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Laois Africa Day 2021 – Cllr Yemi Adenuga - Meet Cllr Yemi Adenuga. Yemi is Ireland’s first ever elected Black Female public representative and Meath County Council’s first migrant councillor. She ran in the local elections of May 2019 and was elected, representing Navan Municipal District. Yemi and her family ‘The Adenugas’ are the first migrant family to feature on the TV hit reality… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 – Temilade Familugal - Meet Temilade, who is reading a traditional African story called Iresi Wa Nile, which translates as “There is rice at home”. Demi and Seyi go to the market with their mum to buy groceries.  On their way home they pass some food stall and ask their mum if they can have something to eat, even… .... Read More
Abbeyleix Climate Action Walk - Looking for a new walk this weekend? Check out the new Abbeyleix Climate Action Walk, the story map below shows where the walk points are and the video clips at each site. The Abbeyleix Climate Action Walk Project was created in 2021 with thanks to Healthy Ireland, an initiative of the Government of Ireland with… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 – Traditional African Dance - Meet Thandy, who is performing a traditional African dance. Traditional African Dance is a style of dance and movements that are performed in Africa. The dances represent many different things, such as feelings, opinions, everyday activities, and cultural aspects of Africa. Each style and performance tells a story, and dancing is a huge part of… .... Read More
Help is at Hand - Looking after your physical and mental health is more important than ever now. Help is at Hand is equipping people with information on where to go if they need emotional and mental health support during COVID-19. Help is at Hand click here https://laois.ie/help-is-at-hand-6/   .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 – Storytime with Jennifer and Joanne - Storytime with Jennifer and Joanne. This year’s story is called the “Kings magic Drum”. The King's Magic Drum is an Nigerian Folktale. Efriam Duke was an ancient king of Calabar. He was a peaceful man, and did not like war. He had a wonderful drum, the property of which, when it was beaten, was always to provide plenty of good… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 – Caesar - Meet Caesar, who tells us the store by Wangarĩ Maatha called “A Tiny Seed”. Did you know that Wangarĩ Maathai was a Kenyan social, environmental, and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Laois Africa Day 2021 is brought to you by Laois County Council in partnership with Laois… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Road Closure at the following location: Road: L5559 Bunlacken, Cullahill, Co Laois - Notification of Temporary Road Closure Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location: Road: L5559 Bunlacken, Cullahill, Co Laois From a Point: 52.81662, -7.47289 To a Point: 52.80426, -7.46239 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 21/06/2021 8:00:00am and 21/06/2021 16:00:00Hrs For… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Road Closure at the following location: Road: L-1517 Coolowley, Tullacommon, Co Laois - Notification of Temporary Road Closure Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location: Road: L-1517 Coolowley, Tullacommon, Co Laois From a Point: Junction of R433 / L-1517 (52.85426, -7.55086) To a Point: 52.84564, -7.56194 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 21/06/2021… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Road Closure at the following location: Road: Junction 21 (Borris-in-ossory) – M7 Eastbound Slip Roads and R435 - Notification of Temporary Road Closure Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location: Road: Junction 21 (Borris-in-ossory) - M7 Eastbound Slip Roads and R435 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 23/06/2021 21:00 and 26/06/2021 06:00 For the purposes of Roundabout Resurfacing… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Road Closure at the following location: Road: Junction 18 Western Roundabout (Portlaoise) – M7 Westbound Slip Roads and R445 - Notification of Temporary Road Closure Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location: Road: Junction 18 Western Roundabout (Portlaoise) - M7 Westbound Slip Roads and R445 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 23/06/2021 21:00 and 26/06/2021 06:00 For the purposes of… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 – LABRAS - Meet Cassia from LABRAS (Laois Brazilian Support Association). Cassie will chat about the influence of African culture in Brazil. Did you know that over 80% of the population of Salvador, Bahia is from an African background. Salvador is the 4th largest city in Brazil with a population of 2.9 million. Laois Africa Day 2021 is… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Road Closure at the following location: Road: L3975-0 Carlow Road, Ballylinan - Notification of Temporary Road Closure Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location: Road: L3975-0 Carlow Road, Ballylinan ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 21/06/2021 08:00 and 25/06/2021 18:00 For the purposes of Road Surfacing Works Please see map (below) https://laois.ie/wp-content/uploads/TMP1-Carlow-Road-Ballylinan-Closure.pdf… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements at the following location: Road: L5753 Derry Road, Durrow, Co. Laois - Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements Laois County Council wishes to advise of Stop and Go boards at the following location: At the following location: Durrow Road: L5753 Derry Road, Durrow, Co. Laois From a point: Approx. 