Traveller gang in the dock

THEFTS from farms are “an attack on the fabric of rural society”, Judge Keenan Johnson told a sitting of Portlaoise Circuit Court last week. He was speaking during the sentencing hearing of three family members who were detected in a...

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World record attempt in Camross will raise vital funds for Red Cross

AN ATTEMPT to set a Guinness world record will take place in Camross on Saturday 1 July in a massive charity fundraising event for the Laois Red Cross ambulance fund. One of the event organisers and committee member Derek Glynn...

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Creative Brian dug deep to build winning garden

BLOOM silver medal winner Brian Burke from Killenard has spoken about the months of preparation and hard work that went...

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Hat-trick of awards for Portlaoise College

THREE students from Portlaoise College recently received prestigious national awards. The first accolade received by the school was the 21st...

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EirGrid could face €12m fine

EIRGRID, the company behind the contstruction of the controversial sub-station at Coolnaback near Stradbally, has ceased preliminary ground work on...

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Age-friendly parking on the way for Portlaoise

LAOIS is moving towards making the county more age friendly as the Laois Shopping Centre in Portlaoise has set aside...

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Beef farmer Eamonn wins prestigious award in Dublin

A RATHDOWNEY man has come away with a top prize at this year’s Zurich Farming Independent Farmer of the Year awards,...

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Children’s Ombudsman received 34 complaints from Laois in 2016

THE Ombudsman for Children received 34 complaints from Laois last year. Released last month, the Ombudsman’s report revealed that 34...

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Brian’s doggie garden wins silver at Bloom

KILLENARD-based garden designer Brian Burke completed a hat-trick of wins by scooping another silver medal at the annual Bloom festival...

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GoalSaver Valerie wins €25,000 prize

ABBEYLEIX mother-of-two Valerie Bergin has been announced as the winner of a €25,000 prize, having entered a competition open to...

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Concern honours its Portlaoise volunteers

ALMOST €1 million has been raised by Portlaoise volunteers for people living in desperate poverty around the world. The extraordinary...

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Fifty new jobs for Portlaoise as hotel gets €7m makeover

THE creation of 50 new jobs and a €7 million transformation of the former Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise has given...

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Presidential welcome awaits Michael D in Abbeyleix

ABBEYLEIX will roll out the green carpet this Thursday to welcome President Michael D Higgins. The president will be guest...

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Entire contents of former Central Bank go under the hammer at Killenard auction

A BALLYBRITTAS-based auctioneer is to handle one of the biggest sales in the history of the state at the Heritage...

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New drug squad working out of garda station in Portlaoise

A NEW unit of the Garda Drug Squad has been in operation from Portlaoise Garda Station since the end of...

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Gardaí use pepper-spray to suppress fracas outside Portlaoise Courthouse

A VIOLENT morning brawl on Portlaoise’s Main Street has highlighted yet again the urgent need for a new courthouse in...

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TY student Kate is mental health ambassador for Laois

A TEENAGER from Laois is to become a mental health ambassador, after spending a week working in Ireland’s largest independent...

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It’s official − Morrisey’s, Abbeyleix is the best pub in Ireland

MORRISSEY’S in Abbeyleix is not just one of the oldest pubs in the country but it can now lay claim...

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Legal eagles swoop on Laois for inaugural ‘cluster event’

LEGAL eagles swooped on Laois for the first conference of its kind in the county. About 100 solicitors attended the...

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Fewer priests mean churches will close in rural parts of Co Laois

FEWER priests could mean the closure of some small parish churches in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin in the...

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