It’s time to go looking for those cycling shorts you put away with last winter’s clothes, pump your bicycle wheels and remove the bird’s nest from underneath the saddle. The Easy Rider Charity Cyclists are back in action for their 10th anniversary cycle. We will be retracing our original route, to Achill Island that is, on the August bank holiday weekend. Start saving. All welcome. Keep an eye on the papers, facebook, etc in the coming days and weeks for more details.


will hold a trout fishing competition on Sunday, May 20 for the Erkina perpetual cup. Entry fees taken in the Square 9 - 10am, weight in Corcoran’s Bar 6pm sharp. Usual rules apply.


Knitting/crochet circle held every Monday, 2 - 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays, at the Cuan Bhride Centre, Morrreville, Rathdowney. From complete beginners to experienced knitters, all learning from one another, knitted garments are proudly worn by members and their families. Along the way, unwanted wool and needles were donated to the group. This enabled members, in their spare time, to knit a number of garments that were sold and an amount of €500 was donated to the Friends of the General Hospital Portlaoise. Baby hats and blankets were donated to baby care units located in a number of hospitals. A very big thank you to all those who have sponsored and supported us in any way. Should you, man or woman over the age of 18, feel you would like to join us, you will be made very welcome. There is a small fee of €2 on attendance to cover the cost of insurance, etc. No charge, for the chat and laughter.


held its AGM at its new offices on Monday, April 16. Chairman Peter Ging welcomed everyone and declared the meeting open. Minutes from the last AGM were read by secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Treasurer Irene Newman went through the financial report. The election of officers: president John Brophy, vice presidents William Mansfield, Kathleen Bergin, Lily Sheeran, Timothy O’Sullivan, George Roe and Fr Foley, chairman Peter Ging, vice chairman Betty Stanley, secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, joint PRO Marty Phelan, Mgt Campion and Paddy Buggy, joint safety officers Sean Sherman and Marty Phelan. Help and new members always welcome. The Ossory Agricultural Show will be held on Sunday, July 22. Contact Catherine 087 9975902, 0505 48939, email: ossoryshow@eircom.net website www.ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573, treasurer Irene Newman 086 8402125. As there was no other business votes of sympathy were expressed to all the families who have suffered recent bereavements. This concluded the meeting.


8 week bootcamp courses starting May, Tuesday 22 and May, Thursday 24, time 7-8pm. Men’s circuit training 8 week course starting May, Thursday 24, time 8.15 – 9pm. Pilates 8 week course starting May, Tuesday 22, time 8.15 -9pm in the parochial hall, Rathdowney all fitness levels welcome. Contact Bríd 086 3850977 or at your town fitness on facebook.


will take place on Saturday, June 30 to Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork and to Titanic experience in Cobh. Bus leaving outside Church at 9.30am. Contact Gina 087 2454722.


A great bingo is held every Tuesday at 8.30pm in the Rathdowney Community Centre.


The group meet every Friday morning in the Marion Centre from 10-12. All welcome parents, carers and minders with children from new born to pre-school. No joining fee, €3 per morning.


Catherine and PJ Rafter have expressed thanks on behalf of the LPI to everyone who supported and gave spot prizes to the recent Lyrics Board held in Ray’s Bar, Errill. A total of €1,340 was raised on the night. Thanks to everyone.


If you wish to put a note in the Leinster Express please leave it into the Card Stand by Sunday 5pm.