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

1 – Laois priest scoops top prize in Carlow GAA draw

The third staging of the Carlow GAA Development Draw took place recently and a Laois priest scooped the first price.

Fr Jim O’Connell claimed the €10,000 cash first prize – finishing ahead of a very famous racing family.

2 – Gardai and Army Bomb Disposal Unit attend Laois house to deal with suspect device

Gardai and members of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit attended a house in Laois during the week.

A suspect device was left outside a house in O’Moore Place in Portlaoise shortly after 2am.

3 – Laois teenager found safe and well following Garda appeal

Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance after 16 year old Lythia Tebay was located safe and well this afternoon.

She had been missing from the Kileen area of Laois since Wednesday November 11.

4 – Gardai to take action as elderly being harassed by aggressive beggars in Portlaoise

The Chief Superintendent of the Laois-Offaly Garda Division says his force will take decisive action to stamp out aggressive begging in Portlaoise.

Mr Scanlan only learned of what has been happening in Lyster Square when Councillor Caroline Dwane Stanley informed him of it at the meeting.

5 – Mary Therese Lowndes: Senseless mink farming

Mary Therese’s latest column caused a real stir as she examined mink farming in Laois and around the world.

6 – Property Watch: From €280,000 to €450,000 – five homes currently for sale in Ballyfin and Rosenallis

There’s a selection of fine properties currently on the market in the Rosenallis and Ballyfin areas of Laois.

Close to the Slieve Bloom mountains, in a rural setting and in communities with a strong identity, it’s easy to see why they make for sought-after homes.

7 – Open letter to all those involved in Laois hurling discussions for 2021

Our letter to all involved in the discussions with Eddie Brennan that are ongoing.

8 – Sadness following the passing of Laois publican

There is sadness in the village of Timahoe today following the passing of one of their publicans.

Liam Rambottom, of Ramsbottoms Bar in the village, died on Sunday November 15.

9 – In Pictures: End of an era as Laois principal retires after 37 years of service

There were tears of joy and sadness as Maurette Maher said goodbye to the staff and students of Derrylamogue NS last month.

The Rosenallis school bid farewell to principal Mrs Maher for the final time on Friday, October 23, as she brought her 37-year teaching career to an end.

10 – Laois athlete awarded huge college scholarship in America

Laois teenager Ava O’Connor has been awarded a huge college scholarship in America.

The Emo native, who runs for Tullamore Harriers, has been granted a scholarship by Adams State in Colorado.