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The week that was: Our most read stories of the past seven days

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1 – History made in Laois secondary school as student records first ever 625 Leaving Cert score

History has been made in St Fergal’s College in Rathdowney today as the school recorded its first ever 625 points result.

Darragh Hogan, who hails from Ballacolla, achieved the stunning result last week as the Leaving Cert results were revealed.

2 – In Pictures: Hundreds flock to Portlaoise as live music scene finally resumes

After more than 500 days of shut down, live music has finally returned to Laois in the last week.

We’ve had pictures from the gigs all week and these went down very well.

3 – ‘Deep shock and sadness’ following the tragic passing of well-known Laois man

There is deep sadness in Portlaoise in the surrounding areas following the news of the tragic passing of Owen ‘Rake’ McDonald.

Mr McDonald, from Colliers Lane in Portlaoise, passed away on Monday September 6.

Owen worked as a prison officer in the Midlands in Portlaoise and he is deeply regretted by his loving parents Mick and Phyllis, wife Anne-Marie, cherished daughter and son, Aoibhe and Conor, sister Tina and brother Brian.

4 – Four Laois students in Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise get maximum 625 points

For a school to have one student get maximum points in the Leaving Cert is a big deal – but Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise are celebrating four 625-pointers recently.

Sinead Buggy (Timahoe), Katherine Finnegan (Killenard), Kate Westlake (Portlaoise) and Hannah Biju (Portlaoise) all achieved top marks in the Portlaoise school.

5 – In Pictures: Smash Hits! bring back the 90s grove with live performance in Portlaoise

Last Friday night, a very popular tribute band sold out this Portlaoise venue.

Smash Hits! are a unique, entertaining tribute to the golden era of early 90s dance, pop and R‘n’B.

6 – Eight Portlaoise CBS students achieve more than 600 points in 2021 Leaving Cert

Portlaoise CBS have confirmed that eight of their boys have achieved more than 600 points.

Cian Aird, Darragh Beere, Jack Delaney, Richard Okpala, Cian Territt, Mohammed El-Basheir, Muhammad Zubair Khan and DJ O’Brien-Doyle all recorded brilliant results.

7 – Deep sadness as a great Laois and Stradbally GAA Gael passes away

There was deep sadness in Stradbally this week following news of the passing of Ted ‘Teddy’ Delaney.

Mr Delaney, of Kylebeg, Stradbally, in Laois, passed peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Teddy was from the famed Delaney family, known far and wide for their GAA exploits across multiple generations.

8 – 13 clubs represented on Team of the Week following Round 1 SFC and IFC action

The first Team of the Week from the Round 1 SFC and IFC action from 2021 is here.

We had eight senior games, four intermediate games and a handful of Junior A games taking place over the weekend – and players from 13 clubs made the cut.

9 – Two Knockbeg students receive maximum 625 as Vicarstown trio get 1,800 points between them

Two Knockbeg College students have received the maximum amount of points in the 2021 Leaving Cert.

Meanwhile, three Vicarstown natives were also celebrating after bagging a seriously impressive 1,800 points between them.

10 – Work set to begin following €190,000 investment in Portarlington tourist location

Works took place last week to make this growing tourist attraction an even better place.

Derryounce Lakes recently received €190,000 in funding for improvement works.

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