Cuisle Collection

Cuisle Collection

The Cuisle Cancer Support Centre church gate collection takes place at Rathdowney church on Sat/Sun May 30&31. Support appreciated.


There was no winner in this week’s Jackpot which was €10,000. The numbers drawn were 2, 13, 23, 25. The 10 winners of €15 were Alan Grant, Jack Bowe, Pat Kelly, Edward Purcell, Seamus Fogarty, Patrick Mahon, Seamus Finnane, Conor Patterson, Mary Hanlon, Violet Callinan. Next week’s Jackpot will be €10,150. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.


A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make the fundraiser for Nepal such a wonderful success. This week we gave a cheque for €3250 to Oxfam Ireland who have given us their guarantee that every cent will go directly to the worst affected in that country. We live in a kind and caring community and credit to all involved. Check out the pictures on Facebook if you are on there. Michael Creagh


The Easyriders are having a fundraiser Texas Hold’em in Iano’s on Saturday May 23, at 8.30. €20 in with €10 unlimited buy back until half time. Your support is appreciated.


First Holy Communion will take place in Rathdowney Parish on Sunday 31st May.


The book for the month was Vicious Circe by Wilbur Smith. The next book club is on this Tuesday May 19, in Rathdowney Library. For any more details contact the Library on 0505 46852.


Dates for Local Cemetery masses: July 17, Grogan and closed Cemeteries July 30 (Thurs), Bealady July 31, Errill Cemetery August 21. All masses will be at 7.30pm.


Will take place in Rathdowney on June 6. The course is child specific and will cover emergency plans for accidents involving a child. Topics include: choking, burns, CPR, fractures, bleeding, medical emergencies etc. Each participant will receive a book on Paediatric First Aid. The course is suitable for parents and anyone working with children and everyone is welcome. For further information or to book contact Trish 087 9741420 or Mary Rose 086 8591941.

Ossory Show

Ossory Agricultural Show Society 1898 -2014 Laois County Show will take place on Sunday, July 26 Coolfin, Rathdowney Co Laois. Calf Championship, Crossbred Belgian blue championship, Working Hunter Championship, Vintage, Sidesaddle, Cookery Demonstration, Home Produce and side shows. Other attractions : Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Poultry, Craft, Eggs, Flowers, Baking, Jams, Sewing, Knitting, Vegetables, Photography, Flower arrangements. Junior classes, most suitable dressed lady and gentleman on show day. Little Miss Ossory, most suitable dressed boy on show day. Fun dog show, trade stands, music and lost more. A fun day out for all the family. For details and schedule enquiries contact Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney Mobile 087 9975902, Fax 0505 48939 email: ossoryshow@eircom.net website www.ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573.


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.

Late Edward THOMPSON

Condolences to the family of the late Edward ‘Eddie’ Thompson Rathsaran, Rathdowney who died on May 8 peacefully at the regional hospital, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by wife Alice & family, Margaret, Hilda, John and David, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his residence. Removal to Rathsaran Church for funeral service followed by burial in the adjoining Churchyard. Donations to Laois Hospice .

1916 RISING Grants

Grants are now available for community groups and organisations planning to organise events or projects relating to the Centenary of the 1916 Rising. Detail are available on www.laois.ie. The closing date for applications is June 12.


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