Laois News

Mountrath farmer Ivor can’t see the cows for the trees

Ivor Clegg from Cloncourse, Mountrath, who was presented with an Irish Forestry Award by RDS president Matt Dempsey and Andrew Doyle TD, chair of the Oireachtas Committee for Agriculture
A MOUNTRATH farmer has branched out to win a top national forestry prize. Ivor Clegg from Cloncourse triumphed in the Irish Forestry Awards, which recognises excellence in commercial forest management. Ivor was presented with €2,000 and an RDS silver medal...

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Portlaoise students shine at SciFest national final

Ciara Burke, Isabel Dwyer and Clodagh Howe of Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise presenting their project at the  at SciFest 2015 exhibition in Dublin
THREE tech-savvy teens from Portlaoise have been ranked among the top young scientific minds in the country at SciFest 2015....

Thursday, 19/11/15 - 3:27pm Read More

Portlaoise family home besieged by plague of rats

John Doheny holds up another rat that he caught in his house in Hillview Drive, Portlaoise
FOR the past five weeks, a young family have been battling to keep rats out of their home. John Doheny,...

Thursday, 19/11/15 - 3:25pm Read More

Newlyweds’ generous gesture has fairytale ending for animal charity

Dog lovers Tim O'Sullivan and Yvette Hutchinson pictured at their wedding in Abbeyleix, which was followed by a reception in the Killeshin Hotel
A WEDDING couple’s tale of true love for dogs had a happy ending for an animal charity. Tim O’Sullivan and...

Thursday, 12/11/15 - 10:12am Read More

Kilminchy crèche wins prestigious national title

Linda McKay (assistant manager) and Sonya Duggan (manager) of the Kilminchy School House receiving the ward from RTÉ's Brian Ormonde for the best private crèche in Ireland n the Maternity and Infants Awards section at the Ashville Media, Maternity and Infant Awards ceremony which was held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Dublin.
THE best private crèche in Ireland is Kilminchy School House in Portlaoise. The childcare facility picked up the prestigious national...

Thursday, 12/11/15 - 9:57am Read More

National News

Fine Gael TD to seek court injunction against his own party

Daniel McConnell, Political EditorFormer Fine Gael junior minister John Perry is suing his own party in order to stop them from excluding him from the General Election ticket in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency.Mr Perry, who failed to win the nomination at...

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IFA council approves review of structures and pay levels

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Political ReporterThe Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has agreed to allow a root-and-branch review of its finances...

Wednesday, 25/11/15 - 5:37pm Read More

Daughter with Down Syndrome was ‘shaking like a leaf’ after alleged rape, court hears

A woman has told a jury that her daughter was “hysterical and shaking life a leaf” when she came home...

Wednesday, 25/11/15 - 5:37pm 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

GAA – Ballypickas singing as they beat the Wolfe Tones

Ballypickas 4-5 Wolfe Tones 3-5 By Pat Delaney THE real Wolfe Tones are famous for their Rebel songs but on Sunday it was the Laois junior team from the famed “Cobblers Hill” who were the only ones singing. Laois teams...

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GAA – Inspiring Rosenallis shock The Rock

Adam McDermot Rosenallis takes this ball on the run. Photo Denis Byrne.
Rosenallis 1-13 Emo/Courtwood/The Rock 0-7 By Conor Lennon AN inspired performance from the entire Rosenallis team saw them pull off...

Friday, 20/11/15 - 4:01pm Read More

GAA – First class win in second clash

St Joseph’s/Barrowhouse 4-12 Killeshin/Crettyard 2-7 By Alan Hartnett A SPIRITED second half showing from St Joseph’s/Barrowhouse was enough to get...

Friday, 20/11/15 - 3:59pm Read More

National Sport

Champions League round-up: Nervous end for Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid edge seven-goal thriller

Rafael Benitez was subjected to a nerve-jangling climax at Lviv Arena as Real Madrid conceded three late goals in their 4-3 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice while Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal also scored to relieve...

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Paul Scholes criticises United attack: ‘They don’t look good enough’

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes does not believe his old club have the quality up front to be a...

Wednesday, 25/11/15 - 10:40pm Read More

Manchester United’s Champions League hopes in doubt after scoreless draw

Manchester United’s chances of making the last 16 of the Champions League were left in the balance following a frustrating...

Wednesday, 25/11/15 - 10:15pm Read More