52.84144, -7.39359 To a point: Approx. 52.83998, -7.39296 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 21/06/2021 08:00:00… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 – How to tie an African head scart. - Meet Bukola, who is demonstrating how to tie a traditional African head scarf. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO Headwraps were originally worn by women during the early 1700s and often showed their age, marital status and prosperity. Many queens from various areas wore traditional headwear, with extravagant and rich fabrics woven with exotic flowers. African headwraps have… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Road Closure at the following location: Road: L-71765-0 (Inchacooley) - Notification of Temporary Road Closure Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location: Road: L-71765-0 (Inchacooley) L-71765-0 to its junctions with the L-71764-0 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 02/07/2021 08:00:00 - 18:00:00 05/07/2021 08:00:00 - 18:00:00 06/07/2021 08:00:00 - 18:00:00… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Road Closure at the following location: Road: L-71764-0 (Inchacooley) - Notification of Temporary Road Closure Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location: Road: L-71764-0 (Inchacooley) L-71764-0 to its junctions with the L-71765-0 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 01/07/2021 08:00 and 01/07/2021 18:00 For the purposes of Roads Surfacing-Strengthening Please… .... Read More
Community Check in Cards - Registered members of the Public Participation Network will be delivering ‘Check-In’ cards to older and vulnerable persons in our communities, living alone or more isolated during this pandemic.  This neighbourly non-contact check in invites people to stay connected and reach out if they need support.  Contact the PPN at 057 8665661 or email ppn@laoiscoco.ie. .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 - Meet Garda Annie Holland, Community Policing Unit Portlaoise and Bolaji Adeyanju, Laois African Support Group. Laois Africa Support Group is an Irish non-governmental and voluntary organisation in Laois. The groups aim to involve Africans and other minority groups to become active participant in the local community through various programmes and events. LASG Objectives: To facilitate… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements at the following location: Ballaghmore - Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements Laois County Council wishes to advise of Road Narrows At the following location: Ballaghmore Road: L5055 From a point: Approx. 52.960174, -7.693378 To a point: Entrance to GAA club ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 17/06/2021 08:00:00 - 18:00:00 18/06/2021 08:00:00 - 18:00:00 For the purposes of… .... Read More
If the Bedroom Walls Had Ears - If the Bedroom Walls had Ears is a 6 part Podcast series, produced by award-winning Broadcaster Ann Marie Kelly. In the six episodes she documents the hopes and dreams of young people, now confined to their bedrooms, hidden away, often behind a screen. What is revealed is a group of young people looking for hope… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 – Flag - Janelle joins us again today to tell us about some of the flags of Africa. Africa is a continent, not a country, so it does not have its own flag. There are 54 independent sovereign countries in Africa as well as the international organization called African Union within the African continent has a specific flag. Although the… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 - Meet Rotimi, Ireland’s Black Mayor. In 2004, Rotimi was elected as a town councillor in Laois County Council local elections. In June 2007 he was elected as mayor of Portlaoise Town Council. In the 2009 local elections Rotimi was re-elected to the town council and also to Laois County Council for the Portlaoise electoral area Laois Africa Day 2021 is brought… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements at the following location: Road: L7971 Rahin Road, Ballylinan - Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements Laois County Council wishes to advise of Stop and Go boards at the following location: Road: L7971 Rahin Road, Ballylinan ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 17/06/2021 08:00:00 And 18/06/2021 18:00:00 For the purposes of Road Surfacing Works Please see attached map (below) https://laois.ie/wp-content/uploads/C21032_01_005-Rahin-Rd-Ballylynan-Co.-Laois-Stop-Go-System.pdf Any objections or… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day – “Hello, my name is …” in Igbo - Meet Jenelle. Jenelle is 9 and enjoys art, acting, history, gymnastics and swimming. On this video you will learn how to say “Hello, my name is ….” In Igbo. Igbo is the principal native language of the Igbo people, an ethnic group of eastern Nigeria. Igbo is one of the largest languages of West Africa, and… .... Read More
Community Check in Cards - Registered members of the Public Participation Network will be delivering ‘Check-In’ cards to older and vulnerable persons in our communities, living alone or more isolated during this pandemic.  This neighbourly non-contact check in invites people to stay connected and reach out if they need support.  Contact the PPN at 057 8665661 or email ppn@laoiscoco.ie. .... Read More
