STRADBALLY NOTES

LATE BREDA MANSWORTH

LATE BREDA MANSWORTH

The death occurred on March 19, (peacefully), surrounded by her loving family and friends at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, of Breda Mansworth, (nee Pendergast) (Grange, Stradbally, Co. Laoise). Breda, loving wife of Richard; sadly missed by her loving family, son Eamon, daughter Paula, son-in-law Tom, grandsons Séamus, Ruaidhrí and Richard, brothers Billy, Joe and Aiden, sisters-in-law Joan and Mary, brother-in-law Eddie, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends and her special friends Laura and Linda. Her remains were reposing at her residence until removal to the Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally on Wednesday for Funeral Mass. Burial took place immediately afterwards in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Ratheniska.

LATE RICHARD MANSWORTH

The death occurred (peacefully) on March 23 of Richard Mansworth, (Grange, Stradbally, Co. Laois). Richard, devoted husband of Breda recently deceased on March 19, 2012, sadly missed by his son Eamon, daughter Paula, brother Eddie, son-in-law Tom, grandsons Séamus, Ruaidhrí and Richard, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, friends and neighbours. Rest in peace. His remains were reposing at his home in Grange until removal on Sunday to the Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally for 11.30 o’c. Mass and burial took place immediately afterwards to the Holy Cross Cemetery, Rathneskia.

FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB

Stradbally Flower & Garden Club monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 4 in St. Joseph’s Hall @ 8 p.m. The Club welcomes Richard Delmer, AOIFA from the Newbridge Club to give a demonstration on Easter and all are welcome. A cup of tea and a biscuit will be served. More details next week.

ICA

Next meeting is on April 3 which is the AGM and new and old members welcome.

ICA CHOIR

Laois ICA Federation Choir are holding a Spring Concert in St Patrick’s Church, Stradbally on Friday, March 30 commencing at 8.00pm. Admission €10.00. All are welcome. Refreshments on the night. Tickets available from Guild members or on the night.

WHIST DRIVE

The following are the results of the Whist Drive held on Friday, March 16: Top Score: Esther Smith; First Lady: Kit Farrell; 2nd Lady: Rosaleen Cole; 1st Gent: Eamonn Owens; 2nd Gent: Alice Finn; 1st half: Michael O’Brien; 2nd half (tie): Kathleen Hennessy and Tommy Finn; Lowest Score: Sylvia Wilkinson; Hatching: Etta Craig; 1st raffle: Kit Farrell; 2nd: Mick Foy; 3rd: Veronica Kearns; 4th: Beatrice Hendy. Next Whist on Fridays, April at 8.30pm. Please note change of date – Not the third Friday, it’s the fourth Friday of April.

OVER THE RAINBOW

Stradbally Brown Trout Fishery has just announced that it will now stock the lake with Rainbow Trout in addition to the Brown Trout which

they currently use. This is a long-awaited and exciting development for the community run project and for all the anglers who fish there.

Stradbally Development Association, the community group behind the lake, have championed this project as part of their plan to increase

the numbers of anglers to Stradbally Lake.

GAME AND CONSERVATION CLUB

Stradbally Game & Conservation Club are holding a fundraising draw which will be held in Dunnes on Saturday, May 5. First prize €300, 2nd

prize €150, 3rd prize €75 and 4 prizes of €25 each. Tickets now on sale at €2 each or 3 for €5. Your continued support would be much

appreciated.

SVP SPONSORED WALK

The St Vincent de Paul and having a sponsored walk in May. Sponsorship cards are available from Paschal 087-1359382 and Mary 086-3312621

for anyone who would like join.

ART EXHIBITION

An art exhibition of work by Culture Bug in collaboration with Vera McEvoy, artist in residence at the Arthouse, Stradbally will continue

until Friday, April 13. Time 2-4pm. All welcome.

PARISH LOTTO

No jackpot winner. 5 x €40 Bertie Dineen, James Miller, Dick Dillon, Tom Walsh and Catherine Lynch. Next week’s jackpot is €5,600.

TIMAHOE LADIES GAA GOLF CLASSIC

Timahoe Ladies GAA are holding a Golf Classic at The Heath Golf Club on Friday, April 27. 3 Ball Scramble. €90 euro a team. Prizes and

presentation will be held on the night in Bergin’s Lounge, Timahoe. If interested in taking part please contact Derek at 085-7582272 or

Podge 087-9220993. Please support Timahoe Ladies Football.

