Moment in Time: A look back to the school days in Killeshin NS in 2009

first_img Rugby Happy with their work at Killeshin NS. Who doesn’t love a Moment in Time?Most people probably are experiencing the fear of seeing old photographs of themselves in their most youthful days.This week we go back to 2009 to Killeshin NS.Alf Harvey went out and got photos of the students on a cold Jaunary day.Also on that week in Laois that year Cinderella was the pantomine that took to the Dunamaise Theatre.In sports news that week, Emo GAA luanched a €600k development plan while Heywood was crowned South Leinster Junior hurling champions thanks to a 0-13 to 1-7 win over Scoil Bhride, Carnew.Sarsfields also held their dinner dance while charity horse ride also took place to raise fund for Rath N.S.Check out some of these photos to see if you can recognise anyone in them. Artists Shane Dowling, Feargal Ward and Shane Monaghan. Facebook Smilers in junior infants. Community 1 of 47 WhatsApp Artists in 6th class. Ms. Shiels with some of her 1st class at Killeshin NS. Enjoying school at Killeshin NS. Jack Hickey with a clay model of his dad John at Killeshin NS. Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Enjoying their work at Killeshin NS. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Time out for the camera. At work at Killeshin NS. Senior infants. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Previous articleFour-try Scully helps Portlaoise crush Navan in Towns Cup openerNext articleFormer Arles-Killeen footballer set to become Laois U-20 manager Julie Anne MillerLaoisToday’s main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan’s at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She’s willing to talk about anything – except football! And try not to laugh too hard at the young faces looking back at you.We have a serious vault of other images – you could be next!SEE ALSO – Long delays for Laois broadband raised in the Dail Twitter Junior infants at Killeshin NS. Moment in Time: A look back to the school days in Killeshin NS in 2009 Artists at work. Junior infants at work at Killeshin NS. Pinterestcenter_img Proud baker Sadbh Feehan with Ms. Condron at Killeshin NS. Community WhatsApp Being creative at Killeshin NS. Friends in junior infants. Down to work at Killeshin NS. Facebook Pinterest Football fans at Killeshin NS. Shauna Kennedy has thumbs up for 1 st class at Killeshin NS. Art time in 6th class. Home We Are Laois Moment in Time Moment in Time: A look back to the school days in Killeshin… We Are LaoisMoment in Time Proud of their work at Killeshin NS. TAGSMoment in Time By Julie Anne Miller – 28th January 2018 Busy at work in 1st class. All friends at Killeshin NS. Smiling for the camera. Happy junior infants. Happy with their work at Killeshin NS. The green schools committee at Killeshin NS. 3rd class at PE. At work at Killeshin NS. Adam Dowling and Adam Delaney all smiles in senior infants at Killeshin NS. Blowing bubbles in senior infants, Kerri Holden, Emer McDermott and Siobhan Moore at Killeshin NS. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

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Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day parade in serious danger of not going ahead

first_imgHome News Community Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day parade in serious danger of not going ahead NewsCommunity Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLennon’s University of Limerick win to set up Fitzgibbon clash with IT CarlowNext articleEnterprise Ireland seeking to prepare Laois businesses for Brexit Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Community Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day parade in serious danger of not going ahead Twitter Pinterest By Steven Miller – 8th February 2018 Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad TAGSPortlaoise St Patrick’s Day ParadeSt Patrick’s Day St. Patrick leads up main street in the Portlaoise St. Patrick’s Day parade last year. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie The organising committee behind the Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day parade say they have a week to raise the necessary funds – or this year’s event will have to be cancelled.In what is an ongoing battle for every St Patrick’s Day group around the country, the chairperson of the Portlaoise committee say they have less than €500 currently in their bank account – and it takes €10,000 to run the parade.They need to take insurance out for the year – to cover both the day itself and all the work in the lead-up to it – and the deadline for paying this year’s premium is next Friday.And they have also placed that deadline on deciding whether to go ahead with this year’s event.In recent years a number of individuals have personally subsidized the parade to make up the deficit while also giving freely of their time.“We need the support of the businesses in town,” says Monica Delaney, the committee’s chairperson and also owner of the well-known Maples creches in town.“And we haven’t been getting enough support from the businesses. What other event can bring 10,000 people into the town for one occasion?“We just cannot do it if we don’t have the money in place. I’ve been involved in this committee for the last 15 years and a lot of people have come and gone but if we don’t get the support, we are just going to have to pull the plug.“I’ve been going to parades for over 50 years. The day is all about the children and it would be an absolute sin if Portlaoise didn’t have a parade.“But that is going to happen. People always think that it will just go ahead – but it’s going to go by the wayside now if we don’t get the support.”While the likes of Laois Hire have been extremely supportive of the St Patrick’s Day parade, supplying ladders free of charge and providing the rails that keep the crowd back at cost, increasing costs elsewhere are making it almost impossible to proceed.Monica said: “Our insurance premium this year has doubled – and there has never even been one claim.“In other years as well we would have started off with some money in the account from the previous year – which we made from the likes of the bouncing castles. But because the weather was so bad last year we didn’t make anything in that regard.”St Patrick’s Day in Portlaoise will once again feature the Kia Series Streets of Portlaoise 5K road race which gets underway at 11am.That has been followed directly by the parade in recent years and there is also the Ireland v England Six Nations game that evening.If anyone is interested in helping out, they can contact Monica Delaney (086-6031425) or Paul Downey (085-7651443).SEE ALSO – Age no barrier as Portlaoise grandmother thrilled with electric switch and new Renault Zoelast_img read more

