10th Annual charity cycle is from Rathdowney to Achill on the August Bank holiday weekend. For more details please contact Mick 087 9407573, Felicity 087 6336271 or Rory 087 2388064.


The club will hold their AGM on Friday, June 1 at 8pm in the dressing rooms of the Meagher Doheny Park, all are welcome.


Community games were on Saturday May 26, our project team went to the National community games finals in Athlone representing their club Rathdowney and Laois. There were All Ireland medals for the top four teams. Our team Emma Fleming, Aishling Henderson, Peter Keyes and Aoife Scanlon have been working on their project for some time doing research and preparing their presentation with guidance and help form their 6th class teacher in Scoil Bhride Mrs Galbraith. Happily all this hard work paid off, with 4th place in the All Ireland bringing home the clubs first ever National medal.

The project was about how Ireland can utilise its natural resources, it had a mini wind turbine and a live demonstration on how to make an eco briquette from household waste. This young team is a credit to their families, community and Scoil Bhride. Rathdowney community games would like to thank Mrs Galbraith for all her hard work, Louise and Martina for transporting the team and Linda Hayes for all the work she puts into the community games.


Thank you to all the kind people of Rathdowney, Errill and surrounding areas who bought tickets for the Knockaroo Church restoration fund, prize winners for April 1. €1,000 Michael Bergin Jnr, allgrophy, promoter Dan Whelan. 2nd €300 Tony Douglas, Roscrea, promoter Elizabeth Treacy. 3rd €100 Gerard Dollard, Pike of Rushall, promoter Michael Dollard. Promoters prize €100, Sr Regina. Prize winners for May 1st €1,000 Paul Davey, Shinrone, promoter Elizabeth Treacy. 2nd €300 Emmer Dunne, Borris in Ossory, promoter Nan Dunne. 3rd €100 Jim Quinnelan, Shamboo, promoter Tommy Whelan. Promoters prize of €100 Shelia Ryan.


Working with wool is held every Monday, from 2 - 4.30pm excluding Bank Holidays at the Cuan Bhride Centre, Morrreville, Rathdowney. From complete beginners to experienced knitter’s, should you, man or woman over the age of 18, feel you would like to join us, you will be made very welcome. There is a small fee of €2 on attendance to cover the cost of insurance, etc. No charge, for the chat and laughter.


Ossory show will be held on Sunday, July 22 at the Showgrounds on the Mountrath Road, Rathdowney. For any details or enquiries contact Catherine Fitzgerald at 087 9975902, Phone/Fax 0505 48939 email: ossoryshow@eircom.net website www.ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573, Treasures Irene Newman 086 8402125.


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


Clover UTD are hosting a local soccer summer camp from Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10The club have introduced an easy payment scheme. Registration for the camp will take place on Friday, June 8 from 6.30pm to 8pm. Coaches will be there on the night to answer any questions. For more information please contact Jack 087 1317581.


Rathdowney community games will hold their local athletics finals on Friday, June 1, in the GAA field. Registration form 5-6pm. First event starts at 6.00. There will be a competition for under 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16’s boys and girls with medals for the first three in each competition. A fee of €3 per athlete will be charged.


The group meet every Friday morning in the Marion Centre (beside the RC Church) from 10-12. All welcome parents, carers and minders with children from new born to pre-school. No joining fee - €3 per morning.


The Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural Museum is open on Saturday and Sundays and Public Holidays from 2-5pm during June, July, August and September. This is to facilitate the many visitors that want to see an authentic Irish Workhouse and how inmates lived during and post the Famine period. The Museum also has an extensive Agricultural and Household collection gathered on display. For further details you can contact Trevor on 086 8296685 or info@donaghmoremuseum.com