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

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1 – Young Laois woman to feature on new RTE singing game show

A talented young Laois woman will feature on RTE this Saturday as she goes in search of glory in a new reality singing competition that could see her win the €25,000 cash prize.

Anna Bergin from Portlaoise will be in the first episode of Last Singer Standing, which will air on RTE this Saturday evening. Hosted by Nicky Byrne, the judges on the show will be Nadine Coyle, Joey Fatone and Samantha Mumba.

2 – Laois woman pens book on mental health battle and how she overcame her suffering

They say that everyone has a story to tell – and it has taken one Portlaoise woman 33 years to document her mental health torment and how she overcame her suffering.

This is my Story is the self-penned account of 51-year-old Patricia Dempsey, who has been hospitalised with mental health episodes 51 times since she was 18.

3 – Laois vintage club set for first ever memorial run for much loved late member

The first ever Martin Bergin Memorial Run will be held by Camross Vintage Club October 24.

Mr Bergin, a Camross native and founding member of the club, passed away in May 2019 and it had been hoped to hold this event last year.

However, Covid-19 got in the way and things had to be delayed for a year.

4 – Tributes paid following the passing of ‘gentle soul who was a true Portlaoise legend’

Tributes have been paid following the sad passing of Portlaoise native Billy Dargan.

Mr Dargan, from Harpurs Lane, passed peacefully at Portlaoise Regional Hospital on Sunday.

He is deeply regretted by his loving brother Tommy and sister in law Kate, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends, also all the staff at St Fintan’s Hospital.

5 – 11 clubs represented on latest LaoisToday football Team of the week

The fourth Team of the Week from the quarter finals of the SFC and JFC plus the semi finals of the IFC is here.

6 – Laois GAA chairman not seeking re-election ahead of county convention

Laois GAA chairman Peter O’Neill will not be seeking re-election at county convention this year, bringing an end to his four-year spell in the role.

Under GAA rules, O’Neill would be allowed to do five years in the position but he informed last week’s executive meeting that he will not be going forward for 2022.

7 – Laois GAA clubs set to come together for second ever ‘Pumpkin Patch’ event

This October Bank Holiday weekend, Clonad juvenile club and CRG camogie are combining to run their second Pumpkin Patch event at the GAA grounds in Clonad.

Last year, the event had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions but the pumpkins didn’t go to waste as the club were allowed set up a stall at Portlaoise Plaza to sell them.

8 – Local 32-acre farm sells for €300,000 at auction

A 32-acre farm in Geashill between Portarlington and Tullamore sold for €300,000 – or €9,400 per acre – at auction this week.

The vendors were the reps of the late Melvie O’Rourke and the buyer was a Dublin man who had already purchased a farm in the area.

9 – Effigy of British soldier that was erected in Laois park moved to Carlow Museum

The effigy of Robert Hartpole, which was erected in the People’s Park in Portarlington, was removed recently and relocated to Carlow Museum where it will be put on display.

The decision was taken by Laois County Council because of Hartpole’s close links with Carlow and because he had little or no connections with Portarlington.

10 – All of the football action from the last seven days 

It was an extremely busy week on the football front with knock-out action across all the grades.

You can check out all the reports by clicking above.

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