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Jobs boost for Laois, sterling service to the community and outrage on Twitter – it’s our top stories of the week

We’re back with another installment of our top stories of the week.

Read on to find out more on a recent huge jobs announcement for Laois, a Twitter retraction by a local candidate and the team representing Ireland in the ISF world championships in Crete.


Jobs boost for Laois as multi-national company unveil massive plans

A multi-national company has just unveiled plans to bring 75 jobs to Laois.

Local Election candidate posts retraction after tweet on nurses causes uproar

Fine Gael’s Vivienne Phelan, who is running in the Portarlington/Graiguecullen area, caused outrage when she said she was “fed up hearing about student nurses and their payment for placement.” She has since posted a retraction to her Tweet on the social media site.

Long serving Laois fire fighter retires from service

Dermot Healion from Mountmellick has decided to hang up his helmet after a sterling period of service.

Three new Autism classes for Laois

The Department of Education & Skills have approved three new Special Autism (ASD) Primary classes/units within the county.

Good news for Laois commuters regarding Dublin-Limerick bus service

A replacement bus service will operate between the towns and villages of Borris-in-Ossory, Pike of Rushall, Castletown and Mountrath, taking over from JJ Kavanagh’s service, which stopped in those areas.


Scoil Chríost Rí are ready for World championships 

The Scoil Chríost Rí basketball side have jetted off to the ISF world championships in Crete.

Before they flew over we profiled the team representing Ireland in the world basketball championships and spoke to Ciara and Amy Byrne about balancing their huge sporting demands

Laois secondary schools Track & Field championships

Boys and girls from secondary schools all over Laois competed in the Laois secondary schools Track & Fields championships in St Abban’s this week

Portlaoise Ladies Hockey celebrate successful season with awards night

Portlaoise Ladies Hockey Club held their end of season social night and award-giving ceremony on Friday April 5.

Women in Sport: Meet one of Laois’s greatest camogie players

This week’s Women in Sport interview focuses on a name long synonymous with Laois camogie – Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald

Laois GAA appoint new Games Development Manager

Kerry native Mike Henchy will manage and oversee the operational delivery of coaching and games programmes in the county

Laois rugby player selected on Leinster team for USA tournament

Outhalf Conor Kelly has been selected for the Cara Cup which will see Leinster take on Munster ‘A’ and the New England Free Jacks


Moment In Time

This week’s Moment in Time focused on when President Mary McAleese visited an Abbeyleix school in 2008

My Club & I

From West Virginia to Abbeyleix in search of soccer glory

Tweets of the Week

Future predictions, a monkey and a fashion shoot – It’s our Tweets of the Week

Top stories of the week

Household incomes, wonder goals and Emmy nominations – it’s our top stories of the week


Father Paddy

Father Paddy’s column this week focused on the theme of the Parable of the Prodigal Son challenging us all

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