Rathdowney/Errill under 6’s and under 8’s are back training on Wednesday April 3, in Rathdowney GAA grounds at 5.45pm. Any player who did not make the registration night can do so at training. Membership for the year is €20 for one or €40 for two or more in a family. All new members are more than welcome to come along.


7km walk/run on Sunday 14, April at 2.30pm start and finish in the GAA grounds. This event is in aid of the Rathdowney Playground Group entry fee is €5, supervised children free of charge. There will also be a shorter 5km route suitable for children, people with pushchairs and prams. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Your support would be appreciated.

Coach Trip

A trip will take place from October 7-11, 5 days 4 nights with 4 B&B’s with evening meals staying in Torquay in Devon. There will be a couple of tours provided including a trip to Lands End in Cornwell. Price is €340 all included. Please ring Gina on 087 2454722 or 46513. Johnny Ryan will be the coach driver.


Charity cycle launch night will be held in Ian Maher’s on Saturday April 13, at 9.30pm. This year’s cycle is from Rathdowney to Donegal Town. Packs available on the night. Entertainment by DJ Noel Brennan. All welcome.


On Sunday, April 7 departing Urlingford at 7.30, Johnstown at 7.35, Rathdowney The Square at 8.00, Borris in Ossory Leix County Hotel at 8.30, Roscrea The Church at 9.00, Birr at 9.30 for more details or bookings phone Michael 089 4620860.


A great Bingo is held every Tuesday Night at 8.30 in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Bingo is run by the Community Centre Group.


1st Joan Shiel, 2nd John Bowe, Best Gross Maura Bourke, 3rd Teresa Cahill, 4th Francis Stanley, 5th Mary Dooley, 6th Mary Mahon, 7th Mary Lalor, 8th Catherine Campion, 9th Anne Cummins, 10th Rita Mahon, 11th Kathleen Lee.


On Sunday April 21, the club are holding their second Sportive over 100k and 50K. Starting at the GAA sign on from 9am, 100k starts at 10am, 50k starts at 11am, food stops on both events, entry fee for both events €25 or €20 with Cycling Ireland Licence. Route is Rathdowney GAA centre to Coolfin, Mountrath, The Cut, Clonaslee, Cadamstown, Kinnity, Roscrea, Borris in Ossory and back to the GAA centre in Rathdowney. Further enquires phone 087 6446792 or 087 7605446.


Rathdowney Playground Group will host a gathering ‘The way we played’ in the Playground and MUGA on Saturday July 27 from 5pm. This will be a free outdoor street styled picnic with music, fun and games for all the family. A great chance to catch up and reminisce on how we played. Please invite any members of your family or friends that are away from Ireland to attend, we would love to see them there. Please log on to www.gatheringireland.com and look up events in Rathdowney or Laois and you can invite people to this Gathering via the website. An email will be sent to them with the details of the gathering. If you require any further details please contact Orla 087 2822331.


On behalf of Niall O Doherty and myself Michael Creagh, we would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all involved in this year’s panto “The Things We Do For Love”, both on stage and behind the scenes. It was another magic week in Rathdowney. All the months of blood, sweat and tears payed off. We would particularly like to mention the primary school children who all acted and sang their hearts out and made us all proud. We hope we sent you, the audience away with a song in your heart and a spring in your step.


If you wish to put a note in the Leinster Express please leave it into the Card Stand by Thursday by 5pm.