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Rural local link evening bus timetables announced

first_img Facebook The much talked about ‘rural local link’ bus service began in Laois on Friday June 22.This is a pilot scheme and the first services in Emo, Mountrath and Castletown took place over the weekend.Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, welcomed the new bus.She said: “I am really pleased that the proposal which I made at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and during the course of the debate on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill has now resulted in this new evening service for Offaly and Laois.“I would particularly like to thank Deputy Martin Heydon for the work that he has done on behalf of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party who agreed with my initial proposal.“Late evening services will also operate in Emo and the surrounding area and Mountrath, Ballyfin and Castletown.“The services will be operating on an exploratory basis and passengers will be required to book in advance as this is a door to door service.“This is a new service and I hope it will benefit those who wish to get out and about in the evenings. As it is a pilot scheme, the more it is used, the better chance it has of being retained.“I would encourage all those living along the new routes in the areas chosen in Offaly and Laois to try out the new evening services and ensure it is a success.“During the debate on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill, the huge concerns about rural social isolation were brought to the fore. This new service is about connecting our communities and ensuring our rural transport services work to meet people’s needs.“This bus service extension into the evening will be particularly useful for people living alone who require transport to and from social events, their local card drive, fundraisers, to meet friends and participate in community events.“I strongly believe our rural transport network has the potential to link many parts of rural Ireland and improve connectivity for rural dwellers around the country, if it is properly structured and resourced.”The bus costs €5 return and €3 single. Rural local link evening bus timetables announced Twitter Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Gardai launch investigation after crash in Laois requires air ambulance WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Facebook Previous articleGovernment accused of turning its back on Laois villages following Post Office closureNext articleLaois Blinds & Curtains have the perfect solution to keep flies out of your home this summer Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.center_img Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Home News Rural local link evening bus timetables announced News TAGSbus service Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby Community WhatsApp Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 25th June 2018 last_img read more

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Ballyouskill man to tour Ireland by tractor

