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09 Dec 2021

Year in Review August: World title for TJ Doheny in a standout month for sport

Year in Review Leinster Express

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Portlaoise College Debs - Niamh Breen, Karina Kotlara, Kayleigh Quirke and Cora Cuddy Picture: Denis Byrne

TJ Doheny was crowned world champion after his brilliant victory over reigning champion Ryosuke Iwasa in Tokyo in August.

The Portlaoise native scored an impressive victory to become Ireland's 21st ever world boxing champion, and the third current champion, along with Katie Taylor and Ryan Burnett.

Doheny brought the home favourite the distance in their twelve round bout and was eventually awarded a unanimous decision by all three judges.

Doheny is only the second ever boxer from Ireland or the UK to win a world title in Japan, the other being Wayne McCullough in 1995.
It was the standout achievement in an incredible month of sport for the county. Along with Doheny's world title victory, swimmer Nicole Turner won a silver medal at the European Para-Swimming finals, Paddy Donovan won an Over 50s world handball title in the USA, and Portlaoise Panthers trio Shauna Dooley, Ciara Byrne and Gillian Wheeler starred for Ireland at the European finals.

Five suspected illegal immigrants who fled from the back of a truck in Laois were still on the run in August.

The refrigerated meat truck had travelled from Spain, through France to Rosslare Port and then to Laois, gardai confirmed to the Leinster Express.

The incident happened on Thursday evening, August 2. Portlaoise gardai and the Air Support Unit helicopter were continuing the search.

A confidential memo drawn up by senior health professions proposed a 'hub-and-spoke' model of hospital care that would see Portlaoise hospital downgraded, with the loss of its intensive care unit.

In the memo seen by the Leinster Express, National Critical Care Programme team members led by Dr Michael Power, proposed the reconfiguration of ICU care in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.

The proposal would see critical care for acutely ill patients delivered at four hospitals - Tallaght, St James, Tullamore and Naas hospitals.

The two Dublin hospitals would have Model 4 supraregional and regional speciality status. The Kildare and Laois hospitals would have Model 3 status feeding to the Tallaght and St James.

Portlaoise would be bypassed with services removed.

A fundraiser to bring home a young Laois man who was paralysed after suffering a three-metre fall off a wall while on holiday in Tenerife went viral online, raising over €11,000 in one day.

Daniel Wolski (20) from Portlaoise has undergone two serious surgeries since the fall on August 1, which caused instant paralysis in his legs. Daniel was on holiday with his girlfriend Sara Łukaszewska (24) the incident happened. Speaking to the

Leinster Express, Sara said that after a tough few weeks, Daniel was getting stronger.

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