Mountrath News

Portlaoise cyclist decked by bar

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Portlaoise cyclist decked by bar

A LAOIS cyclist narrowly avoided being blinded and seriously injured when a missile fired from a passing van struck him in the face last Thursday evening. Portlaoise man Paul Ging, who is a member of Unlaoised MTB Cycle Club, had been on a 30km training cycle with his brother Christy when he was... Read More

The truth hurts for IDA rep in Laois

AN IDA representative was left in tatters after councillors finished with her over the “IDA’s poor performance in Laois over the past 20 years”, when she appeared at a recent council meeting. The head of regional business development at the IDA, Breda O’Toole, gave a presentation on the agency’s... Read More

Jobs boost for Abbeyleix as local distillery taken over by international drinks group

Jobs boost for Abbeyleix as local distillery taken over by international drinks group

ABBEYLEIX is being lined up to become the home of Irish cream liqueur as ambitious plans for a multimillion euro visitors’ centre in the town were announced last week. It follows the acquisition of Abbeyleix company First Ireland Spirits by international drinks group Quintessential Brands for an... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois U-16 hurlers excel in prestigious All Ireland Blitz

Laois U-16 hurlers put in some tremendous performances in the All Ireland blitz in Tipperary on Saturday when they became the first team from the county to ever win a game in the Premier Division and narrowly lost out on bringing home silverware after four energy sapping games in the prestigious... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Mountrath Camera Club open night

On Tuesday, September 17, from 6 - 8pm, Mountrath Camera Club will be having an open night in METAC, Mountrath. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Goals key as Mountrath stay up

Leinster Express7 months ago

Goals key as Mountrath stay up

Despite both sides racking up the same amount of scores, it was Mountrath who maintained their Senior B status after a thrilling extra-time win over a Borris-Kilcotton side who failed to find the goals required to keep in touch in Saturday evening’s relegation decider in Raheen. Borris Kilcotton... Read More

Laois GAA Results (September 3)

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois GAA Results (September 3)

This week’s Laois GAA Results including games in the Senior Hurling Championship which produced one thriller between two great rivals. Arles-Killeen 2-12 Stradbally 1-8Laois Shopping Centre Senior Hurling ChampionshipRathdowney-Errill 1-20 Clough-Ballacolla 2-17; Portlaoise 2-15 Castletown-Slieve... Read More

Fleming calls for €1m levy on turbines

Leinster Express7 months ago

Fleming calls for €1m levy on turbines

Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming wants the council to impose a €1million levy on wind turbines which generate more than 2.5 megawatts of energy. Deputy Fleming said while some people may feel this is an exceptionally high figure but it should be considered in the context of the scale of the actual... Read More

Laois GAA Fixtures (August 28 - September 2)

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois GAA Fixtures (August 28 - September 2)

This week’s Laois GAA Fixtures including the quarter-finals of the Senior Hurling Championship Laois Shopping Centre Minor B Football League Final (13-a-side / Extra Time if Necessary)Portarlington: The Heath Gaels v O’Dempsey’s @ 6.45pm - D BrackenGALA U-14 Football Championship Playoff (First... Read More

Leinster Express8 months ago

Goals the key as Rosenallis see off Mountrath

Two early second half goals in as many minutes helped build the platform for Rosenallis to ease past Mountrath in the early game in O Moore Park on Sunday morning. After a tit for tat first half which saw Rosenallis take a one point lead in at the break, Rosenallis firmly established their... Read More

Ossory show results 2013

Leinster Express8 months ago

Ossory show results 2013

SHEEP, HORSES, dOGS ETC Suffock Sheep & Odlums CupCLASS 93 Pedigree Suffolk Ram Shearling and upwards 1st .Robert Walker, Kilcurly, Manister, Croom, Co Limerick. 2nd .Ray McCabe.CLASS 94 Pedigree Suffolk Ewe Shearling and Upwards 1st .Robert Walker. 2nd .Ray McCabe. 3rd .Ray McCabe.CLASS 95 Pedigree... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Sub Zero Temperatures on Midlands Roads

Sub zero road temperatures are persisting through much of the Midlands following another bitterly cold start.It remains icy around Mullingar town and on the N52 Birr/Tullamore Rd while it's thawing on the old Galway road between Athlone and Ballinasloe.Elsewhere, surfaces remain below zero on the M7... Read More

Local News

Laois clear favourites in derby clash

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Laois clear favourites in derby clash

LAURENCE Phelan will look to make a winning start to his tenure as Laois minor football boss as his side will face Carlow in the first round of the Leinster championship in O’Moore Park on Saturday at 7pm. The Killeshin man’s side will go into the game as overwhelming favourites on the basis of the... Read More

World stage beckons for Laois kickboxers

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

World stage beckons for Laois kickboxers

Four talented young Portlaoise kickboxers claimed a place at the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission (WKKC) finals recently. Lauryn Higgins, Leah Loughman, Mateusz Rutkowski, Patrick Kurk all scored medals at the national championships in Dublin recently and secured their spot in the... Read More

Portlaoise man gets call  to pick up Bruno …  after 18 months’ missing

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Portlaoise man gets call to pick up Bruno … after 18 months’ missing

IT was like losing a member of the family, when Bruno the German Shepherd was snatched from his Portlaoise owner 18 months ago. It’s no surprise to learn that Bruno gave his owner a big hug when they were reunited the weekend before last in dramatic circumstances. The incredible local story caught... Read More

Judge takes tough stance with Laois defendant on free legal aid

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Judge takes tough stance with Laois defendant on free legal aid

JUDGE Catherine Staines withdrew a defendant’s free legal aid at Portlaoise District Court recently when she was informed by his solicitor that he wouldn’t be able to make an adjourned court date because he would be on holidays in Spain. The issue came to light at the conclusion of a case where the... Read More

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Seamus Martin is laid to rest

SEAMUS Martin, Derrymoyle who died at St James’s Hospital, Dublin on Friday 11 April, was a former Fianna Fáil member of Laois Co Council for the Luggacurren Electoral Area. Seamus took suddenly ill on the previous Sunday and was admitted to the MidlandRegional Hospital, Portlaoise before being... Read More

Chríost Rí hit the headlines again

U/14 B Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup Final Scoil Chríost Rí     35 Coláiste Oiriall       18 A MAEVE Phelan inspired Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise proved worthy winners of the Basketball Ireland U/14 B Girls Schools Cup final over Coláiste Oiriall. Capitalising on a superb second quarter display, the... Read More

Chríost Rí Leinster soccer champs

Leinster Schools ‘A’ Under-14 Cup Final Scoil Chríost Rí     8 Loretto Kilkenny   2 A SECOND-HALF master-class saw Scoil Chríost Ri’s under-14 soccer stars power past a Loretto Kilkenny side to win the school’s second Leinster title in less than a fortnight. The Kilkenny side might have stolen some... Read More

Former Miss World Rosanna  arrives in Portlaoise bearing good news

Former Miss World Rosanna arrives in Portlaoise bearing good news

IN terms of Fridays, it was one of the more memorable ones at Scoil Chríost Rí as former Miss World Rosanna Davison shocked students with some excellent news. The model was at the Portlaoise secondary school as a judge of theJunk Kouturefashion contest to give a wild card final spot to a group of TY... Read More

Lucky 13 for heritage sites

THIRTEEN heritage sites in Laois received a total of €121,000 to carry out repair works from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Three of these, Glebe Farm in Aghaboe, Stradbally Hall and Abbeyleix Heritage House received €15,000 each. Tracey’s Bar, The Heath received €14,111 and The... Read More

‘WE WANT ACTION’ – Meeting seeks to persuade councillors to install safety measures in housing estates

‘WE WANT ACTION’ – Meeting seeks to persuade councillors to install safety measures in housing estates

OVER 100 people packed into St Paul’s NationalSchool hall in Portlaoise last Thursday to persuade councillors to install road safety measures in housing estates. The meeting was called following the death of Maria McGinley Greene (5) in a road accident in the nearby St Brigid’s Place housing estate... Read More

Maria’s tragic  death prompts  safety review  of town’s roads

Maria’s tragic death prompts safety review of town’s roads

SAFETY measures on a Portlaoise road that was the scene of a recent fatal accident which claimed the life of Maria McGinley Greene will be reviewed by Laois Co Council. The news comes almost three years after the council stated that it had no funds for a speed ramp at the top green in St Brigid’s... Read More

No plans to overhaul  Hepburn Court Portlaoise, meeting told

No plans to overhaul Hepburn Court Portlaoise, meeting told

THERE are no plans currently for the regeneration of Hepburn Court as the council attempts to secure titles to derelict properties. The area, which was a repeated target of serial firebugs in recent years, has quietened down in recent times. Sinn Féin’s Caroline Dwane had called for an update on... Read More

Children found safe after search of Mountmellick river

THE emergency services spent up to 40 minutes in Mountmellick on Sunday evening after reports that two children had fallen into the Owenass river. Two units of the fire brigade, two garda vehicles and an ambulance rushed to the scene at Convent bridge after a caller phoned the emergency number... Read More

Chríost Rí on the verge of history

Laois Nationalist2 weeks ago

Chríost Rí on the verge of history

WHAT a year it has been Scoil Chríost Rí secondary school on the Borris Road in Portlaoise. They won the Leinster senior B football championship at their ease and then became the first ever Laois school to win a Leinster underage soccer title after a penalty shoot out. Last they week qualified for... Read More

‘Embrace each day as a gift  from God’ – Mickey Harte

Laois Nationalist2 weeks ago

‘Embrace each day as a gift from God’ – Mickey Harte

MICKEY Harte first entered the Laois psyche as far back as 1997/’98 when he managed the Tyrone minor football team which opposed Laois in two All-Ireland minor finals. Laois emerged victorious in ’97, but revenge was Tyrone’s the following year. Since then, Mickey has become one of the most renowned... Read More

Streets of Portlaoise a huge success

Laois Nationalist3 weeks ago

Streets of Portlaoise a huge success

Over 225 children took part in the children’s race in the Streets of Portlaoise today. All the children ran down the main street and picked up their goodie bag sponsored by Portlaoise Credit Union, which contained a medal and Easter egg and water sponsored by Mulhall’s Supervalu Portlaoise. Over 560... Read More

Laois come so close to causing an upset

Laois Nationalist3 weeks ago

Laois come so close to causing an upset

Allianz National Hurling League Div 1B Rd 5 Limerick      1-17 Laois  1-13 By Denis J. Croke TO lose by four points to the reigning Munster champions is no mean feat at the best of times. But on this occasion Laois will be bitterly disappointed not to have won. For the first 35 minutes Laois... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Portlaoise women prepared for top flight debut

Portlaoise Women’s Rugby is on the crest of a wave as the team prepare to take part in the top flight in Ireland this season, the All Ireland League Division 1. They begin their campaign next weekend away to a very talented UL Bohs side with the team eagerly anticipating the challenge that lies... Read More

