Ballyfin Vintage & Veteran Club is holding their annual ploughing in Coolnamona, Ballyfin at 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday March 28. An entry fee of €20 will apply for each plot. Visitors and spectators are free and are welcome to come along. Proceeds going in support of local charities. For queries or any additional information on the Ballyfin Vintage & Veteran Club, please call Des White on 087 2612408.


At a well attended meeting in The Macra Hall in Mountrath on February 18 last, Mountrath Men’s Sheds was formally set up. The following are the elected officers of the New Committee - Chairperson; Pauric Tobin - Secretary; Fr Joe Brophy - Treasurer; Seamus Burke. Committee members were also elected. A programme planning meeting to confirm what the main interests of the members are and how we would like to see the shed develop has been fixed for Tuesday, March 8, in the Macra Hall (Main St) and will begin at 9pm

If you have an interest in developing a vibrant Men’s Shed in Mountrath and surrounding area we hope you will come to this meeting and share your ideas with us. Everyone is most welcome to come along. That date again -- Tuesday, March 8 - 9pm Mountrath Macra Hall is opposite the Bank of Ireland building , in Mountrath. Joe Brophy Sec.


Get your tickets for a spectacular show on Wednesday, March 9 at 2pm in Dunamaise Arts Centre where Maureen Culleton's latest dance creations will be presented. There will also be music and singing so an enjoyable evening promised.


Lotto results March 2. Numbers drawn 01 05 19 26. no jackpot winner. 31 match 3s each getting €33. We had one winner Tommy Dowling promoter Sheila Dowling. Next weeks jackpot £13,000. Thank you for your continued support.


Clonenagh Parish Mountrath are holding their golf classic in Mountrath Golf Club on Friday May 20. More details later.


Numbers drawn 5, 13, 24, 27. No winner, next weeks jackpot €3,000, draw in Kelly's.


There will be a coffee day in The St. Vincent de Paul Shop on Main Street, Mountrath, (opposite the Bank Of Ireland) on March 12 from 10.30 a.m. to 5p.m. This day is being hosted by the St. Vincet de Paul Youth conference from Mountrath Community School. We welcome everyone in for a cup of coffee and some cake, so please drop in and support the efforts of the Youth conference. All donations greatly appreciated. We continue to accept and welcome any items for recycling i.e. clothing, bedding, shoes etc, that are no longer fit for use.

Hospice Jam

Homemade jam which was made by Mary Doheny and sold by Costcutters and Phelan’s Shop Castletown helps support services provided by Laois Hospice.

DAffodil Day

Please support the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day which takes place on Friday, March 11. Our local collectors will be calling that week. This is a very worthy cause. Support appreciated.


Gardai in Portlaoise are urging the public to report any information about the resale of power drills after a burglary at a hardware store in Mountrath.

Tourism Grants

Laois County Council wish to advise that applications for funding are now being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. The initiative, launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Laois County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland. Applications by Friday, March 11. Contact Dominic Reddin, Tourism Officer, Laois County Council,Áras an Chontae, , telephone 05786 64218 to apply.

Election Posters

Laois Tidy Towns says well done to all those in the Elections.We would ask that when the posters are being removed please remove the cable ties as well and show your continued support for Laois Tidy Towns.