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WATCH: Laois community line the streets to welcome popular member home after winning 7-week Coronavirus battle

Anne Kavanagh with her husband Jim and daughters Anna and Emma as she leaves Portlaoise Hospital today

A Laois community came out in force to welcome one of their most loved members home from her seven week Coronavirus battle this afternoon.

Stradbally native Anne Kavanagh spent almost two months in hospital battling the virus but she prevailed.

Anne is extremely well known in the Little Town, wife of Jim and mam to daughters Emma and Anna.

The Laois County Council employee was struck down with Coronavirus back in March and spent a number of weeks in ICU.

Anne is heavily involved in the local church and was often in the prayers of Fr Ger Breen and Fr Sean Kelly when they celebrated mass via webcam.

After winning her battle against Coronavirus, a disease that has taken more than 1,500 lives in Ireland, Anne was subject to a hero’s welcome today.

People lined either side of the Vicarstown Road all the way down to Garrons Cross and applauded as Anne was driven home to her waiting family.

Friends waved Laois flags and made loads of noise to celebrate Anne’s return to Stradbally.

Ross Molloy recorded the scenes on the Stradbally Noticeboard Facebook page and you can see it below.

Welcome home Anne – and we wish you continued good health!


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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.