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The Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven days

1 – Laois parents hail local Garda and Portlaoise Hospital as baby daughter comes home

A Laois Dad and Mam have praised the compassion and kind nature of a local Garda following the birth of their daughter.

2 – Laois Doctor explains how Coronavirus has changed practice, testing issues and offers advice for non-Covid patients

The adopted Laois man, originally from Tyrone, works in Kilnacourt Surgery in Portarlington.

3 – WATCH: Laois mammy pulls off cruel and hilarious April Fool’s prank on kids

Ratheniska mammy Alice Cahill, who is originally from Donegal and married to carpenter Jamie, decided to fool her children James and Katie.

4 – WATCH: Young Laois man opens up about his battle with addiction, suicide, depression and mental health

A young Portlaoise man has opened up about his own struggles with addiction, depression and mental health in a moving video.

5 – Check out these incredibly talented Durrow sisters as they sing a song a day

Alannah (18) and Abbey (16) from Dunmore near Durrow are two incredible singers and they’ve been doing some brilliant cover versions of well-known songs in recent weeks.

6 – WATCH: TV Producer who made shows about Laois grapples with Coronavirus

A TV producer, who made two very popular programmes about Laois in recent years, is fighting the Coronavirus in hospital.

7 – LISTEN: Young Laois woman records stunning rendition of ‘The Parting Glass’

A young Laois woman has recorded her own version of a classic song.

8 – Deep sadness at passing of much-loved Darragh Fennell

The sad death has occurred of Darragh Fennell who lived in Ballyroan but was originally from Coote Street in Portlaoise.

9 – Man flown to hospital in ‘unresponsive state’ following attack in Laois

The man, aged in his 20s, is believed to have been found unresponsive in Fr Breen Park in Abbeyleix in Laois.

10 – Explained: The essential groups of workers, retail outlets and the reasons you will be allowed to leave your home

Ireland is waking up to even stricter restrictions than before after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced details of a near lockdown on Friday night.

SEE ALSO – WATCH: Laois Community turns out in force to celebrate much loved granny on 100th birthday

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Megan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she's happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don't mention the 2019 champions league final