Laois Walks Festival

Laois Walks Festival

Grantstown Lake Walk Ballacolla on Wed, July 8 Grade C • 7 km • 2 hours. Includes some quiet roads and laneways with nice countryside views. Meet: Topaz Service Station 7.30pm

Walk on Mon, 20 July Grade C • 7 km • 2 hours lk. Meet at Hayes’s Shop, Ballacolla 7.30pm.


The Ossory Agricultural Show will take place on Sunday July 26 at the Showgrounds, Coolfin Cross, Mountrath Road, Rathdowney. There will be classes in cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, eggs, jam, home baking, arts, crafts vegetables, produce, flowers and photography, also junior classes. There will be many attractions on the day including cookery demonstrations, vintage show, trade stands, dog show, music and much more. also junior classes. An annual highlight of the show is the Most Suitably dressed Lady and Gentleman, Little Miss Ossory and Most Suitably Dressed Boy.

Show schedule and further details about the show are available from the secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney at 087-9975902, fax 0505-48939. Information also available from Show Chairman Peter Ging 086-23945783, , e-mail address

Clough ICA

Clough I C A held their monthly meeting on Thursday June 11 their was a good attendance A vote of sympathy was passed with the Carrigan Family on the death of Cannon James Carrigan also with the Broderick Family the Davin Family and Margaret Hanlon on their recent sad bereavements

Members will attend the Federation meeting in Clonaslee on June 24 also members will take part in the walk for Laois Hospice and the Cuisle centre on June 28. Competition winners were Nora Hyland and Sheila Coonan. Paul O Toole attended and demonstrated how to fill hanging Baskets, window boxes and planters which was enjoyed by everyone. Raffle winners were Maureen Dobbyn, Maura Mc Evoy, Sheila Coonan, Nora Hyland, Breda Phelan, Margaret Hanlon, Phil Nolan, Noreen Byrne, Peggy Bergin, Breda Bolger, Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Broderick, Mary Dunne, Kitty Hogan, Anna Bergin and Josie Mc Cartney.The Guild is on holidays for July and August. Thanks to Maura Mc Evoy for doing Chairperson.


Clough I C A Members and ABC members are going walking for the summer Months on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Meet at Coonans Lane

Outing to Knock

Anyone interested in going on an outing to Knock in mid July please contact Noreen Byrne on 0868389590

ABC Club

Outing to Emo Court on Wednesday July 1st. Bus in Clough at 2pm Names to Sheila Coonan by June 27.

Ossory Agricultural Show

Held their AGM on Monday May 18th Show. The Chairman welcomed everyone and Catherine Fitzgerald read minutes of last year’s AGM. The chairman thanked Secretery Catherine, sponsors, stewards, judges, committee members and he said without them we would not be able to stage the show. He also thanked Margaret Campion who looks after the newspapers for notes

Election of officers Show President Robert Roe, Vice Presidents William Mansfield, Johhny Brophy, Paddy Lowrey, Liam Walsh James Stanley, George Roe, Irene Newman, Lilly Sheeran; Chairman Peter Ging; Vice-President Betty Stanley; Show Secretery Catherine Fitzgerald; Joint Treasurers Seames Costigan, Jack Cooper; PROs Margaret Campion, Marty Phelan, Paddy Buggy. The show will be held in the show grounds at Coolfin, Rathdowney on Sunday 26th July. A great day out for all the family.