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Hospital spending, pioneering the next big thing and a Field of Dreams -it’s all in our Top Stories

Our top stories of the week this week cover a broad range of topics, from Portlaoise hospital to VAT increases affecting Laois businesses to a Laois artist getting recognition on RTÉ’s Other Voices.

So sit back, relax and have a read of our Top Stories of the week.


Portlaoise hospital spent €10.8 million on agency staff in 2018

Portlaoise hospital is the second biggest spender in the country on agency staff

VAT increases hitting businesses hard

A Laois business has spoken out on VAT increases on food supplements

Laois businessman pioneers the next big thing

A Laois businessman could be pioneering the next big thing with his innovative ‘Butterfly Cup’

Fire at beloved Abbeyleix business

Owner of Quinn’s Tea Rooms Marie Quinn says it will remain closed for ‘the forseeable future’ after extensive fire

‘Field of Dreams’ one step closer

Down Syndrome Ireland Laois branch’s ‘Field of Dreams’ is one step closer to becoming a reality

Laois woman wins €36,000 on Winning Streak

Congratulations to Jane!


Laois duo take the reigns at Kilkenny hurling club

Ballinakill’s Seamus Dwyer and Portlaoise’s Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett will take charge of the James Stephens senior team this year

Portlaoise boxer national final

Mid-term reports for footballers and hurlers

We complied mid-term reports for both the Laois senior football team and hurling team during the week

Laois Camogie announce new captain for 2019

O’Moore’s defender Alison McEvoy will lead the side this season

Freshers Harding Cup glory for Portlaoise AFC duo

Portlaoise AFC duo Sean McCormack and Ronan Corr are celebrating Harding Cup glory with their University of Limerick Freshers side


Laois man to feature on renowned RTÉ programme

Portlaoise man Kean Kavanagh is likely to appear alongside Kojaque in RTÉ’s Other Voices.

Moment in Time

We brought it back to 2011 where the late Bobby Kent was honoured at an Alzheimer’s event

Tweets of the Week

Tinder problems, dogs with jobs and TV channels – it’s our Tweets of the Week


Fr Paddy: The Weight of the Glass

Father Paddy spoke about the art of letting go in this week’s column

John Whelan

Whelan spoke about how Tom Treacy’s tireless efforts to put Laois on the map have been recognised with a Civic Reception

SEE ALSO – Laois venue nominated for prestigious Hot Press live music Venue of the Year award

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.