Africa Day 2021 – Song ‘Eye Adaba’ - Meet Adedolapo and Femi Emmanuel who are signing ‘Eye Adaba’ by Nigerian-French singer, Asa. Literally interpreted as “Dove”, it is a solemn, introspective prayer; one of hope and sincere yearning for peace. Laois Africa Day 2021 is brought to you by Laois County Council in partnership with Laois African Support Group, supported by Irish Aid at the… .... Read More
Grow it Forward - GIY, in partnership with Healthy Ireland and public libraries will distribute 50,000 free food growing kits as part of a new ‘Grow it Forward’ initiative. Recipients are asked to use the kits to share the experience with ten people, enabling half a million people across Ireland to enjoy the wide range of benefits that come… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 – Hair Braiding - Meet Sonia. Sonia will demonstrate the art of braiding. Braiding has been used to style hair for thousands of years in many different cultures around the world.   In many African tribes, hairstyles are unique and used to identify each tribe. Braid patterns or hairstyles can be an sign of a person's community, age, marital status,… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 - Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Agriculture with responsibility for land use and biodiversity recites the poem “One” written bi Sage Hasson. Sage is Nigeria’s premier spoken word poet who has featured in over 400 events, both small and big, across Africa. Laois Africa Day 2021 is brought to you by Laois County Council in… .... Read More
Laois Africa Day 2021 - Today see's the launch of Laois Africa Day 2021. Although restrictions on physical gatherings will be in place due to public health measures, preventing the holding of in-person events to mark the occasion, our social media channels will facilitate virtual celebration and reflection until it is possible to meet once again in person. Over the… .... Read More
Help is At Hand - Looking after your physical and mental health is more important than ever now. Help is at Hand is equipping people with information on where to go if they need emotional and mental health support during COVID-19. Help is at Hand click here https://laois.ie/help-is-at-hand-6/   .... Read More
Gardening for Biodiversity - The Local Authority Heritage Officer Network has launched a campaign to get people connected with nature, as part of the Government’s “Keep Well” Campaign. A free booklet “Gardening for Biodiversity” has been produced and is available from the Laois Heritage Officer. Get your free copy by emailing heritage@laoiscoco.ie and also available to download at www.laois.ie/heritage.… .... Read More
Getting on with IT - A new initiative to help those that are struggling with technology - if you want to get more out of your smartphone or tablet this is the course for you.  While primarily targeted at those over 55 all adults are welcome.  This is an ideal course to do with a friend or family member.  As… .... Read More
Abbeyleix Climate Action Walk - Looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out the new Abbeyleix Climate Action Walk, the story map below shows where the walk points are and the video clips at each site. The Abbeyleix Climate Action Walk Project was created in 2021 with thanks to Healthy Ireland, an initiative of the Government of Ireland with… .... Read More
Help is at Hand - Looking after your physical and mental health is more important than ever now. Help is at Hand is equipping people with information on where to go if they need emotional and mental health support during COVID-19. Help is at Hand click here https://laois.ie/help-is-at-hand-6/   .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements at the following location: Road: R420-French Church Street, Portarlington - Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements Laois County Council wishes to advise of Stop and Go boards at the following location: At the following location: R420 French Church Street -Portarlington Road: R420-French Church Street From a point: Barrow Bridge-County Boundary To a point: Edenderry Road R419 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 14/06/2021… .... Read More
Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements at the following location: Road: Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois - Notification of Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements Laois County Council wishes to advise of Stop and Go boards and Temporary Traffic Lights at the following location: At the following location: Portarlington Road: Station Road From a point: 53.148722, -7.182718 (just north of junction with Canal Road) ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 14/06/2021 08:00:00… .... Read More
Tidy Towns Grant 2021 - The Tidy Towns Competition 2021 continues in it’s new format and in order to assist and support your efforts, applications are being accepted for the Tidy Towns Grant 2021.Tidy Towns Grants should complement at least one of the National Tidy Towns competition categories.This year we have also added a Community Climate action category to encourage… .... Read More
Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID – SBASC Q2 - Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) The expanded Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID is now open for applications through Laois County Council. Closing date for this scheme is 21st July 2021. Phase 2 of this scheme has been expanded to include those that had previously been ineligible. Businesses working from non-rateable premises are… .... Read More