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Good Week, Bad Week: Support for nurses, Portlaoise regeneration and hidden costs for family labour on farms

As part of our now well-established 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.


Support for nurses and midwives

There was huge support in Laois for nurses and midwives out on strike from Wednesday to Thursday. Local hotels and convenience stores proved food, as did members of the Irish Prison Service.

Portlaoise town centre regeneration

It was announced this week that the €20 million development was secured for Portlaoise 

Laois bridal hall 

There was delight for Ballybrittas bridal hall as they took home the award for Midlands Boutique of the Year at the 2019 Irish Wedding Awards.

Panto groups in Laois

Both Ballylinan Panto and Raheen Panto gave great performances to the crowds. A rip-roaring success.

Scoil Chriost Rí

Sport in the school is as strong as ever. Their Senior B team reached the South Leinster D final while their basketballers are looking forward to representing Ireland at the International Schools Basketball World championships in Greece.


Abbeyleix and Ballyroan communities

Sadness and shock swept over the two communities on Wednesday following the tragic death of much-loved Parish Priest Fr John Cummins.

Beef farmers

Beef farmers have been hit hard in recent months, and the hidden cost of family labour needs to be highlighted, argued well-known local farmer Liam Delaney

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