Clean UP

Clean UP

Come and help clean up Rathdowney, a group meet every Wednesday night at 7.30pm in the square, if you can spare an hour please come along and help out. If possible bring a shovel or brush or hoe. Some great work is been done but it needs more people for the summer months.


The shop in Rathdowney are in need of donations, of ladies, gents and children’s clean clothes. Bags, shoes and accessories also accepted. Your donations are very much appreciated and can be dropped into the shop Vincent’s any day.


Summer opening Hours from Saturday May 31, the museum will be open all weekends and bank holidays throughout the months of June, July, August and September between the hours of 2pm to 5pm. If you wish to avail of a tour outside of these hours please phone Trevor on 086 829 6685. The museum is on Facebook and Twitter, please come and join us.


A collection will take place on Thursday and Friday, 19 and 20 June in Dunnes Stores and Supervalu Rathdowney on behalf of the Mater Foundation Heart and Lung appeal. In appreciation from Sally and Joe Wheelan.

GAA Lotto

There was no winner in this week’s jackpot which was €3,100. The numbers drawn were 14, 21, 22, 23. The 10 winners of €15 were Tommy Hickey, Marie Dempsey, Mary Finane, Patrick Meehan, Pamela Whelan, Ger Mitchell, Marie Sinnott, Robert Stanley, Rebecca Treacy, Barbara Fitzpatrick. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,250. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.

Cycling Club

Ossory Cyclin Club in conjunction with National Bike Week are holding a 10K leisure cycle on Tuesday June 17, starting at 7pm from the Square Rathdowney. Supervised cycle, all are welcome. Helmets must be worn on cycle. Also every Tuesday night until end of summer months OCC are reintroducing their A, B and leisure group cycles. Cycles will commence at 7pm sharp. Each group will have its own team leader and each leader will pick a course that will suite their group. We would like to welcome any new leisure cyclist to joins on our cycles, the leisure cycle is guaranteed to be at a pace that will suite everybody in the group (slow). All are welcome to join us, Juveniles must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Important, helmets must be worn at all times. No helmet no cycle. For information on leisure group contact Terry Smeaton 0877605446

Cemetery Masses

Cemetery masses will take place on the following Fridays Bealady Cemetery June 27, Local cemetery July 11, Errill Cemetery July 18. Grogan and closed cemeteries July 25, in Grogan Church grounds. All masses will be at 8pm.

Agricultural Show

Laois County Show will take place on Sunday, July 27 Coolfin, Rathdowney Co Laois. €1,000 beef bullock, €1,000 beef heifer, €1,000 fresian calf championship, crossbred Belgian blue championship, working hunter championship, vintage, sidesaddle, cookery demonstration, home produce and side shows.

Other attractions: cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, craft, eggs, flowers, baking, jams, sewing, knitting, vegetables, photography, flower arrangements. Junior classes, most suitable dressed lady and gentleman on show day. Little Miss Ossory, most suitable dressed boy on show day. Fun dog show, trade stands, music and lost more.

A fun day out for all the family. For details and schedule enquiries contact Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney, mobile 087 9975902, fax 0505 48939 email: ossoryshow@eircom.net website www.ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573.

Walking festival

Laois Walks committee has announced a number of events which are to take place as part of the month long festival. Events begin on Tuesday, July 1 in Timahoe with a number of outings throughout the month. On Tuesday, July 8 a grade B walk (9km) takes place in Capponellan Woods in Durrow, starting from Capponellan Woods car park from 7.30pm. On Friday July 11 a grade C walk (2 hours) will take place at Grantstown Lake at 7.30pm. Events over the month will take in Dunmore Woods, Leafy Loops in Durrow and various locations throughout the county.

Further details from http://www.facebook.com/LaoisWalksFestival‌