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

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1 – Man arrested and charged following robbery in Laois town

A man has been arrested and subsequently charged with burglary following an incident in Mountrath on Tuesday evening.

Gardai confirmed that the man in question will now appear before the courts.

2 – Amazing Laois performer reaches grand final of popular new RTE singing game show

Laois will have a representative in the grand final of a popular new RTE singing game show.

Rachael Farrell from Mountmellick is one step away from winning €25,000 after she won the third episode of Last Singer Standing which aired on RTE last weekend.

3 – WATCH: From being stuck in the O’Moore Park toilets to a wild night in Ballacolla – Buff Egan captures the best of the SHC celebrations

On Snapchat, Buff gave his hundreds of thousands of followers a blow by blow account of the game.

And at full time, Buff headed down to the pitch where he celebrated with the victorious Clough-Ballacolla players.

4 – Remarkable second half comeback sees Clough-Ballacolla claim back-to-back Laois Senior hurling titles

Clough-Ballacolla came back from seven points down at half time to claim back-to-back Bob O’Keeffe Cups in O’Moore Park at the weekend.

Declan Laffan’s men have now won two senior championships in a matter of months having sealed the delayed 2020 title during the summer.

Borris-Kilcotton were their opponents in that game too but they put up a far better opposition this time and were desperately unlucky not to emerge as winners.

5 – In Pictures: A selection of great images as Clough-Ballacolla celebrate going back-to-back

The Clough-Ballacolla GAA club have experienced incredible times over the past decade or so.

In 2009 they claimed a first ever senior hurling triumph under that name though the area has a rich hurling heritage and Ballygeehan were lords of all they surveyed in the 1910s.

But since that breakthrough in 2009, they’ve established themselves firmly at the top table of Laois club hurling.

6 – Key staff appointment made in Portlaoise Hospital will ‘improve patient care’

The appointment of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Cardiology in Portlaoise Hospital will ‘improve patient access and continuity of care for heart failure patients’.

So says Minister for State at the Department of Finance, Sean Fleming, who commented on the appointment this week

The Laois TD says that this will improve the service for patients and implement new care pathways, referral pathways and services for patients who are at risk of heart failure.

7 – Lynch and Lalor goals crucial as Ballinakill make immediate return to Senior ranks with Premier IHC success

Ballinakill will feast at the top table of Laois hurling once again next year after they were crowned Premier IHC champions in O’Moore Park last weekend.

Goals in either half from Gearoid Lynch and TJ Lalor did the trick for Eamon Jackman’s men against a spirited Ballyfin.

8 – County Final Memory: When Portlaoise and Portarlington did battle in 1991

Given the size of the two towns and their respective proud histories, Portarlington and Portlaoise have only met twice previously in county finals.

Portarlington won the 1959 final, their third of that decade, but in 1991 Portlaoise turned the tables.

At the time Portlaoise were coming to the end of a glorious era, one that had seen them win six Laois senior titles throughout the 1980s as well as three Leinsters and an All Ireland.

9 – Magical 2021 for Laois brothers who win three championships with three different clubs

2021 has been a magical year for two Laois brothers who won three GAA championships between them with three different clubs.

Micheal and Sean Downey who hail from Spink in Laois played on three teams that went all the way this year.

10 – In Pictures: Glory for Ballinakill as they make immediate return to senior hurling ranks

It was a memorable day for the Ballinakill hurlers as they claimed Premier IHC glory.

We have some great pictures from the celebrations.

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