convenience

While there is a generally warm welcome for the news that the public toilets in Portlaoise are to be finally renovated and re-opened, not...

Newstalk’s Bobby Kerr gets down to business in Laois next weekend

The popular businessman, Dragon, entrepreneur and radio presenter, Bobby Kerr is in town next weekend. Bobby Kerr’s, ‘Your Town Your Main Street’ show has been...

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