Orla MaherE-mail - rathdowneynotes@gmail.com


Saturday, June 18: 3:30pm in Rathdowney Church - Choir workshop Fr. Liam Lawton -Booking Essential

Sunday June 19: 11am in Rathdowney Church - Celebration of Baptism and 1st Eucharist - All welcome

Wednesday, June 22: 8pm in Marian Centre - Making the most of our Baptism and Confirmation with Sr. Antoinette Dilworth. Fee/ no booking required.

Thursday, June 23: 8pm - Donaghmore museum - Launch of book "Ambassadors of Hope" with Charlie Bird, Fr. Brian Darcy and Sr. Elizabeth Maxwell - no booking.

Sunday, June 26: 11am - Starting at Grogan, continuing through Aghaboe, Kilkenny City, Glenmore and The Rower with a reception in The Rower that evening - Bus - €10, Lunch - €10 - Booking essential *

Tuesday, June 28: 7:30pm - Scoil Bhride - Mary Kennedy in conversation with John McAreavey and Joanne O' Riordan - Admission free/Booking essential

Thursday, June 30: 8pm - Errill church - An evening of Healing and Recinciliation with Bishop Brendan Comiskey - No booking.

Friday, July 1: 8pm - Rathdowney Church - Gala Concert featuring international singing stars " The Priests" - €20 Booking Essential *

Sunday 3rd July: 11am in Rathdowney Church - A Celebration of Marriage with Bishop Willie Walsh. Music by Thukolo Gospel Choir, Kilkenny. - All welcome

Sunday, July 3: 3pm - St. Fergals College - Family fun day in St. Fergals.

Friday, July 8: 10am - Errill Church - 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration. Further info from Rathdowney Parish Office - 0505 46282 or rathdowney@ossory.ie


The AGM of Rathdowney Social Services takes place at the Community Centre Cuan Bhride Rathdowney on Tuesday, June 21 at 8pm. All are welcome.

Cuisle Centre

Support the church gate collection for the Cuisle Centre cancer support service on Saturday & Sunday 18-19.

Vintage & DOG SHOW

There will be a dog show, vintage display and a family fun day in Ballaghmore on Sunday July 3, registration starts at 12.30. A great day out for all the family and don't forget to bring your pets. All are welcome.


Thanks to all who help out and donated at the recent fundraiser for the Irish Heart Foundation. In total of €664 was raised.


Congratulations to sub station officer Joe Harding on winning the National Trauma Challenge. The event took place over two days in Co Meath. Joe and firefighter Jason Maher from Mountmellick represented Laois Fire Services, triumphed over 13 Irish teams and four. The competition included two 10 minute scenarios, one standard and one complex during which they treated live casulities with life threatening emergencies. The duo will represent Ireland at the world rescue extrication and trauma challenge in Brazil.


Rathdowney Anglers fly fishing competition on Friday June 17, names taken in Corcorans from 7.30pm. Weigh in at midnight.


Takes place this year take on Sunday, July 17. Kicking off on Saturday 16 from 5pm with a Truck Show, BBQ and bar and music. On Sunday 17 massive truck, vintage car and tractor show plus the agriculture show. Including all our usual show events. Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Pigs, Poultry, Arts & Crafts, Baking, Sewing, local home produce, Trade stands, Entertainment, Donkey derby, Tug of war, Best dressed competitions and most glamorous granny. Over 200 classes to exhibit in and much more. Donations being made to the Cuisle centre and local meals on wheels. Come and meet David Norris demonstrate some traditional threshing. Steam engine from bygone days once owned by the Delaney Family of Coolkerry will be on site to cut the corn on show day. Hope you can join us on the day. A fun day out for all the family. For details and schedule enquiries contact Catherine Fitzgerald, Secretary Mobile 087 9975902, Peter Ging, Chairman 086 2394573. Seamus Costigan Treasurer/Truck and vintage show enquiries 086 2306828. Danny O Connell, Truck Show and General enquiries 085 8099538.

Age Strategy

Laois Age Friendly Strategy launch on TuesdayJune 14 at 2.00pm in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Former TD Mary O’Rourke and Cathaoirleach Catherine Fitzgerald will launch the Strategy and this will be followed by a Tea Dance and music will be by Paddy Bracken, Clara. Contact Geraldine Delaney at Laois County Council if interested in attending or for more information. 057 86 64107 or gdelaney@laoiscoco.ie


The troop is now accepting membership applications for Beavers and Cubs for the 2016/2017 scout year. The Beaver section caters for boys and girls who are 6, 7 & 8 years of age. The Cub section caters for boys and girls who are 9, 10 and 11 years of age. For an application form or more details contact Fran on 087 8175025 or by email at 2ndlaoisscoutgroup@gmail.com

Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns are out and about. Get involved bring a spade or a brush. You must wear hi vis jackets.

Dogs & Vintage

Their will be a dog show and vintage display and Family fun day in Ballaghmore Borris in Ossory on Sunday July 3. Registration starts at 12.30pm. A great family day is promised.


The group is held every Friday morning 10-12 in the Marion Centre. New members welcome children from new born to playschool. Kids play and adults can have a cuppa and a chat.


A great Bingo is held every Tuesday Night at 8.30 in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Support greatly appreciated. Run by the Community Centre Group.


There was no winner in this weeks jackpot which was €3,250. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 8, 28. The 10 winners of €15 were Mick Maher, Robert Purcell, Mary Fitzpatrick, Nancy Mahon, Liam & Joan Hayes, Johnny Bowe, David Moynan, Philip Russell, Philip Tynan, Mick Tobin. Next weeks jackpot will be €3,400. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.


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