first_imgHis initiative entitled ‘The Ferguson 20/32 Challenge’ will take in a journey of close to 1500 kilometres around Ireland and he will set off on his expedition from Kilkenny Castle, on Saturday, 28 July on his vintage tractor towing his self-made wagon.They are gathering at 12 midday for departure at 1.30pm. SEE ALSO – Laois secondary school chosen to provide new Leaving Cert subject Community Facebook Home News Ballyouskill man to tour Ireland by tractor News By Sarah Cullen – 25th July 2018 Twitter Paul Palmer from Ballyouskill in Kilkenny (on Laois border) has committed to raising organ donor awareness and supporting the Irish Kidney Association by travelling in his slow moving vintage 63 year old Ferguson 20 Tractor through the 32 counties of Ireland. His initiative entitled ‘The Ferguson 20/32 Challenge’ will take in a journey of close to 1500 kilometres around Ireland and he will set off on his expedition from Kilkenny Castle on Saturday, 28th July on his vintage tractor towing his self-made wagon. Paul is pictured at the launch in Ballyouskill 20 July 2018.Picture: Alf Harvey. ‘The Ferguson 20/32 Challenge’ was officially launched at The Wheel Inn in Ballyouskill on Friday evening, 20th July. Paul Palmer, Ballyouskill, had resolved ‘to make a difference’ after reaching his milestone 50th birthday. The local vintage tractor enthusiast was motivated by the plight of a relative of his who has kidney failure.  He has decided to direct his focus towards raising organ donor awareness with the aid of his sixty three year old vintage tractor. Paul Palmer intends to raise organ donor awareness and support the Irish Kidney Association by travelling through all 32 counties on his vintage 1955 Ferguson 20 tractor.   Ballyouskill man to tour Ireland by tractor Facebook In attendance at the launch were Paul’s wife Frances and their daughters Rachel, Grace and Gemma as well as members of his very large extended family together with friends and supporters from his local community. Also supporting the event were representatives of both the Kilkenny branch and Laois branch of the Irish Kidney.  Also, keen to support the launch event were Paul’s ‘backroom team’ who are helping him with planning, logistics and promotion on his Challenge including his daughter Rachel as well as his brothers John and Jimmy and friends Eddie Sherlock, Pat Comerford and Ger Dunphy. Prominently displayed outside the venue was Paul’s prized Ferguson 20 vintage tractor.  At the launch Paul thanked all those people who supported him and offered encouragement and he also expressed his gratitude to publican Frank Brennan for allowing the launch to take place at his venue and for ongoing support of community events and numerous charity fundraisers.The tractor, which is 63 years old and lacks the comforts of modern day tractors, can travel at a maximum speed of 25km per hour. Paul, a self-employed builder has built a wagon akin to a ‘Shepherd’s Hut’ which will be towed along and will provide a place for him to rest, refuel and refresh after his slow daily travels. Paul’s journey will head south first and plans to take in a friend’s wedding in Charleville in Cork on 2nd August before he makes his way around the rest of Ireland including the six counties in a self-funded expedition which is expected will take over a month to complete before he reaches his final destination, his local village Ballyouskill.  Paul is confident that while raising organ donor awareness that he will enjoy the warm hospitality of communities and individuals along his journey and that they will allow him to pitch up his tractor and wagon on private land including farmland.  He will be distributing organ donor cards and be photographed in towns and villages he passes through and will share his experiences along the way on social media including the Facebook page, ‘The Ferguson 20/32 Challenge’.Paul explained, “my passion for vintage tractors was sparked many years ago when my late father bought a 1950 Ferguson which I really enjoyed driving on the family farm.  I was the second last child in a family of 15 siblings and we all had to find our own way in the world and I became a builder, but I kept up my interest in farming, machinery and vintage tractors.  I still enjoy making hay the old fashioned way with my old tractor. By doing so it connects me to the land which is very self-fulfilling and therapeutic”.“When approaching my 50th birthday I had resolved to doing something worthwhile and to try to make a difference. I was motivated to take on this challenge as I was mindful of the plight of a relative who has been undergoing dialysis treatment while waiting for a kidney transplant.  A transplant would greatly improve her quality of life. There are over 2000 people in Ireland receiving dialysis treatment and there are over 500 people on transplant waiting lists for hearts lung, liver and kidneys.”“My decision to focus on trying to increase awareness for organ donation and support the Irish Kidney Association seemed obvious to me. I hope that by travelling the length and breadth of Ireland and making stops on the way that I can help to spread the word about the huge importance of organ donation. By doing this Challenge my goal is to inspire more people to carry organ donor cards and give hope to those people on transplant waiting lists in Ireland. If my effort results in even just one life being saved through organ donation then I will have fulfilled my aim to make a difference.”At the launch Paul quipped, “I’m hopeful that my old Ferguson will be able for the challenge and that we complete it before my 51st birthday on 14th September. Sure maybe we will make a special appearance at the National Ploughing Championships which also takes place in September!”Anyone wishing to make a contribution to Paul’s Challenge with proceeds going to the Irish Kidney Association can do so directly to the Irish Kidney Association on Facebook via the following link www.facebook.com/IrishKidneyAssociation/https://www.facebook.com/IrishKidneyAssociation/  or logging money to a special account set up at Ballyragget Credit Union for which account details are posted on the The Ferguson 20/32 Facebook page.Organ Donor Cards can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association tel. 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. Visit website www.ika.ie/card.You can also indicate your wishes to be an organ donor on your drivers license which is represented by Code 115. WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Twitter TAGSBallyouskillIrish Kidney AssociationThe Ferguson 20/32 Challenge RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the SFC R1 and All-Ireland U-16 Ladies final actionNext articleMeaney’s late late point sees Kilcruise down Stradbally in championship thriller Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Rugby Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

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Seven-star Scoil Chriost Ri trounce Tuam to reach All-Ireland final

