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

1 – Sadness following the passing of a former Laois school teacher

There was deep sadness following the passing of a former Laois school teacher, Josie Fennelly (née Delaney), from Willsgrove House, Athy, Kildare, originally from Graigue in Mountmellick.

2 – Man arrested after Garda chase from Stradbally to Emo

A man was arrested after a Garda chase on Sunday night at Morette near Emo, having failed to stop at a checkpoint in Stradbally.

3 – REVEALED: Laois’s Top 25 Instagrammers for 2020

After a one year hiatus – our selection of the best Instagram accounts in Laois is back.

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

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

5 – Man dies following accident at Kildare Chilling factory

The incident occurred, Thursday, May 14, in Kildare Chilling Factory in what is being described as an “industrial accident”.

6 – REVEALED: Electric Picnic confirm dates of 2021 festival

The 2021 Electric Picnic will take place between September 3 and 5.

7 – WATCH: Young Laois boy takes on the ‘Patience Challenge’ and smashes it

2-year-old Jake Cleere from Errill was challenged by his mother Donna Cuddihy – and he passed with flying colours.

8 – In Pictures: Laois man in lockdown in America enjoying a pint in his own basement pub

The Stradbally native, who moved to the States 14 years ago, is not missing the feeling of being able to pull out a bar stool and sink a creamy pint  because Jim Phelan has his very own pub in the basement of his house.

9 – WATCH: Laois man opens up about 22-year battle with depression in bid to help others

A Laois man has bravely opened up about his 22-year battle with depression following the tragic death of his friend.

10 – Laois man scoops big job with British and Irish Lions ahead of 2021 Tour

Shane Whelan has been named as Director of Digital, Marketing & Communications, a past pupil of Scoil Mhuire in Abbeyleix and Heywood, Shane studied Broadcasting in Dun Laoighaire and had jobs in East Coast Radio, Setanta Sports and with the Press Association.

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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