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

1 – In Pictures: First mass celebrated as beautiful Laois church undergoes restoration

Bishop Denis Nulty was on hand to do the honours for a special mass of re-dedication as the brand new Church of the Assumption in The Heath was officially unveiled.

2 – Two juveniles charged in relation to fire at Mountmellick farm

Two juveniles have been arrested and charged following a burglary and fire at a farm in Mountmellick this week.

3 – Baby Dan Donoher set for blood tests next week

Baby Dan Donoher is set for blood tests next week to determine the status of his treatment.

4 – Main Street in Portlaoise could be pedestrianised sooner rather than later – can it work?

It’s a topic that has raised its head many times over the years but has never come anywhere close to consensus.

5 – Laois GAA propose slight change to senior club hurling championship but football format to remain the same

Laois GAA have outlined a proposed fixture schedule for the local club championships for when play is allowed to resume on July 31.

6 – New Supermac’s Plaza outside Portlaoise set to open at end of July

The new Supermac’s outside Portlaoise is set to open on Friday, July 31. Owner Pat McDonagh announced the opening date on a Zoom call with Laois Chamber of Commerce.

7 – County Final Memory: Portlaoise hurlers end famine in 1981

No matter what happened in the 1981 Laois senior hurling final, history was going to be made.

8 – Laois woman wins prestigious bursary award for arts

Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT, has announced its three recipients of the 2020 Printmakers Bursary – and a young Laois woman is among them.

9 – Mothercare in Portlaoise to close as company announces liquidation

Retail chain Mothercare – which sells a range of maternity products and items for babies and young children – is to close its 14 stores in Ireland, including its outlet in Portlaoise.

10 – Makeup Artist Ruth Bergin on finding her passion, meeting a hero and silver linings

Makeup artistry is just that – an art – and Abbeyleix native Ruth Bergin has put her background in fine art to great use building a massive fan base in her career so far.