Seamus O'Donoghue ( Chairman , Laois Hospice Foundation ) accepts a cheque for 1,500 Euro from Ken Graham ( President -Irish Steam Preservation Society ,Stradbally )  proceeds from the Annual Stradbally  Steam Rally.            Photo: Michael Sully - no reproduction fee .


National Drawing Day will be held at The Arthouse, Stradbally on Saturday, May 18 from 11am until 1pm. Adults and children from all ages and abilities are invited to come along and have some fun to celebrate National Drawing Day. Drawing materials will be provided. This is a free workshop and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited number of places, booking essential. For further details contact Vernon McNicholas, administrator, Stradbally Arthouse, Stradbally. 057 8641740.


Comhrá Gaeilge is a competition during the Fleadh for un 9, 11, 13, 15, and 18s. It is a conversation in Irish and can be most useful as a preparation over the years for the oral exam in the Junior/Leaving Certs. We encourage the children to take part the Laois Fleadh will take place in Stradbally on the weekend of June 1 and 2. Entry to the competition is €2 per competitor. Further information from your local branch or 085 713 8940. It is open to members of CCÉ and non-members.


Bus to Clonfert for a day of prayer and healing on Saturday, May 25 leaving Stradbally at 8.30am. Phone Eileen 059 8625215/8625902.


Next whist drive will be held on Friday, May 17 at 8.30pm and all are welcome.


The Laois Hunt Point to Point racing will be held in the Lawn, Stradbally on Sunday, May 19 with the first race starting at 2.30pm sharp.


The Irish Cancer Society are holding a church gate collection on the weekend of Saturday,18 and Sunday, 19 May. Your continued support for this very worthy cause will be much appreciated.


Timahoe Ladies Football Club are holding a golf classic in The Heath Golf Club on May 24. 3 ball scramble. €90 a team. Tee box sponsor €50. Interested contact Podge 087 9220993 or Derek 085 7582272. All support greatly appreciated. Underage training every Saturday in Stradbally GAA grounds from 10am to 11am. Any kids interested in playing are more than welcome to join. Ages from under 8s to under 12s. Any queries contact Noeleen 086 8337330.


First Holy Communion will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally on Saturday, May 18, 2013 and in St Michael’s Church, Timahoe on Saturday, May 25, 2013.


Community allotments still available for 2013. For details please contact Noel 087 6577188 or Siobhán 086 3300943.


Stradbally Game & Conservation Club would like to thank everyone involved in the draw held recently in Dunnes. Winners were 1st €250 Shem Hewitt, 2nd €150 the Harrison family, The Glebe and other winners were Sharon Carroll,

Ashling Guerin, Chris Dillon and Jeremy Kavanagh.


Calling all walkers, runners and joggers to walk run or crawl in the Portlaoise Mini-Mini-Marathon on May 17 in aid of the RISE Foundation. Frances Black will be there to get proceedings underway. The RISE Foundation is dedicated to providing recovery in a safe environment for families with loved ones in addiction. The first 50 people registered will receive a Woman’s Way goodie bag. Starting at Centerpoint Car Park at 6.30pm. the route will be out the ring road, around by Fairgreen and back in the Mountmellick Road. All All welcome, make it a family occasion, bring the children in the buggy. A 5.5km route, if you are taking part in the Flora Mini-Marathon in June this is an excellent opportunity to test your fitness level and help a great cause in the process. Participants are asked to make a donation of €5 to the RISE Foundation and a monster raffle will be held at the end of the walk. For further information please phone Brenda on 085 8551107. If you are not able to take part please come down to Centerpoint Car Park at 6.30pm, make a donation, join in the raffle and meet Frances. Brilliant prizes to be won on the day.


New exhibition ‘The Geology of Laois & Offaly’ by Jock Nichol. Specially commissioned artworks to illustrate the new book by John Feehan on display in The Arthouse and Library, Stradbally, Co Laois until May 19. The exhibition explores the prehistoric landscapes of Laois and Offaly, depicting the landscapes of the Slieve Blooms, the Rock of Dunamase, Clorhane and Croghan Hill as they would have looked in the Pre-Cambrian, Devonian, and Carboniferous periods.

The exhibition is made possible through the support of the Heritage Council, Laois County Council Arts Office and Offaly County Council.