Laois News

Two killed in early-morning road accident

Two men have died following an accident on the N80 Portlaoise to Carlow road, close to Arles, Co Laois this morning.A van and a motorcycle were in collision at about 6am. The driver and passenger of the motorcycle, believed to...

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Traffic warden stands idly by and threatens to write ticket as grandmother and passer-by rescue two children from smoking car in Portlaoise

The disabled parking bay in Lyster Square that Ms Kathleen Bates claimed she was asked to move her car, that had her 11 week old and seven year old grandchildren in from, that was bellowing smoke by a traffic warden.
LAOIS Co Council has declined to say how complaints they receive about traffic/parking issues are handled and processed. This follows...

Thursday, 24/07/14 - 11:04am Read More

Portrait of a Laois journalist as a young man

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WHY do people sit for a portrait? It’s a question that artist Nick Miller wonders about. It was a question...

Thursday, 24/07/14 - 11:02am Read More

Taoiseach asked Charlie to be ‘voice of Ireland abroad’

Following in his footsteps. Minister Charlie Flanagan stands in front of a portrait of Laois man Kevin O'Higgins which hangs in the Dáil prior to his first cabinet meeting as Children's Minister two months ago. O'Higgins is the only other Laois man to serve as Foreign Affairs Minister
NEWLY-appointed minister for foreign affairs and trade Charlie Flanagan was asked to be the “voice of Ireland abroad” by taoiseach...

Thursday, 24/07/14 - 10:55am Read More

Pilgrimage trust national draw at ploughing  

A CHURCH gate collection and fundraising raffle will be held locally in aid of a charity that brings young people...

Thursday, 24/07/14 - 10:53am Read More

National News

Companies with tax base here cost Ireland money, Minister claims

Companies declaring their headquarters in Ireland for tax purposes are actually costing us money, the Minister for Jobs has said.Richard Bruton said Ireland doesn't want foreign companies coming here for tax-only purposes.Bruton was responding to comments from US president Barack...

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Cork truck driver jailed for three years after paralysing cyclist on road

A truck driver has been jailed for three years for hitting a cyclist and leaving him paralysed in Co Cork.49-year-old...

Wednesday, 30/07/14 - 5:06pm Read More

Gardaí charge three over burglaries, recover stolen jewellery

Three men have appeared in court charged in connection with burglaries in Dublin. They were arrested yesterday, after Gardaí from...

Wednesday, 30/07/14 - 4:44pm Read More


Of priests and poets

Gerard Manley Hopkins
CLERGYMEN of various hues are on my mind this week. First up must be Bishop Daniel Delany, a former bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, who hailed from Paddock in the Queen’s County. Indeed, I note Michael Tracey’s piece in last...

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Garth Brooks – unanswered prayers

THE recent Garth Brooks disappointment, I suggest, is a small one considering the much bigger issues so many have to...

Thursday, 24/07/14 - 10:36am Read More

Pope Francis feels clerical abuse survivors’ pain

A MOST compassionate embrace to survivors of clerical abuse by Pope Francis last week must be welcomed. His welcome was...

Tuesday, 15/07/14 - 11:41am Read More

Laois Sport

Shock and near shock on opening weekend of Laois hurling championship

St. Lazerians Abbeyleix' Rory McEvoy looks for a way through. Photo Denis Byrne.
LAST weekend’s opening round of the Laois Shopping Centre senior hurling championship threw up one major surprise and came within seconds of producing the greatest shock in recent years. On Saturday evening Portlaoise, who have already been relegated in the...

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Laois Marlins review a hugely successful year

Derek Flynn, incoming Chairman, making presentations to outgoing officers Lynda Scully, Kevin Bracken, Fiona Donoghue and Violet Nealon at the Laois Marlins AGM
  WHAT has been a hugely successful year for Laois Marlins Swim Club was reviewed at their recent annual general...

Thursday, 24/07/14 - 10:33am Read More

Laois ladies must look to the future

Leinster Ladies Senior Football Championship Final Laois v Dubli
THOUGH no arguments can be made as to the validity of Dublin’s landslide victory, and while it would be naïve...

Tuesday, 15/07/14 - 12:17pm Read More

National Sport

Magic spray coming to Premier League

Referees in Premier League matches next season will use the vanishing spray that came to prominence in the recent World Cup in Brazil, it has been announced.The 'magic spray' will be used at free-kicks to mark out where the wall...

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Peculiar claims opening honours

Most Peculiar held off the late challenge of Draco to claim the €100,000 Tote Pick6 Guarantee Maiden Hurdle, the opening...

Wednesday, 30/07/14 - 5:05pm Read More

Everton close in on Lukaku

Everton appear to be closing in on a club-record transfer for striker Romelu Lukaku.Reports in the Belgium international's homeland suggest...

Wednesday, 30/07/14 - 4:58pm Read More


Ground conditions causing big problems for slurry spreading

DIFFICULT ground conditions continue to make it hard for farmers to spread slurry, according to Patrick Rohan, chairman of the ICMSA’s Farm Services and Environment Committee. Despite the extension of two weeks to the slurry spreading date, Mr Rohan expressed...

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More bite in the lamb trade

IFA National Sheep chairman James Murphy said there is more bite in the lamb trade recently, with factories paying up...

Tuesday, 30/10/12 - 5:58pm Read More

Farming groups say head-on tactic will help eradicate bovine TB

FARMING groups have expressed their concern about proposed cuts to the existing TB eradication scheme. The Irish Cattle and Sheep...

Tuesday, 30/10/12 - 5:56pm Read More