STRADBALLY

FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB

FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB

Stradbally Flower & Garden Club are holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 5 in St. Joseph’s Hall at 8.p.m. and as this is the first meeting after the summer break they will expect a good attendance . Tea and a biscuit will be served.

STORY OF STRADBALLY 1828

A novel by Peter Kelly born 1811 in Stradbally Queens County and buried in Oakvale Cemetery. ‘The Manor Of Glenmore’, August 23 from 8-9pm in Stradbally Library and Arthouse, Court Square and admission is free. Event description: Illustrated talk on the historical novel showing life in Stradbally 1828. Locations identified include various places in Stradbally - Ballykilcavan, Garrons, Quarries, Clopook, Dun/Cave Graveyard, Tullamoy, Standing Stone, Ballyprior and many more. The speaker will be Darell Hooper and the organiser is Bernie Foran. Phone 00353578674312 for more information.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING

A Neighbourhood Watch open meeting will be held in St. Mary’s Hall, Stradbally on Monday, August 27 commencing at 7.30pm sharp. All members are asked to attend and anyone with issues can also attend on the night.

ELECTRIC PICNIC FUNDING

The Electric Picnic committee are now accepting letters requesting funding from the proceeds of residents tickets 2012. Clubs, charities and associations are encouraged to seek funding, specifying how previous funding was used or indeed how a donation might be used by them. We insist that all letters be formally signed by the Secretary of the club and addressed to Carmel Dillon, 10 Church Avenue, Stradbally to be received by August 24.

TIMAHOE LADIES FOOTBALL NEWS

Timahoe Ladies are holding a cake sale in Timahoe Community Hall on Sunday, August 26 after 10am Mass. Also on the same day there will be an under 8’s blitz in memory of Lulu Carroll starting at 12.30pm in Timahoe GAA Field. Teams taking part will be Timahoe, The Heath, Portlaoise, Ballyroan and Sarsfields.

NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY

The Irish Steam Preservation Society’s Narrow Gauge Railway will be up and running on Sunday, August 26 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm in conjunction with National Heritage Week. It will also be running on October bank holiday Sunday and Monday, October 28 and 29.

PARISH GAELS FUNDRAISER

Stradbally Parish Gaels are holding a Social Night in the Napper Tandy, Stradbally on Saturday, Sepember 8 commencing at 9pm sharp. Food and music on the night. Admission is 5 euros and your support would be much appreciated.

BUS TO CLONFERT

Bus to Clonfert for a day of prayer and healing will leave Stradbally on Saturday, August 25 at 8.30 am. Phone Eileen 059 8625215/8625902.

MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER

Tickets are now on sale for the annual raffle which will take place in St. Joseph’s Hall, Stradbally on Saturday, August 25 commencing at 7pm. €700 in prizes. Your continued support would be much appreciated.

Thanks to everyone collectors and contributors, to the recent church gate collection. It was a great success.

STEAM TRAIN

The train runs for 1km through the woodlands of Stradbally Hall Estate, Stradbally. It will be running on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, August 26 from 1.30pm until 4.30pm. Contact Clifton Flewitt, Irish Steam Preservation Society Limited at 01-8554081 for more information.

HERITAGE LECTURE

There will be a lecture on the Earls of Portarlington and the Dawson Damers by historian John S. Powell in Emon Court on Sunday, August 26 at 2pm. Contact Margaret Delaney at 057 8626573.

IRISH HISTORY LIVE: TITANIC

Michael Moylan returns with his hugely popular interactive history show for kids. This year, experience a unique historical re-enactment of life on the board the Titanic. Booking is required. This takes place in Stradbally Library and Arthouse on Thursday, August 23 commencing at 4pm.

BENEFIT NIGHT

A benefit night in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation will be held in the Napper Tandy back lounge, Stradbally on Saturday, August 25 commencing at 7pm to close. Live music featuring the

Abbey Folk, Shawn Mullins, Chris Conroy, DJ Sean Savage. Spot prizes and finger food and admission is only €5.

VINTAGE RUN

Club Le Cheile are holding a Vintage Run on Sunday, September 16 commencing at 11am in Timahoe. Contact 086-1515325.

PARISH LOTTO

Numbers drawn were 6, 13, 21, 29. No jackpot winner. 1 matched 3 €200 David Cuddy. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,200. Tickets available from John Donohue, Paddy Ramsbottom. Seller receives 10% of jackpot winning ticket.

ELECTRIC PICNIC

The Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival will be held on the grounds of the Cosby Estate on Friday, August 31, Saturday, September 1, Sunday 2nd. Brilliant line up this year - not to be missed.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC

Monday, August 27, Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29 from 5-8.30pm ini St. Mary’s Hall, Portlaoise. Help ensure essential blook supplies are always available by giving blood regularly.

EXAMS

Congratulations to the boys and girls in the parish who received their Leaving Cert Results during the week and we wish them every success in the future.

TEA DANCE

A Tea Dance in aid of St. Brigid’s Hospital, Shaen in aid of the Patients Comfort Fund will be held on Friday, August 31 in Portarlington Community Centre. Music by Nando and Shandy and dancing from 9.30pm-12.30pm and admission is €10. All support welcome.

IRISH HISTORY LIVE: TITANIC

Michael Moylan returns with his hugely popular interactive history show for kids. This year, experience a unique historical re-enactment of life on board the Titanic. Find out what it was really like to sail on the doomed ship. Booking is required. This takes place in Stradbally Library and Arthouse on Thursday August 23 at 4pm.

A STORY OF STRADBALLY 1828

Talk on the Historical novel “The Manor of Glenmore”, showing life in Stradbally 1828. Organised by Laois Heritage Society, this takes place on Thursday August 23 at 8pm in the Arthouse in Stradbally. Contact Julie Shead at 057 86 41773 for more.

HERITAGE LECTURE

There will be a lecture on the Earls of Portarlington and the Dawson Damers, by historian Dr John S Powell in Emo Court on Sunday August 26 at 2pm. Contact Margaret Delaney, OPW Emo Court at 057 86 26573 for more information.

HERITAGE STEAM TRAIN

The train runs for 1 km through the woodlands of Stradbally Hall Estate. This is Ireland’s longest established heritage railway, in operation since 1969. It will be running on Sunday August 26 at 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Contact Clifton Flewitt, Irish Steam Preservation Society Limited, at 01 855 4081 for more information.