Late Fr Roger RAFTER

Late Fr Roger RAFTER

Condolences to the family of the late Fr Roger Rafter of the Pallottine Fathers, Thurles, Tipperary and late of Clonmeen, Rathdowney who died on November 3. Deeply regretted by his brother Jim, sisters Irene and Sheila, extended family, friends and the Pallottine Community. Reposed at the Pallottine College, Thurles on Tuesday, November 4 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm with removal immediately afterwards to the Community Chapel for Funeral Mass. Burial after Mass in the Pallottine Community Cemetery, Cabra, Thurles.

Late Dan Delahunty

Condolences to the family of the late Daniel (Dan) Delahunty of The Square, Rathdowney and formerly Cullohill who died on November 3 peacefully at Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Nancy and his family, Alma, Donal, Simon, Carolyn, Anthony and Peter, his brother Fr T.P. Delahunty, his sister Julie (Bergin), extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his residence, The Square, Rathdowney. Funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney, followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery. Donations to Laois Alzheimers Society in memory of Dan.

Thank You

We would like to thank most sincerely, everyone who supported the Rathdowney Parish Family Field Day which was held on October 19 in the Swallow Quarters in Donaghmore. Thanks to our Sponsors: Breslins Super Valu Rathdowney , Midland Hardware Rathdowney, Glanbia Donaghmore, Rudds Birr, Stapletons Bakery Roscrea and Dowling Quarries Errill. Thanks also to the Laois Hunt (Charity Ride), Eric and Dermot Leahy (Threshing), Billy and Paddy Delaney (Sheaf Throwing) and to the I.V.E.T.A. for the venue. Raffle Prize Winners: 1st Prize Eileen Sweeny. 2nd Prize Ray Kelly, 3rd Prize Dorothy Sheppard, 4th Prize Robin Stanley, 5th Prize Mike Munro.


The next meeting is Tuesday December 9, from 8-9pm in Rathdowney Library, new members always welcome to come along. The book for this month is Worth Dying For by Lee Child. For any more details contact the Library on 0505 46852.

CHESS club

Has changed it’s venue it will be held in O’Malley’s on Thursday night at 8pm. All chess players welcome, phone 0872388064 for more information.

Men’s Shed

Would like to thank everyone who supported them in their recent fundraiser, 1st prize a trailer of turf was won by Gerry Doorley, Ballacolla. The Men’s Shed would like to express their appreciation to Supervalu and Keane’s Service Station for their support/


Shop is looking for clothing donations all mens, womens and children’s clothing and accesserios are greatfully accepted.


A great Bingo is held every Tuesday Night at 8.30 in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Bingo is run by the Community Centre Group.


There was no winner in this week’s Jackpot which was €6,250. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 19, 28. The 10 winners of €15 were Betty Delaney, Jimmy Cormack, Martin O’ Brien, Mgt Campion, Cathy Fitzgerald, Jennifer Bowe, Mary Bergin, Tom Carroll, Willie Bowe, Nellie Bergin. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,400. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.


The Annual Auction of Rathdowey/Errill GAA will take place on Sunday November 23, in St. Bernadette’s Hall, Errill. This annual event has always been a huge success for the club with items from firewood to keep you warm during the winter to sports equipment to keep you going during the summer. On the day there will be a cake sale with alot of delicious home baking. Our Wheel Of Fortune has proven to be very popular for young and old. Santa will be arriving in style at 1pm and the Auction will follow very shortly after that. Our senior hurlers will also make an appearance if any families would like to have their picture taken with the Bob O’ Keeffe Trophy. Tea and Coffee will be on the go all day to keep you warm. So come along for a very enjoyable day with a few bargains to be got also.


If you wish to put a note in the Leister Express please leave it into the Card Stand by Thursday by 5pm.