Laois News

Large number of landmark properties for sale in Abbeyleix

A LARGE number of landmark properties are for sale in the heart of Abbeyleix – but is this a positive or negative sign for the beautiful heritage town? Preston House on Main Street is the latest prominent building to go...

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Stradbally halt Portlaoise ‘ten’

IT had all started in 2007 with the defeat of Stradbally but came to a shuddering halt in 2016 with...

Wednesday, 19/10/16 - 4:07pm Read More

Portlaoise man launches own exhibition

Rick with his sisters Samantha Fennell and Lisa Kelly
PORTLAOISE artist Rick Kelly welcomed the crowds at the launch of his Legends exhibition in Mountmellick Library on Tuesday 4...

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Glaring disparity in Laois nursing home care fees

HSE-run nursing homes in Laois are paid 199% more than their private and voluntary counterparts. That’s the claim made by...

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New Portlaoise council estate will house 33 families 18 months’ time

Laois County Council chief executive, John Mulholland; minister for housing, planning, community and local government Simon Coveney, cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Tom Mulhall and Minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan TD with public representatives at the sod turning for Conniberry Way, Old Knockmay Road, Portlaoise 
Photo: Alf Harvey/
THIRTY-three families are due to be housed in a new council estate in Portlaoise in 18 months’ time. The sod-turning...

Thursday, 13/10/16 - 2:47pm Read More

National News

Union leader urges public-sector workers urged to take ‘pragmatic approach’

Public-sector employees are being urged to work together to restore their pay. The call comes as gardaí and teachers plan strike action this month and next, with train drivers also being balloted on industrial action. The various disputes surround the...

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Taoiseach insists: No free vote on abortion Bill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has escalated a row with Independent ministers by again ruling out a free vote on abortion this...

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Anniversary appeal for information on missing schoolboy Philip Cairns

Gardaí are making a special anniversary appeal for anyone with information on the disappearance of schoolboy Philip Cairns to come...

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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...

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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

King’s point ensures hurling fans are in for another treat

Matthew Whelan, Borris Kilcotton and Ross King, Rath Errill have eyes on this ball. Photo Denis Byrne.
Borris/Kilcotton 2-26 Rathdowney/Errill 2-26 By Denis J. Croke THE large attendance at Sunday’s senior hurling championship final streamed out of O’Moore Park on Sunday knowing they had witnessed one of the greatest ever games of hurling witnessed in the Laois...

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Rosenallis young guns shoot down Clough/Ballacolla

Rosenallis celebrate their I.H.C. final win over Clough/Ballacolla at O'Moore Park on Saturday                     Photos: Denis Byrne
Rosenallis 1-20 Clough/Ballacolla 0-9 By Denis J. Croke ROSENALLIS wasted no time in returning to the senior ‘A’ ranks when...

Wednesday, 19/10/16 - 2:52pm Read More

Slieve Bloom complete double with ease as Ben runs riot

Slieve Bloom celebrate winning the J.H.C. title following the defeat of Clough/Ballacolla in O'Moore Park on Sunday               Photos: Denis Byrne
Slieve Bloom 2-22 Rathdowney/Errill 2-6 By Pat Delaney THE score line suggests a rout and to be honest Slieve Bloom...

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National Sport

Ronan O’Gara talks about living ‘minute by minute’ after Anthony Foley’s death

Ronan O’Gara has hailed the “massive comfort” of Saturday’s emotional Thomond Park farewell to late Munster coach Anthony Foley. Former Ireland fly-half O’Gara admitted he finds himself living “minute by minute” as he continues to come to terms with old...

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Lewis Hamilton wins USGP to gain ground on Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton turned in a commanding display to win the United States Grand Prix and complete the first leg of...

Sunday, 23/10/16 - 10:34pm Read More

Club GAA round-up: Ballygunner claim hat-trick in Waterford

Ballygunner claimed a thoroughly convincing third consecutive senior county title with a 4-20 to 1-12 win over Passage at Walsh...

Sunday, 23/10/16 - 10:22pm Read More