Orla MaherE-mail - rathdowneynotes@gmail.com

Simon Thanks

Laois Friends of Midland Simon would like to thank everyone who supported the church gate collection held in all Laois churches on Sat 13th and Sunday 14th. August. All funds raised will be used to alleviate the difficulties of homelessness in Couny Laois. A special thank you to all clergy who facilitated collections and to the great volunteers who collected. Thank you all very much.


Rathdowney Errill GAA annual race night will take place in Thurles greyhound track on Saturday 27th August. Buster race prize is €1000. Tickets which are available from all committee members are €10 which includes free admission and race card. Children go free. First race will take place at 8pm. A great nights entertainment for all the family. Your support is appreciated both on and off the field.


There was no winner in this week’s jackpot which was €4,750. The numbers drawn were 2,19, 21, 28. The 10 winners of €15 were John Bourke, Cillian & Liam, Mary O' Dwyer, Priscilla Costigan, Rita Coss, Mark Kavanagh, Antoinette Holohan, Liam Lupton, Pamela Whelan, Tom Carroll. Next week’s jackpot will be €4,900. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.

ST VDeP appeal

The St Vincent De Paul shop is looking for clothing donations all men’s, women’s and children’s clothing including any uniforms and accessories are gratefully accepted.


Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural Museum open during Heritage Week August 20 & 27, 21 & 28 - 2pm - 5pm. 22- 26 9am - 5pm. Visit an original Irish post-famine workhouse building and hear the story of life during the famine. Also enjoy an extensive agricultural and household collection on display. Cost 20% reduction in price - €4 for adults, €2 OAPs/Students, €8 for family Contact Trevor Stanley trevorstanley@eircom.net phone 086 - 8296685 www.donaghmoremuseum.com.


Community Mental Health Movement meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in No 12 Cuan Bhride, Rathdowney. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 - 8033126. Website: www.grow.ie Infoline: 1890 474 474


A great Bingo is held every Tuesday Night at 8.30 in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Bingo is run by the Community Centre Group.

Leaving Certs

Well done to all local Leaving Cert pupils on receiving ther results last week. Wishing you the best of luck in the future.

Poetry Trail

Reminder to any 3rd, 4th,5th, or 6th class boys or girls that the street theatre poetry trail takes place at the end of September. Contact the Rathdowney Youth Cafe.


The volunteers and members of Rathdowney Youth Cafe would like to sincerely thank local supermarkets for their kind and generous donation of the food and goodies for our recent BBQ. Without hesitation both were more than willing and happy to help us out. A great day was had by all.

Late James RYAN

Condolences to the family of the late James (Jim) Ryan Conoboro Road, Rathdowney who died on August 17 peacefully at his residence. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Lena and family, Jean, James and Louise, brothers Willie and Martin, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposed at his daughter Louise's residence (Conoboro Road), Rathdowney. Funeral Mass in Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Rathdowney followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery.

Community Market

Rathdowney Community Market takes place on Saturday, August 27 at the Marion Centre, Rathdowney 11am-3pm. All stalls €10. Further details contact 089 4459528.

Heritage Week

Heritage Week in 2016 runs from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th August. Details of all Laois events are in the 2016 Laois event guide, which is available to download now www.laois.ie. Hard copies will be in Laois Branmch Libraries next week. E-mail us to get a copy in the post.


If you wish to put a note in the Leister Express please leave it into the Card Stand by Thursday at 5pm.