Clodiagh Players summer camp is from Monday July 20 to Friday July 31 and runs daily. There will be a show case night on July 31 to show off all the students’ hard work! For 5-18 years old, all areas of drama will be covered. Brochures available in local shops and the chemist. Contact 085-783-1104 for booking line.


Work continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting from the Heritage Centre at 6 pm. Please sweep early and keep everywhere clean and tidy as judging is in progress.


Bus leaving Clonaslee on Saturday July 18 at 9 am. Will be in Mountmellick at 8:30 am, Rosenallis at 8:45 am. Bus leaves Salthill at 5 pm sharp. Cost is adults €7 return, chilfren under 16 years €3 return. All children must be accompanied by adult. Names to Laois Trip on 057-869-2168.


Pilgrimage to Knock on August 13 and Social Services Outing on August 20. More details on both trips later.


Bus leaving Clonaslee on Thursday August 6 at 5:45 pm. Cost is €15 return, €5 if you require tea and sandwiches. Names to 087-212-2766.


It’s that time of year again when An Sean Chistin, Rambling House, Irey, Ballyfin, will host a festival of events. Tuesday July 28 at 8pm an Open House, a night of music, song, dance, poems and stories with special guest Sam O’Doherty, accordionist. Thursday July 30 Laois Matters occasion at 8pm when we celebrate the people of Laois with many All Ireland champions from our native county entertaining. This is also an opportunity to introduce newly composed songs, poems etc. about Co. Laois so get the thinking caps on. Sunday August 2 at the Community Centre, Ballyfin at 7pm when visitors and natives will share their talents. Further details contact Maureen 087-648-2038.


As part of Ballyfin Trad Fest there will be dance workshops as follows; Wednesday July 29 there will be an opportunity to learn one of our famous traditional step dances Madam Bonaparte and on Friday July 31 it will be Sean-Nós and brush dancing. Both will be from 11am-4pm at An Sean Chistin. Saturday August 1 it will be set dancing in Community Centre, Ballyfin from 10.30am-4pm. All workshops suitable for all ages and abilities. Further details Maureen 087-648-2038


Sunday July 5: Top score including Jackpot bonus of €144: Becky Thompson. Gents: 1 Tom Gowing 2 Dinny Kelly. Ladies: 1 Annie Parnell 2 Patricia Quinn, Lucy O’Brien. Quarters: 1 B O’Brien 2 V Kearns 3 Heather Kelly, Margaret Flanagan 4 Martin Rigney. Hatching: Norman Alexander. Lowest score: Patricia Horan. Raffle: V Kearns, Heather Kelly, Martin Delaney, Angela Walsh, Eileen Brophy, Norman Alexander, B O’Brien.


Jackpot not won. Winning no: 18-23-9. €30 winners: Isabella, Evan, Ethan Hogan, Shraduff; Tara Kelly, c/o Ger’s Butchers; Paddy Hogan, Scaroon; Peter Nolan, Cadamstown; Nan Troy, Brittas; Hazel Duffy, Mountmellick. Promoter’s prize: Fallons, Flynns P.O., Ann Rigney. Next week’s Jackpot: €1,400.


Jackpot not won. Winning no: 22-1-24-18. €40 winners: Sinead Purcell, Denise Delaney, Conor Dunne, Grace Digan, John Gorman. Promoter’s prize: JJ Carroll. Next week’s Jackpot: €5,550.

laois walks festival

Enjoy a walk on the Ridge of Capard on Saturday, July 25. Grade A, 12km, 2.5 hours. Meet at Rosenallis community centre carpark at 2.30pm.

Befriending Service

Befriending Laois needs volunteers to visit elderly people for an hour weekly. If interested, call Laois Partnership 087 2720715 or email or

Quaker festival

The William Edmundson Homecoming takes place from 21-27 July in Mountmellick and Rosenallis.

Events include a cookery demo by chef Neven Maguire, and Lambert puppet show. For full programme of events, aimed at visitors and locals alike, see programmes in local shops or see