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

1 – Confirmed: Portlaoise Leisure Centre to close immediately with loss of 30 jobs

Portlaoise Leisure Centre is to close with immediate effect with the loss of 30 jobs, the board behind the facility have confirmed.

2 – Deep sadness following the passing ‘naturally funny’ and ‘very likeable’ young Laois woman

There is deep sadness following the passing of Killeen native Lorraine Dunne.

3 – Laois Gardai recover stolen caravan belonging to young Louth boy with special needs

Gardai in Laois have recovered a caravan belonging to a young Louth boy who has special needs.

4 – Laois man appointed principal of high-profile Limerick secondary school

Portlaoise native Diarmuid Mullins has been appointed as principal of the highly-regarded Crescent College in Limerick.

5 – Laois trained horse gallops to victory in The Curragh as racing resumes

Sport is slowly starting to emerge from the Coronavirus shutdown and a Laois trained horse enjoyed victory last weekend.

6 – Burnt out cars, boy-racers, rubbish and anti-social behaviour – chaos on the Slieve Bloom Mountains

Burnt-out cars, disgusting littering and despicable anti-social behaviour have blighted part of the Slieve Bloom Mountains recently.

7 – Moment in Time: Electric Picnic celebrating its 10th Birthday in 2013

2013 saw the Electric Picnic celebrate ten magical years of music and memories at Stradbally Hall.

8 – Minister Flanagan leads the tributes after Garda detective shot and killed last night

The Garda, who is a detective, was killed following a shooting incident in Castlerea in Co Roscommon on Wednesday night.

9 – GAA unveil plans for the 2020 Cul Camps

The GAA have announced new plans for the staging of the 2020 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps.

10 – Pat Critchley: It’s a generation thing but not all the characters are gone

A column by Pat Critchley.