St Conleth’s stand firm to deny Shanahoe

Leinster Express7 months ago

St Conleth’s stand firm to deny Shanahoe

In a tit for tat game where both sides had periods of dominance, it was St Conleth’s who took the Senior B Ladies football title in Park Ratheniska on Saturday evening. Shanahoe will rue some missed opportunities, but the Saints ability to find the net at decisive times was the decisive factor... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Dunphy points Spink into semi-finals

Spink goalkeeper John Dunphy played a starring role for his side in their unlikely win over Ballyfin last Thursday, as he hit four points to help secure a place in the semi-finals. The former Laois netminder scored two long range frees and two 45s, with three of those scores coming in the second... Read More

Laois all set for final showdown

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois all set for final showdown

The Laois Camogie team have their date with destiny this Sunday when they face Kildare in the All Ireland Premier Junior Final in Croke Park. The sides have already met twice this year with honours even thus far. Kildare prevailed in the Leinster Junior Final while Laois gained their revenge in the... Read More

Emergencywater restrictions in Portlaoise area

Leinster Express7 months ago

Emergencywater restrictions in Portlaoise area

Emergency water restrictions are being imposed by Laois County Council in the Portlaoise area until further notice. The measure comes into effect on Tuesday, September 10 and will affect different areas in Portlaoise, Ballyfin and its environs.Water will be restricted between the hours of 9pm until... Read More

Silver for Portlaoise and Abbeyleix

Leinster Express7 months ago

Silver for Portlaoise and Abbeyleix

There was delight all round at this year’s Tidy Town’s awards as Portlaoise and Abbeyleix hung on to their silver medal positions. National winners in 2001, Castletown remained the tidiest town in County Laois and also took home a bronze award.There was also a bronze award for Ballacolla who are the... Read More

Helping employers to take on new staff

Leinster Express7 months ago

Helping employers to take on new staff

Employers will have a opportunity to get up to speed on supports available to help them hire staff at a meeting in Portlaoise this month. On Tuesday morning, September 17 the Department of Social Protection will host a breakfast meeting in the Killeshin Hotel in conjunction with Laois Chamber.An... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Super day for loyalty

Supermac’s and Papa John’s Pizza Portlaoise is celebrating one year of tastiness with a massive Family Fun Day. As a way of saying thank you to all of their loyal customers, the branch which is part of the Irish owned fast food chain, will be home to plenty of excitement on Saturday, 7 September.... Read More

November date for ball

Leinster Express7 months ago

November date for ball

The Laois Chamber of Commerce Ball returns on Friday, November 8 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Pictured at the 2009 ball were Fiona Donoghue, Yvonne Meagher, Niamh Kelly and Fiona O’Keeffe. Picture: Alf Harvey. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

€50k Shanahoe flood project

Work has started on a drainage problem which it is hoped will tackle a long standing draingage problem in Shanahoe Work started on the €50,000 project last Tuesday and is expected to take a number of weeks to complete. Two locations have been flooding badly and this has affected local residents. It... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

First through the door

The first customers through the door of Shaw’s €1million new store in Portlaoise, last Thursday morning. People queued outside in the beautiful September sunshine for the opening of the new Shaw’s store on Kylekiproe Road, opposite the county council offices.There was great excitement as the first... Read More

Lourdes pilgrimage

Leinster Express7 months ago

Lourdes pilgrimage

The group of Portlaoise parishioners who made the pilgrimage to Lourdes this year. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Times Past

Portlaoise brothers Sean and Noel Conroy have returned to Portlaoise following their harrowing five months imprisonment in Saudi Arabia. Both men are in good spirits after being released from their “living hell” and being deported from the Arab kingdom in late July.Their deportation brought to a... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Grand opening for Shaw’s

Over one hundred people waited in the September sunshine for a first glance inside the new Shaw’s store which opening this morning (Thursday, September 5). The ribbon cutting was performed by Mr Mervyn Shaw and Mrs Lyons who responded to an in-store competition, looking for people’s memories of... Read More

‘Heat is Half your Food’

Leinster Express7 months ago

‘Heat is Half your Food’

Portlaoise artist Doreen Burke is asking the public to help with printing a book of recipes and photographs recording foods traditionally eaten while working on the bog. On the website Fundit.ie, supporters can donate €10 and upwards, getting their name printed on the acknowledgement page, a copy of... Read More

Arrests data would ‘skew’ Picnic’s ‘ethos’

Leinster Express7 months ago

Arrests data would ‘skew’ Picnic’s ‘ethos’

Portlaoise Gardaí will not be releasing figures on how many were arrested over the weekend at Electric Picnic, according to the Superintendent. Supt Yvonne Lyndon said they would not be giving out the figures this year as it “skewed the ethos of Electric Picnic in relation to the numbers attending.... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Portlaoise demolish Clane in Hosie Cup

Portlaoise had an emphatic win against a poor Clane side in the first round Hosie cup game at Togher on Thursday night. What will be the most pleasing for Nick Mc Guire and Paddy McEvoy will be the performance of the young back-line who gave an excellent display of handling. Alan O’Connell got the... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

IDA don’t take Laois seriously - Cllr Keegan

The IDA do not take either Portlaoise or Laois seriously, according to Cllr Matthew Keegan, who has called on the company to prioritise Portlaoise as a jobs location. Speaking at this week’s town council meeting in County Hall, Cllr Keegan raised a motion about the IDA’s success locally, “or lack... Read More

Portlaoise get back on track with comfortable victory

Leinster Express7 months ago

Portlaoise get back on track with comfortable victory

Portlaoise bounced back from defeat against Camross to score a comprehensive victory over Castletown-Slieve Bloom in O’Moore Park on Saturday night. A dominant second half performance after a nervy first period built the platform for Portlaoise to ease their way into the semi-finals of the Laois SHC.... Read More

Laois Hospice gets €100,000 Picnic boost

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois Hospice gets €100,000 Picnic boost

As quiet again settles over Stradbally following the sold out success of the tenth Electric Picnic festival, Laois Hospice has plenty to sing about. The charity has received €100,000 from the organisers of Tour de Picnic, who brought 1,000 cyclists and runners to the festival.Secretary Mary Delaney... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

First-half lapses prove costly

Portlaoise will rue a poor first half display that cost them anychance of gaining points in this game in the Leinster Senior Leaugue Major 1 Sunday. The visitors ,who were runners up to Portlaoise last season, were much the sharper side and went ahead on 21 minutes from the penalty spot and it went... Read More

Tidy Towns Awards hopes

Leinster Express7 months ago

Tidy Towns Awards hopes

Tidy towns groups from Laois are dreaming of sucess after being invited to the annual Tidy Towns awards ceremony. An invitation is usually good news, a sign that the group have won an award, but the exact nature of the invitation for Portlaoise and Abbeyleix will only become clear in Dublin, on... Read More

Electric Picnic cupcakes for all

Leinster Express7 months ago

Electric Picnic cupcakes for all

Thousands of locals unexpectedly joined in celebrating the Electric Picnic’s 10th birthday last week, as many of the cupcakes baked for punters were shared out among the community. There were 39,000 delicious buns baked to mark the festival’s 10th birthday, supplied by a British company. They were... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

New schools open their doors in Portlaoise

The last week has been momentous for thousands of junior infants and their parents, but history was made in Portlaoise where three new schools opened their doors for the first time. Parents and children from Portlaoise Educate Together NS and Gaelscoil Phortlaoise were extremely excited last... Read More

Portlaoise win league opener

Leinster Express7 months ago

Portlaoise win league opener

Portlaoise travelled to Portumna last Saturday to play the local team in the first league game of the season in the MSL U15s Major Division and came away with an impressive win. Portlaoise started on the front foot and took the lead on five minutes when Ross Brennan set up Jack Langton who finished... Read More

14 man Ballyfin produce top class second-half display

Leinster Express7 months ago

14 man Ballyfin produce top class second-half display

Ballyfin produced a dominant second half performance last Friday night to claim the Division 3 league title at the expense of Stradbally in O’Moore Park. In a disappointing game overall, Ballyfin produced some wonderful football in the second half to deservedly take the title, despite playing the... Read More

Laois GAA Fixtures (September 3 to September 10)

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois GAA Fixtures (September 3 to September 10)

This week’s Laois GAA Fixtures including the all important Round 3 games in the Senior Football Championship Laois Shopping Centre Senior B Hurling Championship Quarter FinalO’Moore Park: Clonaslee St Manman’s v Rathdowney-Errill @7.00pm - J LalorGALA U-16 B Hurling Championship Playoff (First... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois trio gearing up for ‘Cycle for SID’

Three daring cyclists from Portlaoise are putting the final preparations in place for a 750-kilometre cycle from La Rochelle, France back to Portlaoise for the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme. The intrepid trio, Mary Callanan, Andrew Cremin and Brian Bonham have spent many hours training for... Read More

Leinster Express quotes of the week

Leinster Express7 months ago

Leinster Express quotes of the week

Commercial rates “There is a feeling am0ng small businesses on Main St where rents have reduced but rates are fixed and substantial”Conal Bradley,Laois Chamber, PresidentWIND TURBINES“We’ve put every penny we owned into our home, we wanted to grow old here, and that’s gone, everything we’ve ever... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Portlaoise Culture Night set to thrill

A host of events will take place around Portlaoise as part of Culture Night on Friday, September 20. ‘Back to our Roots’, an informal session of music, song, dance and stories for the over 50s will take place at the parish centre from 11am to 12.30pm, hosted by Maureen Culleton.At the Laois Shopping... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Goals prove the key for Clonaslee

Goals from from Thomas Tynan and Michael Hyland were key as Clonaslee-St Manman’s overcame Portlaoise at the second attempt in Portarlington last Thursday evening. Tynan’s goal just before half-time put Clonaslee in front and Hyland’s with ten minutes to go gave them a six point lead which they... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Historic week for Portlaoise education

This week is a historic for education in Portlaoise as three primary schools wmove into their new state-of-the-art buildings. The buildings are located at Summerhill / The Downs off the Timahoe Road and schools principals and staff from Portlaoise Educate Together NS, Gaaelscoil Phortlaoise and... Read More

Timmons wonder goal seals dramatic victory for Graigue

Leinster Express7 months ago

Timmons wonder goal seals dramatic victory for Graigue

The general consensus amongst the Laois football faithful before Saturday night had been that the senior championship lacked any real drama or excitement this year. All that was turned on its head in O’Moore Park on Saturday night, however, when Mark Timmons crashed the ball to the back of the... Read More

Countdwon on to Carers 10k Mini-Marathon

Leinster Express7 months ago

Countdwon on to Carers 10k Mini-Marathon

The Annual Laois 10k Mini-Marathon will take place for a fifth consecutive year this September with proceeds from the event will go to supports for Laois Family Carers who are confined to home looking after their loved ones. It takes place on September 15 with a 12 noon start at the Maldron Hotel in... Read More

