Darina Allen

Darina Allen

Laois native and Ballymaloe chef Darina Allen will be in at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Thursday November 7 in support of Abbeyleix Golf Club. She will be joined by Rory O’Connell at the fundraising cookery exhibition which gets underway at 7.30pm. Tickets €25 from Elizabeth Meagher 087 676 8256; Gerry O’Hara 8730643; Theresa Bradshaw 087 2137244. Draw on the night.


A fancy dress party will take place in Eamon A’Chnoics Raheen on Saturday October 19 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Spot prizes for best costume, and a raffle will be held. Admission €5, all proceeds to Cancer Society. For further information, contact Geraldine at 086 3726565.


Heritage House is hosting Eamonn Kelly of the National Museum of Ireland on October 3, when he will be giving a talk about the Cashel Bog body, discovered near Ballyroan. At about 4000 years old, this is the oldest bog body discovered anywhere in the world. Admission to the talk is €5 and tickets are now available in Heritage House, Abbeyleix.

Laois connects

A healthy food for a healthy mind talk and cookery demonstration in Respond Community Centre in Abbeyleix on Wednesday October 2 from 10.30am.

Managing adversity in business and surviving is a talk that will take place in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Thursday October 3 from 8pm. It will be given by Tommy Murphy and Sean Dunne as seen on RTE’s Taking Care of business.

Workshop for carers takes place in Respond Centre in Abbeyleix on Thursday October 3 from 7.30pm. Booking not necessary.

Kidney Assoc Sale

The Laois Branch of the Irish Kidney Association is holding a fundraising sale on October 3, 4 and 5 at Bull Lane Portlaoise (previous Hibernian Insurance Office, yellow building near Xtravision.) Many gardening and cookery books will be on sale together with good quality soft toys and bric-a-brac. Home-baked cakes will be on sale also on Friday October 4. All proceeds go to the Laois branch of the Irish Kidney Association to help local patients who have end stage kidney disease. Your support will be greatly appreciated.