St. Aengus Juvenile Soccer Club are holding a Valentines Table Quiz Night in Ollie Gormans (The Pub Bar) Mountrath on Friday, February 12 9pm. €40 per table of 4. Loads of spot prizes to be won. All support would be appreciated.


Mountrath Marquee Festival Thursday, June 30 to Sunday July 3. More details in the coming weeks.


Congratulations from the Mountrath & District Camera Club to to Heather Rice on winning second place in the Irish Photographic Federation's Midlands & West Region's Nature Photographer of the year regional rounds which were held in Portlaoise on 23rd January. Next club meeting is Tuesday, February 9. Our theme for February is Love, photo size is 5x7 inches only and will be judged on 23.02.16. New members welcome.


Club dinner dance on Friday February 12 in Manor Hotel Abbeyleix at 7pm music by Noreside. Tickets from club members or Grainne 087 9148350. Tickets €30 each. To be collected and paid for on or before Wed, February 10 in the school 7.30 to 9 pm.


Ballyfin Vintage & Veteran Club held their first Die-Cast & Model Toy show at the Community Hall, Ballyfin on Sunday, January 31. An enjoyable day was had by all, young and old, with a great turnout.

The club sincerely thanks to all who attended and their contribution to make the day a great success.

The club's annual table quiz took place at the Deadmans Inn, Ballyfin on Friday, January 29. With 33 teams partaking, an enjoyable evening was had by all present with €3000 raised in support of ONE (Our New Ears) which is part of (formerly the National Association for the Deaf). Sincere thanks to, and an appreciation of, all who attended and their contribution to this worthy cause. For queries or any additional information on the Ballyfin Vintage & Veteran Club, please call Des White at 087-2612408.

Laois Arthritis

Laois Arthritis talk in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on Wednesday, February 10 at 7.30pm. Topic: "Self Care Strategies for Wellbeing". Speaker: Finola Colgan, Area Development Officer, Mental Health Ireland. Contact details: 089 2525344, Anne: 087-9067386 or Caroline: 086-8852503. This is a free event.


Ballyfin lotto results February 2. Nos drawn 08, 12, 23, 28. Congrats to John and Mary Kennedy jackpot winners, Ballyfin Parish. We also had 3 match 3s, Aidan and Deirdre Heffernan promoter Ann Heffernan. Paddy and Mary Hayes promoter Ann Dunne. Teresa Dunphy promoter Ann Dunne. Thank you for your continued support. Next weeks jackpot £10,000.


Mountrath GAA lotto: Nos drawn 2,14,16,19. No winner. Next weeks jackpot €2,200, draw in Kirwans.


Registration of players for 2016 for Naomh Éamann Camogie Club on Saturday, February 13 from 6.30pm in ICA Hall, Castletown. Short meeting before registration at 6pm for all parents of girls born from 2005 – 2011.

Contact club phone with any queries on 087-0905735

ARts Grant

Laois County Council Arts Office invites applications for the following awards: Arts Act Grant 2016, Tyrone Gutherie Residency Bursary Awards 2016, Artist in School Scheme 2016 and Culture Night 2016. For any further information on these grants please contact: The Arts Office, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Tel: (057) 8664033/13 or email: or visit online. The closing date for all of the above grants is 18th February, 2016.


Condolences to the family of the late Martin Dowling Cavansheath, Mountrath who died on Tuesday, February 2 who died on February 2 peacefully at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Survived by his brothers & sisters, extended family, relatives, neighbours & friends. Reposed at home. Removal to St Fintan's Church Ballyfin. Funeral Mass followed by Burial in St Fintan's Cemetery Ballyfin.


Condolences to the family of the late Fr Patrick Jude (Paddy) Hyland, (St. Patrick's Missionary Society, Kiltegan and formerly of Larch Hill House, Mountrath and Kericho, Kenya who died on February 1 at Larch Hill House (suddenly). Sadly missed by his sisters, Carmel, Attracta, Teresa, Patricia, his brothers Michael and Dan, extended family and by his Society family. Reposed at Larch Hill House with removal to St Fergal's Church, Camross, for funeral Mass at St Patrick's Church, Kiltegan followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

Late Anne SUTTON

Condolences to the family of the late Anne (Nancy) Sutton, (née O'Reilly), Greystones, Co Wicklow & late of Cappinrush, Ballyfin who died on January 30 (peacefully), in the care of the Blackrock Hospice in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late John, regretted by sons Laurence, John, Vincent, Martin, extended family & friends. Reposing at her home. Removal to the Holy Rosary Church, Greystones, for funeral Mass followed by interment in Redford Cemetery.