The December meeting was held in Social Services on Tuesday December 4. President Pat O’ Halloran presided. Meeting was opened with prayer and My Land. Vote of sympathy was passed with Alice rreilly on the death of her sister who died in America RIP. Alice Reilly, secretary gave a report on Federaton meeting in Ballylinan and congratulated Pat O’ Hlloran on getting second prize for her Christmas door decoration. Four members will take part with Federation Choir in Portarlington on Sunday December 16. Yvonne Porter was congratulated on being a nominee for the Unsung Hero award. Congratulations also go to Abbeyleix Tidy Towns, Abbeyfest and Hockey Club who received awards. To Pride of Place representives who did everybody proud. Wel done to all. Arrangements were made for Christmas party night out. Meeting ended with lovely supper to celebrate a special birthday with Helen Cruickshank. President Pat wished everybody Happy Christmas and New Year. Next meeting takes place Tuesday February 5. Competition 1 Mary Hearns, 2 Pat O’ Halloran and 3 Kathleen Cass.


St Vincent de Paul Christmas Church Collection takes place at masses on weekend 15/16 December 2012. All donations greatly appreciated.


Coffee Morning & Christmas Raffle: Abbeyleix Hockey will be holding their annual Coffee morning and cake sale Fundraiser morning on Sunday December 16 from 10am to 12noon at the Youth Cafe and meeting Room in Fr Breen Memorial Park. Lines for draw at €1 will be on sale on morning and beforehand from committee and players. Some fantastic fayre will be on offer and some excellent prizes. Please support.

Sports Capital Grant

Abbeyleix Park Development Committee are delighted with their allocation of €53,000 from the Sports Lotto announcement last week. The money will go towards further developing Fr Breen Park, with the GAA club one of the main beneficiaries with the proposed completion of Ball Wall and enclosed Astro turf pitch. It is also hoped to install an outdoor gym and general improvements in Park. Thanks to all who helped with application and lobbying and in particular those groups who wrote letters of support. It is hoped that all clubs and groups in park will benefit in some way.

calling all children

The Horseshoe Abbeyleix, are holding a Christmas party on Sunday December 16 in aid of Abbeyleix Christmas Lights. Including Santas Grotto, DJ and facepainting, a great day is guareteed. come along and bring a friend. All welcome.