The Cuisle Centre sincerely thanks all who helped with and donated to the recent church gate collection.
Laois Walks Festival
Walk in Spink on Sun, July 5 Grade A • 10 km • 2½ hours. Traversing the hills of the 16th Century Cooper Estate with view of 6 counties. Meet: Knock Church, Spink 2.30pm
On Tue, July 28 Grade B • 10 km • 2 hours on Killamuck Bog, Abbeyleix. Meet: Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix 7.30pm
Leave no Trace Workshop Heritage House Abbeyleix Sat. July 4th (10am -1.30pm) 3.5 hr Experiential-based training in an outdoor setting delivered by experienced Leave No Trace Ireland Tutor. Workshops are designed for educators, children, college students, outdoor professionals & Enthusiasts, Scout Leaders, trail crews, hiking club members and others interested in Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Participants receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace including the concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. Places Limited so Book your Place Now! Contact Laois County Council on 057 8674363 or email
The skills students of Abbeyleix FEC have launched their end of year art exhibition in Abbeyleix Library. The exhibition includes pieces of pygrography, wood craft, upholstery, art and design. It will run until Friday June 26 and all are welcome to visit the exhibition.
The Befriending Laois group are looking for suitable volunteers to visit elderly people in their community for 1 hour weekly. Volunteer training will commence shortly. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Laois Partnership Company at 087-2720715 or 087-1775729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
How many of you out there have boxes in the attic, shed or garage which contain model railway rolling stock, buildings or even locomotives belonging to your Grandad, your Dad or even your younger self? They are of great sentimental and possibly monetary value so what to do with them? The Midlands Model Railway Club has been housed in Abbeyleix Heritage House for many years and the model railway layout has a permanent home in the main hall. It is now in need of more rolling stock and other items but, like many groups, money is in short supply. The layout, as it stands, has given much pleasure to children, young and old, who visit the Heritage Centre and the club wants to extend and renew it so it can carry on giving pleasure for years to come. They can also run a check on any kit you may bring in to see about the running condition and any monetary value it may have and advise you accordingly. So, rather than leave it lying in the dark giving no one any joy, bring any kit you have and give it a bright new home where it can give pleasure to visitors and enthusiasts for many years to come. If you want further information please contact the Midlands Model Railway Club or Heritage House on 057-8731653.
ESTATE OPEN DAY
Abbeyleix & District Lions Club host the annual open day on Abbeyleix Estate on July 12 from 2pm to 5pm. Great opportunity to support a very worthwhile organisation and to see the estate in all its glory.
IRISH WILDLIFE TRUST
Following on from the hugely successful Bat ID and survey training at Abbeyleix Bog the Laois Offaly branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust have another great beginner training event lined up. They will be running a mammal ID and survey with mammal ecologist Denise O’ Meara on Saturday 11 July, meeting at Heritage House, Abbeyleix at 10.30am and finishing in late afternoon. This event is perfect for amateurs who want to increase their wildlife identification skills. All specialist equipment will be provided but participants are asked to bring lunch and wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. The course costs €10.00. All are welcome but booking is required. For further information call or text Ricky on 0857832545.
ADULT CHESS CLUB
Abbeyleix Library commenced an adult Chess Club on Thursday June 11 at 6.15pm. All are welcome. Admission is free. Please contact the library at 057-8730020 if you are interested in participating.
Tidy Towns season is very much underway and the judging process will soon be kicking off. This competition is not just a vanity project, it generates real prize money for the hard working committee which is put straight back into the town and used to lever additional funding for other projects. Tidy Towns really need the community to help get the town in shape and if everyone could keep their immediate areas weed and debris free by sweeping and bagging up Tidy Towns will arrange to pick it up. They meet as a group every Tuesday but this kind of work can be done at any time. If you want to help out or get more information contact Mary on 057-8731257.
Abbeyleix Tennis Club holds Saturday morning coaching for ages 4-12 from 10am to 1pm. There are social nights weekly for advanced adults, beginners and teenagers. Supervised teenage tennis with coaching is on every Friday night from 7.30pm. Adult beginners nights with coaching is every Wednesday from 7.30pm. Abbeyleix tennis club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. For more information contact them on Facebook or call Leisa on the club phone at 086-6684049.
A comic making workshop for children from 6-12 years will take place in the Library on Friday July 24 at 2.30pm. Admission is free and booking is essential. Storytelling with Leslie for 3-6 year olds continues each Saturday morning at 11.30am. Juvenile chess club on Saturday mornings at 10am. The knitting club meets on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Members and non-members are welcome.
Abbeyleix Library offers many services including: adult, young adult and children lending, audio books, language learning resources and reference books, large print fiction, internet and wifi and photocopying. It also has a study section and leisure reading area.
Names are currently being taken for German language classes with a native German speaker which costs €50 for 8 weeks. It will be taught through words, games, jigsaws and songs and will allow children to experience the language before making choices for junior and leaving cert. For further information on any of the above please contact the Library on 057-8730020.
Scoil Mhuire after school club in September 2015. Lots of fun activities and make new To book a place contact Sylvia on 087-4514883.