Late Mona Gorman

Condolences to the family of the late Margaret (Mona) Gorman (née Mc Donnell)

Spink, Abbeyleix who died peacefully at home on February 27. Wife of Tom and mother to Francie, Martin, James, Liz Kennedy and Tommy also regretted by brother Mick, sisters Pauline and Betty, extened family, relatives and friends. Reposed at home. Removal to St Lazarian's Church, Knock for requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St Brigid's Cemetery, Ballinakill.

Credit Union HElp

People First Credit Union Community Support Fund 2016 is now open, to which local community, cultural, charity and sports groups may apply for funding to assist with worthwhile projects. Groups applying for sponsorship must complete the official entry form at stating why they should qualify for sponsorship. Applicants must be from within People First Credit Union’s common bond, and requests must be for projects that benefit the local area.


The March meeting of the Abbeyleix ICA Guild was held in the social services centre. President Yvonne Porter opened the meeting with Prayer and My Land. A vote of sympathy was passed with Bride Reilly on her recent bereavement. Alice Reilly read the minutes of the last meeting. The Federation meeting will be held in Abbeyleix golf club on April 27 hosted by Ballyroan ICA. Helen Cruickshank and Kathleen Cass will represent the Guild in An Grianán from June 13 to 17. Members will be helping out on daffodil day, March 11, at various outlets in the town. Results of the competition are: 1st Mary Hearns, 2nd Pat O' Halloran, 3rd Mary Coffey. The raffle was won by Bernie Hennessy with Mary Carroll second. The next meeting will be on April 5 at 8pm and Mary Coffey will be hostess for the evening.


Scoil Mhuire Parents' Association are holding a ladies fashion and style fundraising event on Friday March 11 from 8pm until late. The evening will begin with a fashion show by Ladybelle, skincare and make-up demonstrations and a makeover. Champagne and canapes will be served and there will be music to dance the night away. Tickets are available from Scoil Mhuire, Ladybell boutique and parent's association members. Your support will be much appreciated and it is guaranteed to be a great night.


Top scorer: Bride Reilly. 1st lady: Lena McEvoy tied Nora Delaney. 1st gent: Ciaran Breen, 2nd gent: Paddy Purcell. Halves: 1st Theresa Phelan, 2nd Johnny Whelan. Quarters: 1st Willie Carroll, 2nd Nora Carroll, 3rd Teresa Mulhare, 4th Tom Lawlor. Results of the draw are: 1st Elizabeth Coffey, 2nd Mona Moore, 3rd Bride Reilly, 4th Michael O'Brien. If you want to play or learn how to play Whist contact Tom on 0877721871.


Monday February 22. 9 Table Mitchell, playing for Easter Lamb Voucher. 1st N/S Tom Reilly Mark Kirwan, 1st E/W Shem Mulhall Nuala Molumby. 2nd N/S Dolly Harding Rose Talbot, 2nd E/W Marie Corby Breda Corcoran.


Tuesday February 23. 7 Table Mitchell. 1st N/S Tom Reilly Paddy Prendergast, 1st E/W Catherine Campion Maura Burke. Gross Prize: N/S Michael Delaney Sean Bolger, E/W Ita and Larry Ryder


Spink Comhaltas will be hosting an evening of Irish transitional music, song and story telling in Abbeyleix library on Thurs March 10 from 6pm to 7pm as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. The group will take part in the St Patrick’s Day parade celebrations in Knock, Spink after 9.30am Mass and will be providing music in the Community Hall after. They will then launch the start of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Abbeyleix with music on the viewing platform from 12 noon and music in

the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel afterwards


Abbeyleix annual St Patrick's Day parade will take place as usual this year and starts at 12.30pm. Those interested in providing a float, taking part in the window dressing competition or willing to volunteer on the day are asked to contact Caroline Cleland or Derry Connolly for more information.


1916 Events: A Family History Day takes place in Abbeyleix Library on Thursday April 14 April. People are encouraged to trace their family tree with Eneclann, an award winning history and heritage company based in Dublin. Family history experts from Findmypast will also be present and a family talk is included. Admission is free and booking is essential as places are limited.

Michael Moylan will present a '1916 Irish History Live Show' in the library on Saturday May 28 at 11.30am. Children of 8-13 years are welcome to attend including pupils from local National Schools.

Historian Dr. Elaine Sisson will present a talk on Patrick Pearse and the educational philosophy of St. Enda's School in Abbeyleix Library on Thursday May 12 at 6pm. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Dr. Daire Keogh will present a lecture entitled 'Our Boys Magazine and the New Ireland' in the library on Thursday May 19 at 6pm. Again admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Other events:

From 8th March until 2nd April Inguna Mainule will exhibit textile, oil and acrylic work in our library gallery.

A juvenile book club for children aged 9-12 commences Tuesday 1st March at 4pm.

Storytelling for 3-7 year olds with Grace Kavanagh commences on Saturday March 5 at 11am.

There will be an evening of traditional music, storytelling and dance for Seachtain na Gaeilge with Spink Comhaltas on Thursday March 10 at 6pm.

Spanish Classes for adults are currently taking place and French Classes for adults begin on April 14 at 6pm in the library. Booking is essential. Tel: 057-8730020.

The junior chess club continues every Saturday morning at 10am and the knitting club at 10.30am each Wednesday.

Abbeyleix Library offers many services including: adult, young adult and children lending, audio books, language learning resources and reference books, large print fiction, internet and wifi and photocopying. It also has a study section and leisure reading area.

Further information on the library activities and services is available in the library or online at