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

1 – Laois woman thanks nurses, doctors, family and friends as she wins 49-day hospital battle with Covid-19

A Laois woman who spent 49 days in hospital fighting Coronavirus has praised the doctors and nurses in both Portlaoise and St James’ Hospitals for ‘saving her life’.

2 – Tributes paid following sad and sudden passing of Laois man

There is deep sadness in Crettyard following the news that Jimmy Walsh has passed away.

3 – Ranking our ten favourite Offaly people of all time

Offaly. Offaly people. You can love them or hate them but you simply can’t ignore them.

4 – Popular local amenity closes as hundreds gather over the weekend

A popular local amenity on the Laois-Offaly border has been advised to close due to the large crowds congregating there over the weekend.

5 – 20 things you’ll remember if you went to school in Heywood

We’ve gone down memory lane in the convent in Mountrath, Knockbeg and Ballyfin College. This week it’s the turn of Heywood.

6 – Two men charged following seizure of €280,000 worth of cocaine in Portlaoise and Kildare

Two men have been charged in court following the seizure of €280,000 worth of cocaine in Portlaoise and Kill in Kildare.

7 – All-Ireland winner on site as work begins on new Laois astro pitch

Work has begun on a brand new astroturf pitch in Laois.

8 – Laois GAA club turn the sod on €180,000 new development

Ballyroan-Abbey GAA have two playing pitches and the one out the back of the clubhouse is undergoing a massive make-over.

9 – Laois Football Memory: A beautiful day in Navan – remembering Laois’s win over mighty Meath in ’92

When Laois rocked up to Navan in May 1992 for the opening round of the Leinster championship, they did so as massive outsiders.

10 – Recalling the legacy of the businessman behind Butler’s Engineering in Portarlington

The 2017 edition of the Portarlington Emigrant Newslatter featured a very interesting article on Pat Butler, the man who founded and built up Butler’s Engineering in Portarlington. We reproduce the article below by kind permission of the original author Joe O’Dwyer.

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