Slieve Bloom-Castletown have too much for Emo in ‘B’ final

Leinster Express7 months ago

Slieve Bloom-Castletown have too much for Emo in ‘B’ final

SlieveBloom-Castletown secured Junior A football for 2013 last Tuesday night as they saw off the challenge of Emo in O’Moore Park in an entertaining Junior B final. Two first half goals from Ben Conroy laid the foundations for the victory, as they saw off an Emo side which had a potent looking blend... Read More

Soccer Scoreboard

Leinster Express7 months ago

Soccer Scoreboard

All this week’s local soccer fixtures with the Midland Schoolboy/Girls League gets underway FridaySenior DivisionWillow Park v Monksland United; 8pm; Willow Park Athlone; T Ward, A Fitzsimons, J Cassidy.Premier DivisionDerry Rovers v Clonaslee Utd; 8pm; Brians Park Edenderry; P GeogheganSunday(All... Read More

Laois GAA Results (August 27)

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois GAA Results (August 27)

All this week’s Laois GAA Results including the full results of the second round games in the Senior Football Championship Timahoe 2-8 Crettyard 3-8; The Rock 1-8 The Heath 2-13; Killeshin 1-8 Arles-Kilcruise 1-11; Portlaoise 3-6 Graiguecullen 2-10; Ballylinan 0-14 Emo 0-11; Portarlington 0-10 St... Read More

Incredible Graiguecullen fightback the highlight of weekend in Laois Senior Football Championship

Leinster Express7 months ago

Incredible Graiguecullen fightback the highlight of weekend in Laois Senior Football Championship

Graiguecullen’s incredible comeback from 12 points down against defending champions Portlaoise was the undoubted highlight on a busy weekend in the Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football Championship. When Brian Glynn crashed the ball to the back of the Graiguecullen net early in the second-half, he... Read More

GAA stars get behind cancer charity game

Leinster Express8 months ago

GAA stars get behind cancer charity game

Some of ther biggest names in the world of GAA were in O’Moore Park last Wednesday for the launch of a novel charity event which will take place in Portlaoise next May. The match will be between teams representing St Luke’s and St James’ hospitals and the funds raised will go to the cancer units in... Read More

Leinster Express8 months ago

Portlaoise and Graigue top the bill

The clash of six times defending champions Portlaoise and this year’s Division 1 League Champions Graiguecullen is a rerun of the 2011 County Final and is the pick of the games on a pivotal week in the Senior Football Championship While both sides won their opening games, they did so in contrasting... Read More

Leinster Express8 months ago

Camross blitz Portlaoise to seal semi-final place

Camross steamrolled Portlaoise to book their place in the semi-finals of the Laois SHC thanks to a 15 point win on Sunday evening. The two great rivals of Laois hurling failed to produce one of the classic encounters of years past, as Camross started strongly and never looked back from there.They... Read More

Candidates in the the running to be the next Laois senior football manager

Leinster Express8 months ago

Candidates in the the running to be the next Laois senior football manager

The Laois county board face a big task in the coming weeks as they set about finding the right man to replace Justin McNulty. By Rory DelaneyThere will likely be a push for a Laois man to succeed him, owing to the forward strides the county’s hurling sides have experienced under the management of... Read More

Leinster Express8 months ago

Cullen strikes late to earn Portlaoise dramatic draw

A last-ditch equalising point for Portlaoise from Dean Cullen ensured another day out against Clonaslee-St Manmans following a bitterly close game in Emo on Tuesday evening. Clonaslee had a dream start to the game, after just two minutes Ger Dunne glided through the Portlaoise defence before burying... Read More

Ballyfin see off Clonaslee after thrilling game

Leinster Express8 months ago

Ballyfin see off Clonaslee after thrilling game

Ballyfin march on in their pursuit of top-flight hurling following a gritty display to see off a tough Clonaslee St Manmans challenge on Sunday afternoon. Andy Bergin’s men started brightly and hit the first three scores of the game before Clonaslee responded with scores from Willie Young and Ciaran... Read More

CCFL Fixtures and Results (August 20)

Leinster Express8 months ago

CCFL Fixtures and Results (August 20)

This week’s CCFL Fixtures and Results as the new season starts to take shape. FridayKick off times as statedSenior DivisionMullingar Athletic A v CK Utd; 8pm; Gainstown, Mullingar; J.McCrossan. P.Tone U.BeaumontDivision 3A
Derry Rovers B v St.Aengus; 8pm; Brians Park, School Lane, Edenderry; D.... Read More

Shaws invests €1m in Portlaoise expansion

Leinster Express8 months ago

Shaws invests €1m in Portlaoise expansion

Laois-based shopping chain Shaws has committed its future to Portlaoise with an investment of some €1 million in its new store which opens on Thursday, September 5. The investment will also have a substantial employment spin-off with a doubling of the workforce at the chain’s new store opposite... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

1st Midlands baby born in Portlaoise

The Midlands first 2013 baby was born in the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.Rosita Murray welcomed her little girl into the world at half past 1 in the morning.The regions second baby was also born in PortlaoiseCiara O'Brien from Ballickmoyler in Laois gave birth to a boy at 6.15.Meanwhile... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Gorta appeals for Midland donations

A charity in the midlands wants your unwanted Christmas gifts.The overseas development agency Gorta is appealing for donations at its shop at 5 Kelton House Portlaoise.It says all items - big and small - would be gratefully accepted.Gorta's Deirdre Kingston says donations are extremely important to... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Local Authorities urge recycling

The three Midland local authorities are encouraging households to recycle.We generate a massive amount of recyclable materials at Christmas time from drink bottles to cardboard wrapping.In Laois Kyletasesha Landfill and Portlaoise Recycling Centre are closed today and tomorrow.In Westmeath the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Sheehan is the new Dunamaise Ambassador

Actor Robert Sheehan is a new ambassador for the Dunamaise arts centre in Portlaoise.The 24 year old was mobbed this afternoon by over two hundred people, many of them teenage girls, who were thrilled to see the Love Hate star home for Christmas.They attended the theatre where he launched a... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Sheehan to launch Dunamaise fundraiser

The Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise is hoping support by local actor Robert Sheehan will boost its coffers.The Love Hate star is this afternoon launching the organisations latest fundraising drive 'Red or Black'The event will be held on March 15th.The Centre says is has a cash deficit of 24... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Three Grow Houses Smashed in Midlands

Gardaí have uncovered cannabis grow houses in counties Westmeath, Laois and Longford. It follows a coordinated operation targeting seven locations across the country. Ten people have been arrested and the drugs seized are worth in excess of €4.6m. The crackdown forms part of Operation Nitrogen and... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Gardaí Uncover Cannabis Growhouse in Laois

A cannabis growhouse has been found in Co. Laois. The Garda Local Drugs Unit swooped on a property in Vicarstown last evening. There they discovered cannabis plants and cultivation equipment. A technical team is at the scene this morning and as of yet, there is no estimated value on the find. Two... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

An Post Sorting Offices Deal with Seven Million Items Per Day

An Post sorting offices in Portlaoise, Athlone, Cork and Dublin are handling over seven million items a day.That is up for the daily average of 2.5 million.Seasonal staff were hired form early December to help deal with the increase.... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Reversal Sought to Westmeath Garda Cuts

Westmeath County Council is to write to the Minister for Justice asking him to reverse the decision to close four rural garda stations. On budget day, Alan Shatter announced he was shutting stations in Rathowen, Castletown Geoghegan, Ballinahown and Finnea. Three rural councillors put forward the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Road Projects Announced for Laois

Laois County Council has announced that a number of major road projects will begin next year. Work will commence on the N80 Kyletalesha Junction upgrade now that land acquisitions have been agreed and funds are available through the NRA. The extension of the Carlow Northern Relief Road from the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Westmeath Horse Trainer Missing in England

UK Police are searching for a missing horse trainer who is originally from Castletown Geoghegan in Co. Westmeath. Owen Brennan was last seen at his home on Wheeldon Avenue in Derby at 4.45 on Monday. The 77 year old suffered a stroke three months ago and has memory loss. Police are carrying out a... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Brunchtime sport

GAELIC GAMES Seamus Cheddar Plunkett goes before the Laois County Committee this evening for ratification as the next senior hurling manager Plunkett, who managed the O'Moores minors last year, is expected to have Paul Cuddy as part of his backroom team Plunkett and Cuddy had originally aiding the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Aoife Phelan Murder Accused Due in Court

The man accused of killing Aoife Phelan is due before the courts today. Robert Corbet of Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise is accused of murdering the Cashel Ballyroan native at Capoley, Portlaoise, on October 25th. The 30 year old au pair's remains were uncovered at the back of a house on... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

FF calls for urgent meeting in wake of Garda station closures

A Fianna Fail TD is seeking an urgent meeting of Westmeath's Joint Policing Committee following the Justice Minister's decision to shut 4 Garda Stations in the County.Alan Shatter has announced that Ballinahown, Castletown Geoghegan, Finea and Rathowen are to close as are Ballacolla and Ballinakill... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Wednesday morning sport

GAA Gerry Kavanagh has been appointed as the new Laois GAA Chairman following last night's Annual Convention in Portlaoise. The Stradbally clubman was elected unopposed by delegates to the role, succeeding Brian Allen. It had been thought that outgoing Vice-Chairman Kavanagh would be in competition... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Six Midlanders on Latest Tax Defaulters List

The Revenue Commissioners has published its latest list of tax defaulters.It details 113 settlements in the three months to the end of last September totalling 21.35 million euro - Six of those are relating to Midlands residents. Liam Murtagh of Monaghanstown Castletown Geoghan County Westmeath has... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Midlands Motorists Face Toll Hike

Drivers are facing higher toll charges in the New Year.The National Roads Authority says prices will rise on nine of 12 tolled routes - including three here in the Midlands which will see 10 cent increases.The toll on the M4 at Enfield will rise to 2.90, drivers using the M6 outside Ballinasloe will... Read More

Midlands 10312 years ago

Body found during investigation for Missing Laois woman

Gardai searching for missing Laois woman Aoife Phelan have found a body. The discovery was made during searches at a site on the Timahoe road. The 30 year old au pair from Cashel, Ballyroan disappeared on October 25th after leaving a house in Portlaoise. Gardai have released without charge a man... Read More

Midlands 10312 years ago

Search continues for Aoife Phelan in Laois and Kildare

It's understood gardai investigating the disappearance of missing Laois woman Aoife Phelan have made a signicant find in Portlaoise. A dig is underway at a house outside of the town on the Timahoe road. The area has beens sealed off. Meanwhile Searches of the River Barrow in Monasterevin, Co.... Read More

Regional News

Martin Mealy Cup finals serve up a feast of excellent handball

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Martin Mealy Cup finals serve up a feast of excellent handball

THERE was plenty of top class handball on view for the large support that attended the finals of the Martin Mealy Cup in Monavea on Sunday 6 April. The Martin Mealy Cup is considered the most prestigious doubles competition in Laois handball and this was reflected in the quality of this year’s... Read More

