Defibrillator event

Defibrillator event

There will be a free CPR defibrillator community training event on Friday May 3 at 7pm in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel. To secure your free place contact either Carole at 085-2421818 or Glen at 087-9173158. Certified by IHF/HSE. Alternatively email firstislandtraining@gmail.comCarers

The Carers Association Laois invites you to attend a Carers Support Group Meeting on Wednesday April 24 from 11am – 12.30pm in The Heritage House, Abbeyleix. A guest speaker on rights & entitlements will be joining us and you will have the chance to meet other Carers in the community over a cup of tea or coffee, for more information please contact Alison Hackett on 086-7957086.


An effort is being made to write a comprehensive history of Abbeyleix GAA Club. The group are looking for photographs, stories, paper cuttings, songs, poems or anything connected with the club. All memorabilia will be returned and any and all co-operation would be gratefully appreciated. This group would be grateful if you would make contact with Billy Phelan @ 086 3323205.


The group held their fundraiser in Durrow last Saturday night. The club organised a scavenger hunt through Durrow entitled “Durrow Debauchery”. The idea was that the teams had to answer clues and questions as they toured through Durrow. A big thank you to all those who supported us on the night and also to all the businesses throughout Durrow who allowed us to use their premises. It was a great success and we hope to do another one again in the future. Best of luck to Laura Brennan, Catherine Walshe, Bríd Walsh and Cathy Downey who are representing us in the next round of the set dancing competition in Cashel on the 4th of May. Laura Brennan is also taking part in the solo instrumental competition. Best of luck girls! The farm skills competition is coming up and anyone who is interested in taking part in it or in any other competition please contact Joe on (085) 7665838.


This cycle takes place on Sunday April 28 from Abbeyleix. Registration takes place from 1 o clock to 2.15pm with cycle starting at 2.30 sharp. Pre-registration may be achieved by ringing Mary at 086 3145176. Starting in the square, the cycle will then continue to Ballacolla, Durrow and then returning to Abbeyleix. This cycle is open to all ages and all bikes and all are welcome to attend.


Abbeyleix Conference of St Vincent de Paul annual golf classic in Abbeyleix Golf Club on May Bank Holiday Monday, 06th
May. Timesheet is up in Abbeyleix Golf Club. All support greatly appreciated.


The second fun run/walk takes places this Wednesday evening in Ballyroan at 7:30am. The distance is 5k and registration takes place from 6.15-7:15pm in Delaney’s Lounge. We had over 200 participants taking part in the Abbeyleix 4k and it would be fantastic to attain the same if not more! There is a prize for the first male and female and U16 juniors. There are plenty of spot prizes so everyone who finishes is in with a chance to win. Refreshments will be served immediately after in Delaneys. Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District AC would like to thank all who participate in our fun run series. Training continues on Tues evenings from 7:30 in the Ballyroan Abbey GAA pitch and new members are always welcome. There is a beginners jogging session from the Manor car park every Thurs eve from 7pm and again newcomers are always welcome.


Ballypickas GAA Club is taking part in Cootehil Celtic GAA’s Nationwide Sports Fundraising event on Saturday May 4th at 11:30am - a World Record Attempt for the Largest 3-Legged Race. If you would like to be part of this World Record Attempt in Ballypickas GAA Grounds, while helping to raise funds for your local club, just contact Michael McEvoy @ 087-2274952. All funds raised will be used by the participating local clubs to purchase much needed equipment and fund capital spending.

Tennis for Teenagers

Abbeyleix Tennis is open for juvenile membership at very competitive rates. We hold fun social tennis every Friday night from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. New members are welcome to join. Please telephone Sinead for details on 086 3822639. Castle Durrow Shield/ Competition Our annual Castle Durrow Shield competition for our juvenile members takes place on Friday April 26 starting at 7pm. This competition is open to juvenile members with a seeded draw. The annual competition is running since 2008 for a perpetual Shield presented to the club by the Stokes family of Castle Durrow who we thank for their continued support. Entry €5 includes a BBQ/refreshments. Parents and visitors welcome. Closing date for entries is Thursday, April 25. Entries on the sheet in club house or phone Sinead for details.