Laois News

Local election candidate was in Nice 24 hours before Bastille Day massacre

Sinéad Moore
GREEN Party candidate Sinéad Moore, who ran in the recent local elections, had a narrow escape from the horrendous event that took place in the south of France on Thursday night. Ms Moore had been in Nice with her 16-year-old...

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Charity concert raises almost €7,000 for Doyle family fund

Christy Bannon, Ciara O’Brien, Bernie Tynan and Dennis “Rackard” Coady (Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team Kit Man)
UP to 200 people gathered in Kavanagh’s Bar, Portlaoise on Saturday to raise funds for the Doyle family. A huge...

Wednesday, 20/07/16 - 3:39pm Read More

Laois to get €7m in government funding

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, signing the first batch of Funding Agreements under the LEADER Programme 2020. The Minister said the €250 million programme will support hundreds of jobs across rural Ireland.  
The agreements are being signed with Local Action Groups from around the country at an event in the Virginia Show Centre in Cavan, which previously benefitted from €500,000 in LEADER funding.
Funding of €250 million will be distributed to entrepreneurs and community groups throughout Ireland by the Local Action Groups, which are made up of public and private representatives. 
The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment.  The programme is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The previous LEADER programme delivered almost 10,000 projects throughout rural Ireland. In addition to supporting community-based projects, last year LEADER funding supported over 800 enterprises and 500 jobs.  Minister Humphreys is pictured with 
left to right, standing: Ian McCormack; Anne Goodwin and Peter O'Neill and seated: Paddy Buggy all of Laois LEADER Local Action Group. Photo: Brian Mulligan
MORE than €7 million has been allocated to Laois in LEADER funding. The minister for rural affairs Heather Humphreys signed...

Wednesday, 20/07/16 - 3:42pm Read More

Laois man’s eye-catching art goes on show Down Under

Irish Ambassador to Australia Noel White (left) pictured with acclaimed Laois artist Brendon Deacy at the opening of the Sioraí exhibition in Australia
AN exhibition by one of Laois’s best-known artists, based on the writings of the county’s most famous patriot, was unveiled...

Wednesday, 20/07/16 - 3:44pm Read More

New special-needs facility is up and running in Portlaoise

Volunteers and staff pictured here (l/r) Nicola Coss, Ann Marie O'Keefe, Carmel Henderson, Christine O'Riordan, Mags Flynn, Shannon Kenna, Alison Ryan and Darren Bayliss.
A NEW premises for children with special needs has opened at the old St Canice’s School in Kea-Lew Business Park,...

Wednesday, 20/07/16 - 3:47pm Read More

National News

Report claims vulture funds using loophole to cut their tax payments

It has been claimed vulture funds that have spent millions purchasing Irish loans are using tax loopholes to cut down on the amount they pay here. The Sunday Business Post reports that several funds have paid just €250 each to...

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Woman rescued off the coast of Clare after kayak capsizes

By Patrick Flynn A woman has been rescued from the sea off Co Clare after she got into difficulty while...

Sunday, 24/07/16 - 1:03pm Read More

PSNI investigate arson attack that inflicts ‘considerable damage’ on church

Police in the North are investigating an arson attack on a Presbyterian church and neighbouring hall in south Belfast. It...

Sunday, 24/07/16 - 11:57am 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

GAA – First ever ladies Leinster title for Mountrath CS

Mountrath CS who defeated Athboy CS in the Leinster final
  Mountrath CS 4-9 Athboy CS 4-5 WHILE Mountrath Community School senior hurlers were hitting the headlines in recent times, the girls football team were quietly blazing a trail through Leinster that culminated in the school taking on Athboy of...

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GAA – Tyrone hang on despite Laois comeback

Donie Kingston (Laois) gets away from Richard Donnelly (Tyrone)             Photo: Denis Byrne
  Tyrone 1-14 Laois 0-14 MICK Lillis’ Laois ran out of time as they just fell short of pulling off...

Friday, 04/03/16 - 3:09pm Read More

GAA – Lillis can be proud of the spirit shown

WHEN the going got tough for Laois in their last game at O’Moore Park, they rolled over and were trounced...

Friday, 04/03/16 - 3:08pm Read More

National Sport

Russia escapes blanket ban from Rio Olympics

Russia will not face a blanket ban from the Rio Olympics after the International Olympic Committee announced it would be the responsibility of each sporting federation to check the doping records of Russian competitors under its jurisdiction. The IOC has...

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It was a good day for Lewis Hamilton in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton leads the Formula One championship for the first time this season after cruising to a record-breaking fifth victory...

Sunday, 24/07/16 - 3:11pm Read More

Man Utd’s Chinese trip is descending into chaos

Manchester United’s pre-season trip to China is ending chaotically, with organisation as bad as the weather meaning Jose Mourinho just...

Sunday, 24/07/16 - 3:04pm Read More