Culture night Exhibition

Culture night Exhibition

On Culture Night September 19 there will by an open studio exhibition at Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix 3-7pm by artist Carol Booth at Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix. Carol’s studio was built in Fruitlawn Gardens designed Arthur Shackleton. Everyone is welcome to come and visit the studio and wander around the garden. For directions contact- 057 8730146.

Abbeyleix Golf Club

Abbeyleix Golf Club are holding an open festival of golf September 3-7. There will be an autumn festival of golf at Abbeyleix Golf Club commencing on Wednesday 3 with an open two person team event. The festival includes a variety of open competitions to suit visitor and member alike. Thanks to sponsors.


Lovely Laois is a new book of traditional Laois music published by well known musician Aine McGeeney of the band Goitse. Aine is also a tutor of the Music in d’House project run by Abbeyleix Heritage Company with local Comhaltas stalwarts Paul Lynch and PJ Phelan. Please contact Paula at or 057 8731653 or at reception in Heritage House for information or to book an advance copy.

Spink Comhaltas

On Culture Night September 19 CCE Timpeall Cnoc Ceili Night at Knock Hall, Spink 7pm-10pm. Enjoy an evening of music, story telling, dancing, song and master class demonstration of flute, banjo and fiddle. For details contact Lawrence Vesey at 086 2660768 or email:

The Spink branch will be resuming music classes in September with registration for members on Friday, September 12 in Knock Hall, Spink at 7pm. Adult classes commence in October. Spink branch operates a comprehensive instrument bank for junior members which allows high quality instruments to be rented at a low cost. Contact for more details.

The branch also celebrated the end of a successful season during which they hosted the Laois Fleadh and a number of members represented Laois at the All Ireland Fleadh in Sligo earlier this month.

Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly come Dancing dance classes have commenced at the Abbeyleix Golf Clubhouse on Wednesdays at 8pm. A few male dancers required. The show will be in the Heritage Hotel on Saturday October 4, For further details please phone 0868180153.


Abbeyleix Social Services would like to thank everybody for their donations at the church gate collection which was held on Saturday & Sunday, August 23-24. We are grateful for your generosity.


Officers for 2014/15.

Chairperson/PRO Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick, vice chairperson Tom Lawlor, sec. Annie Lalor, assist sec. Mary Mahony, computer sec. Mary Carmody, treasurer Paddy Lalor, assist treasurer Margot Coogan, Clans of Ireland reps Aine NI Caighesey, Margot Coogan, web/Facebook operator Stuart Lawlor, committee: PJ Lalor, Bridget Lawlor, David Lawlor, Eleanor Robinson, Sheila Lawlor, Mary Lalor, Michael Lalor, Eamon Lalor, Dan Carmody. overseas rep Jim Lawler, Ohio.

Abbeyleix Bog

Congratulations to all involved in the construction of the boardwalk on the Abbeyleix Bog Project which officialy opened last week during Heritage Week.