first_img Twitter Pinterest GAA Twitter Previous articleDelay on Kolbe Special School new building is a ‘disgraceful treatment of children’Next article‘Door always open’ to help as Local Enterprise Week proves a big hit again Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSScoil Chriost Ri Facebook Facebook Home Sport GAA Seven-star Scoil Chriost Ri trounce Tuam to reach All-Ireland final SportGAALadies Footballcenter_img Seven-star Scoil Chriost Ri trounce Tuam to reach All-Ireland final Scoil Criost Rí 7-11 Presentation College Tuam (Galway) 1-5All Ireland Post Primary School Senior ‘A’ Championship Semi FinalScoil Chriost Ri have an All-Ireland final to prepare for after they cruised past the challenge of Tuam in Mullingar this afternoon.The side, who are managed by John Scully, Pat Critchley and Niall Mahon, scored seven goals in a scintillating display of total football.And they had to come through some challenges to prevail too. After playing with the gale force wind in the first half, Scoil Chriost Ri were reduced to 14 players at the start of the second half when Amy Byrne was shown a straight red card.The Portlaoise outfit had to play for ten minutes of the second half with 13 then when Ciara Byrne was sin binned – but it didn’t faze them at all.Erone Fitzpatrick helped herself to a second half hat-trick and she, along with Laois senior colleagues Emma Lawlor and Alice Dunne, shone brightly.But there were big performances all over the field from Aoife Conlon Hyland in goal to Orla Hennessy in the full forward line.Scoil Chriost Ri had the breeze in the opening period and raced into an early three point lead thanks to Emma Lawlor before Orla Hennessy added their first goal.Caoimhe O’Rourke replied for Tuam but they were trying to pack their defence in a bid to keep the score down in the face of the wind.Erone Fitzpatrick and Aoife O’Rourke swapped points but Scoil Chriost Ri finished the half like a train.Emma Lawlor had her penalty saved but Amy Byrne did get her sides second goal and added two points.Zoe Keegan kicked a great score from centre back and Erone Fitzpatrick’s point brought the half to a close with Scoil Chriost Ri leading 2-8 to 0-2.Some of the supporters on the line todayAmy Byrne was dismissed a minute after the resumption of play but Scoil Chriost Ri responded to that setback with an Erone Fitzpatrick goal after some great work by Orla Hennessey.Caoimhe O’Rourke hit back with a point but Scoil Chriost Ri killed the game off with 15 minutes to go.Erone Fitzpatrick rattled the net twice and then Emma Lawlor made amends for her early penalty miss to take the score to 6-9 to 0-3.Tuam kept battling away and with Ciara Byrne in the bin, they used their two player advantage to win a penalty which Laura McTigue concerted.But Scoil Chriost Ri weren’t finished and they saw out the win with a goal from sub Shauna Dooley and points from Erone Fitzpatrick and Emma Lawlor.They now advance to the final where they will meet the winners of the other semi final which has yet to be played.For coverage of the game, head over to our Snapchat account where Aimee Keane did a brilliant takeover.Well done girls!!SCORERS – Scoil Chriost Ri: Erone Fitzpatrick 3-4 (one free), Emma Lawlor 1-4, Amy Byrne 1-2, Orla Hennessy 1-0, Shauna Dooley 1-0, Zoe Keegan 0-1 Presentation College Tuam: Aoife O’Rourke 0-1, Caoimhe O’Rourke 0-2, Laura McTigue 1-2SCOIL CHRIOST RI: Aoife Conlon-Hyland (Portlaoise); Niamh Crowley (St Paul’s), Rebecca Reddin (Portlaoise), Sarah Fleming (Portlaoise); Ciara Byrne (Portlaoise), Zoe Keegan (St Paul’s), Lisa Keane (The Heath); Alice Dunne (Timahoe), Sarah Larkin (Timahoe); Isabella O’Toole (St Paul’s), Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Jenny Murphy (Timahoe); Amy Byrne (Portlaoise), Orla Hennessy (Timahoe), Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska). Subs: Shauna Dooley (Portlaoise) for Hennessey, Aisling Fitzpatrick (The Heath) for O’Toole, Julia Cahill (Portlaoise) for Keegan, Ciara Crowley (St Paul’s) for DunnePRESENTATION COLLEGE TUAM: Emma Glynn; Aoife Kilcommins, Louise Coen, Shauna O’Shaughnessy; Emily O’Connor, Chelsea, Laura O’Dea; Ciara O’Malley, Aoife Coen; Caoimhe Moran, Aoife O’Rourke, Rebecca Collins; Katie Creawan, Laura McTigue, Aoibhínn Lowry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Laois ladies and Sarsfields legend officially announces her retirement from football GAA By Alan Hartnett – 13th March 2019 WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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Cousins set to go head to head in Laois U-20 hurling final

