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

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1 – Second Laois woman set to feature on popular new RTE singing game show

Another talented Laois woman is set to feature on RTE this Saturday as she goes in search of glory in a new reality singing competition that could see her win €25,000.

Rachael Farrell from Mountmellick will be in the third episode of Last Singer Standing, which will air on RTE this Saturday evening.

She follows in the footsteps of Portlaoise’s Anna Bergin who appeared in episode one and reached the final sing off where she just lost out on the audience vote.

2 – Brody returns as Portlaoise find their shooting boots to batter Ballyroan-Abbey and reach SFC final

Portlaoise produced their best performance since their 2019 semi final win over Portarlington to reach another Laois SFC final.

Their accuracy in front of goal was much improved, they were tenacious in the tackle and they dominated midfield as they dismantled Ballyroan-Abbey – holding them to just two points from play.

There was also a first appearance of the season for former Laois keeper Graham Brody following an early injury to Michael O’Connell.

3 – Park-Ratheniska claim remarkable double with stunning intermediate final success

Park-Ratheniska will be a senior football club in 2022 following a stunning intermediate final win over Mountmellick in O’Moore Park last weekend.

The win completes a remarkable couple of months for the club after they only won the 2020 junior title back in June. It’s certainly a year that will take a fond place in their proud history.

4 – Historic first senior title for St Conleth’s as they down Sarsfields

St Conleth’s are Laois ladies senior football champions for the first time in their history following a much-deserved win over Sarsfields in O’Moore Park.

Conleth’s – drawing players from Portarlington, Killenard, Courtwood and even Gracefield across the Offaly border – were the better side from the start and only trailed briefly in the early stages of the game.

They had beaten Sarsfields in the group stages and had pushed them hard twice in last year’s championship. This was the big one, though.

5 – Park-Ratheniska and Portlaoise lead the way on Football Team of the Week

Six clubs are represented on this week’s LaoisToday football Team of the Week but it’s dominated by Park-Ratheniska and Portlaoise following their very impressive championship wins.

Park-Ratheniska’s intermediate championship triumph sees them lead the way with five representatives while Portlaoise appeared to be back close to their best in their big win over Ballyroan-Abbey in the senior semi-final on Sunday. They have four players included.

Portarlington, who beat Emo in the other semi-final, have two included, as do Emo.

6 – In Pictures: Laois golf club unveils revamped driving range with official opening

The Heath Golf Club recently unveiled their revamped driving range with an official opening.

Men’s Captain Emlyn O’Reilly, Club Captain Ber Fitzpatrick, President Bernie Aldritt, Fr Sean Kelly, Rev Alec Purser, Minister Sean Fleming, Ann Marie Maher, Caroline Myers (LSP), Catherine Fitzgerald and Conor Bergin were among the distinguished guests on the day.

In an address, Men’s Captain Emlyn outlined a short history of the range and outlined the improvements made.

7 – Planning granted for 74 new houses on Mountrath Road in Portlaoise

Planning permission has been granted for 74 new houses on the Grattan Street/Mountrath Road area of Portlaoise.

The development will be accessed close to where an old derelict service station stands and before the entrance to the Westlands estate.

The 2.59 hectare site is also adjacent to Ashbrook Gardens apartments complex and next to the railway line on one part of the site.

8 – Young Laois student wins two prestigious awards for outstanding mathematics achievements

A young Laois student has won two prestigious awards for his outstanding achievements in the field of mathematics.

Abbeyleix native Eoghan Murphy is currently studying Theoretical Physics and Pure Mathematics at Maynooth University.

The 22-year-old, who is a past pupil of Heywood Community School, won The Spelman Prize in 2020 and has followed that by recently winning The Hamilton Prize.

9 – Garda warning after elderly Laois man tricked by bogus caller

Gardaí in Stradbally are investigating an incident involving a bogus caller in the area on Tuesday.

A suspicious man called to an elderly man and tricked him into buying a drill that he didn’t really want.

He then followed him into the house trying to find out where he keeps his money.

10 – Approval granted for extension of expanding Laois secondary school

The Government has given approval to commence construction on the new extension to Portlaoise College.

This new extension and refurbishment works will consist of a construction studies room, art room and a special education needs classroom.

Laois Minister for State at the Department of Finance, Sean Fleming, said that he is very pleased that this extension has been approved.

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