South Laois cycle

South Laois cycle

South Laois Tourism in conjunction with Ossory Cycling Club will stage the 90k Mid Summer Cycle Challenge ( ten towns tour) on Sunday 21st June. Starting from the Square Durrow at 10am with registration from 9.30am the tour continues through Cullahill, Rathdowney, Clough, Ballacolla, Ballinakill, Ballyouskill (where refreshments will be had in the Wheel Inn) Ballyragget, Lisdowney, Gathabawn and concludes back in Durrow. Fee 20euro, BBQ at finish in Decs Bar Durrow. A 20k Family cycle will also be held with a start time of 11am. This spin will leave the square Durrow and continue through Cullahill, the Five Cross roads to Supermac’s Junction 3 Ballacolla where refreshments will be provided before returning to Durrow via Harveys Cross and the Woodenbridge .This event which is part of National Bike WeeK is free of charge so come along and enjoy the day.


Sophie, Catherine and all the boys and girls would like to thank you most sincerely for your kindness and support in the plant and cake sale. In total €460 was raised, dividing it between Clough Tidy Town and a donation to the Easyriders for the Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise. Thank you again Catherine Happy Days Montessori, Clough.

Bike Week

NAtional Bike Week Event Ossory Cycling Club. Get on your bike for Bike Week. Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm. Open to all ages. Free event. Route around Rathdowney. Contact Majella 0578674364.


There was no winner in this week’s Jackpot which was €10,600. The numbers drawn were 9, 11, 19, 27. The 10 winners of €15 were Norah Mc Grath, John Finn, Robert Purcell, Kate Carroll, Mary Grant, Ann Walsh, John Butler, Claire & Darren Bowe, Marian Bourke, Frank White. Next week’s Jackpot will be €10,750. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.


Will hold an open bait competition on Thursday June 18, names taken in Corcoran’s Bar at 7pm.

Donaghmore Workhouse

The Summer season has started from now until the end of September at Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum. The new opening hours are as follows: Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm. Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday 2pm to 2pm. Check us out on Facebook & Twitter.

Ag Show

OSSORY AGRICULTURAL SHOW SOCIETY 1898 -2014 Laois County Show will take place on Sunday, July 26 Coolfin, Rathdowney Co Laois. Calf Championship, Crossbred Belgian blue championship, Working Hunter Championship, Vintage, Sidesaddle, Cookery Demonstration, Home Produce and side shows. Other attractions : Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Poultry, Craft, Eggs, Flowers, Baking, Jams, Sewing, Knitting, Vegetables, Photography, Flower arrangements. Junior classes, most suitable dressed lady and gentleman on show day. Little Miss Ossory, most suitable dressed boy on show day. Fun dog show, trade stands, music and lost more. A fun day out for all the family. For details and schedule enquiries contact Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney Mobile 087 9975902, Fax 0505 48939 email: ossoryshow@eircom.net website www.ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573.


A great Bingo is held every Tuesday Night at 8.30 in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Bingo is run by the Community Centre Group.

Oder persons Forum

Following the recent forum for older people in Abbeyleix Laois County Council intends to establish an own Older Persons Forum. Any older people who would like to be involved to call Geraldine Delaney in Laois County Council to put your name forward. For further details Tel. (057) 8664107 or email gdelaney@laoiscoco.ie.

Summer Arts

Laois County Council’s Summer Arts Programme runs in July and August at venues around the county. All workshops run for 2 hour over three days and cost €25. Places are limited so early booking is advised. To request an application form contact: The Arts Office, Laois County Council on 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie A full programme of activities will be available shortly.