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

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1 – Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise announces appointment of new General Manager

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise has announced the appointment of John Joyce as the new General Manager of the hospital.

John joins the hospital with over 23 years’ experience in the HSE. John comes to the role from The Special Delivery Unit where he was General Manager with responsibility for Unscheduled Care and Information Technology.

2Secondary school hurling final abandoned in Portlaoise after player taken to hospital

A secondary school hurling final was brought to an abrupt and upsetting end on Monday afternoon after a played collapsed on the field.

Scoil Mhuire, Clane and and Cistercian College, Roscrea had gathered in Portlaoise’s Centre of Excellence to contest the the North Leinster Post-Primary Schools Senior Hurling ‘C’ Final.

3 – Popular Laois bakery announces closure due to ‘uncertain economic situation and rising costs’

A popular Laois bakery, which opened its doors in February 2019, has announced it has closed with immediate effect.

Sweet Bakery was located on James Fintan Lalor Avenue in Portlaoise, beside Egan’s Off Licence and just up the road from the People First Credit Union.

The business was owned husband-and-wife team Marcin and Patrycja Duda, originally from Katowice in Poland but living in Ireland now for 15 years.

4 – Warning made after man impersonating Garda appears at house in Laois village

A warning has been made to the public after a man impersonating a Garda appeared at a house in a Laois village.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning at a house in Rosenallis.

The householders did not engage with this person and reported the matter immediately to Gardai.

5 – Sadness in Laois community as ‘character who always had smile on his face’ passes away

There is sadness in the village of Timahoe this week following the passing of Seamus Foyle.

Mr Foyle died peacefully last Sunday surrounded by his loving family.

6 – Clough-Ballacolla turn to Tipperary again as they appoint new manager for 2023 campaign

The Clough-Ballacolla hurlers will have a new manager at the helm – after the club ratified Thurles Sarsfields club man Garry Mernagh at a meeting this week.

Having claimed an historic three-in-a-row in Laois over the past three seasons, Declan Laffan stepped aside a couple of weeks after their Leinster club championship loss to Dublin champions Kilmacud Crokes.

Laffan has taken up a role in the backroom with new Tipperary manager Liam Cahill and wasn’t able to commit to the two jobs.

7 – A poor second half costs the Laois hurlers a big win away to Offaly

The Laois senior hurlers brought the curtain down on their 2023 Walsh Cup campaign with a defeat to Offaly in Tullamore’s O’Connor Park.

Laois were chasing a 25-point winning margin to progress to next week’s final, and looked to be well on their way by half time.

But Offaly came back in the second half to stun Laois with a score right at the death.

8 – Sadness and tributes paid as long serving former Laois school teacher passes away

Tributes have been paid following the passing of a long-serving school teacher who worked in Stradbally.

Mrs Ann Ramsbottom, from Luggacurren but originally from Portarlington in Laois, came to the school formerly known as Scoil Aonghusa in 1970.

Her appointment was significant at the time as she was the first lay teacher to be given a job in the school – all others were nuns.

9 – Excitement in Ballylinan as new pharmacy officially opens for business

The balloons and ribbons were out in Ballylinan on Monday afternoon as a new pharmacy officially opened its doors for business.

Ballylinan Pharmacy is a new healthcare facility established by Claire Duggan and Fadi Almasri on the main street of the growing town.

10 – Laois GAA move to honour legendary officers as new president and vice-president set to be confirmed

Laois GAA have created new honorary positions for two legendary figures within the county.

The role of Laois GAA president has been vacant since the death of Sean Ramsbottom last May. 

But under an initiative put forward by current county board chairman PJ Kelly, two long-standing former officials are set to fill the new president and vice-president roles for a three-year term.

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