Enterprise Town

Enterprise Town

Rathdowney Enterprise Town and Bank of Ireland are holding a public meeting in The Marion Centre Rathdowney at 7.30pm Tuesday September 16 to gather ideas on what we can do as a community to generate & support local business and Review Rathdowney. All are welcome to attend.


It is with great enthusiasm that our pupils begin the new school year. Road safety and school bus safety are top of our agenda and we had an excellent presentation from Caroline of the RSA at the school on Friday 5, September. All pupils have begun their eight week course of swimming lessons at Portlaoise pool, to learn about water safety, improve their fitness and of course have fun.


There was no winner in this week’s Rathdowney GAA lotto jackpot which was €5,050. The numbers drawn were 9, 13, 26, 27. The 10 winners of €15 were Aoife Maher, Anne Kavanagh, Mary Bourke, Bridget Donavan, Marie Sinnott, Aaron & Ryan Costigan, Rita Coss, Ml Bourke, Georgina Galvin, Donal Hickey. Next week’s Jackpot will be €5,200. Tickets can be purchased from all shops or from any local promoter.


Roll & Bowl, Portlaoise, was the destination for the new first years and their mentors, the senior prefects. It has become tradition that the 6th year students organise a fun day to help first years settle into their new environment. This was a successful bonding event and an enjoyable day for all. Congratulations to both staff and students on the excellent Junior Cert results, released Wednesday September 10. The hard work over the last three years has paid off well done everyone.

Taking advantage of the Indian summer, St. Fergal’s College played host to a successful sports day, organised by the Transition Year students and the Sports Department. A wide range of activities were on offer which included 100m sprint, high jump and the long puck. With plenty of fun events also on offer such as 3 legged races, wheelbarrow race and water sponge games. The popular annual teacher vs student event, in the shape of the tug of war was the high light for many. Prefects are to be congratulated on their successful face painting activity raising over €100 for charity. It was wonderful to see students enjoying the weather and making use of the great facilities at St. Fergal’s. Finally congratulations to the 10 students who received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from Bishop Freeman in the Pope John Paul II awards in Ladywell, Durrow on Friday 5, September.


The centre is hosting painting lessons every Wednesday from 10 to 12 noon, Set dancing for those aged 8 and over, adult or child on Wednesday from 7 to 8pm €5 per session, minimum of 10 required for classes to commence. For more details on above please contact Pauline on 087 6572701.


The club is running a soccer blitz on Sunday 21, September anyone wishing to enter a team can contact John Bowe on 087 2111809 or Jack Daly on 087 1317581. The club would like to sympathise with Catherine, Laura, Simon, Tommy, Breada and all the Kinsella family on the death of Sydney. He was involved in the club for many years and will be sadly missed RIP Sydney.

Late Sydney KINSELLA

Condolences to the family of the late Syndey Kinsella, Johnstownglebe, Rathdowney and formerly Marian Place, Portlaoise who died on September 8 peacefully at home following a long illness bravely borne. Deeply regretted by his wife Catherine, his daughter Laura and his son Simon, brothers, sisters extended family relatives and friends. Reposed at his home. Removal to the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney for Funeral Mass followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery. Donations can be made in memory of Sydney to The Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise.

Late Christina MCEVOY

Condolences to the family of the late Christina McEvoy (née Cleary), Cuan Bhríde, Rathdowney/ Ballyfermot, Dublin who died poeacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff of Patterson’s Nursing Home, Roscrea on September 6. Deeply regretted by her daughters Mandy, Chris and son extended family, relatives and friends. Reposing at O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Rathdowney. Removal to The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney, for funeral mass followed by burial in Palmerstown, Dublin. Family flowers only. Donations to Laois Hospice in memory of Christina.