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2020 Remembered: Students in high spirits as schools re-open around the county

Back in August, many children were thrilled to return to school after many months without it. Five and a half months since closing their doors...

2020 Remembered: Emergency services spring into action to rescue elderly man on Slieve Bloom...

In November, emergency services acted swiftly to save an elderly man up in the Slieve Blooms. The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association was also called...

2020 Remembered: Three Laois players feature in the Irish Independent’s top 50 ladies footballers...

Back in August, the Iirish Independent's list of top 50 ladies footballers features three players from Laois. Three Laois ladies footballers are included in the Irish...

2020 Remembered: New Laois hurling team for 2020 as neighbouring clubs vote to amalgamate...

Back in January, Colt and Shanonhoe joined forces to form Laois' newest hurling club. Covid-19 curtailed their activities for 2020 but they will be...

2020 Remembered: Laois ‘Shebeen’ searched and items seized by Gardai

In October, as pubs around the county remained shut Gardai located what appeared to be a rather illegal setup. Gardai say they carried out a...

2020 Remembered: Exciting times ahead for award-winning Portlaoise hairdresser as she opens new hair...

Back in February, one Laois February opened up a solon in Portlaoise. Opening a new business is a hugely exciting time, a feeling that Portlaoise...

2020 Remembered: Laois Gardai recover stolen caravan belonging to young Louth boy with special...

What an uplifting story this was.  This is brilliant news. Gardai in Laois have recovered a caravan belonging to a young Louth boy who has special...

2020 Remembered: Laois parents open up about difficulties of having a premature baby in...

Back in April as the world tried to come to terms with Covid-19, Edel and Colin Finn described to us the difficulties of having...

2020 Remembered: Croft Alley owner Gale Watchorne on setting up in Laois, naming her...

Back in July, we had a great chat with a Laois business owner who reinvented her business. In October 2019 Croft Alley appeared on the streetscape of...

2020 Remembered: Ranking our ten favourite Offaly people of all time

In May, we complied a list of our favourite Offaly people. In honour of Shane Lowry’s Open win in the summer, we came up with...
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2020 Remembered: Laois priest launches blistering attack against planned RIC event

This feels like another universe, but back in January the government wanted to commemorate the RIC and the idea did not go down well. Abbeyleix...

2020 Remembered: Laois GAA secretary praises executive committee and hits out at ‘self-informed trolls’

In November, Niall Handy hit the headlines for a rather pointed attack on those who make nasty comments on social media. Laois GAA secretary Niall...

2020 Remembered: Man arrested after Garda chase from Stradbally to Emo

This was a very dramatic incident back in May. A man was arrested after a Garda chase on Sunday night at Morette near Emo, having...
The Laois minor hurling panel has been named

2020 Remembered: Brilliant Rosenallis knock Camross out of the championship

In August, Roseanallis overcame Camross in a terrific game in MW Hire O’Moore Park. Rosenallis 2-20 Camross 3-9 Laois Shopping Centre SHC Round 2 Rosenallis have knocked...

2020 Remembered: ‘Eyesore’ in Laois town ‘would not be tolerated anywhere else in the...

In September, the County Council were called upon to do to something about the old AIB bank building in Portarlington. The issue of derelict building...

2020 Remembered: Throwback to Mountmellick GAA Dinner Dance in 2003

In February, we found some great pictures from the Mountmellick GAA dinner dance in 2003. It is the season of Dinner Dances and we decided...

2020 Remembered: Well-known Laois man wins big at Dublin poker tournament

In January, one Laois man won a substantial amount of money for his prize in a poker tournament in Dublin. Well – this is something...

2020 Remembered: New principal appointed in St Fergal’s College in Rathdowney

In June, Gerry Quinn became principal of St Fergals College in Rathdowney. St Fergal’s College in Rathdowney will have a new principal for the 2020-2021...

2020 Remembered: Laois company secures huge order of ICU hospital beds from China for...

At the height of the pandemic in April, this shipment proved to be vital in the fight against Covid-19. A Laois company has secured and...

2020 Remembered: Laois woman thanks nurses, doctors, family and friends as she wins 49-day...

This is truly an inspirational story. A Laois woman who spent 49 days in hospital fighting Coronavirus has praised the doctors and nurses in both...

2020 Remembered: New life for old school in Clonaslee as local builder and former...

This story from September is a wonderful example of how an old building can be completely transfromed. Anyone driving through Clonaslee recently will have noticed...

2020 Remembered: A point that never was from the 1995 Laois-Carlow battle that will...

In April, we looked back at the tremendous battle between Laois and Carlow in 1995. Even with the never-ending sagas of controversies that follow the...

2020 Remembered: My Lockdown Wedding: Laois bride on tying the knot in a global...

Back in August, this Laois couple defied the the Coronavirus and showed that true love can concur all. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed everything about...

2020 Remembered: Almost €100,000 raised for Laois school as Lip Sync Battle a huge...

Back in February more than €100,000 was raised for anew pitch development in a local school. Hundreds of people packed into the Midlands...

2020 Remembered: 13 young players to watch out for in the Premier Intermediate and...

Back in July we made a list of young players that we believed would make an impact in the Premier Intermediate and Intermediate championships....

2020 Remembered: Laois man’s search for late dad’s family yields positive result

After a desperate search for good news, a laois man connected with his late dad's family came back in September. We all need a bit...

2020 Remembered: Laois teacher launches new Junior Cert Home Economics cookbook

In February, Julie's cookbook brewed up a storm. Some teachers go over and above – and that’s something Portlaoise College teacher Julie Cunneen has done...

2020 Remembered: Laois teenager with incredible voice launches first single

In November, we interviewed this incredible teenager who had just released her first single.  A Laois teenager with a quite simply incredible voice has released...

2020 Remembered: Laois woman bravely opens up about impact of life-changing explosion while serving...

In July, one Laois woman told us about her traumatic experience while serving for the Irish Defence Forces. A Laois woman has bravely opened up...

2020 Remembered: Developer withdraws application to build 262 new homes in Portlaoise

In September, the planned building of 262 new homes were withdrawn. A planning application to build 262 new homes in Portlaoise that was with An...