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

Body of man recovered from lake in Cavan

The body of a man in his late 30s has been recovered from a lake in Co. Cavan.The discovery was made at around 6pm this evening at Lough Ramor in Virginia.Gardaí have launched an investigation, and say they're examining all...

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Army defuses home-made bomb in Longford

The Army bomb disposal team has carried out a controlled explosion on a home-made bomb found in County Longford.The suspect...

Friday, 25/07/14 - 6:47pm Read More

Baby investigation too sensitive to release details

Gardaí in Cork today said their investigation into the discovery of a newborn baby's body in Cork was too sensitive...

Friday, 25/07/14 - 6:32pm 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

Drogba makes Chelsea return

Didier Drogba will begin his second spell at Chelsea next season after agreeing a one-year deal with Jose Mourinho's side.The 36-year-old striker and Blues favourite returns to Stamford Bridge after leaving in 2012 for stints at Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray."It...

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Conlan wants only gold at Commonwealth Games

Michael Conlan insists he will throw away his Commonwealth Games medal in Glasgow if it is any colour other than...

Friday, 25/07/14 - 4:00pm Read More

Reina keen to end career in Spain

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina wants to end his career in his native Spain as the uncertainty over his future persists.Reina...

Friday, 25/07/14 - 3:38pm 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