first_img Electric Picnic Brought to you in association with TelfordsRaheen Parish Gaels and Camross will go head-to-head for Laois U-20 hurling honours on Saturday at 2.30pm in the LOETB Centre of Excellence.Both teams have breezed through the competition so far with big wins and are undoubtedly the best two in the competition.And when they take to the field tomorrow, two cousins will line up on opposing teams.Raheen Parish Gaels’ James Keyes and his younger cousin Tomas ‘Mossy’ Keyes, who hurls for Camross, will both be hoping to come out on top.There are four years between the pair and this will be the very first time that the duo will line up on opposing sides.Both have represented Laois with James, who captains the Raheen Parish Gaels lads, playing for the O’Moore men at all levels including minor, U-20 and senior in recent years.James also represented Ireland this year in the U-21 Hurling/Shinty International where they had a huge win over Scotland.  By Alan Hartnett – 15th November 2019 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home Hurling Club Hurling Cousins set to go head to head in Laois U-20 hurling final HurlingClub HurlingSportGAA Tomas has represented Laois at all levels too and was midfield on the minor team this year that reached the Leinster quarter final where they were beaten by eventual winners Wexford.In the group stages of this competition, Raheen Parish Gaels dispatched 2018 minor champions Clough-Ballacolla-Mountrath and Castletown before proving too strong for Abbeyleix Gaels in the semi final.They are an amalgamation of Colt, Shanahoe, Clonad, Trumera and Ballypickas – and they show that if clubs from outside senior come together, they can mix it with the best.Camross are standing alone as they normally do and their route to the final has been similarly impressive.They scored 14 goals in their group wins over Clonaslee-St Manman’s and Borris-Kilcotton and then got the better of the side who beat them in the 2018 U-19 final – The Harps – in the semi final.One Keyes will be celebrating at 4pm – and both James and Tomas will be hoping it is them.James Keyes with his team-mates as they celebrate after the U21 Hurling Shinty International 2019 match between Ireland and Scotland at the GAA National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin.Tomas ‘Mossy’ Keyes – Photo: Denis ByrneSEE ALSO – In Pictures: Laois turns white as first snowfall of Winter 2019 hits Facebook Previous articleLaois GAA community comes together to raise huge sum for Cuisle Cancer Support CentreNext articleWomen in Sport: Basketball, football and camogie titan Ciara Byrne Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic Twitter WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Pinterest TAGSCamrossJames KeyesLaois U-20 HCRaheen Parish GaelsTomas Keyes Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Cousins set to go head to head in Laois U-20 hurling final Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

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Deaths in Laois – Saturday, November 16, 2019

