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Fr Paddy – Christmas 2022, a time to prioritise

In the northern hemisphere, Christmas comes in an extraordinary time of the year. In our most vulnerable and darkest days, we are invited to indulge in...

Cast sought for a Portarlington award-winning filmmaker recruiting for Irish Christmas...

A new documentary about the ins and outs of an Irish Christmas is currently recruiting it's cast. Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, the documentaries’ Casting Researcher is on...

In Pictures: Christmas spirit in Laois secondary school with annual door...

Once again, the festive cheer rolled out in Mountrath Community School as the annual Christmas doors competition took place last week. The organising teacher Orla...

40 Laois families to receive Christmas boost as local students, teachers...

40 Laois families will have a happier Christmas this year thanks to the incredibly generosity of a Laois school and local businesses. Second Years in...

Andrew McDonald: The importance of eating healthily at Christmas

Yuletide is a time of indulgence. The one period of the year where everyone, or so it seems, expects and is expected to eat,...

Laois town gearing up for lights and first ever Christmas market...

Christmas will officially begin in Stradbally this weekend as their lights will be switched on this Sunday. As well as all that, the first Stradbally...

Andrew McDonald: Reduce Christmas stress

Christmas, the time of year we are all supposed to love. If we don’t, or at least if we reveal it, we’re likely to...

In Pictures: All smiles as Covid-proof Winter Wonderland opens in Laois...

It was all smiles in Portarlington last night as the Outdoor Winter Wonderland Christmas Experience officially opened. The open-plan Santa's Grotto is Covid-19 friendly and...

Laois County Council Cathaoirleach encourages everyone to ‘shop local’ and ‘stay...

With shops and businesses around the County having reopened their doors following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3, Laois...

Dr Holohan issues important message as 14 day run in to...

This day two weeks will be Christmas Day. Christmas is an important time for a lot of people. And this year, it is probably the...

Annual switching on of Christmas lights going virtual this year

The annual switching on of the Christmas lights is something of an institution in Portlaoise at this stage. Ordinarily, crowds would flock to Main Street...

Fundraiser launched to bring new Christmas lights to Stradbally

A fundraiser has been launched in a bid to bring new Christmas lights to Stradbally. For many years, the Christmas tree has stood proudly in...

Fundraiser launched to bring Christmas lights to Laois village

For the last 40 years, Ballyroan has been beautifully lit up with Christmas lights. However, due to Covid restrictions this year, fundraising efforts have been...

Laois charity ‘Santa’s Helpers’ returns just in time for Christmas

Last year, a new Laois charity called 'Santa's Helpers' did incredible work. The group raised €18,000 last year and are aiming to increase that to...

Portlaoise homeless charity launches Christmas appeal

PATH, Portlaoise Action to Homelessness Charity, have launched their Christmas appeal which is aimed at giving care packets to the homeless and supporting families...

19 sure ways to cause a family row this Christmas

Ah, Christmas. A magical time of year, one spent with family and friends in idyllic surroundings. Or a ticking time bomb, all ready to explode...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … but, not...

I cannot speak on behalf of everyone, but from my own experience, this offers some food for thought. Christmas is the time of year you...

Napper Tandy’s Christmas Craft Fair is on this weekend in Stradbally

Christmas is coming – and the team in Napper Tandy's in Stradbally are certainly getting into the spirit of things. They’ll be hosting their Christmas...

Mountrath Calendar Girls launch a huge success

The launch of Calendar Girls took place on Saturday night last in Eddie Kirwans pub, Mountrath. The atmosphere from early evening was electric, everyone was...

In Pictures: Mountrath primary school get into the Christmas spirit

If you were in Mountrath on Wednesday last you might think you saw a little army of Christmas jumpers going through the town. Indeed, both...

18 things that will definitely happen in every Laois household this...

It just wouldn’t be an Irish Christmas without these things. From fights with family members, taking out the precious ‘good cutlery’ or watching Fr Ted...

In Pictures: Retired Portlaoise Hospital porter turns home in Christmas wonderland

This house is truly spectacular. Every year, retired Portlaoise Hospital porter Noel O'Brien turns his house into a winter wonderland. 73-year-old Noel lives with his wife...

Gardaí issue handy tips on how to stay safe this Christmas

Over on the Garda Síochána Laois Offaly Facebook page, they have offered some easy - but often forgotten - tips on how to stay...

Fundraiser launched to make little Laois girl’s Christmas wish come true

A fundraiser has been launched to make a little Laois girl's Christmas dream come true. 10-year-old Aimee Brennan from Wolfhill has had Scoliosis since birth. Unfortunately, due...

19 helpful tips for going to mass this Christmas

There was a time in Ireland when mass was a weekly and even daily ritual for the vast majority of the country. But that is...

Your guide to Christmas Mass and Service times around the county

A commonly asked question this time of year is, "What time is the Christmas Mass/Service on?" To avoid confusion we've decided to publish a list...

WATCH: Laois mammy receives a brilliant Christmas surprise

Christmas is a time for family but it can be hard to get them all together. Almost every family in the county will have loved...

Fit with Brid: Some helpful tips to help you get through...

At any other time of the year a week off (or a couple of days for some poor unfortunates) would be the most relaxing...

In Pictures: Camross pub turns on the style for Christmas

Christmas is less than three weeks away and this pub in Camross is in the full swing of it already. The Camross Inn has been...

Christmas is Coming: Gerry Browne and a lifetime of selling jewellry...

First to feature on our Christmas series, I met with Gerry Browne of Browne’s Jewellers in Portlaoise to hear about his Christmas experiences. Gerry has...