Celebrations in Knockaroo

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Celebrations in Knockaroo

St Kieran’s Church in Knockaroo witnessed a historic wedding recently when two descendants of Laois’ last Leinster senior hurling title winning side were married by Very Reverend Fr Jackie Robinson PP in Borris-in-Ossory. John A Delaney of Clough/Ballacolla, son of Joe and Delia (nee McCormack), and... Read More

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Early start for Killeshin Mass on Easter Sunday morning

THEY’LL be up with the lark once again in Killeshin on Easter Sunday, as the parish hosts its annual dawn Mass. Easter dawn Mass will be celebrated at Oisín House on the slopes of Rossmore, Killeshin at 6am on Easter Sunday morning. The celebrant is Fr John Dunphy, PP, and all are invited to join.... Read More

Laois fire fighters  win three awards  at rescue challenge

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Laois fire fighters win three awards at rescue challenge

LAOIS County Fire and Rescue Services scooped three awards at the recent National Extrication and Rescue Challenge. The Laois team consisting of firefighters Mary Territt and Paul Quail vied with 15 others to claim first place in the trauma care competition. It’s the second time in three years that... Read More

Clogh loses one of its oldest citizens with the passing of Eileen O’Carroll

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Clogh loses one of its oldest citizens with the passing of Eileen O’Carroll

THE parish of Clogh, Castlecomer lost one of its most senior citizens with the passing on Friday 21 March at Drakeslands House Nursing Home, Kilkenny of Eileen O’Carroll, Railyard, Castlecomer. Eileen had celebrated her 98thbirthday on Sunday 9 March. The former Eileen Keightley was a native of... Read More

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Laois walk this way in Durrow on Easter Sunday

EASTER Sunday will see the 2014 staging of the popular 17km walk on the MacGiollapadraig Way from Durrow to Gathabawn, Kilkenny. The walk will take three-and-a-half to four hours to complete. The name MacGiollapadraig (Irish for Fitzpatrick) is strongly associated with this particular area, as... Read More

FF launches Port/Graigue  team for local elections

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

FF launches Port/Graigue team for local elections

FIANNA Fáil launched its four-man election team in the Portarlington/Graiguecullen election area recently. The team is led by current councillor Pádraig Fleming from The Swan. He has been a member of the council since 2009 and is involved in many local community and voluntary groups. Former... Read More

Statement on  Grid Link was  ‘cynical exercise’

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

Statement on Grid Link was ‘cynical exercise’

“IT’S just another cynical and cosmetic exercise to impose the Grid Link project of pylons, turbines and substations on an increasingly sceptical and weary rural electorate here in Laois.” So said Kevin Scully, the independent local election candidate for the Portarlington/Graiguecullen electoral... Read More

WIND WAR GOES ON

Laois Nationalist6 days ago

WIND WAR GOES ON

“THEY haven’t gone away you know. The war continues.” That was the comment of one leading anti-wind farm activist in Laois to the weekend’s news that plans to erect over 1,000 wind farms across the midlands to export energy to Britain have been axed Energy ministerPat Rabbittesaid that the plans had... Read More

Laois star in The Great Escape

Laois star in The Great Escape

JUST over 50 years ago cinema goers were enthralled by the latest American film, The Great Escape, which told the story of an escape by Allied prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen. Based on a true story, the film at times stretched the belief of the... Read More

Ross is the man as Laois survive the drop

Ross is the man as Laois survive the drop

Allianz National Football League Division 2 Rd Laois  1-16 Down 2-10 By Conor Lennon A BRILLIANT first half display from Laois saw them retain their Division 2 status in style on Sunday, the three point gap at fulltime not reflective of the home team’s early dominance. Laois blitzed their opponents... Read More

‘The lads showed a lot of character today’

‘The lads showed a lot of character today’

Reaction – Tomás O Flaharta MANAGER Tomas O Flaharta was quick to praise the spirit of this Laois team on Sunday after they ensured Division 2 football for another year. “I think it was a good performance from the lads, we’re delighted we’re in Division 2 now again for the next year. I thought the... Read More

Laois will need to be more consistent

Laois will need to be more consistent

AN INSPIRED first half performance followed by a disappointing second period has become frustratingly familiar for Laois fans this season. Despite improved forward displays since last year, this continued inconsistency will worry fans leading into the summer. A look at Sunday’s match-day programme... Read More

Clonaslee Wheelchair Basketball Club can win the Irish league

Clonaslee Wheelchair Basketball Club can win the Irish league

CLONASLEE Wheelchair Club was established in 2004 in a joint initiative involving Laois Sports Partnership and Irish Wheelchair Association-Sport. Laois SIDO Garrett Culliton and IWA-Sport Development Officer Orla Dempsey found a number of people with a physical disability looking for sports in the... Read More

600 householders in financial distress in Laois

THERE are 600 householders in mortgage arrears to Laois Co Council. In an attempt to alleviate the issue, the council has introduced a scheme to assist the most distressed of those in arrears. The mortgage-to-rent scheme will allow council mortgage holders to look at various options, with the... Read More

Relegation  looms large  for Laois

Laois Nationalist2 weeks ago

Relegation looms large for Laois

Monaghan   0-19 Laois  0-14 LAOIS are in real danger of dropping out of Division 2 of the National League as Tomás Ó Flaharta’s side slumped to their third successive defeat. High flying Monaghan welcomed the O’Moore men to Clones on Sunday afternoon and it was the home side that prevailed with five... Read More

Laois Marlins continue to catch the eye

Laois Nationalist2 weeks ago

Laois Marlins continue to catch the eye

Choosing the highlight of the Laois Marlins’ performance at the Leinster Long Course Open Championships would be a very difficult task. Eoin Donoghue smashing the free style minute? Jordan Overton shaving a minute of in the 1500 free? Mathew Doyle shaving an incredible 15 seconds off his 200 breast?... Read More

Robbie Phelan fundraiser Clare V Wexford in Rathdowney

Laois Nationalist2 weeks ago

Robbie Phelan fundraiser Clare V Wexford in Rathdowney

THE All-Ireland champions Clare, fresh from their narrow victory over Laois on Sunday last, are showing their generous side by returning to the county on Sunday 13 April. In preparation for the National League semi-final against arch rivals Tipperary, the Davy Fitzgerald managed team will play... Read More

Strictly success for Portarlington RFC

Laois Nationalist2 weeks ago

Strictly success for Portarlington RFC

OVER recent years Portarlington RFC have developed a reputation for staging highly professional and entertaining events, none more so than last year’sStrictly Come Dancingin The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort. Following up on the success of that sold out event was never going to be easy but President... Read More

Sarsfields strike late to secure Ladies SFC crown

Leinster Express7 months ago

Sarsfields strike late to secure Ladies SFC crown

Sarsfield edged out long-time rivals Timahoe in an exciting encounter to claim the Laois Senior Ladies football crown in Park Ratheneska on Saturday evening. Both teams had opportunities to take home the silverware but it was the Mountmellick side, aided by a 57th minute goal who did just enough to... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Graigue turn the tide in second half

Some astute side-line changes were instrumental in a much improved second half that saw Graiguecullen come from behind to beat Park-Ratheniska in Annanough on Saturday. Park Ratheniska, after a replay defeat to Spink, were hoping to get back into the race as title contenders and when they led by 1-4... Read More

Ballyroan finish strongly to see off Clonaslee challenge

Leinster Express7 months ago

Ballyroan finish strongly to see off Clonaslee challenge

Trailing by three points at half-time after conceding 1-4 in the last eight minutes before the break, Ballyroan kept Clonaslee/St Manman’s scoreless in the second-half while scoring six points of their own to secure their place in the semi-final an incident packed game. Played in changeable... Read More

Mountmellick hold firm in the face of late Crettyard rally

Leinster Express7 months ago

Mountmellick hold firm in the face of late Crettyard rally

Mountmellick withstood a frantic late rally from Crettyard on Friday night to secure their place in the last eight of the Laois SFC. Those madcap last few minutes made up for what had been a poor game overall, as Crettyard’s lack of urgency in attack in all bar those last few minutes was their... Read More

Second half surge sees Heath edge past Stradbally

Leinster Express7 months ago

Second half surge sees Heath edge past Stradbally

A strong second half display from The Heath saw them get the better of local rivals Stradbally in the last of Saturday’s triple header. The Heath had needed a strong second half too, as they managed just one point in the opening period, as both themselves and Stradbally struggled for form in front... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

A great time was had by all at the Cashel Debs Ball

For a hour last Thursday evening The Plaza took on the appearance of a West End Theatre forecourt prior to a premier screening. One after another glamorous young ladies and their dashing escorts arrived to the obvious approval of family members and friends assembled for the annual extravaganza in... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Mick Mullholland

And so what of our Republic in this year of 2013? The summer schools generated a debate on the current state of Ireland in recent weeks.Some commentators and newspaper editorial writers put pen to paper on the issue.Opinion is divided.One school of thought is that the country is banjaxed, a word... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Collection for juvenile GAA club

Naomh Éamann Juvenile Club will have their annual church gate collection on September 21/22. The club will also we have a clothes collection on September 28. All support for both would be appreciated as always. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Mental health exhibition

Dunamaise Arts Centre in association with HSE Laois Offaly Mental Health Services and Laois Connects presents ‘Let’s Connect’, an exhibition which will be officially launched by Kathleen Lynch TD, on Thursday, September 5 at 5pm at Dunamaise Arts Centre. This exhibition will form part of Laois... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Activities for cancer survivors

The Cuisle Centre is launching a physical activity programme for cancer survivors in conjunction with the Irish Cancer Society. The programme runs for 15 weeks, starting Monday, September 9. Call 057 8681492 (only 15 places). Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Spink Comhaltas registration night

Spink Comhaltas are having their registration night next Friday, September 13, for the coming year. New members are always welcome. Registration starts at 7pm until 8.30pm in Knock Hall, Spink. Tuition starts back on Friday 20. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois pupils could be Young Scientists

Laois secondary school pupils are invited to enter the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Log onto www.btyoungscientist.com. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

St Brigid’s tractor run

St Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke are holding a car/tractor run on Sunday September 15 at 1.30pm from the community centre. Entry fee is €10 and all proceeds are in aid of the senior citizens party, all classic/vintage cars and tractors, bicycles are welcome. Refreshments served. Phone Eddie or... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

40,000 tonne waste plant stalls

The residents of Derryguile and Kyletalesha have appealed county hall’s approval of a waste plant, describing it as “a blight on the landscape”. AES, owned by Bord na Mona, applied to use the existing site near the Kyletalesha landfill for a new 40,000 tonnes per year waste transfer and processing... Read More

Communities plan their campaign against turbine plans

Leinster Express7 months ago

Communities plan their campaign against turbine plans

A packed out Ballyroan Community Hall last Tuesday August 27, at a public meeting on the proposed wind farms near Ballyroan and Spink. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Helping Hospice

