DRAW FOR ELECTRIC PICNIC TICKETS
The draw for the residents’ Electric Picnic tickets will take place in St Mary’s Hall, Stradbally on Tuesday, August 7 commencing at 7.30pm sharp. Open to all to attend on the night. The lucky winners who come out of the draw will be notified by text. Tickets can be collected on Friday, August 17 between 7.30pm and 9pm and on Saturday, August 18 from 10.30am until 12 noon. Tickets are priced at €30 each - €60 euros to be paid on collection for two. This includes the €10 (per ticket) donation for charity - no payment on entry to the Electric Picnic this year.
The following are the results of the whist drive held in St Patrick’s Hall, Stradbally on Friday, July 20. Top score Lena McEvoy, 1st lady Mary Gowing, 2nd lady Molly Kavanagh, 1st gent John Graham, 1st half Maree Fennin, 2nd half Mick Foy, lowest score Mary Hendy, hatching Dorothy Mullen, no trick in any one game Chrissie Browne, raffles Willie Wallace, Rosaleen Cole, Teresa Grufferty, Cora Moore. Next whist drive will be held on Friday, August 17 commencing at 8.30pm sharp. Thank you to all our supporters, new and old.
Laois Friends of Midland Simon Community annual church gate collection will be taken up at all masses on August 11 and 12. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.
ELECTRIC PICNIC COMMITTEE
The Electric Picnic committee will now accept written requests for funding from local charities, clubs and associations to reach the secretary on or before Friday, August 24. Detailed letters to Carmel Dillon, 10 Church Avenue, Stradbally
STRADBALLY STEAM QUEEN 2012
Stradbally Steam Rally which takes place on Sunday, 5 and Monday 5 August are looking for a second steam queen. If you are aged 18 or over and available over the rally weekend, why not enter yourself to represent a local business. Great cash prize for the winner. If any businesses are interested in entering a nominee please contact 087 2668854.
Club Le Cheile are holding a vintage run on Sunday, September 16 commencing at 11am in Timahoe. Contact 086 1515325.
VICARSTOWN ACTIVE RECREATIONAL
Annual outing will take place in Ballingarry House Hotel, Tralee on August 13 and 14 returning August 15. Walking from bridge every Wednesday at 8pm.
Draw held on July 26, no jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot will be €1,900. Tickets available from John Donohue, Paddy Ramsbottom. Seller receives 10% of jackpot winning ticket.
The Youth 2012 Summer Festival will take place near the ancient ruins of the Clonmacnois monastic site in Co Offaly. The festival is for young people aged 16-35 and will take place the weekend of Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 August. The weekend will include inspiring talks, workshops, dramas, concert, prayer, mass, games and times of sharing.
Premier event in the calendar of steam and vintage shows in Ireland. Music onsite, a bigger and more organized trade area and a separate pony arena are but a few
additions this year for the National Steam Rally being held on Sunday, August 5 and Monday, August 6 at The Lawn, Stradbally. Steam enthusiasts and families from all over Ireland are expected at the premier event in the calendar of steam and vintage shows throughout Ireland. Admission €10. Children (under 12) free. 10am to 6pm each day.
A benefit night in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation will be held in the Napper Tandy back lounge, Stradbally on Saturday, August 25 commencing at 7pm to close. Live music featuring the Abbey Folk, Shawn Mullins, Chris Conroy, DJ Sean Savage. Spot prizes and finger food and admission is only €5.
The housebound will be attended to on Friday, August 3.
SATURDAY VIGIL MASS
A reminder that the Saturday night vigil mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally will be changed back to 6.30pm from 7.30pm starting Saturday, August 4.
3 day pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Monday, August 13 to Wednesday, August 15 (Feast of the Assumption). Contact Michael Sammon 087-6697902.
TIMAHOE CEMETERY COMMITTEE
Timahoe Cemetery Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed so generously to the cemetery collection which amounted to €1,030. Also thanks to Eileen Kennedy who maintains the rockery and to everyone involved in the upkeep of the cemetery which is much appreciated.
CHERNOBYL CHILDREN RETURN HOME
Last Sunday the Chernobyl children returned home after having a wonderful time in our midst. The group would like to thank everyone who helped out this year in any way to make their visit a great success.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
The Stradbally parish St Vincent de Paul shop situated on Main Street, Stradbally (in the Youth Centre premises) opens its doors on this Friday, August 3. They are looking for donations which can go on sale in the shop. If you have any unwanted items such as ladies, gents and childrens clothing and footwear, household goods, giftware, small furniture, books, bric-a brac and also if you have any paper or plastic bags which you no longer want. These can be dropped off in the shop any night between 7-9pm. For more information contact Pascal 087 1359382, Frank 086 3658905, Breda Maher 085 7573468 or Mary 086 3312621. A big thank you to everyone who have donated unwanted items so far.
IRISH HISTORY LIVE: TITANIC
Michael Moylan returns with his hugely popular interactive history show for kids. This year, experience a unique historical re-enactment of life on board the Titanic. Booking is required. This takes place in Stradbally Library and Arthouse on Thursday August 23 at 4pm.
STORY OF STRADBALLY 1828
Talk on the historical novel ‘The Manor of Glenmore’, showing life in Stradbally 1828. Organised by Laois Heritage Society, this takes place on Thursday August 23 at 8pm in the Arthouse in Stradbally. Contact Julie Shead at 057 86 41773 for more.
There will be a lecture on the Earls of Portarlington and the Dawson Damers, by historian Dr John S Powell in Emo Court on Sunday August 26 at 2pm. Contact Margaret Delaney at 057 86 26573.
The train runs for 1 km through the woodlands of Stradbally Hall Estate. It will be running on Sunday August 26 at 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Contact Clifton Flewitt, Irish Steam Preservation Society Limited, at 01 855 4081 for more information.