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Walking festival

The final week of the very successful and well attended annual Laois walking festival begins with

an 8km walk on Tuesday, July 26 to the second highest point in Laois which is in Cullenagh, Ballyroan. Meet at Ballyroan community hall at 7.15pm. The walk on Thursday July 26 takes in the wonderful views from the Rock of Dunamase and a stroll along the woodland paths of Dysart Wood. Meet at Dysart Wood car park at 7.30pm. The Leafy Loops, Durrow is the venue for the

final walk of the festival and is on Friday July 28. This walk will bring you through farmland, woodland and by river banks with an abundance of flora and fauna. Meet at the Castle Arms Hotel at 7.15pm.

Registration for all the walks takes place half an hour prior to each walk and the charge is €2 per walk or only €20 for a festival ticket. For more info contact Dominic Hartnett 057 8670150 ext:24250 or Laois Partnership 057 8661900.


Comhaltas Seisiún is a concert style presentation of traditional music available during July and August. The Seisiún programme runs for seven weeks and features singers, musicians and dancers of all ages. On Wednesdays at 8pm the Spink branch continue their seisiúns at Heritage House in Abbeyleix where the displays of memorabilia add to the authenticity of the music and song. The

shows also provide a cultural experience for visitors. The evenings entertainment lasts for 2 hours, comprising traditional Irish music, song, dancing and storytelling. Visitors who wish to join in will get an opportunity to do so.

Last years series attracted record numbers of attendees and Spink Comhaltas are looking forward to another successful series this year. All are welcome.


Tidy Towns season is in full swing and the fantastic volunteers are busying sweeping and cleaning every Tuesday evening. Everyone is welcome to join but, if this is not possible, there are other ways you can help out.


For Heritage Week Michael Parsons will guide his now traditional walk around the sites of historical interest in Portlaoise on Saturday, August 20 at 3pm. Michael will also lead a walk aroundCone Village on Wednesday September 17 at 6pm.Then Ger Dooley who is an author and historian will give a talk entitled 1916–1923 on Monday, August 22 . On Thursday, August 25. Dr Arnold Horner, retired Lecturer of Geography from UCD will show some of the old historical maps of Laois, about which he is in the process of writing a book. Both of these talks take place at 8pm in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise.


This year's Abbeyleix Rectory Garden Fete will be held on Monday,

August 1 starting at 2pm. Last year the Fete celebrated its 53rd year and thanks to a great team and the crowds who turned out it was a another memorable event. Again in 2016 there will be the ever popular

'Kids' Korner', Ducking Barrel, Teas, Wheel of Fortune, Cake Stall, Books,

Hot Dogs, Raffle draw, Bottle Stall, Country Produce, White Elephant

and more! Come and bring family and friends.


Pro tennis coaching continues at Abbeyleix tennis club with supervised teenage coaching on Friday

nights from 7.30pm, adult beginners coaching on Wednesdays from 7.30pm and Saturday morning coaching for children from 4-12 years old.

All are welcome.

For more info call 086 6684049.


The annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje will be from Wednesday, September 14 to Wednesday, September 21. Those interested please contact Brigid Connell 057 8731639 or Fr Ahern 057

8731135 for details.


Top scorer: Nora Ní Laighin. 1 st lady: Mollie O'Brien, 2 nd lady: Etta Kennedy. 1 st gent: Joe Graham, 2 nd gent: PJ Cahill. Halves: 1 st Michael O'Brien, 2 nd Brid Reilly. Quarters: 1st Nora Breen, 2nd Frances Gleeson, 3rd Nathan Harrison, 4th Sadie Chester. Results of the draw are: 1 st Mollie O'Brien, 2nd Liam McCarthy, 3rd Billy Carter, 4th Rose Cunningham. If you want to play or learn how to play whist contact Tom 0877721871.


This new club continues in Abbeyleix Library until the last Thursday in August. Club members will be able to create their own Mario levels and play each others levels.

There will also be other retro games available to play, such as; Mario Kart Double Dash, Mario Bros. 3, and more. Have fun playing and creating on Nintendo Wii U, Wii, Gamecube and SNES (super Nintendoentertainment system). Thomas Maher, librarian and instructor, will contact people with the timesof the event.


Artist Orla McDonagh continues to exhibit in the library art gallery until the end of July.

The annual Summer Reading Challenge for children takes places during July and August. Readers

from beginners to 12 year olds can be signed up for the challenge with a prize ceremony for those who complete it in the autumn. Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 year olds. Next class will be

announced here. Junior Chess Club every Saturday morning at 10am.

The knitting club will take a break for the summer and will recommence on Wednesday September 7.

A new art class for children aged 3-6 yrs will begin on Friday August 5 at 11am with Valerie Madden, graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design. To sign children up for this series of free classes contact the library on 057-8730020.

The class includes: weaving, bubble art, felting, tie dying, batik, mark making and finger knitting.

On Wednesday August 10 at 11am Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer Paul, accompanied by his dog Magic, will speak about what it means to be a responsible dog owner. He

will also talk about careers working with dogs and safety around dogs. The workshop is aimed at children aged 7-12 yrs.

Abbeyleix Library hopes to begin CoderDojo classes commencing on Saturday September 17 at 12pm and is aimed at 6-12 yrs old. The tutors are Thomas Maher, librarian, and Niamh Tierney, volunteer. The course is free and places can be booked by phoning the library, 057-8730020.

The Library also hope to start up a Lego Club in the library for children over 5 years and would be very grateful to receive both lego and lego book donations.