Undaunted Pauline vows to return

TWICE bitten but certainly not twice shy. Even after two electoral defeats within nine months, Fianna Fáil candidate Pauline Flanagan vows that she “absolutely” will be back. Speaking shortly before her elimination after the third count on Sunday night, she...

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Foróige clubs gather for regional conference

FORÓIGE members from clubs in Laois, Carlow and Kilkenny gathered at the Talbot Hotel in Graiguecullen recently for a busy day of fun, discussion, information sharing, workshops and youth elections. Laois Foróige was represented at the annual regional conference by...

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Absence of plan places more doubt on future of hospital

ONE baby was born almost every six hours in the maternity unit at Portlaoise hospital during 2019. Recent figures show...

Sunday, 23/02/20 - 10:57am Read More

Human rights advocate Peadar King to launch new book in Portlaoise

“I HAVE pain when I walk. I have pain when I’m sleeping. I’m not wiser, but I’m older.” These are...

Saturday, 22/02/20 - 3:10pm Read More

Young fighters shine at martial arts contest

THE Mountmellick-based Laois Martial Arts club began the New Year as it ended the last … winning. Things got off...

Saturday, 22/02/20 - 1:10pm Read More

Objections lodged to proposed quarry near wildlife haven

PLANS for a new quarry on 8.5 hectares near Abbeyleix have brought objections from environmentalists and residents. Ten objections to...

Saturday, 22/02/20 - 11:10am Read More

Eco-aware pupils from Barrowhouse NS in final of ‘ideas’ contest

PUPILS from Shanganamore NS in Barrowhouse will compete in the regional final of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s One Good...

Friday, 21/02/20 - 3:20pm Read More

Employers blown away by calibre of attendees at inaugural jobs fair

THOUSANDS of potential job hunters flocked to the inaugural Laois Jobs Fair in the Midlands Park Hotel last Thursday. The...

Friday, 21/02/20 - 1:10pm Read More

Annual Paddy’s Day parade in Portlaoise will not be held in 2020

THERE will be no parade in Portlaoise on St Patrick’s Day. Just 11 days after the organising committee released a...

Friday, 21/02/20 - 11:10am Read More

Local schools sweep the boards at debating final

ELOQUENT students from Laois scored a hat-trick by taking the top three places in a midlands school debating contest. An...

Thursday, 20/02/20 - 3:10pm Read More

Extra speed-detection vans will be deployed in Laois

EIGHT new speed-detection vans will target various areas of Co Laois. Yesterday (Monday), the specialised vehicles moved to an undisclosed...

Thursday, 20/02/20 - 1:20pm Read More

Rustlers make off with cattle worth more than €20k

CATTLE thieves raided a local farm at the weekend, costing the devastated owner more than €20,000. The raiders made off...

Thursday, 20/02/20 - 11:10am Read More

Wordsmith Gaby (12) takes a leaf out of Greta Thunberg’s book

A TALENTED schoolgirl is following in the footsteps of her hero Greta Thunberg as she challenges politicians to ‘go green’...

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Top hurler Fionn wins UCD bursary

DURROW student Fionn Whelan was presented with an Ad Astra Scholarship at UCD last week. Fionn, who secured 625 points...

Wednesday, 19/02/20 - 1:51pm Read More

Enviro-aware project will see 5,000 trees and shrubs planted

PORTLAOISE is about to create a buzz with plans for a massive biodiversity project on the new circular road. More...

Wednesday, 19/02/20 - 11:50am Read More

Fantastic turnout on opening night of vibrant art exhibition

A VIBRANT exhibition of paintings by members of Durrow Art Club attracted more than 100 visitors on a wonderful opening...

Tuesday, 18/02/20 - 3:04pm Read More

Hair-raising event raises vital funds for football pitch

A HAIR-RAISING night in Stradbally raised lots of laughs as well as a substantial sum for the St Colman’s NS...

Tuesday, 18/02/20 - 1:03pm Read More

Beloved caretaker retires after 20 years at Knockbeg

IT was the end of an era for Knockbeg College as friends and family of Tony Monaghan gathered in the...

Tuesday, 18/02/20 - 11:01am Read More

Grandparents’ Day at Scoil Mhuire NS remembers Fr John

GENERATIONS of families gathered in Abbeyleix for a wonderful celebration of Grandparents’ Day at Scoil Mhuire NS. Teachers and pupils...

Sunday, 16/02/20 - 3:06pm Read More

School kids in their element at STEM night

CHILDREN and their parents from 31 primary schools around Laois converged on Portlaoise College recently for its seventh annual STEM...

Sunday, 16/02/20 - 1:05pm Read More