A great bingo is held every Tuesday night at 8.30 in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Bingo is run by the Community Centre Group.


Now is the time, if you have been thinking of coming along it is open every Thursday morning from 10am to 12 noon at the old convent school the hospitality room is now completed. It is great opportunity for all men to come together to share their skills and talents, learn new ones or simply meet for a chat and a cuppa. New members welcome every week. Commencing for the Autumn computer classes and golf lessons.


There was no winner of this week’s jackpot which was €8,950. The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 18, 22. The 10 winners of €15 were Sinead Holohan, Aidan Campion, Kathleen Tobin, Sarah Holahan, John Scanlon, Claire Meade, John Dalton, Susan Hayes, Patrick Meehan, Patrick Mahon. Next week’s jackpot is €9,100. Tickets can be purchased from all shops or any local promoters.


The club would like to wish our senior club players Marion O’Grady, Sarah Cuddy, Karen Cuddy, Eimear Delaney, Laura Dunne, Grace O Neill and Sharon Moylan together with all the Laois players, trainers and management the very best of luck on September 15 in Croke Park in the Junior All Ireland Final. Well done to the players who were on the Laois U16 panel narrowly beaten by Meath in the U16 All Ireland Final Arleen Cleere, Niamh Cross, Sarah Creagh, Jennifer Galbraith, Grainne Hyland, Holly Kilcar and Aisling O Dea. Our under 8s and under 10s had a wonderful season taking part in blitz over the summer. Our final blitz day is taking place in Abbeyleix on Saturday Sept 7 where all players will be presented with a certificate. A big thank you to all mentors for their wonderful commitment all year.


Laois federation of ICA will hold their Autumn meeting in Cullohill Community centre on Tuesday night September 17 at 8pm. Persons attending are asked to ring Betty Kirby at 057 8737180 so as numbers can be catered for.


The last and final draw took place on Friday July 26 and the following are the lucky prize winners. 1st prize of €1,000 Rita Mahon, Harristown Rathdowney, promoter Elizabeth Treacy. 2nd prize of €300 Mary Daly, Castletown, promoter Eileen Daly. 3rd prize of €100 Shelia Fletcher Ballyguid Ballybrophy, promoter Bernie Wall. Promoters prize of €100 Joe Moore, Kilmartin Borris in Ossory. This fundraiser has been a huge success and it is all down to the very kind people who brought tickets for the past three years in a row. Your support is deeply appreciated so on behalf of Father Jakie Robbinson and all the promoters thank you so much and God bless.


There will be an open night for 2nd Laois Rathdowney Scout Group on Wednesday Sept 11, in the Marion Centre at 8pm. Parents/Guardians are invited to come along and register their child for Beavers (boys and girls ages 6,7 & 8). Cubs (boys and girls ages 9,10 & 11).

Culture Night

Drawing workshop in The Marian Centre on Friday, September 20. The aim of the workshop is to encourage children and adults to be as creative as possible, reinterpreting old classics in a modern way. For more information contact Sandra Kelly on 087-7540368.


Set Dancing classes will resume in Fitzpatrick’s Lounge, Clonmore on Thursday 12th September commencing at 9:00 pm All interested in set dancing welcome to attend. Beginners especially welcome. Further information phone Paddy on 087 6748199.


If you wish to put a note in the Leinster Express please leave it into the Card Stand by Thursday by 5pm.

Thurles Reunion

Tickets sales for the Presentation Secondary School Thurles Reunion Gathering event closes today. Tickets are €30 and can be purchased over the phone (087) 7037861, via email presthurlesreunion@gmail.com or in four outlets in Thurles. A cheese and wine reception followed by a hot fork buffet will be provided on the day. There will be a huge amount of photos on display, which will aid people in their own personal nostalgic trips down memory lane.