PORTLAOISE

MIDLANDS HALF MARATHON

MIDLANDS HALF MARATHON

The Midlands Half Marathon takes place at 10am in Portlaoise this Sunday, August 12. This year’s race will start and finish at the Maldron Hotel on the Abbeyleix Rd. Race Packs can be collected from the Maldron on Saturday 11 6-8pm or Sunday 12 August 8-9:30am. For more http://www.midlandshalfmarathon.com/.

RUN 4 FIONA

A group of Laois County Council staff are running the Midlands Half Marathon in memory of their friend and colleague Fiona (Purcell) Conroy and the Irish Cancer Society. Fiona began working with the Council in 1991 and became Town Clerk in Portlaoise, prior to her transfer to South Dublin County Council. She was very popular. To help go to www.mycharity.ie/event/run4fiona/ - Any donation is hugely appreciated. Also contact run4fiona@laoiscoco.ie.

SIMON COLLECTION

Laois Friends of Simon are asking for people to support the homeless in Laois by supporting their Church Gate Collection at all Laois churches on August 11/12. The Midlands Simon Community supports and cares the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. More info please contact Cormac Lally at 087-9925083 or e-mail c.lally@midlandssimon.com. Support appreciated.

COLLEGE REUNION

Patrician College Ballyfin Class of ’87, 25 year reunion in the Drury Court Hotel, Dublin on Saturday October 6 at 8pm. No charge. For further info. email Michael Ryan, ballyfin87@gmail.com or facebook.

RADIO MASS

RTÉ Radio will broadcast the 10am Mass from SS. Peter & Paul’s Church. Next Sunday, August 12.

TABLE QUIZ

Laois Down Syndrome hosts a table quiz in The Rock Inn on Saturday, August 11 at 8.30pm. Table of 4 €40 including light refreshments.

WOMEN IN BUSINNES

Are invited to the Laois Women in Business event in the Portlaoise Parish Centre on Monday, August 13 from 5pm . Guest Speaker: Susanne McCabe, owner of Laois’s only Marketing Agency – Aos Sí Marketing. The talk will be followed by networking and showcasing of products and services. For more email the Laois Chamber Office admin@laoischamber.ie or phone 057 8621598.

CUISLE CYCLE

A cycle challenge in aid of the Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise takes place on Sunday, August 19 next. The event comprises a 100 km cycle over the Slieve Blooms; a 40 km leisure lap; and family and high nelly spins around Portlaoise. More details on facebook or contact the centre. All funds in aid of the Cuisle Centre.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Easy on the ear free lunchtime concert on Thursday, August 9 1.10pm-1.50pm at St Peter’s Church (COI), Market Square, Portlaoise, featuring Andrew Burrows. Bring your lunch and eat while you listen. Donations welcome (half of the proceeds go to Laois Hospice).

PORTLAOISE GAA HISTORY

There will be a Portlaoise GAA 125 pictorial history presentation on Saturday August 18 at 8pm in Portlaoise GAA Centre. Contact Peter O’Neill, Portlaoise GAA at 086 2586742 for more information.

SLIEVE BLOOM SLIDESHOW

The geological past of The Slieve Bloom Mountains is a slide show and rock sample presentation on the history of the Slieve Blooms, for ages 10 years+ and adults. It takes place on Wednesday August 22 at 11am in Portlaoise Library. Contact Michele Castiaux 087 696 8600 for more information.

TITANIC

Michael Moylan returns with his hugely popular interactive history show for kids. This year, experience a unique historical re-enactment of life on board the Titanic. Find out what it was really like to sail on the doomed ship. Booking is required. This takes place in Portlaoise Library on Thursday August 23 at 2pm.

TITANIC TALK

Tommy Millar And The Two Pennies: A Family Story Of The Titanic in Portlaoise Library on Wednesday August 22 at 6pm. Author and journalist Susie Millar tells how her great-grandfather came to be an engineer on the Titanic and what happened to him and his family in April 1912. Contact Library at 057 86 22333.

