Culture night

Culture night

On Culture Night September 19 there will by an open studio exhibition at Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix 3-7pm by artist Carol Booth at Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix. Carol’s studio was built in Fruitlawn Gardens designed Arthur Shackleton. Everyone is welcome to come and visit the studio and wander around the garden. For directions contact- 057 8730146.

On Culture Night September 19 CCE Timpeall Cnoc Ceili Night at Knock Hall, Spink 7pm-10pm. Enjoy an evening of music, story telling, dancing, song with Spink Comhaltas. For details contact Lawrence Vesey at 086 2660768 or email: The branch’s music classes have resume. Adult classes commence in October. Spink branch operates a comprehensive instrument bank for junior members which allows instruments to be rented at a low cost. Contact for more details.

Come Dancing

Strictly come Dancing dance classes have at the Abbeyleix Golf Clubhouse on Wednesdays at 8pm. Male dancers required. Show in the Heritage Hotel on Saturday October 4, Call 0868180153.

Juvenile soccer

Training for children born in 2006 on Tuesday evening from 7 to 8pm and children born 2005 on Friday evening from 7 to 8pm. Trials for older age groups call Mick 0872765871 Abbeyleix Juvenile Soccer Club.

Kids & Koffee

Ballyroan Playgroup, ‘Kids & Koffee’ every Friday 10am - 12pm in the Ballyroan Community Hall. Loads of toys for kids of all ages - from baby toys & building blocks to soft play & pop up tents - and plenty of space for everyone to have fun & interact. Costs €3 per household and all parents, childminders and pre-school children/toddlers/babies are welcome. Community-run group and a great place to meet and make friends over a cup of tea or beaker of juice! Call Kyra 0860651485, or just come along.


New drama season starting soon, if you have a talent for acting or any of the backstage duties, the counties leading theatre group wants to hear form you. Contact Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick on 087 9614235.

Table quiz

Table Quiz takes place on Thursday Sept 18 at 8pm in Grellan Delaneys, Portlaoise. Teams of four €40. All support appreciated. Enquiries 087 9614235.


September meeting was held on Sept 2, Mary Hearns, acting President opened the meeting with prayers and My Land. 15 members attended and were given a warm welcome after summer recess. Alice Reilly read the minutes of July Meeting. Catherine Smith gave treasurers report. Federation meeting will be held in portlaoise parish hall, Wednesday September 17 @ 8pm. Knitting club in the library from Wednesday October 1 10.30 – 12.30, all are welcome. Palataes takes place Wed Oct 1 in Social Service Hall @ 2 – 3pm. ICA choir at ploughing championship wed at gig rig @ 11 o clock and in ICA marquee @ 12 o clock. Christmas baking demo by Catherine Layden of TV 3 fame is I aid of Cuisle Cancer Support Centre Portlaoise, it will be held in Telefords electric on Saturday October 25 at 8pm. A big thank you was expressed to all members past and present, who made the launching of the Centenary Seat which was a great success. Abbeyleix ICA centenary book is still available at Morans, Abbeyleix Library, Heritage Centre, Easons and All Books or any member.

Jam competition 1 Violet Rothwell, 2 Alice Reilly, 3 Bride Reilly. Raffle was won by Bernie Carroll, Maureen o Keeffe. Meeting ended with lovely supper served by Mary Carroll. Next meeting takes place October 1.


Little Treasures Parent and Toddler Group re-starts on Wednesday 17th September from 10am to 12pm in the Respond Building in Gort na Noir, behind Balladine. Cost is €2 per family. Everyone Welcome.


Juvenile Chess Club meets every Saturday morning at 10am. Noel Hume will hold an Exhibition of paintings in the gallery during September.

Storytelling with Lesley for 3-6 year olds resumes on Saturday 4th of October at 11.30am.

CoderDojo classes are postponed for the summer and will resume in October.

Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 year olds. The next class time and details will be posted here later. Booking is essential for each class. Ring the library at 057-8730020.

Our Knitting Club will resume at 10.30am on Wednesday 1st October 2014.

10 week Introduction to Computers commences on Thursday 25th September.

Caontact Orla Mulligan, Laois Partnership 057-8661900.

10 week Digital Lifestyle Skills for Women training commences, Friday 26 September.also call Orla Mulligan

Our Adult Book Club recommences on Thursday 25th September at 6pm. The book to be discussed is ‘The Secret Scripture’ by Sebastian Barry.

We hope to set up a Juvenile Book Club in October. more detail to follow.’

Laois Hospice

This year Laois Hospice coffee morning takes place on Thursday, September 18, Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning sponsored by Bewley’s. Would you have an hour to spare on the 18th to host a coffee morning or evening or arrange a coffee morning in your workplace. Invite in a few friends and put on the kettle and share a cup of coffee. Laois Hospice are looking for people to host coffee mornings or evenings on 18th September. If you would like to be a host please contact Seamus O’Donoghue at 086 8709311 or Mary Delaney at 086 8157280 for supply of coffee. All monies collected in Laois are spent on hospice services in Laois. Thank you for your continued support to Laois Hospice.