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2020 Remembered: Champions out as Emo beat Portlaoise for first time in 48 years

In October, Emo conflicted the Town's fourth defeat in the last 14 years which in turn knocked them out of the the championship.  Emo 0-11...

2020 Remembered: Laois farmer sells pedigree Simmental bull for record €52,000

In October, one Laois received a substantial amount of money for his bull at auction. Laois farmer Garett Behan is a highly-regarded pedigree cattle breeder...

2020 Remembered: Warm tributes as teacher who educated ‘thousands’ of Laois students retires

In October, a Laois teacher who put thousands of students through her hands. But she isn't finished yet. A teacher who spent her entire career...

2020 Remembered: End of an era as two Portlaoise stalwarts call time on football...

In August, these two local legends decided to call time on their football career. If the Laois football championship does get the go-ahead to resume...

2020 Remembered: Much-loved Rathdowney character remembered in stunning mural in local pub

In July, the owners of The Brewery pub in Rathdowney decided to redecorate their pub during the lockdown which resulted in the created of...

2020 Remembered: ‘Intimidated and afraid’ – Late night parties in Laois park leave residents...

In September, resident's expressed their concerns over the anti social behaviour taking place in the People's Park in Portlaoise. Late night parties with loud music,...

2020 Remembered: Laois pub sparkles in famous ‘Pub Spy’ in the Sunday World

In February, Traecy's pub in The Heath feature in the prestigious 'Pub Spy' by the Sunday World. The ‘Pub Spy’ in the Sunday World is...

2020 Remembered: All glitz and glam at Rathdowney-Errill Dinner Dance

Some lovely pictures here from back in Jnauary. The Templemore Arms was the place to be on Saturday night as Rathdowney-Errill celebrated a stellar 2019 in style. Medals...

2020 Remembered: In Pictures: Serious style at the 14th annual Portarlington and Killenard Gala...

Back in March, this very important fundraising event was fortunate enough to take place before the pandemic struck. Speaking about this, organiser Marie Corcoran says...

2020 Remembered: Laois woman named as Ireland’s Inspirational Hero in second ever Gala Retail...

In November, Aisling Donoher received a much deserved award.  Following a nationwide search to uncover Ireland’s most inspirational people, Aisling Donoher from Ballybrittas, is celebrating...

2020 Remembered: Laois woman hoping to give Prince William a photo she took of...

In March, Michelle Rogers hoped to give Prince William a picture she took of his late mother. Shortly after the world went a bit...

2020 Remembered: Laois link to historic Tipperary Munster football success

Back in November after Tipperary's heroics in in the Munster final we discovered a Laois link to the provincial winners. On a hugely historic weekend,...

2020 Remembered: Horse with strong Laois connections scoops €78,000 in Cheltenham

Back in March, a Laois Limerick syndicate bagged a substantial sum of money in Cheltenham. A horse with strong Laois connections scooped €78,000 at Cheltenham...

2020 Remembered: Portlaoise farm sells for over €1.3 million at public auction

In October, a farm in Laois received a significant fee for their land. A Portlaoise farm has sold for over €1.3 million at public auction...

2020 Remembered: Laois couple make Sunday Independent 2020 Rich List

In February, the Sunday Independent released their annual rich list and yet again a Laois person has made the cut. The Sunday Independent released the...

2020 Remembered: World Ploughing Championships confirmed for Laois in 2021

In September, the World Ploughing Championships announced that they will be taking place in Laois in 2021. The World Ploughing Championships will be held in...

2020 Remembered: ‘Genius’, ‘gentleman’, ‘legend’ – tributes pour in for Laois teacher following retirement

In November, Denis Hassett retired from his post as a teacher in Scoil Bride in Rthdowney. There was an outpouring of emotion as tributes...

2020 Remembered: CJ Sheeran Ltd announce purchase of Coolrain Sawmills

In November, Ireland's leading pallet manufacturer purchased Coolrain Sawmills. CJ Sheeran Ltd – Ireland’s largest pallet manufacturer who have their headquarters in Mountrath – have...

2020 Remembered: In Pictures: Launch night for new Portlaoise Nightclub a big success

Back in the end of February Laois' newest nightclub opened its doors for the first time. However, the Coronavirus pandemic would mean it would...

2020 Remembered: Laois man appointed principal of Offaly school

In July, Brian Kehoe became principal of a highly regarded Offaly secondary school. A Laois man has been appointed as the new principal of an...

2020 Remembered: 21 of the hardiest men to have played football in Laois in...

In March we complied a list of Laois' hardiest men. Every club likes to have a hardy hoor and we’re fond of a list in...

2020 Remembered: Portarlington topple The Town to avenge 2019 semi final defeat

In September, Portarlington inflicted defeat on Portlaoise. This was significant as it was just the third time that the Town has suffered defeat in...

2020 Remembered: Four Laois Gardai among 201 new recruits to the force

Back in February, the latest Garda recruitment drive saw four Laois natives join the force. The latest batch of new Gardai passed out recently at...
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2020 Remembered: Terrifying ordeal for elderly Portlaoise couple following graveyard mugging

What an awful ordeal this was for one Portlaoise couple. An elderly Portlaoise couple endured an horrific ordeal in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon as...

2020 Remembered: Two Laois premises selected in Ireland’s top hotels in TripAdvisor awards

In August, two properties in Laois made a list of the top hotels which was complied by TripAdvisor. Ballyfin Demesne and Roundwood House near Mountrath...

2020 Remembered: Laois men appointed to key roles in An Post and Bank of...

In July, two Laois men were appointed to important in some of Ireland's leading organisations.  Two Laois men have been appointed to key roles in...

2020 Remembered: Gardai discover crashed jeep being carried on forks of a digger in...

In March, Gardai discovered a very unusual situation while on patrol. Gardai in Laois came across a very dangerous and bizarre situation last night. While on...

2020 Remembered: Laois community comes together to wish popular woman a 100th birthday

In May, this wonderful lady celebrated her 100th birthday which gave one Laois community a great lift during the pandemic. What a stunning milestone to...

2020 Remembered: Laois’s Top 25 Instagrammers for 2020

Back in May, we compiled a list of our Top 25 Instagrammers.  After a one year hiatus – our selection of the best Instagram accounts...

2020 Remembered: Crooked Compass: One Laois couple and their van conversion project

In September, Ciara and Aaron converted a van to travel and experience what Ireland had to offer. Two eejits, one van.” And just in case...