On Sunday May 24, the ladies basketball team from Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra traveled to University of Limerick. This was to compete in a day of matches to be in with a chance to reach the All-Ireland Macra na feirme Basketball final. They won matches against Tullow, Carlow, Treble R, Dublin, Mitchelstown, Cork, and Brehen, Sligo to reach the final. However, they were narrowly defeated in the final to Crookstown, Cork. Well done to Bríd Walsh, Laura Brennan, Majella Delaney, Catherine Walshe and Elma Walshe who represented the club on the day and played tremendously. For more information on our club or if you are interested in joining our club, contact Joe on 085 7665838.


The monthly meeting of Ballyroan ICA was held on Tuesday March 12 in the Sue Ryder House presided over by Kathleen Scully. The annual table quiz and draw which was held in December was a great success and the charities to benefit this year are the Laois Alzheimer’s Society and the St Patrick’s Church renovation fund. A number of members will attend the annual Federation Dinner which will be held in the Gandon Inn on April 12. The raffle winners on the night were Elizabeth Quinlan, Maureen Cahill, Nuala Beale and Margaret Carter. Supper was served by Bridie Troy and Peggy Brennan. Next meeting on Tuesday April 9 will be the Annual General Meeting and all members are asked to attend. Hostesses will be Elizabeth Murphy and Carmel McEnery.


All beginners/improvers interested in taking up jogging are invited to meet at the Manor hotel carpark at 7pm this Thurs. Anyone interested please turn up and information can be given from Tim 087-2144676 or Tony 0863898699. The first fit for life summer fun run takes place with a 4k in Abbeyleix on April 10 at 7:30 with reg in Morrisseys from 6:15.


This Friday night the 2nd County Board draw takes place. Membership is also available for €113 and entry to the last 3 draws with top prizes of €10,000 and numerous other prizes its worth an entry. Thanks to all who have purchased so far as the draws are a vital fundraiser for the Club. Contact Anselm McGowan on 087 2561276 or Jim McEvoy on 087 2969738 if interested in signing up.