CREDIT UNION ART COMPETITION
Community Colours. Closing date November 9. Application forms available in Stradbally and Portlaoise credit unions. Drop your entry back into the credit union with your application. See www.facebook.com/portlaoisecreditunion for details. Winners announced on Facebook and invited to prize giving ceremony week after.
COMMUNITY GAMES SILVER CIRCLE
Community Games silver circle 2012 will commence with the first draw to be held on November 10. There will be six draws - November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8 and 15. Draw will take place after mass on each Saturday night and will be held in Dick Dunnes snug. Cards and lines are available from any committee member or from Mrs Mary Dwyer, Brockley Park.
Many thanks to our dedicated card sellers who continue each year to ensure our main fundraiser is as successfull as previous years. Money raised pays for affiliation, team entry fees and the hiring of halls/bus fees ect. Effectivly all funds raised goes directly back into the organisation to keep it running annually.
Prizes 200,100, 60, 40, 20 and 20 euro. Promotors prize €10. Lines €2 per week, six weeks in advance €10. Thanks to all who continue to support the draw. Timahoe card sellers Edna and Mairead Ramsbottom, Vicarstown Zandra Horgan and Joe Oakley.
LATE MARY CARROLL
The death occurred on October 30 of Mary Carroll, Grange, Stradbally, Co. Laois (sister of Johnny Carroll) who was interred in Ratheniska on Thursday last. Deepest sympathy is offered to her extended family.
STRADBALLY FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB
Meeting on Wednesday, November 7 in St Josephs Hall at 8pm. Shoe boxes for the Christmas shoe box appeal fund will be taken in before meeting or contact Dorrie Moran Main Street or Vera Donohue, Main Street or any member of the club. This is a work night and members are asked to bring a container some oasis, foliage, and flowers of their choice to make a table centre. Names will be taken for the Christmas dinner to be held in Castle Durrow in December.
The next meeting of the Stradbally ICA guild will be held on Tuesday, November 6 commencing at 8pm sharp in St Patrick’s Hall. New members are always welcome.
ARCH wish to thank everyone who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection.
List of the dead will be taken up at all masses next weekend. Envelopes in your box of envelopes, in church porches or any envelope will do.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
The Stradbally Parish of St Vincent de Paull will hold their church gate collection on the weekend of November 17 and 18 at all masses.
Your support would be greatly appreciated. They would appreciate and be very grateful for unwanted clothes, shoes, books, bric-a-brac, etc. If you have anything for recycling just drop it into our shop at Main Street, Stradbally.
Door to door fundraisers will be in our parish for a couple of days during October/November. The fundraisers are clearly identifiable as they will be wearing a blue trocaire jacket and a navy polo trocaire shirt. Each fundraiser will a photo ID. Any queries call Gillian Neary or Susan Kirk at 0035316293333.
Next whist will be held on Friday, November 16 commencing at 8.30pm sharp.
A table quiz willl be held on Saturday, November 10 in St Patrick’s Hall, Stradbally commencing at 8.30pm. €10 per contentant, children and students €5. Individual contestants welcome on the night. Supper and raffle.
Confirmation will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally on Saturday, March 9, 2013 and in St Michael’s Church, Timahoe on Saturday, March 2.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
First Holy Commnion will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally on Saturday, May 18, 2013 and in St. Michael’s Church, Timahoe on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
STRADBALLY GAA ANNUAL GOLF SCRAMBLE
The Stradbally GAA Annual Golf Scramble will take place at Athy Golf Club on Friday, November 9. All welcome. Contact Billy Delaney at 086 8824199 or Johnny Robbins at 087 9001858.
COMMUNITY GAMES UPDATE
As always we would encourage parents to become actively involved or anybody intrested in sports or any of the activities provided. The winter programme will soon start. Anybody with an interest of coaching is welcome. Details available from Claire O Neill 0860519860 and Zandra Horgan 0867988855.
We are looking for host families for 2013 for Adie Roche Chernobyl International Stradbally/Portarlington group or surrounding areas.
Contact Aishling 087 1245291, Audrey 087 7984177, Orlagh 086 0892699 or Ann-Marie 087 7809369.
LITERARY AND MUSIC EVENING
As part of the Leaves Literary Festival 2012 celebrating the literary arts in Laois from 9/10 November, a literary and music evening will be held in the Arthouse, Stradbally on Saturday, November 10 commencing at 8pm featuring Christine Dwyer Hickey (novelist and short story writer), Nuala Ni Chonchuir (short story writer, novelist and poet) and Niamh Boyce (awarded the Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year 2012). Chaired by Seamus Hosey, former senior producer of RTE arts department.
Is it christian or new age? Learn to discern - a talk will be given by Aidan Byrne in the Midway Hotel, Portlaoise on Tuesday, November 6 commencing at 8pm.