Laois News

Surgery in the US has given a new lease of life to Portlaoise teenager

April pictured with a colourful therapist, during her stay at St Louis Children's Hospital
SCHOOLGIRL April Parker was expected to be permanently confined to a wheelchair at 18. Today, that wheelchair is gathering dust in the family sitting room, as she goes out to enjoy sports and indulge her love of horse riding. Four...

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Sunshine heralds opening of Porlaoise Educate Together NS

Up, up and away
GLORIOUS sunshine and high spirits combined for the official opening of Portlaoise Educate Together national school on Thursday. Students, parents,...

Wednesday, 27/05/15 - 11:37am Read More

Lucky escape in Portlaoise!

The car that crashed into the bus shelter on the Dublin Road, Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon directly opposite Portlaoise hospital pictured is in the background.
THREE people narrowly escaped serious injury or worse when a car ploughed through a bus shelter in Portlaoise. They had...

Wednesday, 20/05/15 - 12:00pm Read More

Infirm pensioner’s Portlaoise council house is freezing cold

Francis Cribbs who has to use a one bar electric heater to keep warm in her home.
A 70-YEAR-OLD pensioner who has suffered numerous heart attacks and strokes is using a single-bar electric heater for up to...

Wednesday, 20/05/15 - 12:42pm Read More

Hospital staff could be disciplined over baby deaths in Portlaoise

TWO doctors and two nurses at Portlaoise hospital have been referred to their governing bodies for possible disciplinary action, in...

Wednesday, 20/05/15 - 12:02pm Read More

National News

184 new allegations of historic abuse by Catholic clergy raised in the last year

Dozens of new allegations or suspicions of historic abuse by Catholic clergy have been raised with a national watchdog in the past year. The National Board for Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) says the allegations...

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Bakers to appeal gay cake ruling saying their beliefs ‘have been trampled over’

The Christian owners of a bakery in the North found to have discriminated against a gay man are to appeal.A...

Thursday, 28/05/15 - 11:02am Read More

Regulator ‘sorry’ for bank crisis

Ireland’s former banking regulator has said “sorry” for his role in a crisis which led the country to the brink...

Thursday, 28/05/15 - 11:04am Read More


The pope’s ten steps for a happy life

HERE are Francis’s ten steps for a happy, healthy life. These reflective suggestions point us in a most positive pathway. As we enjoy these lovely spring days, it’s well worthwhile to put such thought into our daily lives. 1) Live...

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Seeing the light

LAST week, I was on my way to Dublin airport on the happy errand of collecting our youngest and her...

Wednesday, 22/04/15 - 11:12am Read More

Appreciating what’s done on your behalf

A YOUNG, academically-excellent person applied for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview. The managing...

Wednesday, 15/04/15 - 10:46am Read More

Laois Sport

Laois senior football championship in turmoil

THE senior football championship in Laois is in turmoil. Over the weekend rumours abounded about some, or all three, of the teams involved in the relegation scrap objection to the format of this year’s championship. Laois County Board Executive met...

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Clough/Ballacolla crush their neighbours

Clough Ballacolla's  Stephen Bergin prepares to shoot as Castletown Slieve Bloom's Enda Conroy attempts a hook
Laois Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final   Clough/Ballacolla  3-24 Castletown/Slieve Bloom 1-11   FOR the eighth year in a row...

Wednesday, 03/09/14 - 5:13pm Read More

Abbeyleix living the life of Reilly

St Lazerian's Abbeyleix's  Aaron Carroll and The Harps Barry Dunne
Laois Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final   St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix   1-14 The Harps    1-10   HARD to credit that two...

Wednesday, 03/09/14 - 5:11pm Read More

National Sport

Barbarians barely butcher Ireland tonight

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21Jack McGrath could be facing a ban to jeopardise his World Cup participation after kneeing lock Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during Ireland’s 22-21 defeat to the Barbarians.The Leinster loosehead was sin-binned by referee Greg Garner after...

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Nada l- Djokovic clash still on tracks

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic remain on course for a quarter-final clash after both players recorded straight-sets victories in the...

Thursday, 28/05/15 - 8:49pm Read More

Keegan: Sterling not ready to lead

Former Liverpool striker Kevin Keegan believes Brendan Rodgers was misguided in thinking youngster Raheem Sterling could help fill the void...

Thursday, 28/05/15 - 7:03pm Read More