Clonaslee

UNSUNG HERO

UNSUNG HERO

Congratulations to Maura O’Gorman who won the Unsung Hero Award at the 2012 Laois Community Forum Awards for her contribution to the village of Clonaslee and its surrounding areas. She has worked tirelessly for many local organisations, such as Tidy Towns, the local Development Association, and Community Alert, as well as working on some county organisations such as Laois Trip. People like Maura are held up as example of true community spirit, and

the people of Clonaslee would agree.

See pages 34 to 40 for photos.

WELL DONE

Congrats to all the people from the area who were rewarded at the annual Laois Community and Voluntary Awards Bloom Association: Tidy Towns Clonaslee, Clonaslee Community Development Association, Clodiagh Players.

slieve bloom macra

Slieve Bloom Macra recently held their Annual General Meeting in the Swan Inn in Clonaslee, with a strong attendance including several new members present.

A new committee for the upcoming year was elected, of Chairman Michael Downey, Secretary Sinead Heaney, Treasurer Maria Mullins and PRO Sarah Conroy.

Laois Macra Chairman Paddy Delaney and Development Officer Alan Davis were in attendance and expressed their delight at seeing a lot of new faces, and wished the club every success in the future.As a new club, new members are actively encouraged to join and experience all that Macra has to offer in sporting, social and many other areas.

Anybody interested can contact Secretary Sinead Heaney on 0852446849.

cLONASLEE COLLEGE PARENTS ASSOCIATION AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Clonaslee College Parents Association will be held on Wednesday November 28 at 8pm in the school. All parents of students attending the school are invited to attend.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

The Parents Association of Clonaslee College is holding a Church Gate Collection on Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

quiz THANKS

Thanks to all who sponsored tables and came to join the fun at the recent table quiz. Total amount raised for the Clonaslee Christmas lights was €630.

DRAMA

Coming soon from the Clodiagh Players, Breezeblock Park a hilarious comedy! There are only three nights to see the performance, Thursday December 13 in the Balcony Theatre, Mountmellick (across from the Credit Union), Friday December 14 and Saturday December 15 in the Parochial Hall, Clonaslee.

All performances begin at 8pm sharp. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Cost is adults €10, concession €8 with student ID required. Limited seating in both venues so booking must be made in advance by contacting 085-783-1104. Please note that this play contains adult humour.

CLONASLEE ST MANMANS GAA

The AGM for Clonaslee St Manmans GAA is on Friday December 7 at 7:30 pm in the Community Centre. We encourage all members to attend.

ST STEPHEN’S DAY WALK

Laois Hospice and the organising committee are hosting the 20th Annual Mountain Walk on December 26 2012. The entire proceeds of this walk will go to the Laois Hospice Foundation.

If you have not received a sponsorship card and wish to do so, please contact Sheila Bourke 057-864-8084 or Michael Dunne 057-864-8010.

CCE CLONASLEE BRANCH

Music classes have now started in the Community Centre. Juniors 6-7pm and adults 7-8pm. Cost of 10 classes is €50.00. Rental of instruments can be arranged at reasonable rates. You may still avail of these classes.For more information contact John Conway 085-285-1772. Or any committee member.

CCE SINGING CLASSES

Singing classes held in the Parochial Hall every Saturday 10.30 to 11.30am. Cost is €4 per child.

ADULT BADMINTON

Badminton for adults is on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8 pm in the Community Centre. All are welcome to come and bash a few!

SOCIAL SERVICES

Join us every Thursday at 7 pm in the Community Centre. Please come along for a game of bingo, a chat and cuppa. Contact John Callaghan, Chairman on 087-613-2044.

COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Our library is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 pm – 4 pm. A great selection of books available. To join the library, drop into or contact Matt Barrett on 864-8519. A great way to pass the time on the long nights.

SOCIAL AND SEQUENCE DANCING

A great night of dancing and exercise every Tuesday night from 8 pm-9:30 pm in the Community Centre. No partner needed, light refreshments served after the session. All very welcome to join in the fun.

PARENT TODDLER MORNING

The Clonaslee branch of the Parent Toddler Morning is on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am in the Clonaslee Community Centre. Cost is €3 per family. Everyone is welcome.

IRISH DANCING

Irish dancing is in the Parochial Hall on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. All children are very welcome, all levels catered for. For more information contact Siobhan on 086-856-8029.

EXERCISE THE FUN WAY

Exercise through dancing on Saturdays from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Parochial Hall. Cost is only €5 per class. Everyone welcome.

PILATES

Pilates classes is on in the Heritage Centre on Wednesdays at 8 pm. For further information you may contact Marie Fogarty on 087-282-6088.

CLONASLEE PARISH LOTTO

Jackpot not won. Winning no: 6-12-17. €30 winners: Ellen Rigney, c/o Rigneys; Ned and Ann McEvoy, c/o Mary O’Keeffe; Hubert Popkowski, Brittas; Tess Murray, Mountbolus; J.J. and D. Rigney, c/o K Blake; Mick Kelly c/o Matt Barrett. Voucher Bridget Conway. Bottle Linda Ryan. Promoter’s prize: K Blake, Fallons, Flynns PO. Voucher M O’Keeffe, Bottle Rigneys. Next week’s Jackpot: €1,100.

CLONASLEE ST MANMANS GAA LOTTO

Jackpot not won. Winning no: 3-1-16-6. €40 winners: Alice Friel, Josh Flynn, Anne Flynn, Andrew Burbage, J and J Foynes. Promoter’s prize: Jody Conway. Next week’s Jackpot: €14,450. Extra prizes for Christmas from next week.

NOTES

Please note that if you or any group, organisation or club wishes to put any item in the Clonaslee notes or parish newsletter it must be received by Thursday. You may leave note into Fr O’Reilly’s letterbox or contact Annette Doolan on aedoolan83@gmail.com or 087-988-1046/864-8122.