Now that the Finbar Dineen Memorial Apiary on the Timahoe Road, Stradbally is tidied up and re-opened, this is the time to renew interest in Beekeeping. The local Association, The Dunamaise Beekeepers Association are having our next meeting in the Teagasc Offices, Portlaoise on Tuesday night February 10 at 8pm. There will be a guest speaker to talk about the Small Hive Beetle and what will happen if it arrives in Ireland. The meeting will be followed by a cup of tea and a chat so come along on the night for a most enjoyable night.


The Parish Mission in the Church of the Sacred Heart will be held from Saturday, March 21 to Friday, March 27 directed by the Vincentian Fathers. CORE meeting in the Parochial House on Wednesday, February 11 at 7.30pm.


Stradbally, April 18 at 11am and in Timahoe on May 23 also at 11am.


Stradbally, May 16 11am and in Timahoe on May 23 also at 11am.


Stradbally PlayHouse Drama Club for 8 to 12 year olds, in full swing on Tuesdays in St Mary’s Hall 3.15 – 4.45pm at a cost of €45 per 10 week term. All aspects of drama covered – voice, movement, improvisation, physical theatre and performance skills. No experience needed, just a willingness to give it a go. For more info contact tutor Siobhán Coffey on 086 3300943.


Stradbally PlayHouse Drama Workshops in full swing in St Mary’s Hall 7.30 – 9pm at a cost of €60 per 10 week term. Through various drama activities, participants enjoy their own playfulness and experience the joy and freedom that comes from group interaction. Stradbally PlayHouse also involves theatre trips, nights out and the odd cuppa. No experience needed, just a willingness to give it a go. For more info contact tutor Siobhán Coffey on 086 3300943.


Saturday April 4 - Laois Hunt Hunter Trials Stradbally Hall.

Sunday April 19 - Laois Hunt Point to Point, Stradbally Hall.

Sunday May 17 - Laois Hunt Point to Point, Stradbally Hall.


€130 tickets now on sale for the Laois GAA Club Membership Draw and your support for Stradbally GAA Club would be greatly appreciated. These tickets remain the single most important fundraiser for the club and members are urged to support this in every way possible.

There are four draws, first beginning in March 1 prize €10,000 in each draw. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member.


Stradbally Country Markets are open every Saturday between 10.30am and 1pm. Plenty on offer.


A meeting of the Timahoe ICA guild will be held in St Brigid’s Hall on Wednesday, February 11 commencing at 8pm.


A reminder that tickets are available for the Parish Lotto from John Donohue, Simpsons, Ramsbottoms, Top Oil, Phelans Shop, Parish Office, John Delaney (Timahoe) and Creans, Vicarstown.

Cór an Earraigh

To add to the excitement of Seachtain na Gaeilge and to afford people a chance to sing in our native tongue, I am inviting members of the public to join in an informal sing along of the traditional songs which we learned as students during our primary school education, e.g. Trasna na dTonnta, Báidín Fheidhlimidh,Mo Shéamaisín etc. Please contact Maureen Culleton 0876482038 or to arrange a group rehearsal at a time and place to suit everyone. The group would perform the songs in Portlaoise Library during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Looking forward to hearing from people interested in joining Cór an Earraigh.

Cycling & Touring

Laois Cycling & Touring Club is looking for new members. The club meets each Sunday in the car park of the Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise at 8:45 am. There are routes to suit all levels of cyclists. Beginners will be accompanied by one or more of our experienced club members. All cyclists should have a road worthy bike and a helmet We also encourage cyclists to have a drink them. For more details see our Facebook page or contact us at