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

1 – Deep shock and sadness following the sudden passing of popular Laois publican

Slieve Bloom native Tom, who owns Tom Delaney and Sons Pub in Mountrath, passed away on Sunday at the age of 56.

2 – Sadness following the passing of popular Portlaoise dad

Originally from London in England, Tom Major, who lived in Rathevan in Portlaoise, died on Friday June 19 at the age of 54 after battling illness.

3 – Property: Stradbally residences on the market with Hennessy Auctioneers

Hennessy Auctioneers are offering two properties to the market.

4 – New principal appointed in St Fergal’s College in Rathdowney

St Fergal’s College in Rathdowney will have a new principal for the 2020-2021 school year following the appointment of Gerry Quinn to the role.

5 – ‘Great sadness’ as hugely popular Laois restaurant decides to close

The owner of the hugely popular award-winning Portlaoise restaurant, Tynan’s at the Storeyard, has decided not to re-open.

6 – Laois hotel set to host ‘Midlands Drive-In Movies’

If you have missed that big screen experience over the past few months then there is some fantastic news coming your way.

7 – In Pictures: Crowds gather at County Hall for protest over closure of Portlaoise Leisure Centre

A crowd of around 300 people gathered outside Laois County Council buildings for a protest over the closure of Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

8 – Laois mammy who sat Leaving Cert in 2018 receives scholarship for academic excellence

Laois woman Karen Wills, who sat her Leaving Cert in 2018 at the age of 44, has received a Third Level academic award for excellence.

9 – Laois school left ‘broken-hearted’ following the passing of ‘good natured’ woman

A Laois school and community has been left ‘broken-hearted’ following the sad passing of Brenda Corcoran.

10 – Exciting times as new member joins the Q & R Salon team in Portlaoise

Hairdressers across the country will re-open next Monday, June 29, and for Claire Farrell it’s the start of an exciting new phase as she teams up Meghan Quinlan and Bernadette Rigney in Q & R Sublime on Bridge Street in Portlaoise.

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