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

1 – Three Laois Gardaí among new recruits as 70 further members sworn in

Three young Laois men were among the 70 new recruits sworn in as members of An Garda Síochána in Templemore.

Alan Kinsella from Courtwood, Ronan McEvoy from Portlaoise and Killian Stynes from Abbeyleix were sworn in at the passing out ceremony in Templemore.

All three began their training in July 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic and have undertaken a blend of on-line learning, on-site learning in the Garda College, and experiential learning in training Garda stations.

2 – Laois student receives prestigious award for academic excellence

A Laois student has received a prestigious university award for academic excellence at a recent awards ceremony.

Portlaoise native, Christopher Carew, was presented with his award by UCD President Andrew Deeks, at O’Reilly hall.

The University Scholarship Award was for the highest GPA attained in Stage 3 Medicine.

3 – WATCH: Laois teenager kicks last-minute winner as Cistercian Roscrea knock out Clongowes in Junior Cup

A young Laois rugby player landed a brilliant last-minute penalty as Cistercian College Roscrea knocked out Clongowes in a thrilling Leinster Junior Cup quarter-final in Donnybrook.

Jack Deegan, who is from Kellyville and plays football with St Joseph’s, kicked a penalty from almost 40 metres with what was the last action of the game to send Roscrea through to the last four.

4 – Property Watch: Five homes for sale in Laois for around €260,000

On this week’s Property Watch, we took a look at five homes for sale in Laois for between €250,000 and €270,000.

We look at homes for sale in Portarlington, Portlaoise, Stradbally, Abbeyleix and Shanahoe.

5 – In Pictures: Portarlington GAA celebrate double success in style

The Heritage in Killenard was buzzing on as Portarlington GAA club members, supporters and players gathered to celebrate their excellent 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The club won back-to-back senior football championships as well as the 2021 Division 1 league final.

And because of Covid disrupting the 2020 season, their two final successes were achieved in a little over three months.

6 – ‘The sound of bombs was chilling’ – Ukrainian mam and daughter settling into life in Laois after escaping war

A Ukrainian mother and daughter are adjusting to life 3,000km away from their home after managing to escape the war following the Russian invasion.

Iryna Britanova-Listratenko and her 7-year-old daughter Sasha are now staying with a family near Abbeyleix after the most unimaginable three weeks.

7 – Fitzpatrick the hero as Heywood defeat Ennistymon to claim All-Ireland School’s glory

Shaun Fitzpatrick was Heywood Community School’s hero as his two second half goals saw them crowned All-Ireland champions.

Ennistymon of Clare were their opponents in Duggan Park in Ballinaslow as the Laois school ended a whirlwind campaign in the best way possible.

They only won the South Leinster final last month and went on to clinch Leinster glory before finishing top of the tree.

8 – Laois hurler named on 2022 Fitzgibbon Cup Team of the Year

A Laois hurler has been named on the 2022 Fitzgibbon Cup Team of the Year which was announced last week.

Podge Delaney, Laois joint-captain, is named in the side at corner back in a team that is the cream of the college sport.

The Harps’ defender played at full back for IT Carlow as they reached the semi final and is named at corner back here.

9 – In Pictures: Stradbally parade returns in style as huge turnout in the Little Town

The Stradbally St Patrick’s Day parade returned in all its glory as a huge crowd turned out – to both take part and watch on.

There were representatives from a number of local groups and schools.

10 – Two new special education needs classrooms granted for Laois primary school

Emo National School has been approved for two new special education needs classrooms.

This is welcome news for the school especially for the students who will benefit from these.

Having these two extra classes allows children of all capabilities attend school with additional teaching and special needs assistants as well as the necessary facilities required.

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