The CYMS committee would like to thank everyone who supported us in our recent fundraiser, and a special word of thanks to Connell and all his staff at Supervalu, Rathdowney for allowing us the use of their premises. Congratulations to Noel Gorman who won the Supervalu voucher. The Senior snooker tournament is well underway and is heading towards the final stages. Thanks to all who took part and those that are still in it. This tournament has provided us with some fantastic games and great rivalry. Best of luck to all remaining contestants. For more details on the snooker tournament, please contact Anthony on 087-9104974. The juvenile billiards tournament is also in progress and this has proved to be a very competitive tournament with many close games being fought between our juvenile players. For more details on this tournament, please contact Eddie on 087-9810748. New members are always welcome and membership for Juveniles is €10, Family €30 and Senior €20.



Rathdowney Anglers will hold their AGM on Thursday March 10 in the GAA club house at 8pm. All new and old members welcome. Contact 087 2388064.


Shop are looking for clothing donations all men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories are gratefully accepted.


There was no winner in this week’s jackpot which was €1,150. The numbers drawn were 8, 15, 19, 25. The 10 winners of €15 were Shane Dollard, Ian Maher, Catherine White, Justin Kavanagh, Paddy Hickey, Adrian Stanley, Joe Kennedy, Pat Joe Kavanagh, Paul O Brien, John Joe Bergin. Next week’s jackpot will be €1,300. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.

ST PAt’S Parade

St Patrick's Day parade on Thursday, March 17. Theme – Rathdowney, A Hundred Years On. Our Parade will be led by Mrs. Finane and Devlin O’Connell. Calling on all Clubs, Businesses and Groups to take part. Floats are €20. €100 for the best float. All money from the floats is donated to local projects and Laois Branch of MS Ireland. Starting from the Conoboro at 1pm, up to Scoil Bride, using their Roundabout to turn around and then back down the town where everybody is invited back to the Parochial Hall for refreshments and music on the day. From 2.30pm in the Marian Centre, there will be a picture and slide show to show Rathdowney from way back. Please come and go down memory lane. Kiddies disco at 3.30 to 5pm, Adm. €3 for ages 8-14. On the day we will have face-painting and loads of fun for all the family, finishing off in the evening with a traditional ‘Trad.’ session in Corcorans from 7 to 9 pm. For further information, please contact Aidan on 089-4459528. Thanking everybody for your support.


A great Bingo is held every Tuesday Night at 8.30 in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Bingo is run by the Community Centre Group.

Tourism Grants

Laois County Council wish to advise that applications for funding are now being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. The initiative, launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Laois County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland. Applications to be submitted by Friday, March 11. Interested parties are advised to contact Mr. Dominic Reddin, Tourism Officer, Laois County Council,Áras an Chontae, dreddin@laoiscoco.ie , telephone 05786 64218 to apply. Previously supported: the William Edmudson & Friends Homecoming, Visit of Santa Margarita Choir,

the Laois County Fleadh, the Half Door Club Music & Dance Festival


if you wish to put a note in the Leister Express please leave it into the Card Stand by Thursday by 5pm.