Come and join in the fun in the Dunamaise Arts Centre with dance artist Erica Bahia and explore the basic elements of dance, and learn contemporary dance and Hip Hop dance moves. Workshops will run from July 9 to 13 for ages 9 to 11, 11am to 1pm, and for ages 12 to 15 from 2pm to 4pm at a cost of €30 for the week. No dance experience is necessary. Booking forms available online at www.laois.ie or contact the Arts Office, 057 8674342/3.


Results for Thursday June 21. Nine and a half table Mitchell movement.

N/S 1st Ita Kennedy and Betty Corcoran,2nd Sally Collins and Noreen Kilkenny, Gross Mary Claffey and Carmel Doorley, Angela Colgan and Tom Joyce. E/W 1st a tie between Sr. Madaline and Kay Horan; Celia and Dave Downes, 2nd Paddy Conroy and Eileen Fingleton, Gross Dinah Campion and Jim Fingleton, 3rd Jo and Anne Hogan.

Summer bridge is now in full swing with sessions being held every Thursday evening in the Sue Ryder centre, Kilminchy. Commencing at 7.30pm sharp. All are welcome.


The Music Box is a music programme aimed at children and young people with special needs. Music Generation Laois are now enrolling for a week-long summer camp in Portlaoise from the 9 – 13 of July. A range of daily Classes of 40 minutes duration will run throughout the week, and children and young people will be assigned to a class in accordance with their age, ability and experience. Contact Music Generation Laois on 057 8674370/email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie.


The well known floral artist and garden designer Enda Thompson-Phelan has very generously agreed to open her spectacular gardens at Clonohill House, Coolrain to the public on Sunday July 15 in aid of Laois Hospice Foundation. An ideal summer outing is promised either for the keen gardener, the armchair gardener or just to enjoy a day out in these spectacular gardens. Open from 1pm to 7pm, those attending can enjoy Enda’s informative guided tour followed by afternoon tea. Admission is €10 which includes afternoon tea. A day not to be missed.


Due to unforeseen circumstances the golf classic in aid of the Laois branch of the Irish Kidney Association on July 6 at the Heath Golf Club has been postponed. It is hoped to hold this event in September. We apologise for any inconvience caused and thank our members and participants for their continued support.


Free lunchtime concert on Thursday, July 5, 1.10pm - 1.50pm at St Peter’s Church (COI), Market Square, Portlaoise, featuring Stephen Adams on the organ. Bring your lunch and eat while you listen. No charge, donations welcome (half go to Laois Hospice).


Fundraiser coffee morning will be held in aid of Headstrong (www.headstrong.ie) this Friday July 6 at Portlaoise Country Market. Market is on every Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm in St Mary’s Hall, Dublin Road, Portlaoise.


Laois Heritage Society’s annual outing this year goes to Cobh. It takes place on Saturday July 14 and includes a guided tour of the Titanic experience in this the centenary year of the sinking of the unsinkable ship. There will also be a visit to the Cobh Heritage Centre, the Cathedral and Fota gardens. Early booking is advised. Those interested in travelling should contact Mary Lalor at 05786 46541 or any member of the committee before Tuesday, 10 July.


The Portlaoise Tidy Towns committee is holding the annual church gate collection this weekend, July 7/8. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


The next exhibition in The Space opens this Thursday in unit 6/7 at Laois Shopping Centre. Life:Map will bring you on an interactive journey through different stages of life and will feature original poetry by writer David Delaney, housed in installations specifically created for the event by artist Jayne Louise Kelly. The exhibition invites the public to look at life through different perspectives from early childhood onward. This pop-up exhibition lasts for four days. The Space is available to local groups and individuals and submissions for consideration should be sent to David Delaney who can be contacted on 085 1392931 or by email madaboutmozart@hotmail.com


The official launch of ‘An Evening with Mick and Friends’ took place at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on Thursday, June 28 at 1pm. The fundraiser promises a big night of sport, music and friendship on Friday July 27 in Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from 8.30pm. The evening will include a presentation of golf classic prizes, an auction of sports memorabilia to include items such as autographed rugby and GAA shirts, golf 4 balls and other items of interest to all sports enthusiasts and beyond. Further information available on www.friendsofmickrigney.com.


