STRADBALLY

ELECTRIC PICNIC AGM The annual general meeting of the Electric Picnic committee 2012 will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on Tuesday, April 10 commencing at 7.30 pm sharp. All are welcome.

ELECTRIC PICNIC AGM The annual general meeting of the Electric Picnic committee 2012 will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on Tuesday, April 10 commencing at 7.30 pm sharp. All are welcome.

CHERNOBYL NEWS

It’s the time of year again when the local Portarlington - Stradbally chernoybl inter. Each ticket cost approxiamately €500 per child. Any donations whether individuals or groups of people together would be gratefully accepted. Please contact Aishling on 0871245291 or Orlagh on 0860892699. We are also holding are annual candle collection at McLoughlins Supervalu, Portarlington on Saturday, April 7.

STRADBALLY FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB CHANGE OF DATE

Stradbally Flower & Garden Club meeting arranged for Wednesday 4th April has been changed to Tuesday April 3rd in St. Josephs Hall @ 8p.m. The club welcomes Mr. Richard Delmer A.O.I.F.A. from the Newbridge Club to give a Demonstration, and the theme is “EASTER” All are welcome to come. All arrangements will be raffled at the end of the

night. Refreshments will be served.

10KM AND 5KM RUN

Stradbally GAA are holding a 10km and 5km run in Oakvale Woods on Sunday, April 15. Entry fee for the event is €15 and all proceeds raised from the event will go towards the cost of the International Sevens Tournament which the club will be competing in Toronto. First home in the run will collect €100, second will win €60 and third will win €40. Registration for the run will commence at 10am and the race itself will start at 11am. All welcome to join in.

ST COLMAN’S NATIONAL SCHOOL, STRADBALLY

Enrolment for Junior Infants - if you wish to enrol your child for September for St. Colman’s National School, Stradbally, please return form with birth cert by 30th April. A sincere thank you to everybody who sponsored or donated to our Christmas Hampers raffle, your support and generousity is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to all.

THE LATE MARTIN STAPLETON

The death occurred on March 29 of Mr Martin (Mahoney) Stapleton, (Moyanna, Vicarstown, Laois). Pre-deceased by his wife Kathleen, beloved father of John, Michael, Martin, Dan, Liam, Pat, Christy, Dominic and Gerard and dear brother of Rose (Dunne) and Tess (O’Connell); deeply mourned by his loving family, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, grand- children, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. His remains were eposing at his residence with removal last Friday evening to the Church of the Assumption, Vicarstown and followiing Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12 o’c. his remains were interred in Moyanna Cemetery. Deepest sympathy is extended to all.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN OAKVALE WOODS

The Stations of the Cross will be held in Oakvale Woods on Good Friday commencing at 11 am followed by Trocaire Lunch in St. Joseph’s Social Services. All welcome.

WHIST DRIVE

Next Whist on Friday, April at 8.30pm. Please note change of date – Not the third Friday, it’s the fourth Friday of April.

STRADBALLY GAME & CONSERVATION CLUB

Stradbally Game & Conservation Club are holding a fundraising draw which will be held in Dunnes on Saturday, May 5. First prize €300, 2nd prize €150, 3rd prize €75 and 4 prizes of €25 each. Tickets now on sale at €2 each or 3 for €5. Your continued support would be much appreciated.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SPONSORED WALK

The St Vincent de Paul and having a sponsored walk in May. Sponsorship cards are available from Paschal 087-1359382 and Mary 086-3312621 for anyone who would like join.

ART EXHIBITION

An art exhibition of work by Culture Bug in collaboration with Vera McEvoy, artist in residence at the Arthouse, Stradbally will continue until Friday, April 13. Time 2-4pm. All welcome.

PARISH LOTTO

No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn 2, 8, 15, 28. 5 x €40 Julie Miller, Nathan Parr, Mary Whelan, Francis Devitt and Bernie Lyons. Next week’s jackpot is €5,700.

TIMAHOE LADIES GAA GOLF CLASSIC

Timahoe Ladies GAA are holding a Golf Classic at The Heath Golf Club on Friday, April 27. 3 Ball Scramble. €90 euro a team. Prizes and presentation will be held on the night in Bergin’s Lounge, Timahoe. If interested in taking part please contact Derek at 085-7582272 or Podge 087-9220993. Please support Timahoe Ladies Football.

ANNUAL PARISH DRAW

Stradbally, Timahoe and Vicarstown Annual Parish Draw will be held on Easter Tuesday, April 10 in aid of parish activities and Lourdes. €3,000 in prizes, 1 €1,000, 2 and 3 €500 each and 10 prizes of €100. Tickets are €5 or three for €10. Tickets also available from the parish office and shops in Timahoe and Vicarstown. Your support much appreciated.

FULL STEAM AHEAD

The Irish Steam Preservation Society’s Narrow Gauge Railway - Stradbally Woodland Express - will have full steam up on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 8 and Monday 9, April in The Lawn - Stradbally Hall - from 1.30 to 4.30 pm. each day.

STRADBALLY YOUTH CENTRE NEWS

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Stradbally Playground on Easter Saturday, April 7 from 2pm to 4pm. Easter Bunnies will meet you all at Court Square at 1.30 to walk with you up to the Playground for the hunt. We would like to thank Stradbally Playground committee for closing the playground to the public for the two hours in order for us to hold the Easter Egg Hunt. Entrance fee for the hunt is €3.

We are also holding a Bake Sale on Easter Sunday after 11.30 mass. We would appreciate any support for this and if you would like to bake a few cakes or buns for us we would be very grateful. A Race Night is also scheduled for April 21st in Napper Tandy’s. Race cards will be available soon.

STRADBALLY PARISH GAELS AND TIMAHOE LADIES FUNDRAISER

Stradbally Parish Gaels and Timahoe Ladies Club in association with Leinster Scrap Ltd are holding a scrap and clothes collection on Saturday, April 7 from 9am-6pm in St. Marys Car Park, Stradbally. They need your support to raise much needed funds. This is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted items for free and in the process support Stradbally Parish Gaels and Timahoe Ladies Club. Larger items such as cars can be collected (free of charge) from your home. Please being all items to the St. Marys Car Park. Contact Cha 083 3505688 or Suzanne 087-6974557.

ANNUAL LAOIS HUNTER TRIALS

The annual Laois Hunter Trials are to take place on Easter Saturday, April 7 at Stradbally Hall by kind permission of the Cosby family. The competitions will get underway at 9.30am and the day will feature all the usual Hunter Trial classes. For more information check out the hunt’s website at laois-hunt.com

LAOIS YOUTH THEATRE

Laois Youth Theatre are looking for new members to join the groups currently running in the county. Young people can learn all about theatre, play games, get creative, see how to put on a show and how things run back stage while having fun, gaining confidence and making new friends. Stradbally Church of Ireland Hall on Saturday afternoons, ages 12-16. Contact Siobhan at 086-3300943, 057 8674344/42; artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or www.laois.ie

FIRST COMMUNION

A reminder that First Holy Communion will be held in Stradbally on May 19 and in Timahoe on May 12.