Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLISTEN: Football quarter-finals, Brody for an All-Star and Ladies football review – it’s our bi-weekly GAA podcastNext articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from the SFC quarter final and JFC semi finals Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest Twitter Home News Community Little Molly Mai’s fight for a school place receives national attention NewsCommunity New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening The Dollards lived in Bray until seven years ago, where Sarah-Jane’s son Ross was treated for epilepsy and autism.“Ross got all the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in Bray. He got an ASD unit, he got occupational therapy, physio, everything. Now because he got that ABA at a young age, he has come on in leaps and bounds. We’ve never looked back.“At the same time, I don’t know how Molly Mai is going to turn out – because she never got that early intervention,” admitted Sarah-Jane.We’ll be sure to keep an eye out on how this story unfolds for the Dollard family and little Molly Mai.SEE ALSO – Two communities come together after recent vandalism on Laois village and GAA Club By Siun Lennon – 14th September 2018 Little Molly Mai’s fight for a school place receives national attention Community TAGSMolly Mai WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Council Earlier this week, LaoisToday wrote an article on a Portlaoise family’s plight to try get their daughter Molly Mai a place in primary school.Martin and Sarah-Jane Dollard’s daughter Molly Mai was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD, and suffers from a number of sensory issues.Four year old Molly Mai is due to start school in September, but with no spaces in ASD units in local mainstream schools, Martin and Sarah-Jane tried everything – from applying to St Francis Special School in Portlaoise, to looking at home tutors, and even the possibility of keeping Molly Mai back in preschool for another year.“We are desperately pleading for a school place for our child. We feel that she is being neglected by the State – that is honestly how we feel. Education is a fundamental human right – and Molly Mai isn’t receiving it,” said Molly’s Mai father Martin.Molly Mai’s story pulled at the heartstrings – and yesterday Sarah-Jane and Martin Dollard were invited onto Midlands 103 to talk about trying to get a place in school for their daughter.National attentionNow, RTÉ have contacted the Dollard family to arrange to come down to Portlaoise on Monday, September 17, and do a feature on either the Six One or nine o’clock news.Molly Mai’s mother Sarah-Jane says that she is overwhelmed with the response their story has received.“They want to do a piece comparing the services we got for Ross and what it’s like down here for Molly. Only for you putting our story out there we would not be in this position,” said Sarah-Jane.
GAUTENG, South Africa – Jaco van Zyl shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to top a South African-dominated leaderboard in the first round of the South African Open, the European Tour’s first event of 2016. Van Zyl maintained the form that put him in ties for eighth and 13th at the season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship and Nedbank Golf Challenge before Christmas, making six birdies and an eagle. Shaun Norris was alone in second place after a 66, and Jbe Kruger and Keith Horne were tied for third at 5 under at Glendower Golf Club as South Africans filled the top four places. Two more were in a six-way tie at 4 under – Justin Walters and 2006 winner Retief Goosen. Defending champion Andy Sullivan of England shot 3 over and was 10 strokes off the pace. Play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning, with 33 players still to finish their rounds. Nicolas Colsaerts (shoulder) and Richard Finch (Achilles) retired in the first round. Van Zyl has 13 victories on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour but is yet to win on the European Tour, with the most recent of his four runner-up finishes coming at the Turkish Airlines Open in November. ”I’ve had a couple of weeks off, spending time with the family,” Van Zyl said. ”I’ve had my fair share of whisky and Christmas pudding so it was really nice to get off to a good start.” Starting at No. 10, Van Zyl picked up four shots on his front nine, and moved to 7 under after an eagle 3 at the par-5 second hole. He made up for his only bogey of the round, on No. 7, by making a birdie from three feet on the next hole.