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Laois communities urged to plan their big May day

Communities around Laois are being urged to apply for support to hold events to celebrate life in their localities this summer.

Last September, Minister for Rural & Community Development, Mr Michael Ring launched the National Community Day to be held for the first time over the May ...

2019-02-19 23:25 open_in_new
Charities lose out on thousands due to road safety bucket collection ban

The enforcement of a ban on so-called bucket collections has cost a Laois charity thousands of euro, but Laois Offaly's top garda insists they were never permitted and the law must be followed to protect lives.

Laois Vintage has raised nearly €1 million for Laois Hospice over many years ...

2019-02-19 20:16 open_in_new
Sinn Féin targets a doubling of councillors in Laois

Sinn Féin wants to double its number of councillors on Laois County Council, according to the party's Laois TD who has confirmed some of the candidates on the party's ticket going into next year's local elections.

The party has selected three of their candidates to contest the ...

2019-02-15 16:31 open_in_new
Man stole purse from Portlaoise Prison

A 28-year-old man has been charged with stealing a purse from the waiting area of Portlaoise Prison.

Alan Buck, 28, 6 Heywood Close, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, was charged with theft, at Portlaoise Prison.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on April 14 last year, at Portlaoise Prison, a ...

2019-02-15 16:31 open_in_new
Portlaoise man showed little remorse for breaking woman's teeth

A Portlaoise man who showed little remorse for striking a woman and breaking her teeth has been given a ten-month jail sentence.

At last week’s sitting of the district court in Portlaoise, Aaron Kelly, 24, with an address at 34 Dr Murphy Place, Portlaoise, was charged with trespass, ...

2019-02-15 14:25 open_in_new
Took diazepam into local prison

A 19-year-old woman told the district court that she was threatened to bring drugs into the Midlands Prison.

Before Portlaoise District Court was Shannon Humphreys, 19, 2062 Tullyville, Maddenstown, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, charged with drug possession, and supply into prison.

Sgt ...

2019-02-15 12:19 open_in_new
Charged with sexual assaults

A 76-year-old Laois man has been charged with sexual assaults.

There are six charges, with the alleged offences occurring in a location in Laois on dates between April 4, 2003, and October, 2006.

The accused cannot be named by order of the court.

At last week’s sitting of ...

2019-02-14 19:31 open_in_new
Portlaoise woman had knife 'as shield instead of a sword'

A Portlaoise woman caught with a knife in the street intended using it “as a shield instead of a sword”, the district court heard.

Tina Nevin, 32, 1 Clonboyne Close, Bellingham, Portlaoise, was charged with possession of a knife, at Flanagan's Food Stores, Knockmay, Portlaoise, on ...

2019-02-14 17:25 open_in_new
Portarlington man didn't know he was disqualified

A Portarlington man who claimed he did not know he was disqualified from driving has been fined and put off the road, having been convicted of not having proper documentation.

At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Declan Beatty, 53, with an address at The Cottage, ...

2019-02-14 15:19 open_in_new
Laois crime spate blamed on county council for stalling CCTV schemes

A recent spate of crimes in Laois could have been prevented had Laois County Council agreed sooner to support CCTV schemes, a councillor has claimed.

The local authority had delayed many Laois community schemes who had their funds raised through local donations and forms filled out ready ...

2019-02-14 15:19 open_in_new
Used fake British driving licence at Portlaoise centre to get Irish licence

A man who tried to use a fake UK driving licence to obtain an Irish licence has been convicted and fined by Portlaoise District Court.

Mariusz Maksymow, 49, 11 Moneen Drive, Athy, was charged with having a false instrument and using a false instrument, at the NDLS Unit, Laois Shopping ...

2019-02-14 14:16 open_in_new
Laois mother raises cash for Portlaoise special care baby unit

A grateful Laois first time mother whose premature baby was minded in the Special Care Baby Unit in Portlaoise hospital, has presented the unit with cash to buy important equipment for babies.

Sinead Walsh and her husband Donagh welcomed their baby girl Dominique to the world on March 21 ...

2019-02-14 12:10 open_in_new
St Vincent's hospital support committee in Laois sees a bright future

The future of St Vincent's community nursing unit in Mountmellick is a bright one, says a group which meets regularly with hospital management to ensure local people's concerns are heard.

The St Vincent's Hospital Support Group held its AGM in Mountmellick Town Hall last Wednesday January ...

2019-02-14 12:10 open_in_new
Probation act for Mountrath woman's 'kleptomania'

A Mountrath woman charged with shoplifting has been given the benefit of the probation act after engaging positively with the probation services.

Caroline Hyland, 35, 16 Moanbaun, Mountrath, was charged with theft.

When the case first came before Portlaoise District Court last ...

2019-02-13 17:16 open_in_new
Had knife in Portlaoise street for protection

A 23-year-old man who told gardaí he was carrying a large knife for his own protection has been given the benefit of the probation act.

At last week's sitting of the district court in Portlaoise was Danny O’Neill, 23, with a current address at Apt 2, 27 Main Street, Castleisland, ...

2019-02-13 15:10 open_in_new
Garda carried on vehicle and thrown into air by Laois man

A Rathdowney man has been given a suspended jail sentence for endangering a garda’s life, after the garda was carried some 10m on his car before being thrown into the air when the man made good his escape for driving without insurance.

At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District ...

2019-02-13 13:04 open_in_new
Kildare man's arsenal included more than 4,000 rounds of ammo

A  man has pleaded guilty to possessing 15 lethal firearms and more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition at a business park two years ago. 

Declan Brady (52), with an address at The Park, Wolstan Abbey, Celbridge, Co Kildare was due to stand trial at the non-jury Special Criminal ...

2019-02-11 17:58 open_in_new
Young Laois woman with vision disability wants a fair chance to work

A young visually impaired Portlaoise woman who is a self employed college graduate, says Laois needs to improve for people with disabilities, from its footpaths to job opportunities.

Noreen McInerney, 26, was born with retina pigmentosis. She has 10% vision just from the corners of her ...

2019-02-11 14:49 open_in_new
Mature Laois housing estates built 20 years ago among a long list taken on by council

Laois housing estates built up to 20 years ago are finally being taken in charge by the council, along with several large celtic tiger developments around the county.

Five large housing estates in Portlaoise, some of them built 20 years ago, have been finally taken in charge by Laois ...

2019-02-11 12:43 open_in_new
Turn Rock of Dunamaise in Laois green for St Patrick's Day

Laois’ top tourist attractions should be turned green for St Patrick’s Day, just like iconic landmarks worldwide says a Laois councillor.

Sites like the Rock of Dunamaise, Timahoe round tower and Emo Court could be lit up green, suggests Cllr Mary Sweeney.

She wants Laois to ...

2019-02-11 11:40 open_in_new
Big busy year for Mens Sheds in Borris-in-Ossory

Last year marked a big year for Borris-in-Ossory.

A new plan was launched for the village and the community realised that ambition of taking over the vacant local convent school for local use.

The past twelve months were a historic year for Borris in Ossory Mens Shed, having secured ...

2019-02-09 19:46 open_in_new