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Our Pick of the Top Stories of the Week

Scam calls
Electric Picnic



The week began with a sophisticated phone scam using a local number.

Report of gun seizure

There was shock in Portlaoise after reports of a gun being seized from a car by gardaí.

Astroturf plans

There was a positive news story for the Mountrath area as the local GAA club sought planning permission for an astroturf pitch

Portlaoise to gain from Dublin’s housing shortage?

Auctioneers claimed that Dublin’s pain could be Portlaoise’s gain on housing.

Extra Electric Picnic day

The news that Electric Picnic is to add an extra day was enthusiastically received.

The Laois U-16 Ladies Football team


Ladies U16 football

At the start of the week, the Laois Ladies were aiming for the U16 Leinster Final

West Leinster hockey success

Abbeyleix scored a memorable success in hockey during the week.

Horse with Laois connections ready for Aintree

Laois had a special interest in the 2018 Grand National.

Michael Mike Cleary
Michael Mike Cleary


Laois prizefighter who made it big

There was a fascinating story this week about a Laois prizefighter who travelled to America in the 19th century and enjoyed fame as a prizefighter.

Raheen student on college life

In our This is what I am studying series, we got an insight into student life in UCD.

2003 Towns Cup milestone recalled

Our Moment in Time recalled a glorious Towns Cup semi-final victory for Portlaoise.

Jerry Lodge served as county councillor under six different Fianna Fail leaders. This great photo shows him welcoming Charlie Haughey to Portlaoise



Final farewell to Jerry Lodge

The much-deserved send-off for the late Cllr Jerry Lodge was discussed by your columnist John Whelan.

Fr Paddy: Remove any ‘fear of holiness’

In his column, Fr Paddy discussed the papal document written in a personal tone, to remove any “fear of holiness.”