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The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days

1 – Gardai recover body from apartment in Laois

Gardai recovered a body from an apartment in Portlaoise on Tuesday. The sad discovery was made in Laois’s main town.

2 – Sadness following the passing of young Laois boy

There is deep sadness in Mountmellick and the whole of Laois following the passing of Ben Connolly. The 11-year-old passed away on Wednesday July 22 after a life long battle with a rare illness.

3 – Mary Theresa Lowndes: Why do we always have to have a scapegoat?

Our Columnist Mary Theresa Lowndes column on the Barry Cowan sacked caused a stir.

4 – Fundraiser launched for Laois woman in Australia following MS diagnosis

A fundraiser has been launched for a Laois woman living in Australia who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Annmarie Gallagher, who is from Portarlington, has been living in Sydney for the last three years.

5 – Gardai break up noisy Saturday night rally in the Slieve Blooms

Laois Gardai broke up a major rally in the Slieve Blooms on Saturday of last week, as almost 100 cars gathered for a high-speed race.

6 – Property Watch: Five homes for sale in Mountmellick for under €265,000

This week for Property Watch we looked at five houses for sale in Mountmellick.

7 – Looking back at Laois’s All Ireland minor final loss to a star-studded Tyrone team in 1998

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on All Ireland final Sunday in 2018, as Tyrone faced up to Dublin in Croke Park, 20 years after their breakthrough minor success against Laois.

8 – Local TD hits out at ‘shameful treatment of rural publicans by government’

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly, Carol Nolan, has hit out at the government decision to instruct pubs who do not serve food to remain closed until August 10.

9 – Laois woman handed suspended prison sentence for gas meter tampering

A Laois woman has received a suspended three month prison sentence after being convicted of tampering with a gas meter.

10 – Laois GAA set to stream games live as crowd restrictions force their hand

Laois GAA have confirmed that they will be live streaming club championship games this year, starting with the senior hurling championship next week.