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National Finals in Athlone IT over the next two weekends. Stradbally Community Games is well represented with 42 children taking part. Participants August 12-14: swimming - Calem McEvoy; model making - Ellen Hennessy, Carol Sheehy; handwriting - Calum Kelly, Anna Murphy; Art - Megan Delaney, Chloe Delaney, Hollie Morrissey; Irish Dancing u12 - Kate Sheridan, Anna Murphy, Emma Tuohy, Aisling Mills, Tia Buggy; Irish Dancing u16 Orla Sheridan, Sarah Larkin, Bronagh Scully, Chloe Mills, Grainne McCaul, Sarah Tuohy; solo music - David Corcoran; cross country Blake Kemmy, Noah Delaney; group singing - Maeve Handy, Orlaith Miller. Enquiries to resident manager for the weekend Kathleen Sheridan 086 081 5674. Best of luck.


Retirement celebrations for Fr Jim O'Connell will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally in September/October (further details later). Any organisation, group or parishioners from Stradbally or Timahoe who wish to contribute to a retirement gift for Fr Jim can do so by contacting Parish Council Committee members Stradbally: John Donohue 086-3441716 or Mick Kelly 086-1903648 or Michael Stapleton 086-3619652.

Timahoe: Joe Quigley 087-6683056, Mairead Ramsbottom 087-7995037 or John Delaney 086-2674355.

On Monday, August 15 (Feast of the Assumption) Fr Jim O'Connell will celebrate mass at 9.30am in Vicarstown Church followed by a presentation to mark his retirement as Parish Priest.


Laois Alzheimer Branch would like to thank all who visited their Mobile Information Bus at the Stradbally Steam Rally and the Durrow Scarecrow Festival and. An amazing 2,500 people signed our petition calling on the Government to invest in home care supports for people with dementia. Your support makes all the difference. Thank you on behalf of Laois Alzheimer Branch.


The draw for the Electric Picnic Residents Tickets will be held on Thursday, August 11 in St Mary's Hall commencing at 7.30pm - where 500 names will be picked out. Good luck to all.


Tickets on sale for the annual draw. €700 in prizes. Draw in St. Joseph's Hall on Saturday, August 27 7pm.


Looking for volunteers for to help at 'Lemmy Lives in all of us' Motorhead, Napper Tandy's, Stradbally Saturday, August 27 in aid of the Cuisle Centre. All abilities needed. Email


Vicarstown Recreation Group – musical of the decade Billy Elliott at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Thursday, September 1 at 2.30pm. If interested call 0578626158. Limited seats.


Next whist drive in St Patrick's Hall, Stradbally Friday, August 19 from 8.30pm. All welcome.


Napper Tandy, Stradbally Darts Club hosting a tournament/draw - fundraiser for PATH Portlaoise in the Napper Tandy on Saturday, August 20 commencing at 4pm. Music on the night & sponsorship cards are now available. Please support.


The Stradbally Active Retirement Group would like to thank everyone who supported their Cake Sale at the Steam Rally over the August bank holiday weekend. It was a sell-out.


Year of Mercy San Giovanni and Assisi Pilgrimage group led by Fr. Sean Crowley on 30th September.. Price 919 euro pps Celebrating the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. on the 4 th October in Assisi. . Also Holy Land at Christmas 2016 led by Fr Philip McShane Price 1,375 euro pps Payment can be made in instalments. Contact James Treacy for details 086-0572216.


A pilgrimage to Lough Derg is leaving Portlaoise Parish Centre on Monday 8th August at 9am and returning Wednesday 10th August at approx. 4pm. Cost - €70 entrance fee to Lough Derg and €30 for the bus fare. Spiritual Director for the Pilgrimage is Fr Paddy Byrne, CC Portlaoise. All queries to 086-8327844.


The annual Swan Field Day, organised jointly by the Swan Development Committee and Wolfhill Athletic FC, takes place on Sunday 28 August. Please support this event. The money raised goes directly towards the maintenance of the Swan Community Hall and the village’s sports facilities. It is imperative that our children have safe and well-maintained outdoor facilities to use for their enjoyment, and you can help to ensure this by assisting at and supporting the field day. We need help to run the following: paintballing, pony rides, big buzzer, spin the wheel, catch the egg, guess the weight of the sheep, pony and trap rides, lucky dip, golf challenge, mouse races, pony drop and much more. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. We are looking for musical acts, and now is an opportunity to showcase your talent. Refreshments on the day and raffle and entertainment in the Swan Inn that night. Please contact John at 087-9027560, or any committee member.

Heritage Week

Guided tours of Stradbally Hall, the seat of the Cosby family since the 16th Century. Tours start each hour on the hour Saturday, August 20, 9am - 1pm. Shuttle bus from the main gate to the House. €10. Contact Thomas Cosby T 086-8519272

Stradbally Woodland Express Steam Trains Sat 20th - Sun 21st August, 12:30pm - 4pm each day. Cost adults: €7 children €3 Contact Stradbally Woodland Railway

Geology Workshop for children aged 8-13, with Laois Geologist Michele Castiaux as part of Heritage week. Must book. Sat, August 20 11am-12pm Stradbally Library, T 057-8730020

Stradbally Steam Museum opens during Heritage week on August 22/23 9am - 5pm & August 24 9am - 1pm. Phone to arrange guided tours at other times. The museum houses a fascinating collection of steam traction engines and other veteran machinery. Parke in Court Square nearby. The Green, Stradbally. Cost €5 for adults, children free with an adult.

Contact T 085 - 769 1155 E