Bus leaving Clonaslee on February 4 at 6pm. €15 return, €5 for refreshments. Names to 087-212-2766.

Tidy towns

Can everyone please recycle their bottles, clothes, cardboard and christmas trees. Bring banks are at the back of the Community Centre.

All the flower beds in and around the village have been covered with compost from the composter behind the Community Centre. Clonaslee were the first in Laois to host the Master Composting course. The committee have a community orchard as a project for 2016. Please use the litter bins for all litter and butts. At lunch time there is a lot of litter dropped, please be aware and make the change. Thank you for your support.


Clonaslee CCDA asks, in the interest of Tidy Towns that all fly posting must go outside the 50-60 km signs. Tidy Towns have been commended on this feature in the National results. Thank you all for your cooperation.


An open meeting for friends and supporters of the IFA presidential candidate Henry Burns will be held in Mountmellick Macra Hall on Wednesday January 20 at 8:30 pm. All welcome.


Country Market in the Heritage Centre on Saturday January 16, 10 am to 1 pm with fresh produce, home baking, knitwear, arts, crafts, goats cheese and milk, flowers and more.


Items at recent CCDA meeting: recent work on the Clodiagh River and on footpaths in the village, yellow box at the Heritage Centre, Christmas Light collection raised €795, new ways to fundraise, lights, heating, lying water and back door at Heritage Centre, Glenbarrow walks to be upgraded, revamping gym, new sign for Tidy Towns bronze medal, Parish Community lotto, one way system at centre, CCDA elections, grants for 1916 projects, Talking Memories books still available in local shops, Clonaslee College students not to obstruct doorway of centre with bags, bingo to resume in February if weather permits, sympathy to all who lost loved ones recently. AGM is on Monday February 8 in the Community Centre, new members welcome.


Beginner patchwork and quilting classes will start January 19 and 20. Come join in the fun and learn a new hobby. No experience needed! Contact Annette Doolan on 087-988-1046 for more information.


A three week Health Heart course consisting of 1 class per week is taking place soon. For information, contact Clonaslee Community Centre on 057-864-8277.


The association held its Christmas Dinner in the Community Hall on Nov 29. A large crowd enjoyed a lovely meal by Marie Egan and team, who had the hall decorated beautifully. Music was by Martin Delaney and those who adjourned to Shelly’s Pub continued a great night of music. The AGM is deferred to January 28, at the ICA Hall in Mountmellick at 8pm, The Imbolc Festival arrangements will be finalised. All members asked to attend. Imbolc will be celebrated on Sunday February 7. The group wishes members and friends the best for 2016.


"Gentle Zumba" classes in St Mary's Hall, Old Dublin Road, Portlaoise start on Tuesday January 26 6-7 pm. with a free "Taster Night" to try it out. Ffollowed by 6 consecutive weeks - same time and place, cost €30. Instructor is Suzanne Toumi. Call branch at 089-252-5344, Anne: 087-906-7386 or Caroline 086-885-2503.


Meetings on Tuesday mornings 9:30 am to 11:30 am during school terms in the Community Centre. All welcome. For more contact Elaine on 087-236-2723.


Sunday January 10: Top score: Jim O’Brien plus ongoing jackpot. Gents: 1 Tom Gowing 2 Martin Rigney. Ladies: 1 Margaret Harte 2 Lucy O’Brien, Olivia White, Thomas Casey. Quarters: 1 Tom Kearns 2 Norman Alexander, Patricia Quinn 3 Becky Thompson 4 Teresa Byrne. Lowest score: Liam White. Hatching: B O’Brien. Raffle: Dinny Whelan, Tom Gowing, Annie Parnell, Mick Kelly, Norman Alexander, Thomas Casey.