FORESTRY FESTIVAL FOR STRADBALLY
The Irish Forestry, Woodland and Bio Energy Show 2013 will take place at Stradbally Hall Estate on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. The show will host the National Tree Climbing Championships and will feature the top tree surgeons competing for a place to represent their country at European and World events.
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who were confirmed in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally: Simon Hartnett, Sean Sheridan, Sarah Rose Fenlon Lynch, Sarah Langton, Ronan Stapleton, Ronan Maher, Rebecca Delaney, Orla Wright, TJ Shaughnessy, Matthew Carroll, Laoishe Bennett, Kilian McGannon, Kian Dalton Dooley, John Bakker, Jamie Devoy, Gillian Coss, Eoghan Dillon, Enda Knowles, Emily Miller, Denis Shaughnessy, David Donohue, Daniel Delaney, Damien McCaul, Conor Donohue, Christopher Moran, Charlotte Wright, Cathal Cooney, Cathal Connaughton, Alice Dunne, Tadgh Murray, Sophie Commins, Sarah Hennessy, Leah Morrissey, Lavina Molloy, Laura Moore, Jamie Moore, Fiachra McEvoy, Eve Marum Crossan, Eva Fitzpatrick, Dawn Hennessy, David Corcoran, Conor Coss, Conor Corcoran, Caoimhe Manton, Ava Malone, Andrew Reid, Alice Laffan, Alan Bowe and Nicole Moore.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING
A meeting of the Stradbally Neighbourhood Watch will be held on Thursday, March 28 (Holy Thursday) in St Coleman’s National School
after 7.30pm sermons.
Programme for Holy Week - March 23-24 - Palm Sunday. Blessing and distribution of palm at all masses. Please bring your own greenery. Palm available at church porches. Confessions - absolution after all masses on this weekend. Holy Thursday (housebound of the parish will be attended). Mass of the Last Supper, washing of feet and confessions after mass -Vicarstown 7pm, Stradbally 7.30pm First Communion children invited with their candles, Timahoe 8pm. Good Friday Passion of the Lord - 11.10 Stations of the Cross in Oakvale Woods, Stradbally 3pm, Vicarstown 7pm and Timahoe 7.30pm. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil - 9am (Stradbally) blessing of fire, pascal candle and Easter water. Bring a candle for renewal of baptism promises. Easter Sunday - Stradbally 8am and 11.30am, Vicarstown 9.30am and Timahoe 10.30am.
The awards night for the Stradbally Parish Gaels u/16 and u/14 teams of 2012 will take place in the clubhouse, Bill Delaney Park on Thurday, March 21. The u/14s hosted New York in the Feile while the u/16s won the championship defeating Graiguecullen. A special guest will appear to give the lads their medals and all are welcome from 8.45pm onwards.
STRADBALLY SPADE BRIGADE
Stradbally Spade Brigade planting of over 5,000 trees will be held in the Stradbally Community Gardens (beside the allottments) on Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23 from 10am onwards. Further details from 087 2827398.
Phase 2 results 2013. U/10 Gold Chloe Mills, The Glebe, U/12 h/c Orla Sheridan, Ballymaddock, U/14 girls bronze Dawn Hennessy, Rathmore and U/14 boys Sean Sheridan bronze. Best wishes to Chloe who will now compete at the national finals in Athlone in May. U/10 hand writing competition area results as follows. Girls 1 Sarah Touhy Vicarstown, 2 Grace Scully, Vicarstown, 3 Orla Hennessey, Rathmore, 4 Heather Bennett, Swan Rd, Timahoe. Boys 1 Matthew Buggy Dohony Stradbally, 2 Oisin McDonald, Cremorgan Timahoe, 3 Billy Ramsbottom, Guileen, Stradbally and 4 David Duggan, Ballinachlough, Timahoe.The first three placed children will now go forward to compete in the Laois final which will be held in the near future. Many thanks to our school principals, Miss Martina Mullhall, Timahoe and Pauric Ashe for use of their premises.
LAOIS HUNT HUNTER TRIALS
The Laois Hunt Hunter Trials will be held on Easter Saturday, March 30, at Stradbally Hall.
CAKE SALE IN AID OF COSBY NS
A cake sale in aid of the Cosby National School will be held at the Hunter Trials in Stradbally Hall on Easter Saturday, March 30 from 10am to 2pm.
STRADBALLY FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB
Angela Behan O’Carroll will be back to give the Easter Demonstration on Wednesday, March 27 (Holy Week) and all her displays will be raffled at the end of the evening. This is also an open night.
STRADBALLY COUNTRY MARKETS
Stradbally Country Markets open every Saturday from 10.30am - 1pm.
STRADBALLY CONCERN GROUP
Anyone interested in having an alarm installed can contact Joe Oakley 057 8625511, John Delaney 057 8627093, Pauline Harrison 057 8625359.
LAOIS FLEADH 2013
The Laois Fleadh 2013 will be held in Ratheniska and Stradbally on June 2.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
First Holy Communion will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally on Saturday, May 18, 2013 and in St. Michael’s Church, Timahoe on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
STRADBALLY PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP
Stradbally Parents and Toddler Group every Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon in the GAA Hall, Polesbridge, Stradbally. More information contact Orla Fee on 086 886244t or Fiona O’Donnell 086 3840052.
STRADBALLY COMMUNITY ALLOTTMENTS
Stradbally Community Allotments still available for 2013. Please contact Noel 087 6577188, Siobhan 086 1986286.
Stradbally Kids Club resumes this Sunday March 24, 10-11am, all kids from 4 to 12 years welcome, new members please arrive at 9.45am.