Laois News

Figures add up for Portlaoise girl

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A PORTLAOISE girl recently came first in Ireland and 11th in the world in an accountancy exam that saw over 24,000 entrants from all around the globe. Rachael Cairns from Woodgrove, Portlaoise thought that she was getting a prank phone...

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New bus service in Portlaoise for IWA members

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A NEW service for people with disabilities was launched on Friday. Local members of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) launched...

Friday, 12/12/14 - 10:55am Read More

‘USC goes or I go’ – Laois-based senator Whelan

THE Laois-based senator John Whelan has threatened to withdraw his support for the government if it does not abolish the...

Friday, 12/12/14 - 10:50am Read More

Another honour for ‘powerhouse’ Laois woman Anna May

THE remarkable Anna May McHugh has been honoured yet again, following the most successful national ploughing championships in history. The...

Friday, 12/12/14 - 10:46am Read More

3,000 evacuated from Laois shopping centre

UP TO 3,000 Christmas shoppers and staff were evacuated from Laois Shopping Centre on Sunday afternoon after a car burst...

Friday, 12/12/14 - 10:43am Read More

National News

Fathers of men in horror crash that killed eight say driver has suffered enough

The sentencing case of a 26-year-old Donegal man, who has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men, is continuing in Letterkenny.Shaun Kelly of Hill Road, Buncrana, pleaded guilty last July to the charge which relates to...

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Parents take doctors to court over life support for clinically dead pregnant daughter

The High Court is due to hear a case next Tuesday in relation to the clinically dead woman who is...

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Dáil passes bill banning smoking in cars with children present

The Dáil has passed laws to ban smoking in cars where children are present.The bill was passed unanimously in the...

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Homelessness is a national crisis

THE problem of homelessness is out of control. It is getting worse every week and no-one appears to be doing anything about it. The problem is most acute in Dublin, where official figures show that six additional people are becoming...

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Around the Baybay

REGULAR readers will know that, from time to time, I take them along with me on a cycling odyssey. You...

Wednesday, 19/11/14 - 3:43pm Read More

Sainthood on the way for selfless Jesuit

IT’S NOT every day an Irish priest is put on the path to becoming a saint, but last week Pope...

Wednesday, 19/11/14 - 3:39pm 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

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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

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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

Leinster fan looking for a rugby romance

One Leinster fan felt her heart beat faster last weekend, and not just because of their narrow victory over Harlequins.A woman seated in the Lower Stand at the Aviva Stadium last weekend is trying to get back in touch with...

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Gaelic star brutally attacked in New York returns to give victim impact statement

Alisha playing for New York in September in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Championship Final, Wexford v New York...

Thursday, 18/12/14 - 12:39pm Read More

No major damage for Mirallas

Everton forward Kevin Mirallas has not sustained significant damage to his right ankle and is likely to be available within...

Thursday, 18/12/14 - 11:40am Read More