The next meeting will be held on Friday July 6 in the newly refurbished hall at 9pm. New members are always welcome.


Portlaoise Support Group Ltd is holding a fundraiser programme in aid of Laois Talking Newspaper. An audiovisual profile of Stephen Collins Foster’s life and music will be presented by Martin Bourke in the John Paul Room at the parish centre on Wednesday, July 4 at 8pm. Foster is known as America’s troubadour of song. For tickets (€10) contact 057 8661754.


Youth Work Ireland Laois are looking for volunteer leaders to work in the new Portlaoise Youth Café opening soon. This is an exciting opportunity to work as volunteer to empower and enable young people in matters that shape their lives, communities and society at large. Volunteer leader training and ongoing support will be provided. All enquiries should be made to Joe Thompson, project leader, YWI Laois, 057 86 65010, jthompson@ywilaois.ie.


No jackpot winner in the Portlaoise Parish Community Lotto when numbers were drawn on Thursday, June 28. Numbers 10, 13, 16, 22. The 24 match 3s won €42 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.


A fundraising BBQ for the Cuisle Centre takes place on Friday, July 20 at 8pm. Fun for all with food and music provide. Tickets €15.


Margaret Dooley has stepped down after five years as cathechist in Portlaoise parish. Last Sunday Ms Dooley thanked all parishioners for working with her on many projects over her five years.


Music Generation Laois will kick-off activity this July with three summer camps in Portlaoise. See www.laois.ie for further updates/email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie, 057 8674370.


In The Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise from July 9 - 13 dance artist Erica Bahia. July 16 - 20 art workshops with artist Conor Brennan. Details available from website, www.laois.ie or call 057 8674342/41 or email artsoff@laoiscoco.ie.


Condolences to the family of the late Richard Booth of The Heath, who died suddenly, at his home on Friday, June 29. Beloved husband of Mary and much loved father of Richard, Ailbhe, Anna and Ellen, Richard is also deeply regretted by his mother-in-law Peg, brothers Gerard, Sean and Paul, sisters Catherine and Geraldine large extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at his home on the Heath on Sunday followed by removal last Monday to the Church of the Assumption, the Heath for requiem mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Sean Bell of Rathleague, Portlaoise and late of Ferbane who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 27 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Maura and dearly loved dad to Sean, Alan, Sharon, Sadie, and Mark. Also deeply regretted by his brother, Kieran, sisters, Rita, and Kathleen, extended family and friends. Reposed at his family home followed by removal last Friday to the Church of the Assumption the Heath, for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Pauls Cemetery, Portlaoise. Donations if desired to the Laois Hospice.


Condolences to the family of the late May (Mary) Preston, (née Boyton) of Bromville Lawn and St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 28, at her residence. Beloved wife of the late Jimmy and loving mum to Liam, Pat, Shay, Sinead, Brian, and Niamh, May is also deeply regretted by brother Mick, extended family, neighbours and friends. Reposed at her residence, with removal last on Sunday to SS Peter and Paul’s church for requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late Kathleen Cotter (nee Ivory) of Portlaoise and late of Dublin who passed away peacefully on Monday, June 25 at her home, surrounded by her heartbroken family. Beloved wife of the late Maurice, dear mother of Linda, Denise, Maurice, Sandra and Sinead, Kathleen is also deeply missed by neighbours and friends. Removal from her residence to St Philomena’s Church, Palmerstown last Wednesday for requiem mass at followed by burial in Esker.


Condolences to the family of the late Michael Conroy (Clonboyne, Portlaoise) June 25, 2012 (peacefully) at the Mildands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Michael, beloved husband of the late Tess, deeply regretted by his loving sister-in-law Patty, loving nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in peace.


Condolences to the family of the late Mary Farrell late of 49 Marian Avenue. Removal from her residence on Saturday June 30 to SS Peter and Paul Parish Church for requiem mass. Followed by burial in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of the late John Connaughton, of 22 Marian Avenue. Requiem mass on Tuesday June 26 at SS Peter and Paul’s Church with burial in St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.


A table quiz will be held in aid of Laois Guide Dogs in Peigs Bar in Portlaoise on Thursday July 5 from 9pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and support this worthy cause.