Laois News

Sgt Jerry Dillon to retire from the gardaí after 34 years in Portlaoise

ONE of Portlaoise’s longest-serving gardaí will say farewell to the force on 27 January. Sgt Jerry Dillon has been stationed in the town since March 1983 and has spent the past two years as court garda. Warm tributes were paid...

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Stanley wants five-year staff-recruitment plan for Portlaoise hospital

SINN Féin TD Brian Stanley has called for an immediate five- to ten-year plan to be put in place to...

Wednesday, 18/01/17 - 3:53pm Read More

How a young man with mental health issues has turned his life around

HAS the stigma surrounding mental health changed that much over the years? That question is explored by 33-year-old Clifford Bowe,...

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Health minister is non-commital on future of Portlaoise hospital

THERE is still no news on the future of Portlaoise hospital, despite health minister Simon Harris visiting the facility yesterday....

Wednesday, 11/01/17 - 10:59am Read More

Portlaoise jumps to upper reaches of litter-league table

IT has taken 12 years for Portlaoise to get back into contention in IBAL’s (Irish Business Against Litter) national litter...

Wednesday, 11/01/17 - 11:02am Read More

National News

Drama in mid-air after crew member (said to be captain) falls ill; flight diverts to Shannon

By Pat Flynn A transatlantic flight diverted to Shannon Airport early today after a member of the flight crew fell ill. United flight UA-946 was travelling from Washington in the US to Amsterdam when the crew declared a medical emergency...

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€37.5 MILLION worth of cannabis seized

Gardaí and Revenue officers have seized a massive consignment of herbal cannabis, worth an estimated €37.5m. The haul was made...

Friday, 20/01/17 - 8:47pm Read More

No newsflash ‘for now’ from Gerry Adams on future as SF leader

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams says there are no plans for any announcement about his own future as party leader...

Friday, 20/01/17 - 3:34pm Read More

Columnists

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

Peter Creedon names his first team

Laois Senior Football Manager Peter Creedon has named his starting 15 for Sunday’s O’Byrne Cup Round 1 game with DIT in Crettyard @ 2pm. The game sees four debuts for Laois with James Kelly, Eoin George, Cormac Murphy and Brian...

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Heartbreak for Rosenallis as late scores crush Leinster aspirations

Ratoath 1-20 Rosenallis 1-16 By Denis J. Croke THERE will be no Leinster final for Rosenallis junior hurlers, but they...

Friday, 02/12/16 - 12:03pm Read More

Declan is full of praise for his young team

  By Denis J. Croke AT the best of times it is difficult to watch a team you have trained...

Friday, 02/12/16 - 12:02pm Read More

National Sport

Cullen says Sexton not likely to miss any chunk of Six Nations

Leo Cullen has played down fears that Jonathan Sexton could be an injury worry for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations after the out-half hobbled out of Leinster’s Champions Cup stalemate with Castres this evening, writes Brendan O’Brien. The ten...

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Robert Lewandowski showcases sensational control to score stoppage time winner

Robert Lewandowski scored a superb stoppage-time winner as Bayern Munich fought back from a goal down to beat Freiburg 2-1...

Friday, 20/01/17 - 10:34pm Read More

Johnny Sexton suffers calf injury as Six Nations looms

Castres 24 Leinster 24 Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton limped off with a calf injury midway through the first half as...

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