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    Stephen Dowling, Dunmasc Genetics, on his story & representing Laois at National Enterprise Awards

    Stephen Dowling, Dunmasc Genetics, on his story & representing Laois at National Enterprise Awards

    In the latest episode of the LaoisToday LoveLaois Podcast, we hear from Stephen Dowling, owner of Dunmasc Genetics.
    Stephen will be representing Laois at the National Enterprise Awards next week and is a client of the Laois Local Enterprise Office.
    He explains what his business is, how he's exporting across the world and the challenges he faces.

    • 27 min
    New Laois Ladies manager Stephen Duff on 'changing the narrative' as Leinster looms

    New Laois Ladies manager Stephen Duff on 'changing the narrative' as Leinster looms

    After several years of progress, 2024 has seen the Laois Ladies return to the turbulent times that have blighted them in the past. 

    2023 saw them reach the Division 2 league final, losing out to Armagh, but the championship was difficult and Laois ended up in a relegation playoff where they defeated Cavan. 

    But this year has been difficult. Laois were relegated from Division 2 without winning a match. 

    And in the time since that, their joint management team of Billy Kiernan and Tom Devereux have stepped down. 

    But Ballyfin man Stephen Duff has stepped up and will attempt to steady the ship for the remainder of the year. 

    Speaking on the Talking Sport Podcast, he acknowledges it will be a difficult task in the short-term. 

    Laois begin their Leinster campaign away to Meath on Sunday and with games against Dublin and Kildare to come, it won't get any easier. 

    But in a wide ranging chat, manager Duff is insistent that the narrative must change if the county is to progress. 

    While recognising that the seniors are the flagship team, Duff says it is incumbent on everyone involved in the Ladies game to put their shoulder to the wheel.

    • 25 min
    Was Leo a good Taoiseach? The late Tom Mulhall, St Patrick's Day and Fr Ted memories

    Was Leo a good Taoiseach? The late Tom Mulhall, St Patrick's Day and Fr Ted memories

    Our latest LoveLaois Podcast is here and this one is certainly made for the political anoraks among us.

    Steven Miller, Alan Hartnett and Mark Comerford are up for this one where the first question is all about the Taoiseach.

    Steven poses the question of if Leo Varadkar will be remembered as a good one or not.

    Stick on the politics train, the lads also remember the late Tom Mulhall who sadly passed away this week.

    They all spoke about the incident at the Stradbally St Patrick's Day parade.

    And somehow - they end up talking about Fr Ted!

    • 34 min
    Coaching workshops, development squads, Go Games and Cul Camps update with Shane Keegan

    Coaching workshops, development squads, Go Games and Cul Camps update with Shane Keegan

    It has been a couple of months since we last heard from Laois GAA's Head of Games Development Shane Keegan. 

    The Rathdowney native joins Alan Hartnett for this special episode of the Talking Sport Podcast to update us on all things in the coaching world. 

    Laois GAA have three coaching workshops in the coming weeks and the first of them is with Shane Smith.

    This, costing €10, takes place this Saturday, March 16, in the Centre of Excellence from 10am to 12.30pm and is aimed at hurling and football coaches from U-7 to U-11. 

    On Saturday March 23, Laois Games Development Coach Martin O'Connell is running a Strength and Conditioning workshop in the Centre of Excellence. 

    This, costing €5, takes place from 11.30am to 1.30pm and is aimed at those coaching hurling and football at U-15 and U-17 level. 

    Martin O'Connell will be back on Saturday March 30 for an Athletic Development workshop in the same location. 

    This will be aimed at U-11 and U-13 coaches for football and hurling and also costs €5. 

    On the Podcast, Shane also explains how plans are in place for the Cul Camps this summer and that Laois GAA will be recruiting coaches with a closing date of April 12. 

    While he also provides an update on the various Laois academy squads and how almost every primary school in Laois is receiving weekly GAA coaching. 

    Go Games will be getting underway shortly and Keegan has some new rules in mind to make it a better experience for all. 

    You can check it out below:

    • 40 min
    Schools QuizCast Grand - Thriller in the Dunamaise as inaugural champion crowned

    Schools QuizCast Grand - Thriller in the Dunamaise as inaugural champion crowned

    The inaugural LaoisToday Schools QuizCast Grand Final took place in the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise on Friday where The Heath NS, Timahoe NS, St Colman's NS from Stradbally and Rath NS all took part.
    The contestants were put through their paces by quizmasters Mark Comerford and Alan Hartnett before St Colman's NS eventually emerged victorious after a titanic battle.
    Almost 200 supporters were in attendance for what was a hugely atmospheric occasion.
    The LaoisToday Schools QuizCast is brought to you in association with Mulhall Meat and Fish Counter, located in Mulhall's SuperValu in Lyster Square, Portlaoise. Mulhall Meats have been serving the people of Laois for more than 90 years.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Runaway Joe: How a man on the FBI's Most Wanted list lived in Rosenallis

    Runaway Joe: How a man on the FBI's Most Wanted list lived in Rosenallis

    On the latest episode of the LaoisToday Podcast, we hear from Pavel Barter who is the presenter of the Runaway Joe podcast from RTE’s Documentary on One series

    Runaway Joe tells the incredible, scarcely-believable, story of Joe Moloney, an Irish-American, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list and who lived in Capard House in Rosenallis throughout the 1970s and 80s under an assumed name - Michael O’Shea.

    How he came to Rosenallis is a story in itself. In 1967, he was accused of murdering his wife June at their son’s 5th birthday party in New York.

    But when he was in custody, he escaped and went on the run, eventually ending up in Dun Laoighaire in Dublin where he took on a new identity, under the name Michael O’Shea.

    During his time in Dun Laoighaire he bought a small garage, which later earned him a small fortune when the local council bought it off him - at a largely inflated price - as it stood in the way of a proposed Shopping Centre.

    The proceeds of this sale helped him to buy Capard House and 120 acres in Rosenallis and he lived there, along with his new wife Sheila Chandler O’Shea.

    However all this time the Gardai were aware of his true identity, having his matched his fingerprints to those of Joe Moloney, who remained on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

    But there was nothing they could do onky keep an eye on him as no was extradition treaty between Ireland and the US.

    In the meantime, under his new name, O’Shea threw lavish parties in Capard, renovated the house and built a career in the Irish film industry, working alongside the likes of Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery.

    But he had also racked up serious debt at this stage and when the extradition treaty was eventually passed, he was arrested, jailed and brought to court.

    The case collapsed, however, and shortly afterwards, some stage in the mid to late 80s he disappeared again and hasn’t been seen since.

    Pavel and his documentary team behind Runaway Joe have been trying to track him down. If he’s still alive, he’d now be 88.

    As it’s a live investigation, anyone with any information is asked to come forward and contact Pavel and his team.

    We chatted to Pavel about how the documentary started - and where it’s going to go from here with a couple of episodes still to be produced.

    • 26 min

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