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The Week that Was: The most read stories on LaoisToday over the past seven days

Every Sunday, we look back on the top stories of the previous week on LaoisToday.

And as always, it was another wide and varied week. Among the top stories of the past seven days were the Electric Picnic, two Laois sisters opening a new business in Portlaoise, a young Portarlington man’s gambling addiction, some quality photos from this time 10 years ago, a Laois man on Love Island in Australia and a couple of big sports stories from the local GAA scene.

1 – Electric Picnic told to get its house in order for 2020

Laois County Council heard contributions from a couple of members over concerns they have around Electric Picnic.

2 – All systems go as Laois sisters open ladies boutique in Portlaoise

Tara and Mo Nerney from The Heath opened their second ladies boutique Pretty Woman in Portlaoise, exactly ten years after they opened their first store in Naas.

3 – Jason ‘Chilly’ Ward: What gambling did to me

Young Portarlington man Jason ‘Chilly’ Ward wrote a heart-wrenching piece about his struggles with gambling.

4 – Moment in Time: Some absolute classic photos from the 2009 Junior Cert Results day

With the Junior Cert results out last week, we dug up some classic Alf Harvey photos from Heywood CS in 2009.

5 – Laois man to be part of Australian version of Love Island

A young man who was born in Portlaoise and lived here until he was 10 was unveiled as one of the contestants on this year’s Love Island.

6 – Portlaoise into Laois SFC final after thrilling win over Portarlington

The Portlaoise footballers qualified for the Laois SFC final for the 13th year running – but only after an incredibly tough battle against Portarlington.

7 – Abbeyleix the big winner in Tidy Towns awards as five other Laois towns and villages also feature

The Tidy Towns results are always eagerly awaited and it came as no surprise that Abbeyleix once again featured quite prominently.

8 – Killeshin hold on to reach first ever senior football final following replay win over Ballyfin

There was huge interest in the second Laois SFC semi-final and it took a replay to separate Killeshin and Ballyfin.

9 – Latest football Team of the Week as intermediate and junior titles decided and senior battles go to the wire

It was a dramatic weekend of football – and our Team of the Week was particularly hard to pick.

10 – Huge preparations underway for stunning showhouse launch at Mount Stewart in Portlaoise this Saturday

A new housing development was unveiled in Portlaoise and there was considerable interest as the showhouse was opened to the public on Saturday.

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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.