Macra’s Annual Conference will take place in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from Friday 24 to Monday 27, October. This is going to be a great long weekend full of plenty action with loads for everyone to do. Anyone that wants to find out more about what is going on that weekend can find it on Facebook @Macra Annual Conference or Twitter @ Macra Rally. # Laois Rally 2014.

Rathdowney Macra are always looking for new members Anyone that wants to find out about what goes on in Macra can do so by contacting us on Facebook @ Rathdowney.macra, any of our members or our Macra Phone on (087) 1258015.


The 30th edition of the Rathdowney Review is currently being compiled and will on sale from December 1. Anyone who has anything they wish to be published in the review should contact Betty O Brien, Maureen Guilfoyle or Niall O Doherty. The closing date is the end of October but the committee would appreciate any material to be submitted as soon as possible. The review especially welcomes weddings, anniversaries, graduations, sporting achievements, family profiles, poems etc. The 30th edition is expected to fill up very quickly. The committee wish to thank everyone who was involved with the Rathdowney Review in any way over the past 30 years.


CYMS snooker and billard hall are hold a Halloween Kids Disco on Friday October 31 from 7 -10pm in the Parochial Hall. Admission is €3, fancy dress optional, prize for the best dressed. All proceeds to the CYMS snooker club. The club is now re-open for the winter. Membership now due adults €20 juveniles €10, family €30. The CYMS are also holding a guess the value of the trolley outside Supervalu on Friday October 17, all proceeds towards the development of the club.


Painting lessons every Wednesday from 10 to 12 noon, Set dancing for those aged 8 and over, adult or child on Wednesday from 7 to 8pm €5 per session, minimum of 10 required for classes to commence. For more details on above please contact Pauline on 087 6572701.


Meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St. Peter and Pauls Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the locall Helpline 1890303302.


There was no winner in this week’s jackpot which was €5,650. The numbers drawn were 14, 15, 25, 28. The 10 winners of €15 were Teagan Reilly, S Qiugley, Roisin Keegan, Claire Campion, Seamus Fogarty, Aidan Campion, Kieran Brophy, Claire FItzpatrick, Mary Hanlon, Kay Dalton. Next week’s jackpot will be €5,800. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter


Carol and Claire Stanley will be volunteering in local communities in Pune, Western India as part of an Irish Girl Guide Service Project Team next summer. The service projects, which are co-ordinated from the Girl Guide World Centre ‘Sangam’, range from teaching English, promoting and encouraging healthcare for women and children plus helping in the upgrading community centres. To help to raise funds for the projects a Charity Dance will take place in the Golf Club on Friday 7 November – music by Outa Diesel. Tickets available on the night or from Carol at 086 1501259 and the Rathdowney Golf Club.


Laois Hospice would like to thank the people of Rathdowney for their very generous support at the various centres in the town, on the annual national coffee morning. The total amount raised was €1,775.50.


Is looking for clothing donations and volunteers. Anyone that is interested in volunteering please call to the store for an application form.


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.


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