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The Midweek Podcast: Local Garda tries his hand at comedy, Mountrath to feature in short film documentary and Ballyroan musician’s fundraiser for Cuisle Centre

The latest instalment of the Midweek Podcast with LaoisToday is here – and we are up to episode 14.

On Monday night, Bernard O’Shea brought his new show ‘Bernard’s Working Comics’ to RTE Television. On the show we seen the Durrow comedian try his hand at being a member of An Garda Siochana.

Bernard then coached two Gardaí who then went on to present their colleagues with a three minute comedy sketch for the first time.

One of the Gardaí that took part is Laois Community Garda Joe Fahy. Joe joined us on the podcast to discuss the show, his time with the comedian and if comedy is something he would like to do again.

During the first lockdown, Maurice O’Carroll decided to put together a short documentary film about Mountrath called ‘Mountrath Unlocked’.

Maurice, originally from Kerry but now resides in Mountrath spoke to businesses and locals about the impact the pandemic is having on them.

Maurice tells us how the idea came about for the documentary, what it was like speaking with business owners and how difficult locals found it to deal with certain situations.

Ballyroan musician Brian Carroll joins us for a musical chat this week.

Brian has recently released a new three track EP and started a new fundraising campaign in aid of the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre in Portlaoise.

The Ballyroan man is asking the public to donate what they can to help the Centre and in turn you will get a copy of the EP.

Brian discusses why he chose to do the fundraiser, his music and missing live performances because of the pandemic.

The LaoisToday Midweek Podcast is presented by Portlaoise native Paul Downey and is available to download every week on all podcast platforms.

You can listen to it below on Soundcloud or on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

SEE ALSO – The Midweek Podcast: Fundraiser launched in memory of beloved Laois man, Crime Prevention with Sergeant Graham Kavanagh and music from Brian Killeen

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