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Good Week, Bad Week: Retirement, the Royal Family and Resignations

As part of a running series, we bring you this week’s ‘Good Week/Bad Week’.

To see who has had a good or bad week, we look at different news stories happening in Laois and involving Laois people. Most importantly, it’s all a bit of fun.


Micheal Dowling

Emotional send off for ‘amazing teacher’ on retirement  as Micheal Dowling said goodbye to the Heath NS after 37 years of teaching.

Breda Broderick

Tributes paid as popular local teacher retires, meant it was a good week for Kerry woman Breda Broderick as she retired after 38 years in Scoil Mhuire Abbeyleix.

Employment in Laois

It’s a good week for job seekers in Laois due to a Major jobs boost as US security firm to open Irish headquarters in Portlaoise

Maria Dempsey

Young Laois girl presents Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex with flowers during Royal visit, marking a once in a lifetime week for Ballyadams girl Maria Dempsey.

Helen Cullen 

Helen Cullen is the Portlaoise woman who is penning her way up the bestseller list, with her book ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’, in stores now.

Housing in Laois 

It was a good week for housing in Laois as Over €10 million announced for Portlaoise town centre housing project


Laois Farmers
Heatwave putting financial strain on Laois farmers, leaving some out of pocket €250 a day and €1,750 a week.
Pat McDonagh 

Due to a number of setbacks, the New Supermac’s project in Portlaoise on hold means bad news for Supermacs owner Pat McDonagh.

Laois Camogie

Laois Camogie had a very bad week as Laois camogie management resign.

SEE ALSO – Number of children awaiting Psychology Services in Laois ‘outrageous’



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Sarah 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.