STRADBALLY

Simon Collection

Simon Collection

There is a collection day all around the town in aid of Midlands Simon Community on Saturday, December 14. To help out on the day, call Michael Martin on 086 1223421.

Market House

The restoration project committee report that stabilisation and most of the groundwork on the Market House restoration is complete and the refurbishment of the ornate ironwork underway. The areas of the roof that cannot be repaired until there is dry and frost free weather. Paving of the floor and Market House surrounds will be carried out after the roof is repaired. The committee apologises for any inconvenience while work is underway.

Christmas Fair

Stradbally Hall, on Saturday and Sunday, December 14/15 from 11am-6pm. Entry is €2. Raffle in aid of Stradbally Cottages to win a pair of Electric Picnic 2014 day tickets. Winner announced at 5pm on Sunday.

Carol service

The parents and children of the St Colman’s School, Cosby National School and Scoil Mhuire Fatima Timahoe are invited to a Carol service under the Christmas Tree in the Court Square, Stradbally this Saturday, December 14. Meeting at St Colman’s for 5.30pm and walking down to the tree for the Carol Service at 5.45pm. Sing along with the Carol singers under the baton of John Maher. Wear your santa hats and perhaps bring a battery operated t-light also.

SOCCER CLUB

Christmas Draw and Party in Napper Tandy’s lounge on Sunday December 22. There’s €500 euro in cash prizes on the night plus numerous other spot prizes to be won. Tickets at €2 euro or 3 for €5 euro are on sale from all players, management, committee members and Napper Tandy’s. The Kevin Molloy Memorial Cup game will again take place on St. Stephens Day, kicking off at 11am in the Lawn in memory of our former team-mate and friend.

FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB

Annual Christmas Demonstration and Party on Wednesday, December 11 in St. Joseph’s Hall Stradbally, commencing at 8 pm. Admission is €8. Demonstration by Clare Feeney. Thanks to Phyllis, Dorrie, Vera, Frances, Pauline and Mary who arranged the Christmas Advent wreaths for the three churches in the parish. Thanks also to FAS for their help in getting materials

GOAL MILE 2013

Will be held on Christmas day in Oakvale Woods from 10am-12 noon. It is organised by Billy O’Neill. Proceeds this year to to GOAL project in the Philippines.

WHIST DRIVE

Next whist will be on Friday, December 20. This will be the Christmas whist when the top score will be €60 euro. Also at the whist the draw will take place for the winners of the sheet quiz on ‘items of chothing’. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Whist will begin at 8.30pm sharp and all are welcome.

FESTIVE LIGHTING

The Stradbally Tidy Towns Christmas Tree Draw will be held in Dunnes on Saturday, December 21. The annual running cost of the tree in 2012 was €740 euros. This covered new lamps, replacement connectors and electricity. The sale of tickets and your support is vital in keeping the tree lit. Tickets are only €2 euro.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Winners were €200 Joe O’Keeffe, Brockley Park and other winners were Tom Donohue, Dwyer children, Noel Ryan, Eilis Corcoran and Tommy Kelly.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL

Finding it tough coming up to Christmas, please do not hesitate to contact us on our confidential line 086-3384055.

VICARSTOWN RECREATION GROUP

Cuppa tea, chat every Wednesday morning at 10.45am in the old community centre.

ST COLMANS BUMBER HAMPER DRAW

The St Colmans National School Christmas Bumber Hamper Draw will be held on Friday, December 20 in the school. Tickets €2 and book of 11 for €20. All support greatly appreciated.

LAOIS RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

Laois Riding for the Disabled and Dove House Resource Centre annual Christmas raffle will be held in the Stradbally Equestrian Centre on Thursday, December 12 at 12 noon. Tickets are €2 euro and your support greatly appreciated.

COMMUNITY FORUM

Mary Miller, Vicarstown was nominated for a unsung hero award at the Laois Community Forum awards recently. She was unlucky to lose out to Ger Lynch, Mountmellick. Mary has been involved with the community in Vicarstown over a long number of years, being involved in the old youth club for over 25 years, held all positions on Fianna Fail cumann, all positions on the ICA, active retirement group, you could say the only thing Mary did not do was say mass as she done everything else in the church, flowers on the alter, coached the choir, eucharistic minister etc. A good number of supporters attended on the awards night to cheer on Mary. She received a certificate on the night to recognise her contributions to the area over a long number of years. Well done Mary.

WOODVIEW CHRISTMAS PARTY

The Woodview Residents Childrens Christmay Party will be held in St Mary’s Hall on Friday, December 13 commencing at 7.30pm sharp. The annual draw will also take place.

COLLECTION

The annual church gate collection for Epilepsy Ireland will be taken up on the weekend of December 14 and 15 (Saturday and Sunday) at all masses.

ICA MEETING

A meeting of Timahoe ICA guild will be held iin St. Brigids Hall on Wednesday, December 11 commencing at 8pm.

CLUB LE CHEILE

Club le Cheile Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 13 in Abbeyleix Golf Club. Music by Upfront featuring Har and Joe. Time 8.30pm until 11.30pm and admission is €5 euro. Bus from Stradbally. Eileen has more details 086-1515325.