Abbeyleix

Cuisle Collection

Cuisle Collection

The Cuisle Cancer Support Centre church gate collection takes place at Abbeyleix, Ballyroan, Shanahoe & Knock churches on Sat/Sun May 30&31. Support appreciated.

1916 RISING Grants

Grants available for community groups & organisations planning events celebrating the 1916 Rising. The Ireland 2016 Laois Community Grants are administered by Laois County Council. Check www.laois.ie The closing date for receipt of completed applications is June 12.

TIDY TOWNS

Abbeyleix Tidy Towns weekly clean ups begin this Tuesday May 19 at 7pm on the Mountrath Road. This year’s clean ups will be project-based. If interested in helping, drop by next Tuesday & speak with volunteers. Thanks for support

ABBEYLEIX FEC ART

Abbeyleix FEC’s art exhibition in the Dunamaise Theatre runs to June 13. Call in to see the fantastic artworks & support our very talented local artists.

ABBEYLEIX BOG

Abbeyleix Bog Project Ltd AGM on Thursday May 28 in The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel at 7.30pm. All members and any new members are welcome.

BAT IDENTIFICATION

Learn to identify & survey Irish Bat species with Tina Augney of Bat Conservation Ireland on Saturday June 6 in Heritage House, Abbeyleix. Indoor & field-based event aimed at interested amateur naturalists who would like to increase their wildlife identification skills. From 3.45pm until late. Bring warm clothes, a head torch and sturdy footwear. All specialist equipment will be provided. Hosted by Abbeyleix Bog Project and IWT Laois Offaly branch. For more information contact Ricky Whelan 085 7832545 or iwtlaoisoffaly@gmail.com.

HOSPITAL WHIST

Top scorer: Tom Dunne, 1st lady: Mary Quigley, 2nd lady: Una Cahill. 1st gent: Tommy Ryan. 2nd gent: Paddy Purcell. Halves: Bridget O’Neill, Sean Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Coffey. Juvenile: Killian Breen. Quarters: 1st Padraig Dowling, Tom Lawlor, 2nd Bridget Cashin, 3rd Nora Delaney, Tom Jacob, 4th Dinny Whelan. Raffle: Sean Langton, Bernie Cahill X 2, Sadie Chester, Elizabeth Coffey. If you are interested in playing or learning to play whist please contact Tom Lawlor on 087 7721871.

70s DISCO

Scoil Mhuire Parents’ Association are holding a 70s disco in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Friday May 22 from 9.30pm to late. DJ playing all the hits from the 70s with raffles and spot prizes.

70s costumes are encouraged. Admission is €10 and tickets are available from the Parents’ Association committee members. All are welcome and it will be a fun night. For further information contact Marina Rafter on 0868698996.

ESTATE OPEN DAY

Abbeyleix & District Lions Club open day on Abbeyleix Estate will take place on Sunday July 12. More details will follow closer to the time.

‘HAPPY HEART APPEAL’

The Irish Heart Foundation ‘Happy Heart appeal’, which took place in Abbeyleix on May 8 raised €1,120.00. Sincere thanks to all for generously donating and to all the volunteers who manned the collection points in such inclement weather. Special thanks to the Management and staff at Abbeyleix Post Office, Clelands and Supervalu for their help and co-operation on the day. All help and support is greatly appreciated and all funds raised will help families fight heart disease and stroke through care, prevention and research.

TENNIS NEWS

Abbeyleix Tennis Club is starting a new tennis year and welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. There are social nights weekly for advanced adults, beginners and teenagers. Teenage tennis is on every Friday night from around 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Keep an eye out for our summer coaching programme for kids which will be starting in June. For more information contact us on Facebook or call Leisa on the club phone at 086-6684049.

ABBEYLEIX LIBRARY

A comic making workshop for children from 6-12 years will take place in the Library on Friday July 24 at 2.30pm. Admission is free and booking is essential.

Storytelling with Leslie for 3-6 year olds continues each Saturday morning at 11.30am. Juvenile chess club on Saturday mornings at 10am.

The knitting club meets on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Members and non-members are welcome.

Abbeyleix Library offers many services including: adult, young adult and children lending, audio books, language learning resources and reference books, large print fiction, internet and wifi and photocopying. It also has a study section and leisure reading area.

Names are currently being taken for German language classes with a native German speaker which costs €50 for 8 weeks.

For further information on any of the above please contact the Library on 057-8730020.

ME, MYSELF & 1

The exhibition ‘Me, myself and I’ is still on display at Abbeyleix Library and will run until May 31. It is part of the ‘artist in residence’ programme with the arts council of Laois and involves artist and art teacher Orla McDonagh and 12 students from Heywood Community School.

SOLAS Festival

This year we are also holding a mid-summer market and mini festival in the grounds of Heritage House on Sunday, June 21. The Solas market and festival is aimed at people of all ages with bouncy castles for the kids, music, entertainment and market stalls. If interested in taking a stall in the market, or are in a band or musical group who want to perform call 0578731653 or email info@abbeyleixheritage.com.

RAINBOW RAIN

Former librarian Laura Brett will visit both Abbeyleix & Mountrath Library on Thursday May 28 as part of a book promotion tour for her new children’s picture book. Her book, Rainbow Rain, is beautifully illustrated in vibrant colours and will enchant young children, taking them on a magical rhyming journey of fun. Rainbow Rain is particularly suited to children between the ages of 3 and 5. More details www.magicalwhirls.co.uk.

WIND AWARENESS GROUP AGM

Swan/Wolfhill/Luggacurren Wind Awareness Group AGM in Luggacurren Hall on Wednesday 20 May at 8.30pm. Local community action groups and Wind Aware Ireland representatives will attend. Be informed on what is proposed for our area and our community.