Laois News

Graiguecullen balloon that landed in England earns €200 for lucky punter

Selling tickets for the ' pig race '
WHO could imagine that a field day in Graiguecullen could actually result in a windfall for an eagled-eyed onlooker in Gloucestershire, England! But that’s exactly what happened when a balloon race at the recent Graiguecullen GAA field day resulted in...

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Monster auction raises €16,000 for ‘Bubbles for Ciarán’ campaign

Volunteers/Organising Committee , at the Monster Auction in aid of the Ciaran Treacy Family , at the Square ,Portarlington on Friday evening .( l. to r.) Teresa Briody , Robert Smart , Collette O'Reilly , Paul Cleary ( Lord Mayor ) ,Matt Dunne ( Auctioneer) , Padraig Dunne and Padraig Briody .
            Photo: Michael Scully.
  THE huge community effort in Portarlington and Stradbally put in place to support the Tracey family following the loss...

Wednesday, 27/08/14 - 2:50pm Read More

Killeshin man takes a soaking after Miriam O’Callaghan issues ice-bucket challenge

Mark Attride with his sons Stephen and Simon in O'Moore Park on Sunday evening
MIRIAM O’Callaghan issued the challenge on national television and up stepped Killeshin man Mark Attride to take it on. The...

Wednesday, 27/08/14 - 2:39pm Read More

Mountmellick WWI memorial day on Sunday

A MEMORIAL to the 100 men from Mountmellick and the surrounding areas who died during World War I will take...

Wednesday, 27/08/14 - 2:36pm Read More

Rent ceilings are ‘set too low’

THE current monthly rent limits on those in receipt of rent supplement is causing major problems for those struggling to...

Wednesday, 27/08/14 - 2:35pm Read More

National News

O’Sullivan ‘committed to reform of junior cycle’

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan says she is determined that reform will happen at junior cycle level in Ireland's secondary schools.However the minister said she is also keen to work with teachers on the issue, and will meet this week with...

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16.5% are behind with mortgages

Some 16.5% of the country's household mortgages are behind with repayments, the latest Central Bank figures show.While the total number...

Tuesday, 02/09/14 - 11:05am Read More

John Giles, Brother Kevin Crowley to get Freedom of Dublin City

Football pundit John Giles and Brother Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin Day Centre are set to receive the Freedom of...

Tuesday, 02/09/14 - 10:10am Read More


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. I do this primarily as a means of exploration rather than a method of exercise. And on Sunday week last,...

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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

Strange and sturdy stocktaking

LAST week, we were delving into the board of First Fruits’ and I was introducing you to William Shaw Mason,...

Tuesday, 05/08/14 - 4:44pm Read More

Laois Sport

More success for Laois athletes on the international stage

Charge d'Affaires Polish Embassy Piotr Rakowski with Robbie Lyons and Eddie McAuliffe from Laois prior to the Irish team flying out to Krakow
BOTH Laois athletes competing at this year’s European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Krakow claimed medals. Robbie Lyons, 20, earned two silver and a bronze for track and field events while Eddie McAuliffe, 42, came away with a bronze...

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Portlaoise look doomed in SHC relegation final

WHEN the present hurling championship format was introduced two years ago the intention was to do away with meaningless games....

Wednesday, 27/08/14 - 2:46pm Read More

The Harps will be favourites in quarter finals

Senior hurling championship qtr final prview   The Harps v St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix Last year the Harps were involved in...

Wednesday, 27/08/14 - 2:44pm Read More

National Sport

Injury forces O’Brien out of Ireland squad

West Ham defender Joey O'Brien has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad through injury.The 28-year-old, who met up with his international colleagues in Malahide on Sunday, is to return to his club for treatment on a knee injury.A Football...

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Djokovic maintains remarkable run

Novak Djokovic had his first uncomfortable moments of the US Open but retained his status as the Mr Consistent of...

Tuesday, 02/09/14 - 8:42am Read More

McGinley to reveal wild card picks

European captain Paul McGinley was set to name his Ryder Cup wild cards later today, with two former world number...

Tuesday, 02/09/14 - 8:30am 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