Times Past - Sept 28, 1963

Laois gardai were last night trying to establish the identity of a middle-aged, well-dressed man, whose body was found in a field on the Glenmalyre Estate, some few miles from Ballybrittas.

Laois gardai were last night trying to establish the identity of a middle-aged, well-dressed man, whose body was found in a field on the Glenmalyre Estate, some few miles from Ballybrittas.

The body, which was in a state of decomposition, was close to an ESB standard, and is believed to have been there for some time.

As far as is known, no man had been reported missing from the area.

The body is still at the scene, and will be examined today by Dr Maurice Hickey, State pathologist.

Laying of the church’s

foundation stone

Next Sunday will be a red letter day for Portlaoise parishioners. Last week the clergy announced that the joyful tidings of the official ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone of the new church by His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr Keogh, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

The public are cordially invited to attend for this simple, but impressive ceremony, which will surely go down in the history of Laois. It will be a day of days for all, as when His Lordship cut the first sod, he said that it would be truly a parish church, as the people had rallied so magnificently to the appeal to provide them with a truly appropriate place to worship.

A flashback to the present parish church, which was built around 1818. A contributor tells that when the men came to roof the church, they met with great difficulty on account of its great width. As they stood and paused, a beggarman came the way and stopped to give directions, to which they avidly listened. The ideas he put forward were acted upon and the work was completed. The travelling man went his way and was never again seen in these parts. The gentleman who told the story is a solid parishoner, and vouches that he heard the story as being authentic.

Crops damaged

Much damage was caused to the grain crops by the torrential rains of Wednesday morning. In exposed places, the havoc was reported as appreciable.