Leinster Express7 months ago

Helping Hospice

Mary Delaney, secretary of Laois Hospice, is presented with €100,000 by the Give2go cyclist group who raised €200,000 for charities from this year’s Tour de Picnic cycle, pictured at the Cosby estate in Stradbally. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Inter-county opposition

People came from all parts of Laois and even Offaly and Kildare to Ballyroan last Tuesday, both in support, and to get tips on objecting to turbine plans in their area. Adele Kierans from Rhode said she found out by accident that a turbine was being erected near her home.“I didn’t get any letter,... Read More

€100 million turbine windfall to council

Leinster Express7 months ago

€100 million turbine windfall to council

Wind farms could boost Laois County Council income by €100 million over 25 years according to one of the wind turbine companies. Element Power CEO Tim Cowhig says the €4 million it would pay each year could contribute 45 percent extra on the €9 million the council collected in business rates last... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Times Past

If you are looking out for a wife, never choose one above three feet ten inches in height, for these following reasons. You will be able, if you are anything of a man, to look down on her, and she will of necessity be forced to look up to you; she will take less clothes to cover her; and your... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Times Past

Brayo’s Trick “Hello, what’s the matter with you?” laughed Shortem, as he saw young Brayo coming along looking very miserable, and keeping his eyes on the ground. “What have you lost?”“I’m looking for a shilling,” said Brayo. “Come and help me.”“Rather! Findings keepings, eh?” shouted Shortem as he... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Times Past

Justice Sweetman at Portarlington Court on Tuesday adjourned for one month a charge of groping for fish in the River Barrow on June 16, brought against Dermot Higgins, Patrick Street, Portarlington, and Matthew Geoghegan, St Bridget’s Square, to ascertain the legal definition of “grope”. Mr PA Healy,... Read More

Volunteers   saving lives in Portarlington

Leinster Express7 months ago

Volunteers saving lives in Portarlington

It has been a busy first four months for Portarlington First Responders, who are on 24 hour call for 999 emergencies. Already the trained volunteers have responded to 28 calls, saved a life, and given essential treatment and comfort to patients and families in the area.“We didn’t know what to expect,... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Insolvency PIPs may cherry pick debtors

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Leinster Express7 months ago

Retired Nurses Assoc. meeting

The Laois-Offaly Retired Nurses Association will hold a meeting on Monday, September 9, in the SIPTU offices Tullamore at 3pm. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Shed is not exempt from planning rules

A MOUNTMELLICK man has been told by An Bord Pleanala that his agricultural shed is not an exempted development as it is located in a special conservation area. Mr Patrick Horan, of Derrycloney, Mountmellick, has been told that the area he has built his shed is home to a number of animal species,... Read More

Ward leads Port to league success over Graigue

Leinster Express7 months ago

Ward leads Port to league success over Graigue

Portarlington dug deep in the dying minutes of the game to hold on to the result as Graiguecullen battled back to within two points of the eventual winners in a hugely entertaining final in Annanough. Graiguecullen registered the first score of the game after just a minute, with corner-forward Ryan... Read More

Second half goals see Colt knocked out by Rosenallis

Leinster Express7 months ago

Second half goals see Colt knocked out by Rosenallis

Colt were the surprise victims in the SHC ‘B’ quarter-finals over the weekend as Rosenallis booked their place in the last four at the expense of the Raheen men. Having won the Division 1B league title earlier this year year, Colt were one of the favourites for this SHC’B’ title, but two... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Smiles all round as Minister Coveney launches the ploughing championships in Laois

With dust has hardly settled on the Electric Picnic, Laois is already gearing up for another huge influx of visitors for the National Ploughing Championship which takes place just up the road from the Picnic site this year There was smiles and building excitement today as Minister for Agriculture,... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Flanagan told he is ‘not doing enough’

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan was accused of not doing enough to pass on concerns about windfarms to his party leader. An audience member in Ballyroan said Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s dismissal of public fears of “alarmist” proved he was unaware of community feeling in Laois.“Since that I have arranged... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Battling Portarlington claim double bonus points

After a straightforward victory in round one, Portarlington travelled to Clondalkin for what would be a much stiffer test of their progress under new coach Johan Taylor. With both sides enjoying a strong showing in last year’s Leinster League Division 1B this game would give the South African native... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Ballacolla girl represents Irish Pony Club in England

Ballacolla resident and Laois Hunt pony club member, 13 year old Billie-Mae Geoghegan has had a summer to remember. Riding her 11.3hh pony BB Beroose, she and team mate Katie Hurley have just returned from representing the Irish Pony Club at the British Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle... Read More

Ballyroan unites to fight Coillte turbines

Leinster Express7 months ago

Ballyroan unites to fight Coillte turbines

Up to 150 people packed into Ballyroan Community Hall last Tuesday to form a unified stance against an 18 turbine windfarm planned by Coillte. Henry Fingleton from Cullenagh said Coillte’s farm was a “gateway” project.“It is the Government’s policy to cluster windfarms. If Coillte gets a go-ahead,... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Suicide Prevention Day service

As part of World Suicide Prevention Day next Tuesday, there will be an ecumenical service of remembrance and hope in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, on Tuesday, September 10 at 7.30pm. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Book on Ballacolla farm to be launched

RTE presenter Damien O’Reilly will launch the book, ‘A Year On Our Farm’ by Ann and Robin Talbot, at the Talbot Farm, Coole, Ballacolla, on Monday September 9, at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Heath come good in second half

Leinster Express7 months ago

Heath come good in second half

A superb second half display from The Heath proved more than enough to overcome the challenge of O’Dempsey’s to last Wednesday night. In what was a lackluster opening fifteen minutes, O’Dempsey’s led by four points to one thanks to scores from Matthew Finlay (2), Cathal Meade and Darragh Bannon,... Read More

Killeen in total control as they ease into quarter-finals

Leinster Express7 months ago

Killeen in total control as they ease into quarter-finals

Two goals in the first-half from midfielders Jason Enright and Donal Kingston proved to be the decisive scores as Arles-Killen advanced to the quarter-finals after an at times ill-tempered encounter with Stradbally. Jason Enright’s goal after 23 seconds set the tone while Donal Kingston’s after 21... Read More

All square after epic contest between great rivals

Leinster Express7 months ago

All square after epic contest between great rivals

Rathdowney-Errill and Clough-Ballacolla played out one of the best games the county has ever seen last Sunday night, as it ended all square in O’Moore Park. The teams will have to meet again this Saturday afternoon, and that’ll be just fine for anyone who witnessed this game. From the first minute... Read More

Exciting action at Laois One-Wall Handball Tournament Finals

Leinster Express7 months ago

Exciting action at Laois One-Wall Handball Tournament Finals

Last Sunday, the Laois One-Wall handball tournament was held in the newly opened one-wall court in Cullohill. The tournament proved a huge success with a number of highly competitive and entertaining games on the day. In the first match of the tournament, Andrew Dowling faced Ray Fogarty. Andrew was... Read More

Agri Minister for Ploughing launch

Leinster Express7 months ago

Agri Minister for Ploughing launch

The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney will attend the launch of the 2013 Ploughing Championships which will take place in Ratheniska, later this month. The official launch will take place at the site tomorrow (Wednesday, September 4). Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Monument to Laois Republicans unveiled

Leinster Express7 months ago

Monument to Laois Republicans unveiled

A monument to Laois Republicans was recently unveiled at the site of a well known figure within the movement. Over 400 people attended the unveiling of the monument and paraded with a pipe band from the Heath Church to the new memorial erected at the site of the late Jim Hyland’s thatched cottage in... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Expert talk on the Bog Body

Local people will have a chance to find out more on the world famous bog body discovered in Laois. Ned Kelly of the National Museum will visit Abbeyleix Heritage House at 8pm on October 3 to discuss the Bog Body found at Cashel near Ballyroan, recently found to be the oldest ever discovered.Further... Read More

Six medals for Laois kickboxers at World Championships

Leinster Express7 months ago

Six medals for Laois kickboxers at World Championships

The Mountmellick based Laois Martial Arts Club Kickboxers were among the stars of the show at the WOMMA World Championships held recently in Citywest, Dublin. Team LMA had a team of 10 fighters competing on the day and they came away with an impressive haul of six medals.This was the first time the... Read More

Cleaning up dodgy fuel dealers

Leinster Express7 months ago

Cleaning up dodgy fuel dealers

A new scheme launched by the Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA) will ensure motorists get legal clean fuel says Senator John Whelan “Participating garages must be prepared to sign up to random and independent testing,” said Sen Whelan. “Fuel laundering is a scourge in our society”. Email to... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Model Railway Club

Midlands Model Railway Club, a non profit club based in the Abbeyleix Heritage Centre, will be holding their second annual show on September 15. Viscount Lord de Vesci has kindly agreed to perform the opening ceremony.The club were formed four years ago and at present they do not have funds that... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Replay success for Spink as they see off Ratheniska

With sixty minutes of football unable to separate these two sides last week, Spink finally settled the matter last Thursday night with a four point win. Spink took the lead early on with Damien Carter opening the scoring with just a minute on the clock, before Paul Simms doubled their lead two... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Protest groups convene to discuss wind turbine plans

The Slieve Bloom Wind Turbine Awareness Group (SWAG) and Laois Wind Energy Awareness Group (LWEAG) met with MEP Mairead McGuinness recently, to discuss concerns about the plans to erect thousands of industrial turbines across the Midlands. Paula Poole, of SWAG, outlined her concern at finding out... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Proposed turbines exceed planning regulations - IWCM

The proposed wind farm on the Laois/Kilkenny border exceeds the threshold set down by the planning and development regulations, according to the company overseeing wind energy projects in Ireland. As part of Galetech Energy Developments Limited’s application to build eight turbines at Ironmills, the... Read More

Bergin swings game in Heath’s favour to secure crucial win

Leinster Express7 months ago

Bergin swings game in Heath’s favour to secure crucial win

A second half revival saw The Heath eclipse The Rock in the first of a thrilling triple-header in O’Moore Park on Saturday evening. It is a victory that assured The Heath involvement in the championship while condemning The Rock to the brink of relegation. It wasn’t pretty, with very little space... Read More

O’Dempsey’s come good in the second half to secure victory

Leinster Express7 months ago

O’Dempsey’s come good in the second half to secure victory

A dominant second half performance from O’Dempsey’s saw them book their place in the quarter-finals of the SFC on Sunday night. Eddie Kelly’s side had looked out of sorts for much of the opening half as they struggled to handle a lively Mountmellick team, but a fortuitous goal before half-time swung... Read More

Portarlington make winning start

Leinster Express7 months ago

Portarlington make winning start

A straight forward season opener saw Portarlington prove to strong for a battling Athy side at Lea Road last Sunday in the Hosie Cup Round 1. Under the watchful eye of new club coach Johan Taylor, the Port men worked hard at the breakdown and made good use of their possession to run in six tries in... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Del Potro the smart pick for US Open

