FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB
Stradbally Flower and Garden Club will hold their first meeting after the summer break on Wednesday, September 3 in St Mary’s Hall Stradbally at 8pm (please note the change of venue). This is the last meeting before the AGM and all members are asked to attend.
ICA RESUME ACTIVITIES
Stradbally ICA will resume their activities after the summer break tonight, Tuesday, September 2 commencing at 8pm in St Patrick’s Hall. New members welcome.
Adela and the Meanits on the Rock of Dunamase, walk and concert, at Dysart Wood Car Park, Stradbally Rd, Portlaoise. Meet and park at 5pm, return for 6.30pm, weather permitting. Climb to the top of the Laois landmark, The Rock of Dunamase, and experience a unique musical performance in the surrounds of the ruins of the ancient fort. This concert, organised in association with Music Generation Laois, will feature well-known Laois band, Adela and the Meanits, and will include a special performance of ‘Mairseail Rí Laois’, ‘The King of Laois’ March. The climb to and from the fort will be led by the Laois Walks Festival Committee, who have kindly volunteered their time to assist with this event. Light refreshments will be served (steep climb, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing).
Those who wish to make it a more interactive experience by availing of a free audio guide to the Rock of Dunamase now available to download from abartaaudioguides.com. Hear about the Viking raid on Dunamase in 844 AD and how the site became a feared stronghold of the Norman adventurer Myler FitzHenry and how the site then came into the possession of William Marshall, the most illustrious knight in Medieval Europe. The guide was produced by Laois Tourism with the assistance of Laois Partnership. The Rock of Dunamase is also part of the Laois Heritage Trail, see www.laois.ie/heritage.
CULTURE NIGHT EVENT OPEN STUDIO TALKS
Takes place Friday, September 19, in The Laois Arthouse Stradbally, 3.30-4.30pm. Join the Arthouse resident artists for an hour of creative art workshops open to families or individuals of all ages. Resident artist Lorraine Walsh’s workshops will include an exploration of light and shadow and artist Caroline Keane will use recycled materials to create fun pieces of art. All materials provided. Note, children must be accompanied by an adult during the workshops. Booking essential. To book a place contact 057 8641740.
Traditional Irish music Lessons. Registration for all members will take place on Thursday, September 4 at Ratheniska hall. New members from six to 18 very welcome. Adult lessons, from beginners to advance, will commence on Monday, September 8. €5 per lesson. New member very welcome. emailRatheniskacce@gmail.com or ring 087 9034415.
THE LATE HAR RAMSBOTTOM
The death occurred on Tuesday, August 26 of Har Ramsbottom, Ballinclough, Timahoe peacefully at Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Mourned by his sister Eileen (Limerick), brothers Jim (Wexford) and Ted (New Zealand), his nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.
His remains were reposing at his nephew`s residence, Johnny and Edna, Ramsbottom, Ballinaclough on Wednesday, 27 until removal on Thursday morning to Saint Michael`s Church, Timahoe for requiem mass at 11am. Interment took place afterwards to Saint Michael`s Cemetery.
STRADBALLY ANGLING JUVENILE CLUB
The club are holding a fundraising draw on Saturday, October 25 in Dunnes. There is €1,000 in prize money with the first prize being €400. Tickets now on sale at €2 each. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Next whist will be held on Friday, September 19 in St Patrick’s Hall commencing at 8.30pm sharp and all are welcome to attend.
The Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally will host a magical exhibition in October by a young local artist Gemma Lalor from Portlaoise. The exhibition will be officially launched on Thursday, October 2 at 6pm by well known musician and songwriter Adela Meally.
LAOIS LIVERPOOL SUPPORTERS CLUB
Next outing planned for the club to meet on Saturday, September 13 for the Aston Villa game at 5.30pm in the Napper Tandys that evening. Complimentary food and draw on the night.
PRIESTS HARVEST COLLECTION
The Priest’s Harvest Collection will be taken up at all masses on Sunday, September 14. Envelopes in your box of envelopes or any envelope will do. Thanks to all who contribute so generously to the collections.