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Comhaltas Seisiún is a concert style presentation of traditional music available at three venues in Laois on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during July and August. Each venue has its own distinct ambience and style. The Seisiún programme runs for seven weeks and features singers, musicians and dancers of all ages. On Wednesdays at 8pm the Spink branch continue their seisiúns at Heritage House in Abbeyleix where the displays of memorabilia add to the authenticity of the music and song. The shows also provide a cultural experience for visitors. There are also seisún in Portlaoise and Spink. Last year's series attracted record numbers of attendees and Spink Comhaltas are looking forward to another successful series this year. All are welcome.


Tidy Towns season is in full swing and the fantastic volunteers are busying sweeping and cleaning every Tuesday evening. Everyone is welcome to join but, if this is not possible, there are other ways you can help out.


The annual Laois walking festival continues this week with a challenging walk traversing the hills of the 16th century Cooper Estate with spectacular views of Laois, Carlow, Waterford, Kildare and Tipperary. Meet at Knock Church, Spink at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 13. Ballyouskill is the venue for the walk on Thursday July 14 which takes you along quiet country lanes including Cromwell's Road over Ballymartin Hill. Meet at Ballyouskill Church at 7.15pm. For more details on all walks see


The Laois Heritage Society has a busy summer planned. If you have any interest in local history, why don’t you join the society in their endeavours, the latest being their long-held dream to finally have a County Museum to celebrate the very rich history of Laois.


Fruitlawn will be hosting a rose day gardening course on Saturday July 16 where Arthur Shackleton will be on hand to discuss how to nurture your roses, composting, pruning and planning garden design. To find our more call Carol Booth 057 8730146 or email


Pro tennis coaching continues at Abbeyleix tennis club with supervised teenage coaching on Friday nights from 7.30pm, adult beginners coaching on Wednesdays from 7.30pm and Saturday morning coaching for children from 4-12 years old. All are welcome and it is a great way for all the family to get fit this summer. For more info call 086 6684049 or see the club facebook page.


The annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje will be from Wednesday September 14 to Wednesday September 21. Those interested please contact Brigid Connell 057 8731639 or Fr Ahern 057 8731135 for details.


Top scorer: Tom Lawlor. 1st lady: Lena McEvoy, 2nd lady: Margaret Flanagan. 1st gent: Sean Fitzpatrick, 2nd gent: Mary Delaney. Halves: 1st Dinny Whelan, 2nd Theresa Mulhare tied Mary Doheny. Quarters: 1st Theresa Phelan, 2nd Nancy Dowling, 3rd Willie Carroll, 4th Sadie Chester. Results of the draw are: 1st Etta kennedy, 2nd Paddy Purcell, 3rd Nancy Dowling, 4th John Fitzpatrick. If you want to play or learn how to play whist contact Tom 0877721871.


The juvenile book club for children aged 9-12 continues on Tuesdays at 4pm. Storytelling for 3-7 year olds with Grace Kavanagh continues on Saturdays at 10.30am. The junior chess club continues every Saturday morning at 10am and the knitting club at 10.30am each Wednesday.

Eardom art classes for 6-12 year olds will resume shortly so watch this space. Artist Orla McDonagh will exhibit in the library art gallery for the month of July.

On Wednesday August 10 at 11am Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer Paul, accompanied by his dog Magic, will speak about what it means to be a responsible dog owner. He will also talk about careers working with dogs and safety around dogs. The workshop is aimed at children aged 7-12 yrs.

Storytelling for 3-7 year olds, with Grace Kavanagh, takes place every Saturday at 10.30am. The annual Summer Reading Challenge for children takes places during July and August. Readers from beginners to 12 year olds can be signed up for the challenge with a prize ceremony for those who complete it in the autumn. Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 year olds. Next class will be announced here. Junior Chess Club every Saturday morning at 10am. The knitting club will take a break for the summer and will recommence on Wednesday September 7. Abbeyleix Library hopes to begin CoderDojo classes commencing on Thursday September 15 at 6pm and is aimed at 6-12 yrs old. The tutors are Thomas Maher, librarian, and Niamh Tierney, volunteer. The course is free and places can be booked by phoning the library, 057-8730020.

Heritage Week 2016 events begin on Tuesday August 23 at 6.30pm when Eddie Lenihan, renowned author and storyteller, will visit the library for a session of folk-tales for adults and children. All are welcome. On Wednesday August 24 wildlife artist Gordon D'Arcy will hold a drawing workshop in the library for 8-13 year olds beginning at 11am. On Friday August 26 local historian Tom Cox will present a talk entitled 'Everyday Life in Laois in 1916' which starts at 7pm. All events are free of charge.

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LateJohn Desmond

Condolences to the family of the late John Desmond, of Dublin and Abbeyleix, (US, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Grenada) who died on June 27 at home. Beloved husband of the late Colette. Sadly missed by his daughters Jennifer, Siobhan, his sister Noni, extended family relatives, friends. Predeceased by brothers Michael, Anthony & sister Sheelagh.

Requiem Mass in Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix.


Condolences to the family of the late Samantha Bergin (née Bergin), Boley Abbeyleix who died suddenly on July 3. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Joe, son Joe, daughter Natasha, father Peter, brother Philip, sisters Sonya, Fiona and Michelle, relatives and friends. Reposed at home. Removal on Tuesday morning to St Brigid's Church, Shanahoe for Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in Shanahoe.