GREAT EGGPECTATIONS Easter Sunday April 8 Heritage House Abbeyleix will be the venue for the Easter Bunny Egg Hunt. Time 12pm. The Pride of Place committee in assocation with Abbeyleix Youth Club, Heritage House and ABC have collabrated with the Youth Cafe to organise this event as a token of appreciation for the tremendous support they received from the children of Abbeyleix for the Pride of Place competition.
Lots of fun is promised as well as plenty of Easter eggs. Following a National competition by Cadburys to select 20 community groups throughout Ireland to receive free Easter eggs. Abbeyleix is delighted with their allocation of 100 eggs thanks to the great imput of Robbie Quinn and Pat Kennedy on behalf of the committee. Clelands have offered a reduced rate for an extra 150 eggs, April 8 definately a date not to be missed the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Jenny and team from the youth cafe will make sure their will be loads of fun, face painting, and a great family fun day for all to enjoy.
This week communities in County Laois are requesting that dog owners act responsibily, clean up after their their dog fouls. The slogan is “This Community says no to dog fouling”. Offenders are at risk of a minium fine of €150 or Maxium fine of €3,000. Abbeyleix Tidy Towns acknowledges the dedicated dog walkers who respect their town. None compliant dog owners be warned that under cover personelle will be patrolling the streets of Abbeyleix in the comming weeks.
A table quiz is being held in aid of Abbeyleix Game Conservation club. The quiz is being held in Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Friday April 13 at 8pm. All welcome.
GALA VARIETY CONCERT
Concert takes place on Easter Sunday, April 8 in Shanahoe Hall at 8pm in aid of Hall funds. Music, song, dance and comedy. Local and visiting artists and acts confirmed include: Mairead Malone, X Factor winner in Carbury, John McGuire, Camillus boland, Emma Phelan, the Grant Sisters, Killeshin Pops, Aisling Walsh School of Dancing, Celtic Blondes, Joe Kavanagh, Ballypickas Scor Finalists, Ballyroan Half Set, Gabriel Lynam School of Dancing and Margaret Murphy. More artists are to be confirmed. Enquiries to 087 9614235.
Commencing on Thursday April 12 free lessons in social and sequence dancing will be held in St Canice Hall Borris in Ossory from 2pm-4pm.All men and women welcome to attend.Lessons will continue for ten weeks and are sponsored by Laoie V.E.C. Community Education Scheme.Tutor Maureen Culleton
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
The Annual church Gate Collection for the Laois Kidney association will be held on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 at The Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix.
A meeting was held on March 6 at the Social Services Centre, Abbeyleix. Pat O’Halloran opened the meeting with prayer and my land.
The Minutes of the February Meeting were read and agreed as a correct record. Secretary’s Report - Yvonne read correspondence and news from H.Q. Treasurer’s Report – Catherine Smith gave the treasurer’s report of income and expenditure to date.
Line Dancing – Line Dancing Classes going well. It is hoped the classes will continue after the Easter Break.
Laois ICA Federation Spring Meeting in Ratheniska. The Spring Meeting was held in Ratheniska Hall on Wednesday, February 29. Five members attended. A report from the Meeting will be dicussed at the April Meeting.
Nominations for Regional President and National President Nomination papers have been received at the Guild, The nominations were discussed at length and votes nominated. Yvonne will send off the completed election papers to H.Q. with the nominations.
Guest Speaker: The guest speaker was Solicitor John Holland from Holland Condon, Solicitors based in Kilkenny. Mr Holland gave a very relevant informative talk, followed by a lively question and answer session. Mr Holland distributed to all members a complimentary pack of information to be read at their leisure. All members agreed that the Session had been very interesting and enlightening.
Competition : The competition was for a homemade St. Patricks Day Card Card: 1st Mary Hearns, 2nd Bernie Carroll, 3rd Yvonne Porter. Well done to all the entrants.
The raffle on the night was won by 1st Mary Coffey, 2nd Pat O’Halloran. A delicious supper was then served by the Hostess for the evening Helen Cruikshankshank