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Abbeyleix Fete

Rectory Fête Draw Winners

1st €500 Geraldine Counihan; 2nd Prize€200 Fyffe’s Voucher Charlotte Porter; 3rd Prize€150 Grainne Coogan; 4th Prize€100 Paddy Phelan; 5th Prize €50 Betty Gorman; 6th Prize €50 voucher for Moynan’s Fuel Services Marie Kavanagh

Other winners: Hamper Helen Cruickshank; Bottle brandy Betty Caldbeck; Bottle cream liqueur Helen McMurray; Two month membership of Dublin Gliding Club David Bennett;

Bowls Tristan Blundell; Clock golf Brian Andrews; Guess weight of bale Marcella Carter; Lamb Des Finnamore; ‘Who am I’ quiz ~ Catherine Smith; Bag of blocks Frances Black.

Simon Collection

Laois friends of Midland Simon Community church gate collection in all churches in Laois on Saturday/Sunday, August 132-14. Please support this worthy cause.

Heritage Week

Photographic Exhibition

Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly Children’s Heritage Week Nature Photographic Exhibition at Abbeyleix Library Gallery, Sat 20th & Sat 27th August 10am - 2pm, Tues 23rd August - Fri 26th August 9.30am - 1.30pm & 2.30pm - 5pm. Features a selection of nature photographs taken by children aged 5-12. T is exhibition celebrates the beauty and diversity of local wildlife as well as the talent of junior photographers. Contact Irish Wildlife Trust Laois-Offaly Branch E

1916 BC: A Fulacht Fiadh Experience on Sat, August 20 10am - 4pm as part of Heritage WeekHeritage House, Abbeyleix. We’re going back almost 4,000 years in time to the bronze age and using a Fulacht Fiadh (an ancient cooking site using fire, rocks and water) to cook and have some fun. Subject to change - please contact us in advance. Contact Abbeyleix Heritage Company E T 057-8731653 facbook: heritageabbeyleix twitter @abylxheritage

s Interactive exhibition of a wide range of original and reproduction children’s table top games from 1840 to 1990 Tues-Satd August 23 - 27, 1pm - 4pm daily. Play and learn about the games with prizes on offer for the best period costume. Come and hear the oft unusual story behind the origins of the games with advice on how to source or even make your own. These games have been exhibited in Britain many times and 2016 will see them coming to Ireland for the first time. Suitable for children of all ages! Venue Heritage House, Abbeyleix. Contact T 057-8731653 facebook

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Heritage Week award winning Kids Shipwreck dig is back this year on Thur, August 25 11.30am - 1pm Come to Heritage House to experience the thrill of making a discovery on an archaeological excavation and learn about the lives of people in ages past. Costs €5. Heritage House Abbeyleix. E T 057-8731653 Booking required.

Abbeyleix Estate will open to the public during Heritage Week on Sun August 28, 2pm - 5pm thanks to owner Sir David Davies. Abbeyleix Old Church & Graveyard also open thanks to Viscount De Vesci. Organised by Abbeyleix & Portlaoise Lions Club. Guided tours of the grounds and church at 3pm. Meet at the Court Yard. Cost €5 (In aid of Local Charities).

Heritage Week Tales of Magic, Myth and Mystery for Old and Young with author & storyteller Eddie Lenihan. Booking Required. Tues, August 23 6.30pm - 7.45pm Abbeyleix Library. Contact E T 057-8730020

Heritage Week Irish Wildlife Art Workshop with artist and author Gordon D’Arcy for 8-13 year olds. Booking. Wed August 24 11am - 12pm. Abbeyleix Library. Contact T 057-8730020

Talk by Tom Cox, local historian, on everyday life in Laois in 1916 on Fri August 26 7pm - 8pm in Abbeyleix Library. Contact E T 057-8730020


The Comhaltas Seisiúns continue in Abbeyleix Heritage House on Wednesday August 10 at 8pm with the finale on August 24 at 8pm. This is a concert style presentation of traditional music and features singers, musicians and dancers of all ages. The shows also provide a cultural experience for visitors. The evenings entertainment includes traditional Irish music, song, dancing and storytelling. All are welcome and visitors who wish to join in will get an opportunity to do so. Last years series attracted record numbers of attendees and this years is proving to be equally successful.


Abbeyleix Golf Club fundraising race night on Friday, August 12 at Newbridge Greyhound track. Fun for all. Face painting & bouncy castles. The ladies best dressed competition is sponsored by Ladybelle Boutique. Tickets €10 available from the club office or at the club bar.


Sincere condolences to the family of the late Paddy Lalor, Main Street, Abbeyleix whose death occurred on Friday July 29 at age 90. Paddy Lalor served as TD for Laois/Offaly from 1961 to 1981 and was subsequently elected as MEP for Leinster where he served until 1994. During that time he held the position of Vice President of the European Parliament. He was a proud Laois man and played on the Laois hurling team of 1949 who lost to Tipperary in the all-Ireland final. He is predeceased by his wife Myra and deeply regretted by his son Joe, daughters Frances (Fleming), Helen (O'Dea Glesson) and Veronica (Daly), daughter-in-law Marise, sons-in-law Leo, Paul and Philip, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Requiem Mass was held on Monday August 1 in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. RIP.


Pro tennis coaching at Abbeyleix tennis club with supervised teenage coaching on Friday nights from 7.30pm, adult beginners coaching on Wednesdays from 7.30pm & Saturday morning coaching for children from 4-12 years old. All are welcome. For info call 086 6684049.


Annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje Wednesday September 14 to Wednesday September 21. If interested please contact Brigid Connell 057 8731639 or Fr Ahern 057 8731135 for details.


Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán O Maonaigh perform on Saturday August 28 at 7pm in Heritage House, Abbeyleix. Also supporting acts (tba) & refreshments after concert. Admission €15. For info contact John Sinnott 086-3440388 or


Top scorer: Kathleen Kavanagh. 1st lady: Nancy Kehoe, 2nd lady: Molly O' Brien tied Bernie Cahill. 1st gent: Johnny Whelan tied Ciaran Breen tied John Fitzpatrick. Halves: 1st Sheila Duff tied Terese Mulhare, 2nd Mary Delaney. Quarters: 1st Damian Carter, 2nd Michael O' Brien, 3rd Tom Jacob, 4th Bridie Kennedy tied Bridie Kelly. Results of the draw are: 1st Mona Moore, 2nd Sheila Duff, 3rd Catherine Kirwan, 4th Bride Reilly. To play or learn contact Tom 0877721871.


This new club continues in Abbeyleix Library until the last Thursday in August. Club members will be able to create their own Mario levels and play each others' levels. There will also be other retro games available to play, such as; Mario Kart Double Dash, Mario Bros. 3, and more. Have fun playing and creating on Nintendo Wii U, Wii, Gamecube and SNES (super Nintendo entertainment system). Thomas Maher, librarian and instructor, will contact people with the times.


The annual Summer Reading Challenge for children takes places during July and August.

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.

A new art class for children aged 3-6 yrs will begin on Friday August 5 at 11am with Valerie Madden, graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design. To sign children up for this series of free classes contact the library on 057-8730020. The class includes: weaving, bubble art, felting, tie dying, batik, mark making and finger knitting.

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.

Abbeyleix Library hopes to begin CoderDojo classes commencing on Saturday September 17 at 12pm 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.

The Library also hope to start up a Lego Club in the library for children over 5 years and would be very grateful to receive both lego and lego book donations.

Heritage Week 2016 events begin on Tuesday August 23