Hockey club Defibrillator and Children’s Protection Officer Training.

The following courses are available and hockey club committee is anxious to have more parents trained in these areas: Children’s Protection Officer Training Course has been scheduled for Saturday January 26, Venue: Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm.
Code of Ethics, Child Protection in Sport, Basic Awareness Training Courses taking place on Monday nights on February 25, March 25, April 29, and May 27. Course duration: 3 hours. Venue: Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

If you wish to reserve a place on any of these courses please email to put their name forward or contact any of the club officers. Courses are been run by Laois Sports Partnership. Further details on or from Laois Sports Partnership Tel: (057) 86 71248, Fax: (057) 86 71253 or Email:

Defibrillator training is being organized for Park meeting room in February and we need numbers interested in doing this 3 hour course now.

We are also planning some adult hockey coaching sessions on Astroturf. Please mail hockey club mail address above if interested.

Men’s Shed – Interested?

Local interest in a community led initiative, called “Men’s Shed”, is currently being explored. Sheds are voluntary clubs where men get together socially and usually engage in a variety of DIY projects. The motto is: “Men don’t talk face to face - they talk shoulder to shoulder.”

The group operates in a co-operative way, is self-governing and in most cases self-sustainable. We would like to know if the need for such an initiative exists within the broader community and would like to broaden the concept to include women.

Any person –man or woman, retired or between jobs – who would be interested to share their skills or learn new skills, or just want to know more about the project, please contact Mick Tynan (087 2489975) or Chris Uys (083 1106210).


Parents wishing to enrol their children in Junior Infants in the South School for September 2013 can obtain enrolment forms from the Principal.

To be eligible forms must be returned by midday on Tuesday 19th February 2013. School Telephone no: (057)8731920. Open Night for Prospective Parents: Abbeyleix South National School on Thursday February 7 from 7pm to 9pm.

All are welcome. Intention to Apply Forms and Application Forms will be available on the night.


The Carers Association Laois would like to invite you to attend a Carers Support Group Meeting on Wednesday January 30 from 11am – 12.30pm at The Heritage House, Abbeyleix. You will have the chance to have tea/coffee whilst meeting other carers in the community, for more information please contact Alison Hackett on 086-7957086.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

This year’s parade is being organised. To have a float or take part in the parade contact Caroline Cleland or Caroline Cole for details. Hoping to have 100 floats bigger than the 85 that took part in 2012.


Commandant Colin Lawlor, Clonking Abbeyleix was the recipient of a “Seiko Just in Time Award “ at the Irish Water Safety National Awards ceremony at Dublin City Hall last November last. Colin carried out a daring and successful rescue on the river Nore in Kilkenny in. August 2011.

Just prior to this daring rescue the Irish soldier had completed a Water Safety course with Laois Water Safety at Portlaoise and attributes his successful rescue to methods learned there.