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

RNLI lifeboat called after dolphin attacks swimmers in Galway

Members of the RNLI lifeboat were called out following reports of a dolphin causing some difficulty for swimmers in the Galway area earlier this evening. A member of the public raised the alarm and contacted the Irish Coastguard to alert...

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Kenny calls on Fine Gael to move on from McNulty affair

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Fine Gael that it is time to move on from the John McNulty...

Wednesday, 01/10/14 - 10:36pm Read More

Shannon wins Airport Achievement Award

Shannon Airport has won a prestigious international award.It has won the Airport Achievement Award from the European Regions Airline Association.The...

Wednesday, 01/10/14 - 10:00pm 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

Welbeck rips up Galatasaray

Arsenal 4 Galatasaray 1Danny Welbeck plundered a hat-trick as Arsenal got their Champions League campaign up and running with a 4-1 victory over Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium, where play was halted in the first half after the Turkish away...

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Things go from bad to worse for Rodgers and Liverpool

Basle 1 Liverpool 0Liverpool became the latest big-name English scalp to be claimed by Basle who capitalised on the Reds'...

Wednesday, 01/10/14 - 10:54pm Read More

McGinley reveals Ryder Cup emotions

Paul McGinley has revealed how fans have reacted to Europe's Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles and his emotions at finally...

Wednesday, 01/10/14 - 7:35pm 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