Laois 2 Calais

Laois 2 Calais

We are a group set up in Laois to collect essential supplies for refugees in the camps of Calais and other European locations. We need men’s clothing, footwear, hats and scarves. We also need tents, blankets, duvets, pots, pans, candles, toiletries and first aid supplies. If you would like to donate supplies please contact Blathnaid on 0876790854 or drop off donations to Clelands, Abbeyleix.

Late Sadie BENNETT

Condolences to the family of the late Sadie Bennett (née Galbraith) Tunduff, Abbeyleix who died at Oakdale Nursing Home, Portarlington on Sept 4. Loving wife of the late Leo, predeceased by her brothers John, George and sister Eileen. Sadly missed by her loving family, Trevor, Enid, Cecil, Leslie, Ernie and Alan, extended family, relatives & friends. Reposed at her residence Tunduff with removal to St Michael & all Angels Church, Abbeyleix for Funeral Service. Burial in Annatrim Churchyard, Coolrain. Donations to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

Abbeyleix Social Services would like to thank everybody that donated at the church gate collection at Satruday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of August. Your generosity was very much needed and appreciated.

Arthritis Table Quiz

Arthritis Ireland is a relatively new qroup in the county set up to support those with all forms of Arthritis & Fibromyalgia, their families & carers. All our members have Arthritis themselves and understand how debilitating it can be. Walking/Strolling group each Wednesday at Portlaoise Leisure Ctr at 7-8pm.

We are hosting a Table Quiz in “De Bruin’s Pub”, Main St., Portlaoise at 8pm on Thursday 17th of September.” Eur 40.00 for a table of 4. Lots of prizes to be won on the night. Finger food will be served and a Trad. Session will take place immediately afterwards at 10pm also.

We look forward to your support & would encourage anyone who can, to come and meet us on the night? It is a social event and we would love to see you there. Our contact mobile number is :089 2525344 or email inquiries to

Set dancing

Set dancing classes take place on Mondays at 7 pm in Heritage House, Abbeyleix. €5 per class. Come along and give it a try. Good exercise and great fun. Everyone welcome. All enquiries to 087 3141044.

Tidy Towns Congrats

Congratulations to Abbeyleix Tidy Towns - they are invited to the National Tidy Towns Awards on 28 Sept in the Helix Theatre, Dublin. An invitation to the event usually indicates that the invitee will be among the prize winners when the national awards are announced. There is great excitement as to how Abbeyleix will perform.

Junior certs

Congratulations to all the Junior Cert students in the local community who received their much awaited results last week. Hopefully all the hard work was rewarded and the students can now look forward to their final years with added confidence.

Coffee for Hospice

Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning takes place on Thursday 17th September, 2015. Now in its 22tnd year Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning is one of the main fundraising events to support local hospices throughout Ireland and is sponsored by stalwart supporter Bewley’s. All monies raised locally goes directly to Laois Hospice. If you would like to host a coffee morning please contact Seamus O’Donoghue , Chairman , Laois Hospice Foundation for your supply of Bewley’s coffee at 086 8709311. Thank you for your continued support to Laois Hospice.

Culture night

Heritage House, Abbeyleix will hold a traditional Irish crafts evening on Culture Night Friday, September 18 with demonstrations in craft making and exhibitions of wonderful work on display beginning at 7pm.

In Knock Hall, Spink from 8pm there is an evening of traditional Irish music, song dance and storytelling in a rustic setting. Contact: 086 2660768 for more information.


Storytelling with Leslie for 3-6 year olds continues each Saturday morning at 11.30am.

The Junior Chess Club continues every Sat morning at 10am and the adult chess club will recommence in the autumn.

The adult book club are also taking a break and will resume in September.

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 & leisure reading area.

Further information on the summer library activities is available in the library or online at


Scoil Mhuire will be opening an after school club in September 2015. There will be lots of fun activities and it is a great way of making new friends and getting settled back into the school year. To book a place contact Sylvia on 087-4514883.


The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel will hold a charity dance on Friday October 16 from 9pm to 12.30am as a fundraiser for Dylan Towey. There are six artists playing which are Tony, Theresa and the All Stars, Dave Lawlor, Camillus Egerton, Aine Crehan, Mary Prendergast and John McIntyre. MC for the night is Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick of Midland 103 and admission is €10. The ticket launch will be announced shortly.