THE incredible roller coaster ride that my family are enjoying with Sole and Slade Power continued last week at York when the former ran a brilliant race in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes to finish third behind Jwala, while Slade got upset in the stalls and only beat a couple home. Sole’s performance... Read More

Laois advance to All Ireland Final to face Kildare again

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois advance to All Ireland Final to face Kildare again

Second-half goals by Sile Burke, Louise Mahony and Niamh Dollard were of immense importance at Donaghmore/Ashbourne GAA Club last Saturday afternoon, as Mattie Collier’s Laois booked their place in the All Ireland Final. The O’Moore County now progress to the September 15 decider in Croke Park,... Read More

New manager to take Laois to ‘next level’

Leinster Express7 months ago

New manager to take Laois to ‘next level’

Laois GAA chairman Gerry Kavanagh wants the next manager of the Laois senior football team to take the county to ‘the next level.’ Speaking to the Leinster Express yesterday (Monday), Kavanagh confirmed that the process to replace McNulty is underway, and he is clear on what he wants from the Armagh... Read More

Walsh on fire as Emo edge to instant Intermediate return

Leinster Express7 months ago

Walsh on fire as Emo edge to instant Intermediate return

So far the Laois Senior football championship has been one of surprises and upsets and Ballylinan added to the mix by defeating a favoured Emo side in O’Moore Park on Sunday morning. A tit-for-tat game throughout, Ballylinan were the more clinical in taking their chances, and although Emo never... Read More

Port Rugby Camp a massive success

Leinster Express7 months ago

Port Rugby Camp a massive success

Record numbers of children enjoyed five days of exceptionally well organised activities at Portarlington Rugby Club recently. A total of 149 boys and girls, divided into six age groups, were treated to a wide range of games each day that left both children and parents raving about a wonderful week... Read More

Laois handballers lose out in Leinster Final

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois handballers lose out in Leinster Final

Last Monday night in Garryhill, Laois handballers Andrew Dowling and Peter Whelan were looking to add the Leinster 60x30 Junior B title to the 40x20 title they had won earlier in the year. In the final they faced strong opposition in the shape of Brendan and Diarmuid Burke of Kilkenny who had... Read More

Campion puts the seal on win as St Joseph’s remain in SFC

Leinster Express7 months ago

Campion puts the seal on win as St Joseph’s remain in SFC

A remarkable late flurry of points from St Joseph’s midfielder Matthew Campion helped the Kellyville side to a well-deserved win over Portarlington on Sunday night. Campion rattled off four points in as many minutes, between the 57th and the 61st minutes, as the late rally stunned Portarlington and... Read More

Crettyard just hold on to see off late Timahoe charge

Leinster Express7 months ago

Crettyard just hold on to see off late Timahoe charge

Despite leading by 12 points with 12 minutes to play, Crettyard needed a brilliant last ditch block from Liam Kelly in the final seconds of the game to hold on for the win. For 45 minutes Crettyard dominated the game and were full value for their 3-8 to 0-5 lead but with the winning line in sight,... Read More

Experience pays for Kilcruise as they edge out Killeshin

Leinster Express7 months ago

Experience pays for Kilcruise as they edge out Killeshin

You just can’t buy experience. With ten minutes left of this end to end clash on Saturday evening, Killeshin were two points up and looked in great shape to spring a surprise. By the end, this wily Arles-Kilcruise side had, almost inevitably, turned the screw and chalked up another hard fought win.... Read More

Leinster Express7 months ago

Laois juvenile hurling squads in blitz action this weekend

All three of Laois’ hurling development squads will be in action this coming Saturday, August 31, as the U-14 and U-16 squads enter national blitzes and the U-15s take part in a competition with other Leinster counties. The U-14s travel to Waterford to compete in Division 1 of the Tony Forristal... Read More

New manager must aim to make Laois competitive in Leinster once again

Leinster Express8 months ago

New manager must aim to make Laois competitive in Leinster once again

With the process to find Justin McNulty’s successor now underway, speculation will be rife over the coming days and weeks until a new manager is appointed. By Rory DelaneyThe potential candidates have been listed elsewhere on this website, but what exactly must the next manager achieve to be... Read More

Leinster Express8 months ago

Abbeyleix stage second-half fightback to down Colt

Two goals in the first ten minutes of the second-half were the launchpad as Abbeyleix came from three points down at the break to record a five point win over Colt in a windy O’Moore Park on Saturday afternoon. Ace marksman Eoghan Fennelly got the first of the goals with Eoin Reilly adding the... Read More

Leinster Express8 months ago

Rathdowney-Errill stand firm late on

Rathdowney-Errill held strong in the closing minutes to see off the challenge of a battling Borris-Kilcotton side by the narrowest of margins in a thrilling clash played out in Fr Breen Park, Abbeyleix on Sunday. The first half was a very evenly matched affair with the sides matching each other... Read More

Hyland key as Ballacolla set up date with Rathdowney-Errill

Leinster Express8 months ago

Hyland key as Ballacolla set up date with Rathdowney-Errill

A ten point haul from Willie Hyland helped Clough-Ballacolla to retain their Laois SHC hopes for 2013 on Sunday evening against Ballinakill. The final scoreline probably flattered Ballacolla a little, as Ballinakill had been right in the game, and were only four behind with four minutes to play.... Read More

Leinster Express8 months ago

Laois athletes shine at Community Games Final

Laois athletes were to the fore at the Community Games Finals held in Athlone IT last weekend. Click play on video to view a slideshow of some of the Laois athletes in action. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Comerford goal crucial as Borris/Kilcotton reach semis

Leinster Express8 months ago

Comerford goal crucial as Borris/Kilcotton reach semis

Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton caused the second upset in this year’s Laois Senior Hurling Championship with a fully deserved five point win over defending champions Rathdowney/Errill after an excellent hour of hurling in O’Moore Park on Saturday evening. A goal from a 21 metre free from Ciaran... Read More

Stradbally make no mistake as they cruise into round two

Leinster Express8 months ago

Stradbally make no mistake as they cruise into round two

What a difference a week makes. Just six days previously a last-gasp Colm Kelly free saved Stradbally from a surprise defeat at the hands of The Rock. Those who felt that the Mountmellick side had let their chance slip were proved right here as Stradbally, even without Kelly, disposed of The Rock... Read More

Unbeatable Premier League seaon preview

Leinster Express8 months ago

Unbeatable Premier League seaon preview

To mark the start of the new Premier League season this Saturday, we are offering all out on-line audience the chance to get up to speed for the coming season with free access to the excellent 49 page Press Association Premier League preview webmag. Featuring profiles of all 20 teams, a run down of... Read More

Bronze for Lyons at World Transplant Games

Leinster Express8 months ago

Bronze for Lyons at World Transplant Games

Laois athlete Robbie Lyons has added to his already impressive haul of medals in international events by bringing home a bronze medal from the World Transplant Games in Durban. Nineteen year old Robbie from The Swan was competing in the 18- 29 years of age category.He jumped a distance of 5.28... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

AIB 'caught in middle' of Agar Tracey dispute

AIB has been described as 'caught in the middle' of a legal dispute between well known Dublin developer David Agar and his former Westmeath business partner George Tracey.The row revolves around a return on a one million euro investment in a Japanese property fund run by the bank.Our Courts... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Athlone Town signs new gear deal

Athlone Town FC has signed a multi year deal with a Spanish Sportwear Firm. Joma will provide the club with its playing kit and leisurewear. The company produces gear for Valencia and Florentia among others It will also partner the renovation and imporvement of the club sport shop at Athlone Town... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Offaly Cllr says funeral of murdered vet will help family

The Chairman of Offaly County Council Peter Ormond says tomorrow's funeral of the Offaly woman murdered in Wales will help her family somewhat.37 year old Catherine Gowing - from Clonlee near Birr - had been working as a vet near Mold in Flintshire when she disappeared last October.Her remains were... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Funeral tomorrow for oldest person

The Country's oldest person will be laid to rest tomorrow.Mary Kate Byrne, more commonly known as Polly, passed away at home in Maganey in Co Laois on New Years Eve.She was 108 years old.Her remains are reposing at her home with removal this evening at 7.15 to St Abban's Church Killeen to arrive at... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Bigger than average house price fall in Midlands

House prices are continuing to fall here in the MidlandsHowever two reports out this morning show that the sector in general is beginning to stabilise.According to figures from the property websites My Home.ie and Daft.ie, prices continued to fall during the last three months of 2012 - but the rate... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

2 families give back Child Benefit

Just 2 families out of 600 thousand have opted to give up Child BenefitRyanair boss Michael O'Leary from Mullingar had been a critic of the allowance.He called it a subsidy for people to have sex.The Father of 4 would hade been entitled to 588 Euro a month in 2012 and 530 in 2013.A spokesperson for... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Funeral of murdered Offaly vet tomorrow

Murdered Offaly woman, Catherine Gowing, is to be buried tomorrow. Remains belonging to the 37-year-old were found last October and November, after she vanished from her home in Wales. Her body will be removed to Kinnitty Church this evening to arrive at 9 o'clock The Vet will be buried in St... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

The oldest person in Ireland has died

Ireland's oldest woman has died Mary Kate Byrne was a resident of Maganey in Co Laois She passed away today, aged 108 Also known as Poppy, Mary Kate was born on August 14th... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Daingean NYE Parade tonight

The Daingean Homecoming New Years Eve Parade takes place this eveningCrowds will walk through the town and end up at the Christmas tree where they'll sing carols and hymns.Organisers are encouraging locals and visitors to attend.The Parade begins at... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Tributes paid to Ireland's oldest person who's died in Laois

Ireland's oldest person has diedMary Kate Byrne from Maganey in Co Laois was born on the 14th of August 1904.She passed away today, aged 108 at home surrounded by her family.Cllr John Moran lives nearby.He says Mary Kate kept her faculties' right to the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Sheep kill in Laois

A Laois farmer has violently lost 14 sheep over the Christmas period.2 dogs attacked the flock of Henry Burns in Mountmellick last Thursday.6 were initially lost but 8 others had to later be put down because of the severity of injuries sustained.All were in lamb.It's understood up to 40 sheep were... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Damaging Gusts Expected to Hit Midlands

Met Eireann is warning that the Midlands could face damaging gusts of wind today and tonight.A weather warning has been issued with southerly gales expected to gust to between 90 and 115 km/h in Leinster up until 9pm.Wind speeds could top 130 km/h in parts of the west and northwest.The Road Safety... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

FG's Flanagan Demands Ellis Answers

Fine Gael Party Chairman Charlie Flanagan is calling on Sinn Féin's Dessie Ellis to "come clean" on any involvement he had in killings carried out during the Troubles. The Irish Independent today reports that secret internal communications within the British government - released under the 30 year... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Study Highlights Need to Attract Tourists To Areas Outside Dublin

A major challenge facing Irish tourism is to attract visitors to areas outside the capital.That is according to the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation which has released figures for 2012.According to its latest report, there were close to 6.5 million visitors from overseas, with around 2 per cent... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Mullingar Strongman Event to Air on TV

