Laois News

Special meeting of councillors vows to fight downgrading of A&E at Portlaoise hospital

COUNCILLORS in Laois will resist any moves to downgrade or curtail opening hours at the A&E unit at Portlaoise hospital. That was the emphatic message from a specially-convened council meeting last Tuesday. Opening the meeting, cathaoirleach John Joe Fennelly said...

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‘Portlaoise A&E unit saved my life’

A WOMAN injured in a shocking crash in which five people were killed says she would have died too were...

Wednesday, 17/06/15 - 9:45am Read More

Gala concerts celebrate three years of Music Generation in Laois

Music Generation Laois Schools Choir, with singers from Scoil Naomh Eoin, Killenard, St Colmcille's NS in Errill, Killadooley NS and Gael Scoil an tSli Dala, Ballaghmore, performing at the Music Generation Laois third birthday gala concert in the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise
Photos: Michael Scully
MUSIC Generation Laois recently held its third-birthday gala concerts in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. The gigs featured the newly-formed Music...

Wednesday, 17/06/15 - 9:51am Read More

Community effort rewarded as Cullahill school opens new extension

Principal Anne Marie Bowe and minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan, who officially opened the school's new extension
COMMUNITY spirit was the theme as a new school extension opened in Cullahill recently. Students past and present, current and...

Wednesday, 17/06/15 - 9:55am Read More

Derelict hotel badly damaged in fire

Fire crews tackle the fire at the vacant County Hotel along Portlaoise Lower Main Street yesterday.
UP TO 26 firefighters from Portlaoise, Stradbally and Mountmellick stations dealt with a blaze in a derelict hotel in Portlaoise...

Wednesday, 10/06/15 - 11:01am Read More

National News

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to serious motorway accident

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to a serious road accident on the M9 motorway yesterday evening.The incident occurred on the southbound carriage of the M9 motorway between junction 4 (Castledermot, Co Kildare) and junction 5 (Tinryland, Co Carlow) at around...

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Search resumes for Barry Davis Ryan off Baltimore coast

The search for the body of 21-year-old Barry Davis Ryan is resuming off the coast of West Cork this morning.He...

Saturday, 04/07/15 - 8:14am Read More

Climate-change protesters to bury their heads in the sand in Dublin

Hundreds of people are expected to bury their heads in the sand in protest at Ireland's position on climate change...

Saturday, 04/07/15 - 7:37am 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

Tiger finding some form again in West Virginia

Tiger Woods shot his second successive round in the 60s to remain four shots off the lead at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.The former world number one followed up his opening 66 around The Old White TPC with a...

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FIFPro opens door to female members

FIFPro, the world footballers’ union, is to welcome female players as direct members in a bid to fight inequality in...

Friday, 03/07/15 - 9:34pm Read More

Home favourite falls just short of Serena scalp

Heather Watson came within a whisker of one of the great Wimbledon upsets, but was unable to stop Serena Williams’...

Friday, 03/07/15 - 8:33pm Read More