MOUNTRATH & Ballyfin



Storyteller and Folklore collector Nuala Hayes will host an events in Laois Libraries in May. entitled, “Sharing local stories”, the exchange of local folklore and stories will take place in the following Libraries. Thursday, May 14, Mountrath Library 7pm. Supported by the Heritage Council, these events are part of the Laois Arts Office Bealtaine Festival –details of other events through Laois during May are available at

Holy Communion

To be celebrated on Sunday May 24 in St Fintan’s Church Mountrath at 11.30 am.

Cemetery Mass

Cemetery mass will be held on June 26 at 8pm

Golf Classic

Clonenagh Parish Golf Classic at Mountrath Golf Club on Friday May 22. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise funds for the restoration of the windows in St Peter’s Church Mountrath, which are currently in very poor condition and need to be repaired urgently. If you wish to enter a team contact Mabel Peavoy 086 2033720. Sponsors are also sought.

Bealtaine Walk

On Saturday, May 23 meeting at the Cattle Mart, Mountrath 11am. A walk to the Highest peak on the Slieve Bloom Walk. This is a Grade A (difficult) walk for approx 3hrs so please wear suitable attire. Contact Mick Dowling for further details (087) 4106493.

Bealtaine Dance

Tuesday, May 19 at An Sean Chistin, Irey, 12noon. “To dance is human, to dance is divine”, come along and join in the line. Line Dancing exhibition in the kitchen. All Welcome. Contact Maureen Culleton for more info. Adm €5

Apostolic Society

The Apostolic Society of Ireland annual sale of work and display of Blessed Vestments in St Fintan’s Community Hall, Mountrath on Sunday May 10 from 12 noon to 3pm. There will be plenty of goodies and bric-a-brac plus flower plants etc also on sale, plus a draw. Your usual generous support will be greatly appreciated.


Sharing Local Stories : On Thursday, May 14 at 7pm , storyteller and folklore collector will host an evening called Sharing Local Stories. Free event book places by dropping into the library or calling 0578756378 Get to Grips with your Smartphone: New course starting for seniors interested in getting more out of their smartphone or tablet. Participants must have their own smartphone/tablet. Course begins on Thursday May 21 2-4pm. Free course but places are limited to book drop into the library or call 057 8756378.b


Indoor training in the Mountrath Community School from 6.30-7.30pm every Monday. All age groups from U-6 upwards. Looking forward to seeing you all again for fun, fitness and friendship.

Parent & Toddler

Little Monsterz Parent & Toddler Group, An Garran, Community Centre Kiln Lane Mountrath, Every Monday (except bank holidays) From 10am - 12 pm.

Late Patricia CONNOLLY

Condolences to the family of the late Patricia Connolly, Killester, Dublin formerly Kilbricken, Mountrath who died on April 27 peacefully. Beloved sister of Phil, Christy, Mary, Kathleen, and Joan, relatives and friends. Removal from St Francis Hospice, Rahney for Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, Clontarf, followed by Cremation at Glasnevin Crematorium. Donations, if desired, to St. Francis Hospice Raheny.


The Mountrath branch of the Laois Heart foundation will hold it’s monthly meeting in the Cosy Café on May 18 at 8pm. All members to attend. New members welcome.


The lotto draw was held in Purcell’s on Monday April 27 and the numbers drawn were 1,17,19,23. No jackpot winner. Next jackpot €6,400 draw in Tom Delaney’s on Monday May 4. The club would like to congratulate Mick Boyhan on receiving the Carmel Lynch award which he received from the President for his outstanding overall contribution to Clubs and societies in Carlow IT. The club congratulates those who took on the Croagh Patrick Challenge to raise funds for the club. Congrats to all who represented the club in the Scor na Paisti.