Abbeyleix Actress

Abbeyleix Actress

Congrats to Abbeyleix native Katherine Igoe who has has landed a guest part in TV3’s hit soap, Red Rock. She will feature in the second of next week’s episodes, which airs Thursday, March 12 at 8.30pm on TV3. Katherine, who is originally from Abbeyleix in Laois but has been living in the UK for over 20 years.

Audioguide to Abbeyleix

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Strictly Dancing

Abbeyleix GAA Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday, April 5. To get involved call Denise Bonham on 086-8580857 or Richard Kennedy on 087-9254754. Winning couple receives €1,000 for their chosen group or charity. Details to follow.


On Thursday, March 12 at 6pm we will celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge in the Library. We will host an evening of song, dance, music and storytelling brought to us by Spink Comhaltas.

Storytelling with Lesley for 3-6 year olds each Saturday at 11.30am.

Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 year olds takes place roughly every 4 weeks. Next class will be announced shortly.

Our adult Spanish and German classes are currently booked up. Juvenile Chess Club every Saturday morning at 10am.

From March 3-28 Janet O’Grady and The Happy Mondays will exhibit in the library. Knitting Club 10.30am each Wednesday.’


Present The Hen Night Epiphany by Jimmy Murphy. A play in 2 acts in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on March 12. Commencing 8pm, proceeds to Laois Support Services against domestic abuse. Please support. Tickets on sale and also at the door. A night not to be missed.

St Patrick’s Parade

The St Patricks day parade is taking place once again this year. Congratulations to all involved. This year the parade will take place at 12.30pm and further details will be issued nearer the date.

The hard-working committee have asked people to get their thinking caps on with entries being judged under 3 categories- best window, best float, best walking group. The organisers welcome anyone who can help out with the setup the weekend before or on the day.

Hibernian Bridge

Results Monday, February 23, 8 Table Mitchell 1st N/S Breda Brislane Nora Delaney, 1st E/W Louise Kavanagh Ita Dunne. 2nd N/S Tom Reilly Mark Kirwan,2nd E/W Paul Maher Michael Coyne.

Abbeyleix Bridge

Results, Tuesday, February 24 8 Table Mitchell. 1st N/S Anne Marie Keating Zita Hayes, 1st E/W Catherine Brennan Anne Cummins. The annual charity Bridge Night on Friday 27th February was a great success and raised almost €1100.00. A very sincere thanks to all for their generous support.


Meeting was held on march 3, president Pat O’Halloran opened meeting with prayer and my land, 13 members attended. A vote of sympathy was extended to Helen Ryan on recent family bereavement. Alice Reilly read minutes of February meeting. Catherine Smith gave treasurers report. Federation meeting will be held on April 22 at Abbeyleix Golf Club. National AGM Saturday, May 23 at the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. Presidents farewell gala dinner on Friday May 22. Competition , 1 Gertie thornton, 2 Alice Reily, 3 Mary Hearns. Raffle 1 Catherine Smith, 2 Alice Reilly. Meeting ended with lovely super served by Yvonne Porter.


Laois Open Door Theatre presents “ The Hen Night Epiphany” in Abbeyleix Manor hotel on Thursday 12th March at 8pm Tickets are €10.00 in aid of Laois Domestic Abuse your support would be greatly appreciated”. The play is Jimmy Murphy’s first attempt at getting inside the female mind. Una’s dream wedding. Her two best friends clear out her recently purchase rundown cottage.

Joining them, on this hen night of sorts, is her mother in law to be Olive and Olive’s best friend. Una is keeping a secret that, if revealed would prevent the wedding, and destroy all hopes of living happily ever after with the love of her life. As the play unfolds, each woman, in turn, is forced to confront awkward truths of their own like.