first_img Deaths in Laois – Saturday, November 16, 2019 Pinterest Facebook Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, November 16, 2019 Deaths Twitter Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Charlotte Neale (née Sixsmith)Crettyard, Kilkenny/Carlow/LaoisCharlotte Neale died November 14th peacefully after a long illness. Loving wife of the late Leeson, mother of Leeson, Malcolm and the late Alma, mother-in-law to Carolyn and Karen, grandmother of Leeson W., Andrew, Edward, Daniel, Laura and Peter, sister of Alla, Joseph, Beckie and Herbert. Sadly missed by her loving family, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.Funeral Service on Sunday at 2pm in Mayo Parish Church (R93 R621) Burial afterwards in adjoing churchyard.“To every believer, the promise of God”Thomas Ronan (Tom) WallShore Road, Dundalk, Louth/Timahoe, LaoisThe death has occurred of Thomas Ronan (Tom) Wall of Shore Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth and late of Timahoe, Co. Laois and formerly of the Revenue Commissioners. Peacefully, at the Mater Private Hospital, Dublin, November 14th 2019. Predeceased by his brother Peter. He will be sadly missed by his loving family. His wife Josephine, daughter Sharon, son Ronan, sister Geraldine, son-in-law Ronan, daughter-in-law Olivia, his cherished grandchildren Blathnaid, Muireann, Finn, Reagan, Lewis and Liam, extended family, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and his former colleagues in the Revenue Commissioners.Funeral arriving to St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church, Dundalk, on Monday, 18th November, for funeral Mass at 11am, followed by burial in Haggardstown Cemetery. House strictly private, by request.Margaret (Madge) Byrne (née Cruite)Margaret (Madge) Byrne (née Cruite) Cabinteely, Dublin and formerly of Balytarsna, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, 11th Novemeber 2019 peacefully, with family and in the wonderful care of the staff at the Fern Dean Nursing Home, Blackrock. Beloved wife of the late Nicholas and much-loved mother of Martyn and Anne. Cherished sister of her late brothers and sisters, John (twin brother), Anne, Patrick, Mary, Richard, Michael and Patricia. Sadly missed by her son, daughter, daughter-in-law Geraldine and son-in-law John, sisters-in-law Josephine, Peg, Mary, Margaret and Mary Jane, brother-in-law Murt, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.Reposing at Quinns Funeral Home, Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Dublin Wednesday evening from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Removal Thursday morning to St. Brigid’s Parish Church, Cabinteely arriving for 10.00 am Funeral Mass followed by interment in Askamore Cemetery, Gorey, Co. Wexford arriving at 1.00 pm approx. Family flowers only please donations, if desired, to Blackrock Hospice or any charity of choice. Enquiries to McCrea Funeral Directors 087 2888981.John Edwin CarterLisbigney, Ballinakill, Laois/Abbeyleix, LaoisJohn Edwin Carter of Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home and formerly of Lisbigney, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. John Edwin died in the exceptional care of the staff at Portlaoise Regional Hospital. Sadly missed by his sister Martha (Hendy), brother George, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Removal from The Chapel of Rest at Portlaoise Regional Hospital on Thursday afternoon at 1.50pm to All Saints Church, Ballinakill for Funeral Service at 2.30pm. Burial afterwards in adjoining Churchyard.Teresa TD Walsh (née Hendrick)7 Maisonettes, Quigley Park, Rathdowney, Laois/Roscrea, TipperaryAnd formerly of 27 Kennedy Park, Roscrea. Pre-deceased by her husband Joe. Sadly missed by her loving family, her daughter Angela, sons Martin (Seven) and Joseph, her brother Tony (Hendrick), son-in-law Kieran, daughters-in-law Margaret and Noreen, grandchildren Martin, Owen, Sean, Laura and Dan, great-grandchildren Mia, AJ, Kayleigh and Dylan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, kind neighbours and many friends.Reposing in Tierney’s Funeral Home, Roscrea on Wednesday evening from 6.00 with rosary at 8.00. Removal on Thursday morning at 11.30 arriving in St. Cronan’s Church, Roscrea for Funeral Mass at 12.00 noon burial afterwards in the adjoining new cemetery. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice.Bernie Daly (née Noonan)Portlaoise, Laois/Ballingarry (NR), TipperaryBernie Daly (née Noonan) Portlaoise and formerly Ballingarry, Co Tipperary died Nov. 11th 2019 peacefully surrounded by her loving family at The Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Retired Publican Portlaoise Arms and Powerscourt, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise. Predeceased by her beloved husband Vincent and dear son Jimmy and loving brothers Paddy and Jim. Deeply regretted by her siblings Anne (Birr), Stephen (Ballingarry), Norah (Clonaslee), Christ (Ballingarry) her close friends Regina and Brian, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, neighbours relatives and many friends.Reposing in the Chapel of Repose at Portlaoise General Hospital on Tuesday from 5pm. Recital of The Rosary at 7pm. Reposing Wednesday morning from 10am. Removal at 10.45am to The Church of The Nativity of The Blessed Virgin, Kilcormac arriving for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Kilcormac. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to Laois Hospice.Patrick James DoogueFarnans, Ballickmoyler, LaoisHusband of the Late Patricia. Deeply regretted by his loving sisters Mary and Betty, step-daughter Shelley, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at Rigney’s Funeral Home, Athy from 6pm on Tuesday evening with Rosary at 8pm. Removal at 10.30am on Wednesday morning to arrive at The Church of the Sacred Heart, Arles for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, November 15, 2019 Previous articleAcquired Brain Injury Ireland hosting support group in LaoisNext articleCamross hoping to be crowned Leinster Camogie Champions in this weekend’s derby LaoisToday Reporter GAA GAA Twitter Facebookcenter_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 16th November 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results last_img read more

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My Club & I: The Heath’s Dylan Kavanagh ahead of the Laois U-20 ‘B’ Football Final

