The art department students of the Abbeyleix Further Education Centre is busy setting up their end of year art exhibition in the Dunamaise Theatre. It opens on May 7 at 7pm running to June 13. Call in to see the fantastic art and support our very talented local artists.


Information day for the over 55s in Laois in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Thursday May 21 at 10am. There will be speakers, stands and refreshments and transport can be arranged for those who may have difficulty getting to the venue. It will be a great day out and, due to the expected interest, booking is essential. Please RSVP to Geraldine at 057 8664107/8664227 by Thursday May 14. Come along to this event and find out about the services and opportunities for the over 55s in Laois


AGM upstairs meeting room at Fr Breen park on Wednesday May 13 at 8.30pm. If interested in representing the community or have an interest in the park to come along. The park development is made up of volunteers from local clubs and the community. For info: Chris Kavanagh 0872424060.


Identify & survey Irish bats on Saturday June 6 in Heritage House, Abbeyleix. Indoor and field based event. Time tbc. Info:


Top scorer: Frank Keenan. 1st lady: Rose Cunningham, 2nd lady: Katie Bennett and Theresa Phelan, 1st gent: Tom Dunne, 2nd gent: Mary Doheny. Halves: Bride Reilly, John Harrison. Juvenile: Ciáran Breen. Quarters: 1st Sadie Chester, Francis Gleeson, 2nd Seán Langton, 3rd Ray Seale, 4th Bridget Cassin. Raffle: Liam McCarthy, Willy Murphy, Margaret Brennan, Theresa Mulhare. If interested in playing or learning to play whist please contact Tom Lawlor on 087 7721871.


Scoil Mhuire Parents’ Association are holding a 70s disco in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Friday May 22 from 9.30pm to late. Admission in €10 and tickets are available from the Parents’ Association committee members. All are welcome and it should be a fun night.


Abbeyleix Bog Project AGM in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on May 28 at 7.30pm. To celebrate European Green Week in June the project will be host an exciting event based on this year’s theme of ‘Nature, our health, our wealth’. See Facebook page for further updates on this event. Sunday June 21 Abbeyleix Bog Project is holding a den building event to coincide with Father’s Day. Further details to be confirmed.


Abbeyleix Tidy Towns AGM was held in Heritage House on Monday May 27. There was a good attendance and the officers returned are Chairperson, John Joe Fennelly MCC; Vice-Chairperson, Ann O’ Hanlon; Secretary, Mary White and Treasurer, Jackie Walsh. The Secretary outlined the activities of the previous year and the big plans that are afoot for the coming year. These include: stone facing and naming the two bridges on the Durrow and Mountrath Roads; edible window boxes in the town again this year; the painting of street furniture; bird boxes to be erected in selected locations around the town and the construction of a new flower bed at the junction of Rathmoyle and the Ballinakill Road. This is only a small section of some of the work to be undertaken this year and tidy towns ask that everyone play their part by keeping their own areas clean and tidy.


Public workshops will be held to develop ideas for the commemoration of the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in Laois on the following dates: Monday May 11 at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise; Tuesday May 12 at the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow and Wednesday May 13 at the Stradbally Arthouse.

Train set appeal

The Midlands Model Railway Club has been housed in Abbeyleix Heritage House for many years and the model railway layout has a permanent home in the main hall. It is now in need of more rolling stock and other items but, like many groups, money is in short but we want to extend and renew. Bring any kit you have in to us and give it a bright new home where it can give pleasure to visitors and enthusiasts or many years to come (sets can also be valued). For info contact the Midlands Model Railway Club or Heritage House on 057-8731653.


The sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix on Saturday May 16 at 11am.


An exhibition entitled ‘Me, myself and I’ will open at Abbeyleix Library on May 1 and will run until May 31. It is part of the ‘artist in residence’ programme with the arts council of Laois. The project involves artist and art teacher Orla McDonagh along with 12 students taken from all classes at Heywood Community School who were selected on artistic merit, creative thinking and original ideas over a wide range of ages and abilities.


Abbeyleix Tennis Club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. There are social nights weekly for advanced adults, beginners and teenagers. April is a good time to join the club as membership runs from April to April. Keep an eye out for our summer coaching for kids which will be starting in June. For info contact us on Facebook or call Leisa on the club phone at 086-6684049.


Abbeyleix library will be holding a painting workshop, with Lorraine Walsh, for over 50s on Wednesday May 13 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Paints & brushes provided and participants may bring their own canvas and easel if desired. To book: 057-8730020.


Abbeyleix has been holding a successful Christmas market in the Market Square for a number of years. This year we are also holding a mid-summer market and mini festival in the Heritage House on Sunday, June 21. The event is for all with bouncy castles for the kids, music, entertainment and market stalls. If interested in taking a stall, or are in a band or musical group who would be interested in performing call on 0578731653 or email


Storytelling with Leslie for 3-6 year olds continues each Saturday morning at 10am as does the juvenile chess club, also on Saturday morning at 10am. The knitting club meets on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Members and non-members are welcome.


Abbeyleix library are hoping to hold German language classes for primary school children and are taking names for these classes which will cost €50 for 8 weeks. The teacher, Nicollette Taesler, is an experienced native speaking teacher who has taught adults, children and prepared students for the Junior and Leaving Cert. She understands the difficulties involved in learning a foreign language as her own children had to learn English on coming to Ireland. These classes allow children to experience German before making a language subject choice in secondary school and will be taught through fun games, songs and jigsaws. If interested please contact the library at 057-8730020.


Michelle Castiaux, a native french speaker, will be holding french classes for adults in Abbeyleix Library from Thursday May 7. The 8 week course costs €50 and must be paid in full on the first night of classes which start at 6pm. Booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact the library on 057-8730020 for further information.