Congrats to Castlecuffe NS on achieving their third green flag for their school. This is a wonderful achievement for the school. Well done to the students, teachers and parents. Best of luck to Scoil Bhride who are on the way to their first green flag.


Clonaslee cemetery Friday May 31 at8 pm. Corrigeen cemetery Friday June 28 at 8 pm. Kilmanman cemetery Friday July 5 at 8 pm.


Easter Draw in aid of St Manman’s Church. Easter Hamper plus prizes galore. Tickets available from Edel Dunne, Chapel St or Ger Kelly’s Butchers. €2 per strip/3 strips €5.


Please contact Castlecuffe National School on 057-864-8238 if you wish to enrol your child for the school term starting in September 2013. Enrolment forms and information will be given to parents.


The village primary school is currently endeavouring to determine numbers for the school year 2013 –2014. It is imperative that parents of all Junior infants for September 2013 contact the school in writing over the next few weeks. Please give details of child’s name, address, date of birth and PPS number and your own contact number. Actual forms will be given later in year.


Women, women, women from far and near, we’re having a party! You will be wined, dined and dance the night away. It’s the 2013 Gathering in Clonaslee Community Centre on Friday April 19. Contact Dolores Murray on 087-414-8093 for more details.


The AGM was held on February 18 where Chairman John Callaghan opened the meeting with a minutes silence for the late John O’Keeffe, who had done great work in caring and looking after the green. He was always on hand to help the committee in any way he could. John thanked all the members who had worked voluntarily last year from May to August. Thanks were also extended to the three young people who had worked with the committee. It would be great to see more youth getting involved. A special thanks to Patricia Sheed and all FAS participants for the Trojan work done, this is much appreciated. Secretary and Treasurer gave very detailed reports of everything that took place. Funds are low as it costs a fair amount for flowers, spray, paint etc to enhance and improve the village. Chairman went on to say that Clonaslee received 5 points in the National competitions last year and this was good. Also we completed the litter challenge competition and lost due to four cigarette butts so he appealed to all businesses to please sweep early in front of their premises when competitions starts this year. Thanks were extended to Fr O’Reilly and Annette for publishing the reports, also Laois County Council, Laois Partnership, Ger O’Mahony and staff for their help and input in Clonaslee. Also thank you to those who kept their own areas. John thanked the community of Clonaslee for all the support at collections as without this we could not achieve what we have to date. Anyone interested in joining Tidy Towns is very welcome and can contact John on 087-613-2044. A vote of sympathy was extended to all who lost loved ones recently and in 2012.


The AGM was held February 25. New officers were elected: Chairman Pat Corbet, Vice Chairman John Cusack, Secretary Maura O’Gorman, Treasurer Mary Rose Corbet. A tribute was paid to outgoing chairman John Cusack who had worked hard over the past years with the community alert in Clonaslee. Tribute was also paid to Teresa Maloney who installs monitor alarms for the elderly, she goes beyond the call of duty to help when required. You can always get Teresa on 087-970-5651. Concern was expressed over lack of Garda presence and no one knows anymore when the Garda station is open. CCTV. was also discussed for the village, funds is a major problem. The committee appeal to everyone to be very vigilant as three houses were entered during the day while people were present, also items stolen in other places. If you see any vans and cars and they look suspicious, please report them. Make sure you close windows when going out, use peep hole if you have one. Those with monitor alarms press your panic button and don’t be afraid to do so as help will be on hand. Make sure you have plenty lighting around your house as burglars don’t like lighting. Be very alert and don’t entertain any caller selling stuff, always take the number of the van or car. Committee had a minutes silence for all who lost loved ones recently. The next meeting will be held on March 25.


We are in urgent need of good quality, second-hand, saleable furniture and household equipment (non-electrical) for our new ‘Vincent’s’ shop in Offaly Street, Tullamore. We would also be delighted to assist with house clearance. Collection can be made by prior arrangement. Distance from Tullamore is not a problem. Call us on 057-932-2072 or 087-738-4828.


Hairdresser Ann Marie Comerford from Cheveux Tullamore has been booked for our meeting on March 13 at 8 pm in the Community Centre to give a talk on looking after your hair. Also a nail and makeup technician will be here. This is an open meeting so everyone is welcome to join in.


A concert to celebrate Bicentenary of St Manman’s Church Clonaslee is planned for Friday May 24. We have eight different performers, both local and further afield, singing a variety of music on the night. Mark this date in your diaries for a special night of entertainment.


Learn how to dance with Maureen Culliton on Tuesday nights from 8pm – 9:30 pm in the Community Centre. No need for a partner. Everyone is very welcome to join.


The following plays will be part of the festival which starts on Friday March 8 and runs to Friday March 15. Each show starts at 8 pm sharp in the Community Arts Centre, Mountmellick with nightly tickets €10.


Sunday February 24: Top Score: Becky Thompson. Gents: 1 John Fitzpatrick 2 Tom Delaney. Ladies: 1 Heather Kelly 2 Paddy O’Dare. Quarters: 1 D Murray, P Grogan 2 Patricia Quinn, Tom Kearns 3 D Whelan 4 Lucy O’Brien. Raffle: Martin Delaney, Dolores Murray, Dinny Kelly, Becky Thompson, Teresa Byrne.


Jackpot not won. Winning no: 20-6-23. €30 winners: Keith Dunne, Tinnahinch; Emer O’Gorman, ‘Lissane’; Conor McCann, Ross; Coln Snell, Brittas; Maeve Bates, Clonaslee; Robert Corbet, Ballykaneen. Promoter’s prize: Chris Horan, Maura O’Gorman, Mary Rose Corbet. Next week’s Jackpot: €1400.


Jackpot not won. Winning no: 21-15-27. €40 winners: Dan Fitzgerald, Josh Flynn, Anne Carroll, Lorna Burke, Simon Purcell. Promoter’s prize: Ann Rigney. Next week’s Jackpot: €1,750.