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 28th November 2019 WhatsApp Twitter The Laois U-20 ‘B’ football championship final is on this Saturday in Mountmellick at 1.30pm.The Heath will take on Clonaslee in the final and ahead of the game, we caught up with Dylan Kavanagh.After captaining the team to Minor glory a couple of years ago, he is hoping for more success again this weekend.What’s your earliest GAA memory?My first GAA memory is when I went to a Laois match when i was four or five against Dublin. I immediately looked to play when I got home.Tell us a bit about the club?The Heath is a Gaelic football club. It was founded in 1888 and our colours are black and amber. We won 10 Laois Senior Championships, the last one in 1993.Because The Heath is a small area everyone at the club knows everyone very well. Everyone is football mad in the area and there’s always a big crowd down at the pitch for training and matches.What are the facilities like?The facilities are brilliant. We have a gym in the clubhouse and a big hall area with a kitchen beside it. We have three big dressing rooms.We also have two pitches – the main pitch at the front which is where we play most of our matches while the second pitch out the back is a good bit bigger. We are currently making a new juvenile pitch and installed new floodlights recently.Can you remember the first time you went to play with The Heath?I played in a blitz in The Heath, I think we played Ratheniska, Stradbally and The Rock U-8s. Can’t remember how we goton but that is the first memory I have of playing.What is your favourite memory while being involved?Lifting the Minor B championship cup in O’Moore Park is definitely my favourite memory. The whole team had the game of their lives that day and, after being hammered by O’Dempsey’s in the league match earlier that year, it was nice to get a bit of revenge.Making my senior debut against Graiguecullen in the league is another good shout. I scored the winning point but I didn’t know about it until one of the lads said it at the end of the game. That I will never forget.Dylan Kavanagh and PJ DalyHave you enjoyed much success in the underage grades so far?I won a Shield once or twice but the main one was the Minor B championship against O’Dempsey’s. It was the last minor championship before it changed to U-17.Who did you look up to in the club when you were younger?It would have to be Chris Bergin! He can kick a score from any angle and I’m really glad to be playing with him now. I’ve learned a lot from him already.What young player in your club would you say is one to watch out for?We have a lot of good young players coming up in the club but I’ll go for Jack Reddy. The lad would run all day and suites the wing back position perfectly.He’s very tidy on the ball too and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Can score a worldy when he feels up to it too. He’s an animal in the tackle and well capable of playing wing forward also.Who is best trainer and worst trainer in your team and why?The best trainer would be James Whelan. He’s a very sticky corner back, never afraid of a 50/50 even in training.The Worst trainer would probably be Peter Monnelly who plays corner forward and he takes staying in the corner very seriously. He loves a chat with the corner back too.If you could do anything to improve the club, what would it be?The club facility-wise is great. I think the main thing the club is looking to improve on is going deeper in the senior championship.We’ve had a tough last two or three years fighting relegation. We know we have the talent to go far but it just hasn’t clicked lately. Hopefully with hard work this year and more and more young lads coming through we can push on.What’s the best and worst thing about being involved?The best thing about being involved with the club is playing football with people your close with. Which is everyone! Everyone knows each other in the area very well and we all get along.I think we have a nickname for nearly everyone on the team. The lads are great to work with. The banter is brilliant. We can be tough on each other but at the end of the day we play for each other. Some of the best highlights are when there is a clatter of us in Tracey’s bar. Some good ones there.The worst thing about being involved in the club is when you’re told to bring the runners to training – you know you’re in for a tough running session on the hallow on the golf course!SEE ALSO – Tributes paid as long-serving Laois County Board member departs Previous articleLaois GAA hit out at ‘unofficial’ calendarNext articleLaois woman named ‘CEO of the Year’ at annual Businesswoman Awards Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. 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County champions Portlaoise on the hunt for new manager as Rigney departs

first_img By Aedín Dunne – 4th December 2019 GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleName change paves the way for area teams in Laois senior hurling championshipNext articleGreat turnout as local gym raise much needed funds for little Jamie Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Former Laois manager Niall Rigney The Portlaoise senior footballers are in search of their third manager in three years after Niall Rigney stepped down from his role recently.Having taken on the the role with the knowledge that it would just be for the 2019 season, Rigney is joined by his management team of Owen Delaney, Liam Dunne and Jerome Stack who have also departed.The club’s footballers were in search of a manager at the beginning of this season and having been a selector last year, Rigney obliged to take on the role.He said: “Players approached me and asked and I said ‘Why not?’ It is nice to be involved. I’m a proud Portlaoise man and my heart was in it. My club means a lot to me.“I’ll miss it but I’m glad of the break now too. When I took it on in March I knew that anything less than winning the championship would be failure so straight away the pressure is on.“It is time for a change and to freshen things up wit a new voice,” he added.Portlaoise’s senior football championship came to an end last weekend when they were beaten by Éire Óg of Carlow in the Leinster semi-final who dashed their hopes of making their first Leinster final since 2015.“We’re disappointed with how it finished. Irrespective of what people say, there’s reasons why it went the way it did – we’d a lot of injuries and maybe there was a couple of guys not performing at the level they’d want to.“We’d long term injuries like Paul Cahillane and Jason Maher but the good thing about it is, hopefully they’ll be back in condition for next year.“Overall you’d be happy. We won the league, even though we didn’t play the league final and we won three in a row.“They’re a great group of lads,” said Rigney who has also managed the Laois and Portlaoise hurlers as well as winning a senior hurling title as manager of the James Stephens club in Kilkenny.Going forward, Rigney hopes to see player development being the focus in the club following the improvement of facilities from Fr Brown Avenue to Rathleague over the years.He said: “Portlaoise can push on and compete to win four in-a-row. I would love to see the club focus on player development now. The young lads are the future.“I believe Portlaoise will be be stronger in the next two to three years. Our club was on it’s knees 10 years ago and the people who stepped in them are marvelous and have done great work.“They steadied the ship for us with the facilities. We’ve found our feet and now it’s time for the players. It’s all about winning championship not facilities. I would love to see the club focus on player development.“Now we need to find the next Bruno,” he added.The Portlaoise man’s departure came at the same time as Portlaoise hero Brian ‘Bruno’ McCormack announced his retirement.Paying tribute to Bruno, Rigney said: “I played with Bruno when we won the senior hurling championship in 2004.“I really admired him because he was consistent and intelligent and he’d a great way with young lads. He’d take them away and have a quiet word.“He wasn’t one for talking but when he talked everyone listened. He’d deliver in games and encourage everyone to do the same.“Curly Prendergast was brilliant years ago and Bruno took over from him, He was the next brilliant thing.”Rigney insists that Portlaoise will continue to improve as they’re a young side, with the average age of 26.He noted that younger players on the panel such as Gary Saunders, Damon Larkin, Mikey Dowling, Ronan McEvoy and Jason Maher have made a big impact on the team and while the likes of Kieran Lillis, Conor Boyle and Gareth Dillon have been on the go for a while, they’re still young players.For now, Niall Rigney has no plans to take on any teams for the coming season and is looking forward to taking time out.SEE ALSO – Tributes flow in as Portlaoise footballer Bruno McCormack announces retirement Facebook Facebook Twitter Home Gaelic Football Club Football County champions Portlaoise on the hunt for new manager as Rigney departs Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAA GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSLaois SFCNiall RigneyPortlaoisePortlaoise GAA WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter GAA County champions Portlaoise on the hunt for new manager as Rigney departs 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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Eight Talking Points as the Laois footballers claim stunning Armagh win

