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sponsored cycle

Mountrath and District Cycling Club are holding a sponsored cycle on Saturday, August 6 in aid of Feileacain. Route: Mountrath, Portlaoise, Timahoe, Ballyroan, Abbeyleix and back to Mountrath.

Leaving 10.30 a.m. sharp. €15 per cyclist.

Must be over 16.

In memory of Baby Mark Moore.

All are welcome.


A huge thank you to everyone who came to support our Jumble and Bake Sale in aid of Epilepsy Ireland.

Everyone has been so generous in the giving of their time, donations and supporting the event.


All roads lead to An Sean Chistin, Rambling House and Cultural Centre this week for what promises to be an amazing celebration of our rich heritage of music, song, dance, poetry and stories.

Tuesday, July 26, Open House Session, 8pm,with special guest Sam O'Doherty all Ireland champion accordionist and social dance musician, whose mother was a Ballyfin woman.

Wednesday, July 27, Maureen will teach one of the popular traditional step dances, Garden of Daisies which she learned from Mícheál Ó Duinn, our renowned local Dance Master from 11am-4pm, céilí in Community Centre 8.30pm.

Thursday, July 28, guided Slieve Bloom walk, assemble at Community Centre 2pm.

All abilities welcome, returning at 5pm. Also on Thursday 8pm it's our Laois Matters Occasion when we celebrate the music, songs, dance, poetry and stories of Co. Laois. Friday, July 29, from 11am-4pm there will be a sean-nós and brush dancing workshop with all ages and abilities welcome. Saturday set dancing workshop 11am-4pm.

Bring packed lunch to these occasions.

Free tea and coffee. Sunday from 7-9pm in the Community Centre there will be a special session when visitors from as far away as Japan will entertain.

Monster céilí on Bank Holiday Monday 2.30pm to complete the week's celebrations.

Enquiries Maureen 087 6482038.


We are currently taking bookings for our free children’s summer activities. Contact 057 8756378 to reserve a place and for further details.


Laois Parks Tennis Camps 2016.

Portarlington Tennis Club, July 18-22, Portlaoise College, Mountrath Road, July 25-29. 10a.m. – 11.30a.m. 5-9 years. 12 noon – 2p.m. 10-14 years. €25 per child, family discounts apply.

Rackets and balls provided. Book sports section, Laois County Council 057 8674363 or


Mountrath and District Cycling Club. Join the Club!!

We run two cycles a week, Thursday evening at 7p.m. and Sunday morning at 10a.m.

Women and men welcome.

Over 18’s.

Contact club secretary Chloe on 085 2430460.


Ard Eireann Festival 2016

The Slieve Bloom Ard Eireann Festival returns this year on the last weekend of July, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.

The Festival was an ancient pre-harvest festival and was revived six years ago by The Slieve Bloom Association.

The Ard Eireann Festival begins with a bus tour around the Slieve Bloom Mountains on Saturday, July 30.

Archaeologist Sean Murray, who has completed a special study of Clonenagh, will be the tour guide for the day.

Bus leaves Mountmellick at 10am, with collection in Portlaoise at 10:15am.

The tour will visit Clonenagh, Monahincha, near Roscrea, Seir Keiran, Tober Lughna, Cadamstown and Castlecuffe with lunch in Borris-in-Ossory. The bus tour returns at 5pm.

The cost of the tour is €20 and includes lunch. Under 12’s are €10.

To book your tickets for the Slieve Bloom bus tour call Barry 087 2061673 or Carole 087 1350555

On Sunday, July 31, is the climb to the top of Ard Eireann (Arderin). Meeting at the Poet’s Cottage in Camross at 2pm to drive to Glen Kitt. With two walking routes to Arderin available, it should suit most abilities. Returning to Srahan after the climb for refreshments and entertainment. This day is free but a donation from is greatly appreciated.