The Ultimate Strongman competition held in Mullingar last August screens tonight.Over 3,200 people attended the event at Columb Barracks.The County Council, Fáilte Ireland and the Chamber of Commerce have branded it as a hugely positive experience for the town.The copetition airs tonight at 10... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Tullamore Tractor Run to Take Place

Vintage cars, trucks, motorbikes and tractors big and small will take to the streets this morning for the Tullamore Tractor Run. The event is in aid of Cancer Care at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore. Those taking part will assemble at the Tanyard from 10am sharp before meeting there... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

SF accuses Minister Hogan of spinning household charge stats

Sinn Fein is accusing the Environment Minister of spinning household charge figures into the New Year.Phil Hogan claims that 70% have paid the fee which shows critics were wrong about how much would be collected.However Laois Offaly TD Brian Stanley says the levy has been a disaster.He says 30% of... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

UK Police reiterate plea for help in missing Westmeath man case

Police are reiterating their appeal for help in finding a missing Westmeath man in the UK.Retired Horse Trainer Owen Brennan, originally from Castlepollard was last seen at his home in Derby on December 17th.Officers are concerned as the 77 year old suffers from memory lose since a stroke 3 months... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

RSA warns of driving in strong winds

The Road Safety Authority is warning drivers to be careful today with more gale force winds expected in many areas.Met Eireann says the outlook for the weekend is extremely windy - with very strong southerly and southwesterly winds.Brian Farrell is the Communications Manager at the Road Safety... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Teachers blast Ministerial threat to get rid of poor public sector workers

Teachers unions are reacting angrily to Brendan Howlin's promise that the Government is determined to get rid of poor performers in the public sector, including bad teachers.The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform told the Irish Independent that it's not acceptable for parents to be paying... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Connacht need to up ambitions - Mannion

Former Connacht and Ireland number eight Noel Mannion feels the Westerners should be aiming to finish higher in the Rabo Direct 12Eric Elwood's side suffered a 16-12 defeat to an understrength Munster side in Saturday's Inter Pro derby in GalwayThe result leaves Connacht in 10th place with the other... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Byrne aims for spot on Irish team for Europeans.

Rochfortbridge's Jake Byrne is hoping to put the disappointing end to his cross country season behind him and earn a place on the Irish team for the Europeans in Finland next summerThe Mullingar Harriers athlete is in his sophomore year at Iona College in New York and a knee injury hampered his run... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Players and clubs support Plunkett

New Laois hurling manager Seamus Plunkett is set to have the support of players and clubs in the O'Moore County - that's according to the Laois Nationalist's Pat DelaneyPlunkett took the reigns last week after a long search to find a new manager and he'll be hoping to be able to call upon all the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Santa chats to children on Midlands 103

Midlands103 has made contact with Santa Claus,The man in Red is travelling the world - delivering presents tonight to children all over the globe.Will Faulkner from the Midlands Today has linked up with Santa via satellite telephone.Children are talking to Mr Claus about what they're hoping to... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Bressie busks for LARCC

Niall Breslin and a host of other musicians will be singing in Mullingar this afternoon.The busking session at Market Square takes place between 3 and 6.It's all in aid of LARCC.General Manager of the Cancer Support Centre Bernie McHugh says the sing song lead by Bressie gives a big voice to the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Stanley says Burton hit out at EMC proof of Government tension

Laois Offaly TD Brian Stanley says the Social Protection Minister's hit out at the Economic Management Council is further proof of tensions within the Government .Joan Burton's not happy that big departments like her own, Education and Health aren't included in the group.The Taoiseach, Tanaiste and... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Davren - new Irish welterweight mixed martials champion

Offaly's Kieran Davren is the new Irish welterweight mixed martials championHe secured the title on Saturday night by locking in an armbar takedown to defeat Jason Smyth inside the second minute of the main event of the Celtic Gladiator card in GalwayDavren will defend the title in the New Year at... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Midland troops overseas for Christmas

Midland soldiers are among the 440 personnel serving overseas this Christmas.The Irish Defence Forces are on 17 missions across 12 different countries including Kosovo, Bosnia, Lebanon and Uganda.The troops in Camp Shamrock in Lebanon will have a traditional Irish Christmas dinner prepared by... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Junior Minister Shane McEntee to be laid to rest

The Minister of State, Shane McEntee, will be laid to rest today, following his funeral mass in St. John the Baptist Church in Nobber in Co. Meath.The 56 year old was found dead in his home on Friday morning.He's survived by his wife Kathleen, his children Aoife, Vincent, Helen and Sally, and his... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Live crib in Rathdowney

Scores of people are visiting a live crib in Rathdowney.4 Donkeys, 2 sheep, 2 goats as well as the nativity scene are in 2 forty-foot containers at the Square in the town.Local man Michael Creagh says people love it....... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Two Arrested in Athlone Drugs Bust

Two people have been arrested following a drugs bust in Athlone. Local Gardaí stopped and searched a car on Lyster Street shortly before 10 this morning as part of an ongoing operation. They arrested a 25 year old woman and seized half a kilo of heroin worth €75,000. A 29 year old man was later... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Burglaries and fraud on the rise

Recorded incidents of burglaries and fraud are on the rise.That's according to the latest stats for the Eastern Garda Region which takes in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.Ruaidhrí Kelly has the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Ericssons cristised for timing of mandatory job losses

Ericssons is being criticised for issuing 40 workers at its plant in Athlone with mandatory redundancies.Last month the company announced it was laying off 100 of its 700 staff at Blyry.It said it had hoped to achieve the cutbacks on a voluntary basis however it didn't receive enough applications.... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Midlands man invents 'Passport Minder' app

An Edenderry man has developed an app that prevents you letting your passport expire.Finn Mooney's ' Passport Minder' hit the I-phone market in recent days.Plans are in place to roll it out for Android as well.Finn explains what the technology... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

IFA saddened at Minister McEntees passing

The Irish Farmer's association is expressing it's condolences to Mr McEntee's Family.Regional Vice Chairman and Laois Man Jer Bergin is describing the Minister as tough but fair to deal with.He say's he's horrified by his sudden... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Tullamore NY Lotto Winner Reaches Agreement with Ex-Husband

The Tullamore New York lottery winner has struck a deal with her American ex husband.Trisha Eisel's winnings had been frozen since 2011 because of a row with her ex Jamie who was looking for half of the jackpot.Trish scooped $21.5m last January, however because she opted for a lump sum, that dropped... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

FG Minister Shane McEntee has died

Junior minister Shane McEntee has diedThe Meath East TD was 56 years old.In a statement the Government says the Fine Gael politician from Nobber died suddenly.Aisling O'Rourke... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

XFactor song beats Tiny Dancer to no.1

Tiny Dancer - A Song for Lily Mae - has just been beaten in the race to become Ireland's Christmas Number 1 by XFactor's James Arthur.The track aims to raise money for four-year-old Lily Mae Morrison from Galway who's suffering from an aggressive form of cancer known as Neuroblastoma.Mullingar man... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Some Athlone Ericsson Workers Facing Mandatory Redundancies

An unknown number of workers at Ericsson in Athlone have been told they are to lose their jobs. On November the 8th last, the telecommunications giant announced it was axing 100 positions out of its 700 strong workforce. It said it had hoped the cutbacks would be through voluntary redundancies.... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Seven for Court Over Cannabis Seizures

Seven men are due before the courts today in connection with a mult-million euro haul of of cannabis.It follows a major crackdown across the country that included raids here in the Midlands.The estimated street value of the haul is in the region of €4.6m. As part of Operation Nitrogen, plants worth... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

MIDOC Hours for Christmas Time

The HSE midland area Midoc service is an urgent out-of-hours family doctor service operating in Westmeath, Laois, Offaly, and Longford. It is important for people to remember that Midoc is not a drop-in service, and should only be used for cases that cannot wait for the next routine surgery. You can... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Westmeath Capital Investment Programme Revealed

Westmeath County Council has announced its capital investment programme for the next three years. The local authority aims to spend around €82.5m on roads, environment, housing water and miscellaneous projects between now and 2015, but many of those schemes depend on money being available from a... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Fleming to Grill BOI Directors Over Credit Card Interest Hike

Laois Offaly TD Sean Fleming says members of the Oireachtas Finance Committee will today seek answers from Bank of Ireland about its credit card hike. Customers with a clear card have seen the rate go from 13.8 per cent to 17.8 per cent. The bank's 'Public Interest Directors' are due to come before... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Many Students Still Waiting For Grants

Only a third of students will have received their college grant by Christmas. The Irish Examiner says just 13,500 students will have been paid before the festive season. A month ago, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said the agency tasked with processing the grants, SUSI, would pay out on 33,... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Offaly County Council Gives Tullamore Dew Distillery the Green Light

Offaly County Council has backed William Grant and Sons ambitious plans to bring Tullamore Dew home.The authority has given the green light for a 35 million euro plant in Clonminch.The annoucement to construct a new plant earlier this year was largely welcomed in the town - an area hard hit by the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Athlone Soup Kitchen Preparing for Busy Christmas Day

The founder of a soup kitchen in Athlone says he is expecting as many as 60 people through the doors on Christmas Day.Oliver Williams opened the Twist Soup Kitchen on Sean Costello Street last month.Similar operations exist in Roscommon and Galway.The Athenry native spent time on the streets in... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Power Outage Hits Parts of Tullamore

Power is out in just under 300 homes in the Clonminch area of Tullamore. Since first light, ESB crews have been been trying to identify the source of the problem. It is believed the fault is as a result of strong winds overnight. A spokesperson for ESB says it is not known at this stage when... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Former Taoiseach Cowen Pays Tribute to Páidí Ó Sé

Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral of GAA star Páidí Ó Sé in Co. Kerry today.The 57-year-old father of three died suddenly last weekend at his home in Ventry near Dingle.Prominent figures from the worlds of sport and politics are expected to pay their final respects today to the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Offaly Co Co Enters 10 Year Loan Over Debt

A balanced budget in what has been a difficult year - that is the reaction of Offaly County Councillor Connie Hanniffy to the authority's planned finances for 2013 which have been adopted. The council finishes 2012 with a €5.5m deficit and has been subjected to a 0.57 per cent reduction in its local... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Clara Pub Fire Not Believed to be Malicious

Gardaí say they are satisfied that a fire which broke out in a pub in Clara this morning was not malicious. Firefighters from Tullamore and Clara were called to Bunny's Bar at around 4am to deal with a blaze in the beer garden. Garda scenes of crime experts carried out a forensic examination of the... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Laois Cathaoirleach Calls on a Further 400 People to Pay Household Tax

Laois County Council could still recoup some of its lost local government grant for 2012 if another 400 people pay the household charge.That is according to Cathaoirleach Paul Mitchell who has been speaking after the local authority adopted next year's draft budget which sees expenditure cut by over... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Westmeath Man to be Sentenced over Rape

