Laois News

Abbeyleix bog project is a ‘vision’ for future of Irish wetlands

A group pictured on  the new raised walkway at Abbeyleix bog, which was officially opened during Heritage Week
ABBEYLEIX bog was lauded as the “vision” for the future of wetlands across Ireland last week. Last Thursday, the first stage of the boardwalk on the bog was officially unveiled. Dr John Feehan was on hand to open the boardwalk...

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Male intruder found asleep in Portlaoise maternity ward

A FULL security review has taken place at Portlaoise hospital following an incident when a male intruder gained access to...

Wednesday, 03/09/14 - 4:59pm Read More

The Perfect Picnic

Paolo Nutini brews a storm on the main stage. Photo Denis Byrne.
EVEN before the totally exhausted, happy picnickers left Stradbally Hall early yesterday (Monday) morning, they were securing tickets for the...

Wednesday, 03/09/14 - 4:58pm Read More

Mountmellick no longer butt of Ronan’s jibes

Ronan Casey and Hector Ó hEochagáin
MOUNTMELLICK has finally shook off the unenviable mantle of being the dogst capital of Ireland. Regular readers of the Laois...

Wednesday, 03/09/14 - 4:57pm Read More

Speaking of culture … Kanye and Kim? Not so much!

Kanye and Kim
KANYE West and Kim Kardashian may have honeymooned in Laois, but there is still some way to go for the...

Wednesday, 03/09/14 - 4:17pm Read More

National News

Train services cancelled between Pearse Street and Dun Laoghaire stations

Train services in Dublin are cancelled today and tomorrow between Pearse Street and Dun Laoghaire stations.It is due to major engineering works taking place on the line. "Bus transfers are in operation between Dublin Connolly and Gorey in both directions,"...

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Gardaí appeal over missing girl, 14

Concern is growing about a teenage girl who's been missing from her home in Clondalkin for five days.14-year-old Catherine Hayes...

Saturday, 25/10/14 - 1:29am Read More

Man charged with murder of his parents in Donegal court

A man has been charged with the murder of his parents after appearing at a special sitting of Ballyshannon District...

Friday, 24/10/14 - 10:50pm Read More


A prior engagement

RECENTLY I was unravelling the connection between a certain Richard Warburton who, in 1731, was one of the founder members of the Dublin Society. It would seem that Queen’s County had more than its fair share of representation within the...

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A Coach and Four

Castle of Lea
  IF YOU are a regular reader, you will know that, from time to time, I take to the bicycle....

Tuesday, 12/08/14 - 4:26pm Read More

Our education system needs a total overhaul

 EDUCATION is a right, not a privilege. It is a right that can make all the difference to a child....

Tuesday, 12/08/14 - 4:23pm 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

Kenny: This was special

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny hailed his side's title triumph as "special" following their 2-0 victory over Cork City at Oriel Park last night.Second-half strikes from Stephen O'Donnell and Brian Gartland ensured the Premier Division title was back at the border...

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Van Gaal not interested in criticism from anyone

Louis van Gaal will put up his "iron shield" and do battle with those who criticise his methods at Manchester...

Friday, 24/10/14 - 11:44pm Read More

Mourinho ready to risk Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to risk Diego Costa's fitness at Manchester United on Sunday, providing the striker can...

Friday, 24/10/14 - 11:31pm 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