TIDY TOWNS CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER
Stradbally Tidy Towns are holding their annual fundraising Christmas Tree draw on Saturday, December 22 in Dunnes Lounge. Ticket Price €1.
First Prize €200, 2nd Prize €100, 3rd Prize €50, 4th Prize €30, 5th Prize €25, 6th Prize €20. Free draw for spot prizes on the night and music also. Your continued support much appreciated.
The GOAL Mile will be held in Oakvale Woods on Christmas morning. Run, walk, jog or crawl a mile for charity. Collection at start. Billy O’Neill has more information.
STRADBALLY ST VINCENT DE PAUL
The local St Vincent de Paul are looking for donations which can go on sale in the shop. If you have any unwanted items such as good quality ladies, gents and childrens clothing and footwear, furniture, bric-a-brac, they can be dropped off Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm. A big thank you to everyone who has donated unwanted items so far. Christmas Cards for sale in the shop 10 for €3. The Food Appeal takes place on December 14 and 15 - boxes in Supervalu, Phelans and John Delaney, Timahoe. All food will be distributed locally. Your support is greatly appreciated.
CHRISTMAS WHIST DRIVE
Next whist drive will be the Christmas fare, turkeys, hampers, Christmas cake, ham, whiskey, etc. It will be held on Friday, December 21 commencing at 8.30pm and all are welcome.
CHRISTMAS flower DEMONSTRATION
Christmas demonstration will be held on this Wednesday, December 5 in St. Joseph’s Hall commencing at 8pm. Evonne Harte, from All Occasions, Portlaoise will give a demonstration and all arrangements will be raffled at the end of the night. Sit down supper will be served and admission is €8 and all are welcome.
Flower club christmas DINNER
Stradbally Flower and Garden Club’s annual Christmas dinner will be held in The Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday, December 15. Bus leaving at 6.30pm. All places are limited so please give names as soon as possible to Vera Donohoe, Dorrie Moran or Francis Scully or any member of the committee.
VICARSTOWN GOOSE CLUB
A reminder that the Vicarstown Goose Club will be held on Sunday, December 16. Not to be missed.
VICARSTOWN ACTIVE RETIREMENT OUTING
Active Retirement Christmas Outing will take place on December 12 to Ashbrook House, Durrow for Christmas Dinner and afterwards old time dancing. Bus leaving Vicarstown at 5.45pm. Phone 057 8626158 for more details.
NIGHT VIGIL TO KNOCK
Night Vigil to Knock on Friday, December 7 for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Bus leaves Stradbally at 6pm and Annie O’Neill has more information. Tel 057 8625323. Booking essential.
Confirmation will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally on Saturday, March 9, 2013 and in St. Michael’s Church, Timahoe on Saturday, March 2.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
First Holy Commnion will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally on Saturday, May 18, 2013 and in St. Michael’s Church, Timahoe on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
COMMUNITY GAMES UPDATE
As always we would encourage parents to become actively involved or anybody interested in sports or any of the activities provided. The winter programme will soon start so calling on children with an interest in writing, chess and draughts, singing, dancing, recitation, choirs, drama or hand writing (U-10). Anybody with an interest of coaching any of the above or perhaps Tag Rugby or rounders are always welcome. Details available from Claire O Neill 0860519860 and Zandra Horgan 0867988855.
We are looking for host families for 2013 for Adi Roche Chernobyl International Stradbally / Portarlington group or surrounding areas.
Applications need to be in by October 12th and any enquries please contact Aishling 087 1245291, Audrey 087 7984177, Orlagh 086 0892699 or Ann- Marie 087 7809369.
LAOIS CARERS ASSOCIATION
The Laois Carers Association are holding a Christmas Fare on Saturday, December 8 in the Portlaoise Parish Centre from 10am until 4pm. If you would like to take a table please contact Bernie Healy 086-3688583 or Alison Hackett, Outreach Development Officer at 086-7957086.
ST COLMANS CHRISTMAS BUMPER HAMPER DRAW
The St Colman’ School, Stradbally Christmas Bumper Hamper draw will take place on Friday, December 21 in the school. Tickets are €2 each or book of 11 for €20. Your support greatly appreciated.
Church Gate collection for the Timahoe Playground will be held on Sunday, December 9. All support welcome.
RATHENISKA GOOSE CLUB
The Ratheniska Goose Club will be held on Sunday, December 9 in St Aengus Hall commencing at 7pm. Your continued support much appreciated.