A Westmeath man convicted of raping a 23 year old woman after claiming to be gay and luring her to his house is to be sentenced today.The 46-year-old had pleaded not guilty to rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment and making threats to kill on January 8th 2010.The jury found him guilty on all... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Eight Year Sentence for Westmeath Man Convicted of Rape

A 46 year old chef who falsely imprisoned, raped and orally raped a woman he met in a nightclub in Co Westmeath has been jailed for 8 years. Samir Mansour, is originally from Tunisia but lives at Windmill Hill, Prospect, Mullingar, where the attack took place on January 8th 2010. Mansour met his 19... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Maye believes he owes an art piece by famous Italian sculpture

A Midlands Businessman is inviting experts to view a piece of artwork he believes is by one of Italy's neoclassical sculptors.Christy Maye bought the Penitent Magdalene for 5 thousand Euro at an auction in Kilkenny in 1998 and has been researching its history ever sinceHe thinks it's the work of... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Tullamore boxers to buy almost 0.2 acres for €1

Tullamore Boxing Club has been granted permission to purchase land at Srah for 1 euro.The orgnisation wants to expand its current HQ - taking into account the recent upsurge in interest the sport.It hopes to build new dressing rooms and new training facilities.Tullamore Town Councillors uninamously... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

€271K paid out to Laois/Offaly turf cutters

The Government has to date paid out 271 thousand Euro to turf cutters in Laois and Offaly229 applications for compensation have been submitted from the 2 counties.The majority at 131 are looking for a financial payment the remainder are seeking relocation.The Minister for Arts Heritage and The... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Senator Whelan no decision on Social Welfare Bill

The coalition is facing another tough week - with the possibility Senators could delay the implementation of the social welfare cuts.Laois Senator John Whelan has met with senior party members and also constituents over the weekend.It's understood he's likely to vote with government on the Social... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Cancer Society worried about €75 charge for chemotherapy

The Irish Cancer Society says it's worried some cancer patients may stop getting treatment - because many hospitals are now charging 75 euro for each round of chemotherapy.The groups head of Advocacy Kathleen O'Meara from Shinrone Co Offaly says the patients affected are those who don't qualify for... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Youth Café to Open in Mullingar

Mullingar's first ever youth café opens its doors to the public today.Local band 'The Academic' is to perform to mark the occasion.All teenagers are invited to come along between 2 and 6 to check out the building's facilities which include a chill out zone, a pool room, a computer and IT area and a... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Schools GAA results

Athlone Community College have won the North Leinster Schools Post Primary Senior Football League title Athlone overcame St Mels, Longford by 2-13 to 0-11 in today's final at Kiltoom Gallen Community School, Ferbane set up a meeting with Cnoc Mhuire, Granard in the Leinster Vocational Schools Junior... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Wife and Cousin of Mullingar Olympian in Court over Illegal Collection

The wife and cousin of Mullingar Olympian John Joe Nevin have appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes, summonsed following an illegal house-to-house collection.Mullingar District Court heard that Mary and Marie Nevin had no permit for the collection they carried out on April 20 this year to raise funds... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Barry Cowen Accuses Government of Rushing Through Property Tax

Fianna Fáil's Local Government Spokesperson Barry Cowen is accusing the Government of steamrolling the new property tax through the Dáil. New legislation giving effect to the measure will be voted on today despite it not needing to be in place until next July. Homeowners will pay only half a year's... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Decision 'Dew' on Tullamore Distillery

A decision is expected to be announced today on plans to bring Tullamore Dew back to the town.If given the green light the new plant on the outskirts of Tullamore at Clonminch will create 100 construction jobs and 15 permanent positions.William Grant and Sons proposes to build the state of the art... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Man Killed and Two Seriously Injured in Longford Crash

One man has died and two are in a serious condition at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar this morning following a three car crash in Co. Longford. The collision happened at around 5 last evening on the N5 between Longford and Tarmonbarry close to Longford Town Football Club. Three men in... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Friday morning sport

RUGBY UNION Connacht aim to pull off a shock in the Basque country tonight as they travel to play Biarritz in the Heineken Cup at 8 O'Clock Eric Elwood's side travel with confidence following last weekend's win over the French giants at the Sportsground Biarritz welcome back their captain Imanol... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Mullingar Gathering CD to be launched tonight

A charity CD will be launched in Mullingar tonight to mark the Gathering 2013.The compilation album includes a host of local artists - with funds raised going towards the Temporary Emergency Accommodation Mullingar group.It's hoped Music Gathering Mullingar 2013 will be the first of a number of... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Majority of students get to school by car

Over 18 % of Midland Students walked to school in 2011That's according to the Central Statitstics Office.It claims that 17% of primary pupils and 19.6% of secondary students went by foot in Laois Offaly and Westmeath56 per cent got to school by car, almost 24% by bus and just over 1 per cent... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

SF holds budget meeting in Athlone

As Leinster House finalises the social welfare bill Sinn Féin will host a meeting to discuss budget 2013 in Athlone.The party will discuss its alternative budget proposals.It agrues there is a fairer better way.Local Cllr Paul Hogan and Senator Senator David Cullinane will adress the gathering.The... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Judge Labels Woman 'Tinker' in Athlone

A judge at Athlone District Court has labelled a young woman a 'tinker'. Judge Seamus Hughes made the comments yesterday in a case involving twenty-three year old Catherine Joyce of Battery Heights, Athlone who was charged with hitting another woman in the face with a pint glass last year. She was... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Offaly man jailed for Garda assault

A young Co. Offaly man, on trial for assaulting a Garda in the line of duty, has been found guilty at Tullamore Circuit Court.The 22 year old's been sentenced to four years in jail with the final 18 months suspended.Ruaidhrí Kelly... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Water Supply Disruption in Westmeath

There is disruption to the water supply in parts of Westmeath today. It comes as the local authority is carrying out essential repairs to leaks on the network. Customers in Ballymore, Moyvore and Moyvoughley and the Oakhill and Gleann Duchais Estates in Moate are affected. Westmeath County Council... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Government TDs Back Cuts as Ming Slams FG

Government TDs are rallying behind cuts to child benefit and the Respite Care Grant. The first stage of the Social Welfare Bill passed through the Dáil last night with the support of all Labour and Fine Gael deputies. The remaining stages of the bill will be rushed through the house later today as... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Thursday morning sports headlines

RUGBY UNION Connacht Chief Exec Tom Sears says the transfer of Mike McCarthy to Leinster will not benefit Irish rugby in the longer term. The province are unhappy at what they call the 'persistent targeting' of their players by Leinster. Sears says he can't see how the movement of the best players... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

2nd Ancient sword found in the Midlands

Shannonside Sub Aqua has found a 2nd historic sword.Last September the group discovered a 1000 year old Viking weapon.Just weeks later Robert O'Meara during a night dive came across another piece of metal nearbyIn recent days that's been confirmed as a sword dating back to between the 5th and 7th... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

1Abbeyleix hospital action group sceptical about optimisic Flanagan remarks

The Abbeyleix Hospital Action Committee is demanding a decision on the fate of the Community Nursing Unit.The Fine Gael Chairman Charlie Flanagan says that after a meeting with the Health Minister about the facility he's more confident that its future is secure.12 months ago the HSE announced that... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Phone line for those who want to remain missing

A special helpline has been set up for people who have been reported missing and want to stay missing - to enable them to let their families know they're alive and well.Thousands of Missing Persons reports are received by Gardai each year, and while no official statistics are available, it's... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Stanley Calls on Labour Backbenchers to Show True Colours

Sinn Féin's Brian Stanley says disaffected Labour backbenchers today have the chance to take a stance against budget cuts. Deputies are preparing to vote on a motion of no confidence in the Government which states that the coalition partners have failed in their obligations to make political... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Flanagan 'More Confident Than Hopeful' Over Favourable Decision on Abbeyleix Hospital

Laois Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan says he's now more confident than hopeful that a favourable decision will be made on future of Abbeyleix Community Nursing Unit It comes after 12 months of uncertainty following a HSE announcement in November of 2011 that the facility would close. That decision was... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Planning Application Lodged for Wind Turbines in Offaly

Gaeltech Energy Developments has lodged a planning application with Offaly County Council to build ten wind turbines. The company proposes to erect the structures of 170 metres in height and rotor diameter of 120 metres on lands in Stonestown, Kilcamin, Crancreagh and Derrinlough in Cloghan. The... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Vandals Wreck Edenderry Christmas Tree

Vandals have attempted to smash Edenderry's Christmas cheer.The festive tree was targeted on Saturday evening and the Town Council's new lights damaged.The local authority says its hoping to have the tree re-lit in the near future.Gardai are investigating and are viewing CCTV as part of their... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

19 Yr Old to Reapper Before Courts Over Banagher Church Fire

A 19 year old charged in connection with damage caused to St. Paul's Church of Ireland in Banagher will reappear before the courts next February.Jason Hoban of 9 Middle Road Banagher has been on bail since the incident on September 28th last.The vestry was set ablaze however Gardaí and the Fire... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Garda Quizzed Over Alleged Sexual Assault in Midlands

A garda is being questioned about an alleged sexual assault in the Midlands.The man, who has been suspended by the Garda Commissioner, was arrested by investigators from the Garda Ombudsman Commission. He is the first Garda to be arrested by the commission since it was set up in 2007 to deal with... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Carers Association Warns State will Pay Cost of Cutbacks

The state will ultimately pick up the bill for the cost of cutting the Respite Care Grant.That's the warning from the Tullamore-based Carers' Association which says more than two hundred family carers will descend on the Dáil today to protest against the 19 per cent reduction to the payment.Today's... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

Teen to Appear in Court Over Fire in Banagher Church

A teenager is due before Birr District Court today in connection with damage caused to St. Paul's Church of Ireland in Banagher.The incident which occurred on September 28th last saw the vestry set ablaze.A local alerted Gardaí and the Fire Services ensuring there was not significant damage to other... Read More

Midlands 1031 years ago

22% of Irish Households are Jobless

Employment barriers for parents and people with disabilities need to be tackled if we're to reduce the level of jobless households in Ireland.The comments come from an associate professor at the ESRI - which has released new research, highlighting that 22 per cent of the population here lives in a... Read More

Midlands 10312 years ago

Munster A win at Donnybrook

Mullingar's Conor Gilsenan completed 80 minutes in Leinster A's 18-12 loss to Munster A at Donnybrook The Irish Under 20 flanker is coming back from an ankle injury sustained at the IRB Under 20 World Cup this summer Ronan O'Mahony and Sean Henry scored the Munster tries with the rest of points from... Read More

Midlands 10312 years ago

Offaly Pub Fire extinguished

Firefighters have quenched a blaze at a pub in Co Offaly. The fire at Kavanaghs - on the border of Birr and Kinnitty - broke out earlier this morning. Emergency services received the call at a quarter to 5 No one has been injured. The pub itself has been extensively damaged. The main road between... Read More