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

1 – Laois footballer set to open new restaurant in popular golf club

Laois and Portlaoise footballer Kieran Lillis is set to open a brand new restaurant in the Heritage Golf Resort in Killenard.

Lillis, who has been the Laois senior football captain since 2019, hopes to have ‘Seve’s’ fully operational by the summer.

The new restaurant is going to be called ‘Seve’s’ in honour of the legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros who famously designed the golf course which has 473 members.

2 – WATCH: Laois school teachers take on Jerusalema Dance Challenge

Mountmellick Community School’s staff, along with some of their family members, have become the latest group to take on the Jerusalema Dance Challenge.

Creatively put together by Art teacher Mayrse Lennon, teachers got their dancing moves on both in their homes and on the school yard.

3 – Sadness following the passing of former prison officer and Laois footballer

There was sadness recently following the news of the passing of Des Mulhare.

Mr Mulhare, who was in his 96th year, was a former prison officer and lived in Clondalkin in Dublin but was originally from Main Street in Stradbally.

Des played for the Laois footballers in the 1940s before a knee injury cut his career short at the age of 25.

4 – Laois man secures top job in Limerick County Council

A Laois man has secured a top job in Limerick County Council.

Alan Dooley, who is originally from Mountrath and whose family previously owned Dooley Motors on the Portlaoise Road out of the town for years, has been appointed as the new Head of Digital Strategy in the local authority.

Mr Dooley will drive the implementation of the Smart Limerick strategy, coordinating EU projects, support the broadband rollout and the development of the Council’s digital plans.

5 – Gardai and Revenue seize €192,000 worth of drugs in Laois

On Monday, Gardai seized Cannabis with an estimated value of €192,000 following a joint intelligence led operation conducted with the Revenue Customs Service.

This came following the search of a vehicle in the Portlaoise area – understood to be in Lyster Square.

6 – An Post seeking ‘retail partner’ to keep Laois post office open

An Post are seeking a new ‘retail partner’ in order to keep a Laois post office open.

The owner of the post office in Borris-In-Ossory is set to depart her role in July.

Mary Kavanagh will be leaving the job in the summer but rather than close the post office altogether, An Post has advertised the position in a bid to keep it operational.

7 – ‘Mindless morons’ set fire to equipment in Laois playground

Anyone with information is being asked to come forward following vandalism in a Laois playground.

On Saturday evening last, damage was done in the children’s playground in Portarlington. This is located near the leisure centre in the town.

8 – Five Laois GAA greats we’d love to see featured on Laochra Gael

TG4 programme Laochra Gael is now in its 19th season and has told the stories of some great GAA people from all over the country.

But a Laois player has never featured and we picked out some who we think should.

9 – WATCH: Staff and residents at Laois care facility the latest to conquer Jerusalema Dance Challenge

The staff and residents at St Vincent’s Hospital in Mountmellick have become the latest to conquer the Jerusalema Dance Challenge.

The video, posted by Dementia Care Specialist Shad Akbar, shows some serious moves from all.

10 – The best places for Laois people to find love back in the day

With love well and truly in the air last Sunday – it got us thinking about some of the iconic Laois locations where love blossomed over the years.

So we put together another great list of places that Laois people went looking for love, romance, a dance, the shift or whatever else might have been going back in the day.

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