Laois News

Versatile young musician scoops all-Ireland title at fleadh cheoil in Sligo

A TALENTED and versatile young musician from Stradbally has been crowned all-Ireland champion in slow air fiddle playing. Senan Moran from Dysart won the title in the under-15 category at the recent all-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which was held...

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The Heath face little difficulty in disposing of Ballyroan

Joe Walsh (The Heath) gets down to save this shot from James Keegan (Ballyroan Abbey)                 Photo: Denis Byrne
  The Heath 2-14 Ballyroan Abbey 0-7 By Denis J. Croke ONCE The Heath scored two goals in the 15th...

Friday, 28/08/15 - 1:51pm Read More

Fear and fury at crime wave in town


Residents march to highlight rising crime, violence and intimidation in Mountmellick. Faces have been blurred to protect the identity of marchers, who are fearful of retaliation.
GARDAÍ and residents have vowed to work together to tackle rising crime, violence and intimidation in Mountmellick. Garda Superintendent Joe...

Wednesday, 19/08/15 - 4:02pm Read More

Ice-cool Portarlington woman will share Midas touch with female entrepreneurs

Alison Ritchie
A PORTARLINGTON woman who is turning ice into gold is to help other business women achieve the Midas touch. Alison...

Wednesday, 19/08/15 - 4:08pm Read More

Rescue group throws unusual hen party in Laois

Karen Rogers with some of the rescued hens
A HEN party with a difference will be celebrated in Laois next week. More than 150 hens are hoping to...

Wednesday, 19/08/15 - 4:11pm Read More

National News

Court ruling casts doubt on Government plan for minimum alcohol prices

The Irish Government's plan to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol suffered a setback today after a new legal ruling from the European Court of Justice.Advocate general Yves Bot set out the tests that would have to be met before minimum...

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Tipperary publican died starting vintage lorry – ‘something he had done a thousand times’

A well-known Tipperary publican and farmer who had a passion for vintage machinery died last night while starting a vintage...

Thursday, 03/09/15 - 1:17pm Read More

Anglo customers were moved from streets into backroom meetings ‘to avoid making bank run worse’

It has been revealed that senior staff at Anglo Irish Bank believed it was doomed to collapse just days before...

Thursday, 03/09/15 - 12:44pm 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

Killeen earn the bragging rights, but improvements needed

Paul Kingtson (Arles Killeen) on the break as Ciaran Lawlor (Arles Kilcruise) looks to challenge              Photo: Denis Byrne
  Arles Killeen 1-10 Arles Kilcruise 0-11 By Denis J. Croke GIVEN the rivalry between these two close neighbours, this game was seen as the pick of the second round, but it never really lived up to expectations. While there...

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Champions move ominously into the quarter-finals

Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise) on the ball against Killeshin in O'Moore Park on Sunday night             Photo: Denis Byrne
  Portlaoise 1-16 Killeshin 0-7 By Alan Hartnett PORTLAOISE have reached the last eight of the championship without breaking sweat...

Friday, 28/08/15 - 1:48pm Read More

Keogh leads the way as Joeys crush Mountmellick

Michael Keogh celebrates his goal for St Joseph's in the defeat of Mountmellick in O'Moore Park on Sunday            Photo: Denis Byrne
  St Joseph’s 2-13 Mountmellick 0-6 By Alan Hartnett MICHAEL Keogh kicked a goal in either half as a heavily...

Friday, 28/08/15 - 1:47pm Read More

National Sport

Healy absent as Ireland name strong starting XV to face England in Twickenham

Cian Healy won’t feature against England but otherwise Joe Schmidt has named a strong team for Ireland’s final game of this warm-up series. With just two weeks to go to the tournament, Saturday’s game will give Schmidt a chance to...

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WATCH: The midfield battle zone will be key to All-Ireland final outcome on Sunday

Our expert panel ponder who will come out on top in the highly competitive contest in the midfield in Sunday's...

Thursday, 03/09/15 - 12:47pm Read More

Rugby World Cup Pool D: Check out Ireland’s pool stage opposition

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has overseen two successive RBS 6 Nations title charges, and we now sit second in...

Thursday, 03/09/15 - 12:14pm Read More