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

1 – Two Portlaoise students score seven H1s as Leaving Cert results announced

Two Laois students scored full marks in the 2020 Leaving Cert results which were announced on Monday morning.

Thomás Dunne of St Mary’s CBS in Portlaoise and Niamh Crowley of Scoil Chriost Ri bagged seven H1s – the highest possible mark that you can receive.

2 – Ten days of dry weather on the cards as forecasters predict glorious weekend

Local forecaster Cathal Nolan of Ireland’s Weather Channel who predicts that most of us won’t see any rain for the next ten days and temperatures will reach the low 20s from Sunday.

Happy days

3 – Laois student set for Oxford University after top marks in Leaving Cert 2020

Scoil Chriost Ri student Jill Cushen also received full marks in her exams – scoring the full 625 points in the process.

And in even better news for Jill, she has confirmed that she will be off to the prestigious Oxford University in England later this month.

4 – Third Laois student receives full marks in Leaving Cert 2020

Mountmellick Community School’s Hannah Ledesma has also scored the maximum 625 points in the Leaving Cert.

Mountmellick native Hannah excelled and will study International Relations, Politics and Irish in UCD later this month.

5 – Developer withdraws application to build 262 new homes in Portlaoise

A planning application to build 262 new homes in Portlaoise that was with An Bord Pleanala has been withdrawn by the developer.

Thomas Kelly & Sons Group had submitted an application to An Bord Pleanala for a development in the townland of Rathevan, Kilminchy, Portlaoise.

6 – Confirmed case of Coronavirus in Laois secondary school – but remote learning systems to kick in for students who have to stay at home

There has been a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the Dunamase College secondary school in Portlaoise – but only students who have been deemed close contacts are being asked to stay at home and the school is in a position to move to remote learning for those who cannot come in.

The Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board, who are the patrons of the school, confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon with the school authorities informing parents.

7 – ‘Intimidated and afraid’ – Late night parties in Laois park leave residents fearful

Late night parties with loud music, drinking and drug-use all taking place in the People’s Park in Portlaoise have left nearby residents ‘intimidated and afraid’.

LaoisToday has received reports of serious incidents of anti-social behaviour which have gone on long into the night – almost every night.

8 – Portarlington topple The Town to avenge 2019 semi final defeat

Portarlington defeated Portlaoise for the first time in the championship since 2001 following a committed display in MW Hire O’Moore Park last weekend.

Martin Murphy’s men were full value for their win and they did it without Colm Murphy and Ronan Coffey who both picked up injuries after the Round 1 win over Stradbally.

9 – Top of the class! Mountrath student scores perfect seven H1s in Leaving Cert 2020

Mountrath Community School’s Martin Fitzpatrick has been awarded seven H1s – another stunning achievement.

The Ballyfin native did excellently and will study Science in NUIG later this month.

10 – Property Watch: What you can buy in Portlaoise for €150,000

On this week’s Property Watch, we looked at some of the properties for sale in Portlaoise for €150,000.

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