first_img Previous articleMeet your Candidates: Their earliest political memory and dream careers as a childNext articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, February 2, 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois are taking to life in Division 2 like a duck to water as, following their dramatic draw last week, they defeated promotion favourites Armagh this evening in MW Hire O’Moore Park.Laois led more or less throughout the game and ran out six point winners in the end to now sit top of Division 2.For a more in depth look at how they did it, check out our Talking Points below.1 – Man of the Match – Evan O’CarrollEvan O’Carroll gets the nod here with his five points even though there were excellent performances also from Mark Timmons, Brian Byrne and Mark Barry (who kicked seven and was brilliant in the second half). Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Eight Talking Points as the Laois footballers claim stunning Armagh win Home Sport GAA Eight Talking Points as the Laois footballers claim stunning Armagh win SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team TAGSLaois senior footballersLaois v ArmaghTalking points center_img Pinterest Brian Byrne had excellent full debut. He started corner back but followed his man out the field and got on a lot of ball. Scored good point in first half.But O’Carroll was again the Laois focal point, won a lot of his own ball and fouled a number of frees. In the absence of Donie Kingston, O’Carroll appears to be reveling as Laois’s main forward.2 – Coping with numerical disadvantage Laois led by five points after 52 minutes but they then lost Eoin Lowry to a black card.This was the second weekend in a row that Laois suffered a numerical disadvantage but once again they managed that period extremely well and actually outscored Armagh.3 – Use of substitutes Once again, Laois’s bench contributed when brought into the game.Cahir Healy made two very good interceptions late in the game. Damien O’Connor was very good for second week running while Trevor Collins, who missed out from the start due to his Sigerson Cup final appearance on Wednesday for IT Carlow, very solid too.4 – Young Laois players standing up Portarlington duo Paddy O’Sullivan and Robbie Pigott along with teenagers Mark Barry and Sean O’Flynn all developing really well.Pigott and O’Sullivan are fierce competitors and their aggression and tenacity in the tackle sets the tone for everyone else.5 – Armagh a tough watch Armagh were very poor tonight, especially in the first half – and their system of funneling everyone back is hard to watch.But they had a very big win against Cavan last week who have since defeated Westmeath tonight. Could Laois be looking at promotion?6 – Remarkable Armagh results continue Laois claimed their seventh win from their last eight meetings with the Orchard men – an incredible record.Before tonight, the last time Laois played Armagh in the league was in 2017 in Peter Creedon’s second game in charge and though relegated that year from Division 3, an under-strength Laois team recorded a 2-11 to 0-16 win.Laois also recorded a one-point win – 1-13 to 0-15 – under Mick Lillis in 2016 when they met in Division 2. They also beat Armagh twice in the championship that summer in O’Moore Park, the second game necessary as Laois used too many subs in the first game.Armagh were big winners in their 2014 league clash in Armagh – 2-18 to 1-12 – but Laois won their meetings in 2013 (Division 2) and 2012 (Division 1).7 – Other Results and Table There was one other game played tonight and that saw Cavan defeat Westmeath by 1-17 to 1-13 in Breffni Park.Tomorrow sees Fermanagh host Roscommon and Kildare travel to Clare.8 – What next?Laois are at home to Cavan next Sunday and then have a week-long break before a trip to Clare.SEE ALSO – Laois footballers record impressive league win over Armagh GAA Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter WhatsApp News Twitter Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 1st February 2020 last_img read more

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