Orla MaherE-mail - rathdowneynotes@gmail.com

Late James Rooney

Condolences to the family of the late James (Jimmy) Rooney, Rossdarragh, Rathdowney, who died on July 4. Sadly missed by Ann, Fearghus, Niamh, Christina, Kyle, Mia, Desmond, Martin, Sandra, Jacqueline, Donna, Collen and Tamara, extended family, relatives, friends. Rerosed at O'Sullivan's Funeral Home, Rathdowney. Removal to Holy Trinity Church, Rathdowney. Cremation afterwards in Mount Jerome Crematorium Harolds Cross, Dublin.


A 4km on Friday 15 July at 7.30 in memory of Orla, Angela and Martin. Run, walk or jog in memory of a departed loved one, proceeds in aid of Rathdowney Youth Café and Playground project. Registration from 6pm in the Marion Centre, Rathdowney, race time 7.30. Adults €10, child €5 or family €20.


There was no winner in this week’s jackpot which was €3,850. The numbers drawn were 8, 18, 22, 28. The 10 winners of €15 were Alex Delaney, Joan Rafter, Marie Sinnott, Rian Dowling, Sharon Purcell, Ann Breen, Mick Fitzpatrick, Adrian Stanley, John Loughman, Sheila Rafter. Next week’s jackpot will be €4,000. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.


Community Mental Health Movement meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in No 12 Cuan Bhride, Rathdowney. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 8033126. Website www.grow.ie Infoline 1890 474 474


Rathdowney annual show will be held 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.

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 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.


The Laois Heritage Society has a busy Summer planned. The Annual Tour goes to Kilmanham, Collins’ Barracks and the GPO on Saturday July 16. There has been huge interest in this trip and there is a waiting list for places. There will be a summer walks – the first with Archaeologist, Dr Eoin O’Sullivan will be around Rathdowney at 6 pm


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

Rathdowney Scouts

Over the last scouting year, we have been extremely busy in both the Beaver and Cub sections, which has seen the Rathdowney Scout Group participate in numerous Slieve Bloom Scout County, SE Provincial and SI National events, such as the Scout County Halloween Beaver Hike in Lough Boora, Scout County Cub Challenge in Edenderry, Scout County Cub Talent Show in Mountmellick, Scout County Beaver Challenge in Srahan, the Provincial Beaver Challenge in Srahan, National Beaver Bake Off 2016, Beaver ‘Meet the Chief’ competition, Cub Scout 100th Anniversary trip to the Cinema, Scout County CSA Hikes in the Slieve Bloom mountains, Scout County Cub Camp in Clara Co. Offaly, Jamoige 2016 in Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick (along with 3,500 other Cubs and Beavers) and the Scout County Beaver Camp, in Kilruane, Co. Tipperary. These events were in addition to our own Scout Group / Section activities, such as the various hikes we undertook, overnights / sleepovers in the hall, participating in the Rathdowney St. Patricks Day Parade, trips to the circus, canoeing, raft building with the Woodenbridge Paddlers and other outdoor programme nights, which enabled the children experience the true meaning of the ‘Out’ in Scouting. In addition to the activities listed, since last September, both sections meet weekly over 35 times, where the indoor element of the Scouting programme was delivered. On a personnel note I’d like to thank all the Leaders who very generously gave up their time to ensure that the Cubs and Beavers could partake in the weekly meetings and all the activities that they did. I’d like also to thank all our Scouting friends both within the Scout County and further afield who have organised and run the events that we have participated in. Thanks also to our Non-Scouting friends of the Scout Group who have help us in their own areas of expertise, such as the Maher family, Connell Breslin, Pat Gill and Mick Fitz, to name but a few. Your help and assistance is truly appreciated. I’d like also to thank the Parents of the Cubs and Beavers who, week in and week out, ensured that the Cubs and Beavers turned up to the meetings / activities. A big thank you also to the people in Rathdowney who have supported our fund-raising events over the past year and we look forward to your continued support in the years to come. Finally, I’d like to thank all the Cubs and Beavers, who without them, the 2nd Laois Rathdowney Scout Group wouldn’t be much fun..... Have a safe and enjoyable summer and we’ll see you all again during the in September...... Fran (G/Leader). If you require any information about the 2nd Laois Rathdowney Scout Group or wish to enrol your child (Boys and Girls into Beavers (6,7,8), Cubs (9, 10, 11) or Scouts (12)), please contact Fran on 087-8175025 or email at 2ndlaoisscoutgroup@gmail.com

late Ursula Murray

Condolences to the family of Ursula Murray (nee Gorman) of White House, Borris-in-Ossory and formerly Rathdowney who died on Friday, July 1.

She is deeply regretted by husband Michael, daughters Samantha and Aisling, son Redmond, son-in-law, Ollie (Australia), daughter-in-law Breda, grandchildren, brothers Tommie, Kevin, sisters Eva, Regina, Deirdre, Barbara, family, relatives, neighbours and friends.