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.


Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural Museum Date & Time 23rd - 31st August, 2pm - 5pm daily all week. Visit an original Irish post-famine workhouse

building and hear the story of life during the famine. Also enjoy an extensive agricultural and household collection on display. Charge adult €4, children free. Venue Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural Contact details donaghmoremuseum1@gmail.com T 086 829 6685 www.donaghmoremuseum.com www.facebook.com/DonaghmoreWorkhouseMuseum


Knock parents association and board of management are delighted to welcome Crystal Swing to the manor hotel Abbeyleix for our Harvest moon dance on Saturday August 16. Raffle and refreshments on the night. Support by Bare Foot Jenny. Tickets available through the Manor Hotel Abbeyleix or phone 086 8270189. The night will also serve as a launch for our threshing day on Deightons farm beside the hall in Knock on Sunday Sept 14. So bring your dancing shoes! And support a great cause!


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets 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 local Helpline 1890303302.


every Tuesday night until end of summer months OCC are reintroducing their A, B and Leisure group cycles. Cycles will commence at 7pm sharp. Each group will have its own team leader and each leader will pick a course that will suite their group. We would like to welcome any new Leisure cyclist to joins on our cycles, the leisure cycle is guaranteed to be at a pace that will suite everybody in the group [Slow]. All are welcome to join us, Juveniles must be accompanied by a Parent or guardian. Important, helmets must be worn at all times. No helmet no cycle. For information on Leisure group contact Terry Smeaton 0877605446

Show success

Well done to all involved in the hugely successful Ossory Show which marked it’s 116th year with a focus on family friendly exhibits and community groups activities.

Newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan officially opened the show and paid tribute to the committee and wished the show every success in the future. He spoke of the importance of agriculture in our over seas trade and promised to work to open up new markets

Once again Ossory Show attracted some of the best livestock from all over the country. With a larger than ever entry of Young Handlers the future for showing stock is well assured. Reflecting the growing numbers of sheep in the country the number of entries in this year’s show was up and again there was stiff competition.

See full report, photographs and results on pages 53 to 57.


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