St Fintan's NS

Enrollments for all boys commencing school in September 16 at St. Fintans NS will take place from Monday to Friday January 25- 29. Parents may call to the school anytime during school hours to collect enrollment forms or phone 057 8731770 or email

Scoil Bhríde NS

Enrollments for all girls commencing school in September 2016 at Scoil Bhríde will take place from Monday to Friday, January 25-29. Parents may call to the school anytime during school hours to collect enrollment forms or phone 057 8732423 or email

Hospice Jam thanks

Mary Doheny from Mountrath would like to thank all those who bought her homemade jam during 2015. Mary presented all €800 to Laois Hospice this month which brought to €1,500 the total raised for the Laois charity last year. Mary would like to thank Costcutters in Mountrath and Phelan's Shop in Castletown for stocking the jam. They are the only shops to sell the jam for Mary.

Mary would also like to thank all who donated fruit. She says the jam is available all year round at the shops. Money raised goes to helping Laois people who are supported by Laois Hospice.

Ballyfin GAA Run

Ballyfin GAA with the kind cooperation of Ballyfin Demesne hosts its annual run/walk on Sunday, January 24 at 11.30am. The 6K route starts on the roads of Ballyfin and make its way into the grounds of Ballyfin House through a northern entrance. Whether you walk or run we look forward to welcoming you to our 6K, and we hope its a very enjoyable return to Ballyfin for many of you who attended Patrician Brothers Ballyfin. Adults €10, juvenile (15 & under) €5, family €20. Baby buggy ans stroller friendly. Assistance dogs only.


Conodolences to the family of the late John Mulpeter Mountrath formerly of Rathangan who died peacefully at Ashley Lodge Nursing Home on January 12. Removal to the Carmelite Church, Kildare Town for Requiem Mass. Cremation afterwards at Newlands Cross Crematorium.


The Ballyfin Vintage and Veteran Club is holding a Die-Cast & Model Toy show at the Community Hall, Ballyfin from 10:30am on Sunday, January 31. Admission is €5 for adults with under 12s free. Proceeds going in support of local charities.

The club's annual table quiz at the Deadmans Inn, Ballyfin at 8:30pm on Friday, January 29. An entry fee of €40 applies for a table of 4 with spot prizes on the night. Proceeds going in support of local charities. For queries or any additional information on the Ballyfin Vintage & Veteran Club, please call Enda Gilligan at 087-9172375.


Set dancing Mondays 8.30-10pm, line Dancing Tuesdays 11am-12noon. All abilities welcome. Maureen 087 6482038

1916 Grants

Grants for Projects to commemorate the centenary of 1916 s are now available for community groups and organisations planning to organise events or projects in Laois relating to the Centenary of the 1916 Rising.

Projects funded in Laois must reflect the values of the National Ireland 2016 programme and be in keeping with the Laois programme available to download at

The Ireland 2016 Laois Community Grants are being administered by Laois County Council. Hard copies be posted on request. The list of projects which received funding under this scheme in 2015 is available here.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday February 1.


Next of the Mountrath & District Camera Club Meeting is Tuesday, January 26 2016 at 8.30pm in St Fintan's Hall. New members always welcome. Membership is only €20 for the year. Members are reminded that their membership is now due and should be paid before January 31.

Our theme for January is Wheels, photo size is 5x7 inches only and will be judged on January 26. We hope to have Damien Carroll of Cearbhuil Studios as our Guest Speaker on the night. Contact Club Secretary Caroline Dunlea on 0894374666 for more information.


Laois Partnership Company are delighted to introduce a new Be-friending the elderly service in Laois area. Volunteers are trained and garda vetted and supervised by a by-friending Laois co-ordinator. If you know anyone living in Laois area and would benefit from a regular visiting service please contact 087-2720715 087/1775729