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

1 – Deep sadness in Laois following tragic passing of Declan Doocey

Mr Doocey died following an accident in Mountrath Golf Club on Tuesday morning, May 5. His passing invoked an outpouring of emotion from those who knew him around the county.

2 – WATCH: Gardai make visit to little Dan Donoher

Little Blue Heroes made little Dan Donoher the newest honorary Garda and presented him with his own little Garda car.

3 – In Pictures: Laois community comes together to wish popular woman a 100th birthday

The town of Rathdowney came together to wish one of their oldest residents a happy 100th birthday Wednesday afternoon and there was even a virtual appearance from singer Daniel O’Donnell while Bishop Dermot Farrell was also in attendance.

4 – REVEALED: The list of underlying health conditions most likely to result in ICU if you get Coronavirus

Chronic heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, asthma (requiring medication), cancer, chronic renal disease and those with a BMI greater than 40 were the underlying conditions that were discovered.

5 – In Pictures: Timahoe GAA hold 72 hour ‘Danathon’ in aid of Dan Donoher

For 72 hours over the course of the May Bank Holiday weekend, members of the community came forward and walked or ran laps around the village green.

6 – Help sought to give Laois girl a 21st birthday surprise after Coronavirus scuppers Disneyland trip

A Laois family are looking for help to make their foster daughters birthday wish come through this weekend. Mountrath native Hope, who has Down Syndrome, will turn 21 on Sunday May 10.

7 – Electric Picnic headliners reschedule World Tour to 2021

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Rage Against The Machine’s entire reunion tour has been cancelled – and although they didn’t explicitly say it – one would have to assume their Electric Picnic performance is too.

8 – Death occurs of Pat Lillis, former bank manager in Portlaoise

The death has occurred of Pat Lillis, who was manager of ACC bank in Portlaoise for many years. Mr Lillis, who was originally from Clare, lived in Portlaoise and was heavily involved in a number of community groups.

9 – Moment in Time: Classic Cumann na mBunscol hurling action from 2003

We’ve gone into the archives and looked back at the 2003 hurling finals, ones that were played in glorious weather in late May.

10 – Sporting Memories: John Costello on championship glory with O’Dempsey’s, his Laois career and the best he played with

Big John, who now lives in Andalucia in Spain, has the distinction of playing with club, county, province and country. He lost a senior final with O’Dempsey’s in 1977 before winning it 1980 and was on the National League winning team with Laois in 1986.

SEE ALSO – County Final Memory: O’Dempsey’s stun Graiguecullen with late winner in 1980

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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