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

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1 – 120-acre residential farm in Laois sold by online auction for €1.34 million

A 120-acre residential farm in Laois netted a cool €1.34 million at an online auction recently.

The farm in question was Avenue Farm in Camross and it was offered by Hennessy Auctioneers.

The guide price was €1.1 million and the farm was sold in one lot – bought by a local business/farming family.

2 – Criminal Assets Bureau seize vehicles, watches and cash in raids at 15 locations including Laois

On Wednesday 29th of June, The Criminal Assets Bureau conducted a search operation in Kildare, Waterford, Laois and Dublin.

The search operation was conducted by Bureau Officers supported by several units including the Dublin Armed Support Unit, the Eastern Regional Armed Support Unit and the The Customs Dog Unit.

The Assets seized in Wednesdays search included a Tesla, BMWs and €15,000 in cash.

Durrow Outdoor Dining Area (1)

3 – In Pictures: Laois town’s brand new outdoor dining facility officially opens

The spectacular Durrow Outdoor Dining Facility was officially opened at a ceremony two weeks ago.

In mid-2021, Laois County Council applied to Fáilte Ireland for financial assistance under the Local Authority Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme.

It enhances infrastructure and allows local hospitality businesses to adapt and enables access to outdoor seating for extended periods throughout the year.

Colaiste Iosagain Seamus Bennett

4 – Long-serving Laois secondary school principal announces decision to retire

The long-serving principal of Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington has announced his decision to retire.

Seamus Bennett has been principal of the Laois-Offaly school since September 2000 – but will retire on October 2.

“Seamus was appointed in 2000 and is one of the longest-serving principals in the midlands,” said a statement from the school.

5 – Laois County Council agree to sell land for almost €1 million to Kildare company

Laois County Council has agreed to sell a parcel of land to a Kildare company for €966,000.

The sale relates to 3.75 hectares of land at J17 National Enterprise Park, Togher in Portlaoise to BNL Sciences Ltd.

BNL Sciences Ltd are a supplier of quality raw materials to the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry based in Naas.

6 – In Pictures: A selection of wonderful images as the Whistlin’ Donkeys get the Old Fort Festival underway

The Old Fort Festival in Portlaoise was a big hit once again this year. It began with a bang on the Thursday evening with a raucous gig put on by Tyrone band the Whistlin Donkeys.

The four-day festival was the first major post-Covid event in Portlaoise with live music from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th of June.

An impressive covered area was set up in the Laois Music Centre and a massive crowd turned out on Thursday for the folk/rock band Whistlin’ Donkeys who were just back from a sold-out performance at the BarrowLands festival in Glasgow.

7 – Laois man appointed new manager of League of Ireland First Division club

A Laois man has been appointed as the manager of League of Ireland First Division side Cobh Ramblers.

Shane Keegan is the new gaffer after he signed an 18 month deal and it will be his fourth First Division team to manage.

Keegan, also a former Rathdowney-Errill hurling manager, will leave his roles with Portlaoise AFC and Treaty United in order to take up the position with the Munster side.

Laois ladies football

8 – Ruthless Laois Ladies swat Wicklow aside to march into All-Ireland semis

The Laois Ladies were in devastating form as they swatted the challenge of Wicklow aside last weekend.

Donie Brennan’s charges scored four first half goals to build up a 15 point lead by the interval.

And they kept going after that to set up a semi final clash against Clare on Sunday the 10th of July.

9 – King on form as Rathdowney-Errill claim back-to-back Division 1A league titles

Ross King was in fine form as Rathdowney-Errill claimed Division 1A glory for the second year in a row.

Camross led by five points at one stage in the first half but Rathdowney-Errill never panicked as they got it back to a point by half time.

King, who ended up with a tally of 1-6, scored their second goal early in the second and they never looked back to win by six in the end.

Hepburn Court

10 – Laois County Council agree to construct 54 new modular homes in Laois town

The green light was finally given to a project which will see 54 modular homes constructed in Portlaoise.

A modular home is a house, consisting of sections, or modules, that is largely built off-site from the planned location of the building and then delivered and finished on site.

The approval for the build at Hepburn Court off the Ballyfin Road was agreed by County Councillors at a meeting last week.

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