Fantastic community weekend for Abbeyleix and Durrow

Big turn out in Abbeyleix for the Abbeyleix and Durrow Enterprise Weekend

Fantastic community weekend for Abbeyleix and Durrow
By Stan Henderson news@leinsterexpress.ie@laoisnews

A big and varied selction of ommunity groups and business gathered to show off what Abbeyeix and Durrow have to offer over the past weekend.

Laois TD Sean Fleming opened proceedings at the combined Durrow and Abbeyleix Enterprise Town event on Friday evening at Scoil Mhuire in Abbeyleix which also carried into Saturday morning..

Following the opening an awards presentation to BizWorld Ireland students from Raheen National School and Our Lady’s Meadow National School in Durrow took place.

Music filled the air with performances from Spink Comhaltas, the Portlaoise Gospel Choir and the Durrow and District pipe band. Demonstrations were provided by The World Taekwondo Association from Durrow, Magic Movers School of Dance, The Irish Heart Foundation's Mobile Health Unit and Laois Fire Services.

The Enterprise Town Initiative was sponsored by Bank of Ireland. Abbeyleix branch manager Jason Ryan was delighted and overwhelmed by the support the event received.

“We had a truly fantastic event this weekend. This was down to all sectors of the community in the wider Abbeyleix and Durrow areas coming together to support this local initiative.

“This is a great way to showcase what is good about both towns. The bank has sponsored over 100 enterprise towns so far with the first being in Rathdowney back in 2014.” He said.

The free family event was packed with prizes, treats, stalls and entertainment for all the family.

“Over 50 local clubs, schools, community groups, businesses and enterprises came together to put on a spectacular showcase with a special emphasis on sports. On display at the many stalls included artisan and organic local produce, handmade jewellery, arts and crafts of many kinds all hand made from locally sourced materials.

Sports Broadcaster Marty Morrissey was among the special guests at the event on Saturday morning.

“This is all about pride and spirit, communities coming together and local work. I was delighted to have been asked to attend this event by the Bank of Ireland. Many people have struggled through recession and have come out the other side shinning. I am honoured to be a part of that and to see the wonderful displays of people’s creative and hard work here today.” He said.

Guest speakers over the weekend also included former rugby playre Shane Byrne, former hurlers Michael Duignan and Richie Power and Seamus Cheddar Plunkett.

The organisers extended their thanks to everyone who supported the event in any way.