Laois News

Mountrath students scoop two awards at national SciFest finals

L-R: ***Sounds Okay*** team of Eugenia Melnikova and Alice Carew.
HISTORY was made by Mountrath Community School (MCS) recently when it picked up two awards at the SciFest 2016 national finals at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin. Mountrath was the one of only two schools in Ireland to get...

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Mountrath supermarket owner says restrictions on the sale of alcohol will hurt business

Pictured in Dáil Éireann last Wednesday ahead of their appearance at the Joint Oireachtas Committee addressing Rural Sustainability were the CSNA delegation of Noel Kelly  Ann Martyn and Vincent Jennings,
MOUNTRATH supermarket owner Ann Martyn was among a delegation that appeared before a joint Oireachtas committee addressing rural sustainability recently....

Wednesday, 07/12/16 - 3:52pm Read More

Community spirit alive and well in Portlaoise

Their new car is given a thumbs up from Adam, Anthony, Ollie, Lily, Andrew, Olivia and Luke for their new Transit Custom 9 seater
Photo: Denis Byrne
A PHENOMENAL achievement is the only way to describe the massive community effort that went into purchasing a nine-seater car...

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Laois boy killed in car crash features on TV ad to prevent drink-driving

Four-year-old Ciarán Treacy, who was killed in a horrific car crash
LAOIS parents Gillian and Ronan Treacy have spoken of the tragic loss of their son Ciarán, aged four, in a...

Thursday, 01/12/16 - 2:15pm Read More

Portlaoise man who’s been sleeping rough launches Facebook campaign

Craig O'Hara revising for his horticulture assignments before a night of sleeping rough in freezing weather conditions
A PORTLAOISE man who has been sleeping rough in recent weeks has launched a facebok campaign against the scourge of...

Thursday, 01/12/16 - 2:17pm Read More

National News

Jobs Minister: Ireland should not be over-concerned by Brexit

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned against being too concerned about the UK vote to leave the EU. She told the Dáil that the Government is prepared to respond to any issues sector-by-sector and company-by-company if necessary. “Having spoken...

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Number of homeless families in Dublin drops – by 3

There has be a slight decrease in the number of homeless families in Dublin. New figures from the Dublin Region...

Thursday, 08/12/16 - 4:42pm Read More

Man dies in Dublin motorbike crash

A man has died following a motorcycle collision in Dublin. The crash – involving a car and a motorbike –...

Thursday, 08/12/16 - 4:17pm 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

Heartbreak for Rosenallis as late scores crush Leinster aspirations

The Rosenallis which lost out to Ratoath in Leinster Club JHC semi final at Sean Eiffe Park, Ratoath on Saturday                    Photos: David Mullen / S
Ratoath 1-20 Rosenallis 1-16 By Denis J. Croke THERE will be no Leinster final for Rosenallis junior hurlers, but they can take pride from a wonderful display against Ratoath on Saturday in a game that went to extra time. This...

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Declan is full of praise for his young team

Rosenallis manager Declan Conroy keeps an eye on proiceedings in Ratoath  
Photo: David Mullen /
  By Denis J. Croke AT the best of times it is difficult to watch a team you have trained...

Friday, 02/12/16 - 12:02pm Read More

Maryborough turn over Arlington to advance to Shield quarter-final

Maryborough 3 Arlington 1 MARYBOROUGH advanced to the quarter-finals of the CCFL Shield after a hard fought victory over Arlington....

Friday, 02/12/16 - 12:00pm Read More

National Sport

Southampton stunned as draw against Israeli minnows sends them out of Europe

Toothless Southampton bungled the chance for their best continental run since 1977 after Israeli minnows Hapoel Be’er Sheva forced a 1-1 Europa League draw at St Mary’s. The limp hosts only needed a goalless draw to progress to the last...

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Snooker fans treated to two maximum 147 breaks within minutes of each other

Snooker fans in Barnsley were treated to two maximum breaks within minutes of each other today. In the qualifying matches...

Thursday, 08/12/16 - 9:37pm Read More

Manchester United fans are straight-up in love with Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Manchester United fans have a new hero and his name is Henrikh Mkhitaryan. United beat Zorya Luhansk 2-0 to seal...

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