ANNUAL PARISH DRAW

Stradbally, Timahoe and Vicarstown Annual Parish Draw will be held on Easter Tuesday, April 10 in aid of parish activities and Lourdes.

€3,000 in prizes, 1 €1,000, 2 and 3 €500 each and 10 prizes of €100. Tickets are €5 or three for €10. Tickets also available from the

parish office and shops in Timahoe and Vicarstown. Your support much appreciated.

LATE NORAH HOGAN

The death occurred (peacefully) at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, surrounded by her loving family on March 20, 2012, of Norah

Hogan, (nee Luttrell), Vicarstown. Wife of the late P.J, mother of the late Patrick and baby Sean; deeply regretted by her daughters

Aileen and Mary, sons Peadar, Vincent and Paul, grandchildren, great-grand- children, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchild, relatives and

friends. Her remains were reposing at her home on Thursday, March 22 and removal on Friday to the Church of the Assumption, Vicarstown

for Funeral Mass and burial took place immediately afterwards in Moyanna Cemetery.

FULL STEAM AHEAD

The Irish Steam Preservation Society’s Narrow Gauge Railway - Stradbally Woodland Express - will have full steam up on the Easter Bank

Holiday weekend, Sunday 8 and Monday 9, April in The Lawn - Stradbally Hall - from 1.30 to 4.30pm each day.

ANGLERS ASSOCIATION

Members please note that the membership fee for the 2012 season is now due. Adults €15, OAPs €7 and juveniles €7. Fees may be paid at

Stradbaly Lake office. All members must be insured before they can enter on land adjoining the river. All enquiries etc can be made at

Stradbally Lake office.

YOUTH CENTRE NEWS

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Stradbally Playground on Easter Saturday, April 7 from 2pm to 4pm. Easter Bunnies will meet you all at Court Square at 1.30 to walk with you up to the Playground for the hunt. We would like to thank Stradbally Playground committee for closing the playground to the public for the two hours in order for us to hold the Easter Egg Hunt. Entrance fee for the hunt is €3. We are also holding a Bake Sale on Easter Sunday after 11.30 mass. We would appreciate any support for this and if you would like to bake a few cakes or buns for us we would be very grateful. A Race Night is also scheduled for April 21st in Napper Tandy’s. Race cards will be available soon.

LADIES FUNDRAISER

Stradbally Parish Gaels and Timahoe Ladies Club in association with Leinster Scrap Ltd are holding a scrap and clothes collection on Saturday, April 7 from 9am-6pm in St. Marys Car Park, Stradbally. They need your support to raise much needed funds. This is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted items for free and in the process support Stradbally Parish Gaels and Timahoe Ladies Club. Larger items such as cars can be collected (free of charge) from your home. Please being all items to the St. Marys Car Park. Contact Cha 083 3505688 or Suzanne 087-6974557.

KIDS CLUB

Stradbally Kids Club training has resumed for all kids between the ages of 4 and 12. All boys and girls must be registered before this date and anyone wishing to do so can contact Caroline Whelan 085-1443757 for a registration form.

ANNUAL LAOIS HUNTER TRIALS

The annual Laois Hunter Trials are to take place on Easter Saturday, April 7 at Stradbally Hall by kind permission of the Cosby family. The competitions will get underway at 9.30am and the day will feature all the usual Hunter Trial classes. For more information check out the hunt’s website at laois-hunt.com

LAOIS YOUTH THEATRE

Laois Youth Theatre are looking for new members to join the groups currently running in the county. Young people can learn all about

theatre, play games, get creative, see how to put on a show and how things run back stage while having fun, gaining confidence and making

new friends. Stradbally Church of Ireland Hall on Saturday afternoons, ages 12-16. Contact Siobhan at 086-3300943, 057 8674344/42;

artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or www.laois.ie

ADULT TEXTILE CRAFT

Adult Textile Craft Club - Stradbally Library, Tuesday evenings 6.30pm - 8pm. Kniting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, etc. All welcome.

FIRST COMMUNION

A reminder that First Holy Communion will be held in Stradbally on May 19 and in Timahoe on May 12.