CEILI AND OLD TIME DANCING

Introduction to céilí and old-time dancing by Maureen Culleton, with live music by three-piece band Carousel. All welcome, there will be plenty of help for beginners. Refreshments served. This takes place on Wednesday August 22 at 8.30pm at Ballyfin Hall, Ballyfin. Contact Maureen Culleton at 087 648 2038 for more.

MAIN STREET EXHIBITION

Portlaoise Library has compiled an exhibition of old photographs of Main Street, Portlaoise. The launch of ‘Main Street Down The Years’ on Thursday August 23 at 6pm. These are mainly drawn from the Eason, Scully and Redmond collections. The exhibition will be in the library for a month after the launch.

ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP

Learn how to draw Irish wildlife with author and illustrator Gordon Darcy. Workshops for children aged 8-12, and adults. Booking required in Portlaoise Library on Saturday August 25.

SET DANCING

Maureen Culleton will lead a fun introduction to traditional set-dancing, for boys and girls aged from six to 12 years. Booking required, please contact the Dunamaise Booking Office. This takes place in the Dunamaise Arts Centre on Friday August 24 from 11am to 12.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB

Results for Thursdays August 2. Nine table Mitchell movement.

N/S 1st Maureen Fitzpatrick and Ann Mulcahey, 2nd Noreen Kilkenny and Sally Collins, Gross, Mary Claffey and Carmel Doorley, 3rd Kay Walsh and Pat McEvoy. E/W 1st Anne Birgen and Kay Horan, 2nd Hanna Meade and Bridie Egan, Gross Kevin Kennedy and Maire Fennin, 3rd Gretta Gavin and Brenda Scully. Portlaoise Bridge Club were deeply shocked on learning of the passing away of Patricia Green one of our long-standing members. The president Brenda Suclly and the entire club members wish to express our sincerest sympathy to her husband Michael and family. All who knew her will sadly miss her, May she rest in peace. Bridge sessions are played every Thursday evening ion the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy starting at 7.30pm sharp. All are welcome.

LAOIS ARTS PLAN

Public meeting meetings to discuss the Laois County Council new five year Arts Plan for 2012-2017in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday August 21. Those interested in the areas of drama, dance and kiterature, festivals and venues are invited to attend.

OPEN EVENING

Oscail - Dublin City University open evening Portloaise on distance learning on Tuesday, August 28 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Oscail staff will be on hand from 7- 9pm to answer any questions on courses.

KNOCK

Portlaoise Parish Pilgrimage to Knock sponsored by the Legion of Mary - Sunday August 12. Bus leaving Lyster Sq. at 9am sharp. Adults €10, Children €5. To book call the Parish Centre on 057-8621142 and leave your name or Michael Fitzpatrick 086-1913013.

HOLY LAND

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land August 22-31. Tickets available, 087-1464062. PARISH

PARISH LOTTO

There was no jackpot winner in the Portlaoise Parish Lotto when the numbers were drawn on Thursday, August 2. The numbers drawn were 1,2,12,30. The 17 Match 3s re ceive €59 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.

LATE PATRICIA GREENE

Condolences to the late Patricia Greene (nee McLaughlin) of Drumard, Dublin Rd, Portlaoise who passed away on July 29. Beloved wife of Michael and much loved mother of Liam, Paul, Karen, Linda, Niall, Frank and David. Also deeply regretted by extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her home with removal to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

LATE EMMA BOOTH

Condolences to the late Emma Booth (nee Nerney) of Ballyduff, Stradbally, who passed away peacefully at home on July 30 surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of the late Joe and loving mother to Richard, Catherine, Michael, Betty, Cinta, Anne, Joe and Mary. Also sadly missed by her sister Teresa, brothers Jim and Michael extended family and many friends. Reposed at her residence with removal to the Church of the Assumption, the Heath for. Requiem Mass followed by Burial in the adjoining cemetery.