The committee would appreciate you help with the clean-up. We would encourage residences associations to address black spots in their area. There has been a remarkable improvement of the streets of Abbeyleix since the launch of the be a responsible dog owner campaign, we appreciate that dog owners are assisting us in our efforts to keep our town tidy.

Abbeyleix Park Development are very concerned that a group of youths have caused a lot of damage and disruption in Fr Breen Park. Benches which had been damaged in the past were repaired last week and freshly painted The benches provide respite for many daily walkers in the park were broken again last weekend. Windows in the GAA dressing room were broken also.


Great credit is due to the parents and children who turned out in large numbers, estimated 500. The quiz was great fun, it tested the local and general knowledge of the children. Abbeyleix Youth Cafe co-ordinater Jenny McDonnell and several of the members made sure the children had great fun. The Pride of Place acknowledge the support they received from the Youth Cafe and feel confident they will continue to shape the future of our town.


Abbeyleix Bog Restoration Project were appaled at the huge scale dumping at the entrances to the bog in Abbeyleix.

The bog is an amazing facility to have on the edge of town. The dumping has caused a lot of extra work for two committee members, Gary and Ross who had to spend many hours knee deep in bog drains lifting out bags of rubbish.


Abbeyleix Women’s Development Group are holding their AGM on Thursday April 19 in The Enterprize Centre Mounthrath Rd. All members are requested to attend.Membership fee is now due.


Minister Joan Burton’s announcement at the Labour conference in Galway that community schemes would be restructured and expanded struck the right cord with community groups in Abbeyleix. Our CE scheme in Abbeyleix has provided a lfeline to many community groups in the town for many years and hopefully will now be able to continue to do so. Groups such as the park delopement, community creche, Tidy Towns, and residents associations have benefited from the ongoing support they receive from our CE scheme. Without their support some groups would not be able to survive.


Abbeyleix ICA held their AGM on Tuesday April 3. President Pat O’Halloran presided and welcomed everybody. Meeting opened with prayers and My Land. Sec. Yvonne Porter read minutes of last year’s AGM. Treasurer Catherine Smith gave the financial report. Pat O Halloran thanked the members for support and help throughout the year. Stella Harding, information officer officated at the election of officers which is as follows: president Pat O Halloran, vice president Mary hearns, secetary Alice Reilly, treasurer Catherine Smith, assistant treasurer Nora Carroll and PRO Mary Hearns.

All members agreed the St Patrick’s Day parade was a great success. Four members, Catherine Smith, Alice Reilly, Maureen O’Keeffe and Mary Hearns will take part with federation choir in Bealtine Festival, visiting Mountmellick and Abbeyeleix Hospitals on May 15. Members will also attend federation annual dance in Gandon Inn on April 13 and federation meeting in Arles on April 23. Guild’s annual outing was discussed. The Rosetta Cup was won by Mary Hearns for having the highest number of points for competitions for year 2011 – 2012. Meeting ended with supper served by Violet Rothwell. Next meeting is May 5 at 8pm. Competition – arrangement of spring flowers, 1 Mary Hearns, 2 Pat O Halloran and 3 Bride Reilly. Raffle 1 Bernie Carroll and 2 Maureen O Keeffe. Competition for May is Swiss Roll.


Calling all accordian, tinwhistle, mouth organ and drummers. If any one of these is interested in forming an Abbeyleix marching band please contact 087 9082233. This would also be a suitable oppurtunity for ex members of Patrician Brothers Boy band to get back into the swing of it.


President Una Whelan prize

1 Ita and Larry Ryder, 2 Kathleen Lee and Mary Campion, bg Cathering Campion and Maura Bourke, 3 Shem Mulhall and Paddy Purcell, 4 Ann Doherty and Colim Murphy, 5 Ann Egan and Kathleen Broderick, 6 Maura and Tom Daly, 7 Sean Bolger and Michael Delaney, 8 Una Whelan and Sean Larkin. 1 Session Lucy Hyland and Francis Stanley, 2 session Tom O Reilly and Paddy Prendergast.


President Nora O Sullivan prize

1 Breda Corcoran and Marie Corby, 2 Dolly Harding and Rose Talbot, bg Sam Moore and Paddy Purcell, 3 Phil Kingston and Sadie Phelan, 4 Ann Doherty and Colim Murphy, 5 Maura and Tom Daly, 6 Jack Murphy and Johnny Bowe, 7 Brigid and Shay Malone, 8 Helen Casey and Canice Bergin, 9 Nora O Sullivan and Catherine Kirwan. 1 session Tom Reilly and Mark Kirwan, 2 session Nuala Molumby and Shem Mulhall.


President Canice Bergin Prize

1 Ellie and Jim Robinson, 2 Eileen Quinn and Paddy Purcell, bg Ita Dunne and Sean Larkin, 3 Helen Bergin and Terry Fitzpatrick, 4 Breda Brislane and Sam Moore, 5 Nora Delaney and Noreena Moore, 1 session Breda Corcoran and Margaret Whelan, 2 session Ann Maher and Canice Bergin.. Joan Breen Perpetual Trophy: 1 Helen Bergin, 2 Lily McDonald, 3 Nora Delaney, 4 Maura Sherman, 5 Noreena Moore and 6 Bride Reilly.