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The week that was – our top stories of the last seven days

1 – Two people hospitalised after incident at Stradbally St Patrick’s Day parade

Two people were hospitalised after an incident at a Laois St Patrick’s Day parade last week.

The incident occurred opposite the Cosby National School on Main Street in Stradbally before 11.30am St Patrick’s Day mass when a car collided with a small steam vehicle.

2 – Laois community stunned following the sudden passing of Alan Langton

A small rural Laois area has been stunned by the sudden death of one of the community’s most active members.

Alan Langton from Barrowhouse, a man hugely respected in GAA circles and a highly-regarded financial planner, passed away suddenly on Monday evening. He was aged 52.

3 – Death occurs of Tom Mulhall, former councillor and Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council

The death occurred this week of Tom Mulhall from Emo, a former Cathaoirleach of Laois County County Council and a Fine Gael councillor from 2009-2021.

Mr Mulhall, who passed away on Monday, is survived by his wife Bridget, daughter Una, son Niall, son-in-law Gavin, grandchildren Alison and Daniel, brother Eamon, sister Ann (Moloney) and a wide circle of family and friends. He was aged 71.

4 – Tipperary footballer transfers to Portlaoise ahead of 2024 club season

Current Tipperary senior footballer, Emmet Moloney has transferred to Portlaoise ahead of the 2024 season.

From the Drom and Inch club, Moloney has played in the National Football League with Tipperary this year and played in Tipperary’s famous Munster football triumph in 2020.

5 – In Pictures: History made as The Heath hosts first ever St Patrick’s Day Parade

History was made in The Heath this week as they hosted their first ever St Patrick’s Day Parade.

In lovely sunshine, the community came together and there really was a massive turnout – including some RTÉ cameras.

6 – In Pictures: Huge crowd in attendance at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Portlaoise

There was also a huge crowd in attendance at the Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day parade.

Portlaoise Musical Society and Dunamaise Arts Centre were joint Grand Marshalls of the event.

7 – In Pictures: Huge parade in The Little Town as Stradbally celebrates St Patrick’s Day

There was a sea of green in the Little Town of Stradbally today as the annual St Patrick’s Day parade took place.

The parish of Stradbally has three parades and that begins first in Vicarstown.

8 – Kelly Cup: More silverware for St Joseph’s after dominant final performance


St Joseph’s delivered a message to the rest of the county this week, running out convincing winners over Killeshin to win the 2024 Kelly Cup.

Having dethroned reigning champions, Stradbally in an impressive semi-final, St Joseph’s were once again outstanding as they added more silverware to their roll of honour.

9 – ‘Dire situation’ as raw sewage ‘seeping out’ onto main road near Laois village

A ‘dire situation’ where raw sewage is seeping out onto a main road near a Laois village was highlighted at a Laois County Council meeting recently.

Fine Gael Cllr PJ Kelly raised the plight of Ballybrittas and described how the problem with sewage has existed for the last 45 years.

10 – Laois Credit Union set to be demolished with construction on new building ‘due to commence shortly’

A Laois Credit Union building is to be demolished, with construction on a new building “due to commence shortly.”

Mountmellick Credit Union have provided clarification on an ongoing situation at their Clonaslee branche.