30 Nov 2021

Leinster Express Quotes of the Week

A mother with three of her children and their grandmother had a miracle escape when this very large tree was blown on to the car in which they were travelling at Block Rd., Portlaoise at the height of the storm on Wednesday evening, Collette Brennan from Ballylinan, was accompanied by her mother Mary and three of her children,Ella 12, Eoin 8 and 13 week old Ollie- Liam, at the time and although very shocked were able to exit the vehicle.Pictured here Collette with John Ging of the Laois Fire and Rescue Service.
Storm survivor

Storm survivor

“It was hard to describe. It was like the weight of the tree almost swept the car to one side and that’s what saved our lives.”

Collette Brennan on surviving last week’s storm


“We have to encourage people in business to continue to trade, traders in Portlaoise are finding it very difficult and it’s of huge importance that this package (to encourage business) is done right.”

Cllr Willie Aird, on revitalising Main St, Portlaoise.


“Biddie lived on her own and was blind, she had a cow that was her main source of income. There was a severe water shortage at the time and when the drought came she started to pray and water appeared.”

Cllr Kathleen O’Brien, calls for a plaque at Biddie Aghaboe’s well.

Team Spirit

“The biggest aspect of this team is they will not give up for one another. They’re a very close knit bunch. We all work really, really hard at that and trying to get even closer still. I’d say this is nearly as close to a club spirit as you’d get in a county team.”

Laois Senior Hurling manager Seamus Plunkett after Laois’s win over Offaly

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