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

1 – The Laois woman who used her GAA coaching skills

Sinéad Brennan is just back from East Africa, where she was coaching Gaelic football in some severely disadvantaged places.

Sinéad plays football for Crettyard Ladies and coaches the U-12 girls’ team, but recently took her coaching talents outside the parish.

2 – Dark day for Laois footballers

It was a day to forget for the Laois footballers as Dublin put them to the sword in front of a huge crowd at O’Moore Park on Sunday afternoon.

It is a result that ends Laois’s interest in the Leinster Championship as they now prepare for the Tailteann Cup in May.

3 – Sinn Fein select second candidate to contest local elections in Portlaoise

Sinn Fein have selected a second candidate to run for them in the Local Election which will take place in May 2024.

Maria McCormack, of Fieldbrook, in Portlaoise, will contest for a seat alongside existing Councillor Caroline Dwane-Stanley.

4 – New principal appointed to Portlaoise Institute

Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board has announced the appointment of Keith McClearn as the new principal of Portlaoise Institute.

It is the first time that Portlaoise Institute will have its own dedicated principal having previously been under Portlaoise College.

5 – Four Laois students awarded scholarships by Carlow College

Four Laois residents studying in Carlow College, have been recognised for their academic achievement at the annual Carlow College Scholarships Awards.

Mary Osadolor, Susan Hanly, Lucy Osborne and Anna McWey represented the county at the ceremony last Wednesday.

Carlow college scholarship winner Lucy Osborne

6 – Gardai investigating after man arrested and soccer match abandoned in Laois

Gardai earlier this week launched an investigation after a soccer match was abandoned in Portarlington on Sunday.

The game between Arlington AFC and Coil Dubh in  the Senior Division of the Kildare District League ended with Gardai and an ambulance arriving on the scene.

7 – Liam Hyland at 90: From Ballacolla to Brussels …

Laois Today had the pleasure of sitting down with former TD, Liam Hyland for a trip down memory lane this week.

For almost 40 years he represented the people of Laois in the County Council, the Senate, the Dáil and in Europe.

8 – In Pictures: A selection of Paul Dargan images as the Dubs come to town

For the first time in over 100 years, the Laois footballers played Dublin in a championship match in Portlaoise on Sunday afternoon.

With the sun beaming and a big travelling support in attendance, it made for a great atmosphere.

9 – Portlaoise woman selected to take part in European film mentoring programme

A Portlaoise woman has recently been selected to take part in a prestigious mentoring programme working within the European film industry.

31-year-old Leonna Duff spoke to Laois Today about the opportunity.

10 – Long overlooked Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise to get its roundabouts at last

It was last week confirmed that three new roundabouts are on course to be constructed on the Mountmellick Road area of Portlaoise.

Given the number of roundabouts dotted around the town, you’d think that there would be little appetite for any more.

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