Teen disco, Friday May 11, 9am - 12pm. Cost €7, pay at the door.


French trip, we require passport or copy to Trudy or Andy. Cancellation one seat available. Rehearsals for Bealtáine dancing Wednesday 2pm. Contact 057 8621571 or 057 8621913.


Feltmaking workshop, free of charge, booking essential, date to be confirmed. Phone 057 8622333 for details and booking. The Carnation Theatre Company Company will perform ‘Circus’ on May 17, 11am. Free of charge but booking essential. Knitting group, Wednesday Mornings, 11am-1pm Ciorcal Cainte, chat in Irish for all levels, Wednesday evenings, 5.15-6.30pm. Book Ccub meeting Wednesday May , 6.30pm.


Free demonstration on use of outdoor gym equipment and ‘Fittlesticks’ (Nordic walking programme). Wednesday, May 9, Portlaoise Leisure Centre, 11–1pm.


The 50+ Active Retirement association in Portlaoise have organised dance lessons with tutor Maureen Culleton in the beautiful art of the Viennese waltz. Workshops will also take place with students from Emo NS in May and both groups will join together for a final performance in formal attire on Wednesday, May 30. Contact 057 8621571.


Age and Opportunity Bealtaine Festival 2012. Laois County Council Arts Office are looking for information on planned events as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2012. 2012 is European year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Please contact the arts office at the councili on 057 8674342/43 for more details.


Public meetings. Prof. Fergus Heffernan at 8pm on Thursday, May 10. Talk by the famous author Prof. Jane Plant of the Plant Programme. Fight cancer and many other chronic health conditions on May 23 at 8pm. Contact Stella, Ann or Linda on 057 8681492.


St Mary’s CBS Parents Council, table quiz on Thursday, May 3 from 8.30pm in Grellan Delaney’s pub. Table of 4 entry fee €40, a great night assured, lots of prizes to be won, All proceeds go directly to the school for the benefit of all students. Support is greatly appreciated.


Sincere thanks to all who helped and supported our coffee morning in aid of the Fatima Fund. The total raised was €850. A huge thanks to all who provided the catering. Mass will be offered in Rath Church by Fr Jack Walsh for all your intentions. Results of the Fatima invalid fund draw held in the parish centre on Tuesday, March 20: 1st F. Lawlor, Abbeyleix, €200. 2nd Paula McCauliff, The Rock, €100. 3rd Joe Conroy, Clonaslee, €50. Thanks to everyone who helped to sell tickets.


The Laois Branch is looking for ladies to take part in the Ladies Mini Marathon on June 4 to raise funds to take our members on outings, holidays and Christmas dinners. We will register you, provide transport and a meal on the way home. Contact Maura O’Brien 086 3344722 Margaret McGree 057 8620272 Anna May Dunne 057 8621343 Eugene Lacey 087 2535924


Holy Cross Church, Ratheniska Saturday May 5 at 11am. Church of the Assumption, The Heath Saturday May 5 at 1pm. Portlaoise Parish Church Saturday, May 12 at 11am and 1pm, Saturday, May 19 at 11am and 1pm, Saturday, May 26 at 11am (this mass is predominantly as Gaelige) and 1pm.


Will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 2 in SS Peter and Paul’s Church at 7.30pm by Fr Tadeusz. Rosary 7pm.


Laois Alzheimers tea day takes place on Thursday, May 3 in the parish centre from 10am to 12 noon. Support appreciated. Contact 086 837 2168.


Portlaoise parish lotto results for Thursday, April 26. Numbers drawn 16, 17, 23, 26. No jackpot winner, 8 match 3s won €185 each. This week’s jackpot is €16,000.


Evening of music in support of Laois Offaly Families for Autism and Portlaoise Educate Together NS takes place on Thursday, May 3 at 8pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Features performers who work with children and hosted by Declan Kelly from Telly Bingo.


The Portlaoise Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC ) is seeking fully qualified solicitors and barristers to volunteer to become advisors. Please get in touch and volunteer with FLAC. Contact Zsé Varga, FLAC volunteer and centres manager on (01) 8873600 or email volunteers (at) flac.ie or Oliver Phelan, Portlaoise CIC development manager at 076 107 5590.


Laois Rally sport club are proud to announce the second annual Heartlands Rally which will take place around Portlaoise on June 10 in association with Laois County Council and O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Portlaoise.

The club will provide a marshall’s training night on Wednesday, May 23 in the Outback, Grellan Delaney’s Bar. The club will launch this year’s rally on Saturday, May 19 in Rally HQ, O’Loughlin’s Hotel, at 7.30pm. There will be a sponsored beard shave on the night in association with the Irish Kidney Association. All are welcome.


Condolences to the family of the late Chris Clarken of Aisling, Mosse Lane, Portlaoise who passed away peacefully on April 22 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Mary and loving father to Moya, Jim, and Sharon he is also deeply regretted by brother Andy extended family and former colleagues in the CBS. Removal from the Chapel of Repose at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise to SS Peter and Pauls Church for requiem mass last Wednesday followed by burial in SS Peter and Pauls Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Vera (Veronica) Downey (née Daly) peacefully in her 90th year at her daughter Rebecca’s residence, Sheffield Avenue, Portlaoise, predeceased by her husband Jack. Deeply regretted by her daughters Rebecca (Reba) and Rhona, her sister Philomena (O’Neill), grandchildren extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her daughter Rebecca’s residence with removal last Wednesday to St Peter and Paul’s Church for requiem mass on Thursday. Burial immediately afterwards in Ratheinska Cemetery.


Congratulations to the Portlaoise Order of Malta cadets who recently travelled to Cavan to compete in the regional first aid and health and home nursing competitions. Our cadet under 13 boy idividual Conor Whelan came in first place. Our under 16 health and home nursing team made up of Jessica Weiss and Rachel Barry also came in first place.Our under 13 health and home nursing team made up of Lauren Adams Lynett and Mollie O Connor also came in first place. Congratulations also to our brainwave team who took first place Jessica Weiss, Hannah Downey, Zoe Whelan and Rachel Barry. Congratulations to Daryl Mason who came first in cadet leader of the year compations. They all go on to repersent the region in the all Irelands in June. A very good day was had by all and a very big thank you to all the other cadets and leaders for all their help and support. Also we wish to congratulate Jessica Weiss and Sean Weiss who recently were awarded the director’s badage at a ceremony held in Dublin.


Portlaoise Country Market every Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm in St Mary’s Hall, Dublin Road, Portlaoise. High quality local produce and crafts, great choice and value. Tea and coffee served.


Laois County Childcare in association with Barnardos are holding a free workshop for parents on effective communication and negotiating limits and boundaries for parents of primary school children. Thursday May 10, 7 - 9pm

in Portlaoise Parish Centre. Contact Patrick 05786 66663, or email p.travers@laoischildcare.ie.