MOUNTRATH & Ballyfin

Rambling House

Rambling House

On Thursday August 28 at 8.30pm, An Sean Chistin in Irey in Ballyfin will be the venue for the Rambling House Session, to celebrate Heritage Week. All are welcome to the evening of music, dance, song, story, cuppa and chat. Further details from Maureen at 087 6482038.

Irish history Live

Interactive live history show for children with Michael Moylan is back in Mountrath Library as part of Heritage Week on Wednesday, August 27 from 11.45pm. Children get a chance to dress up in costume and use replicas and historical artefacts. This year it features World War I. Booking essential. Age 8-12. e 057 875 6378

Camera Club

Recently the Irish Wildlife Trust in Laois asked local photographers for their help to illustrate our up and coming ‘Wildlife of Laois’ talk (Portlaoise Library, Thursday August 28, 7pm) by submitting their Wildlife/landscape photos. The trust sends a big thanks to all the Mountrath and District Camera Club who really got on board.


The Tower Classic & Vintage Club, Ballyfin, Car & Tractor Road Run, In Aid of Bone Marrow For Leukaemia Trust, Burkitt Unit, St. James Hospital, Dublin & Laois Hospice Foundation Ltd. On Saturday September 7 2014 at 2.00pm. Starting from the Community Hall, Ballyfin. Contact Denis: 087-9488015


August 20 is the last night to use the training fields on the Shannon Road. The lands are now private. Persons must be aware that insurance cover finished tonight August 20. All training sessions must transfer to Clonin. Please book the Clonin grounds through our club secretary as other clubs will also be using this field. Many thanks to Seamus Burke for the use of the field and to the vast majority of people on the Shannon Rd many thanks for your support over the past two playing seasons. Many thanks also to the Clonin Community Committee for the use of their facilities. The lotto jackpot worth €4800 was not won. Next lotto is worth €5000 in Toms bar.

Ballyfin Field Day

Ballyfin GAA is hosting its annual field day on Sunday, September 14 from 1-6pm. More attractions planned than last year. Fun for all the family and all ages promised. The day also marks the opening of the club’s new pitch. Attractions on the day: obstacle course, bouncy castle, mini golf, sliotar, football & frisbee target, face painting, buzzer box, hurling pipe etc. Loads of prizes to be won on the day also. Mark it in your diary and all are welcome. Quantum sale draw in the Deadman’s Inn on Sunday, September 14.

Paddock NS

Paddock NS parents and pupils are participating in a 5k Mide Mud Run in Nobber in Meath on August 30 at 11am. Everyone welcome to come and support. Thanks to Joe Moore for the use of his coach, and Martina and Gerry Williams from Dawn to Dusk in Mountrath for getting the t-shirts printed up do quickly. The parents committee thank everyone who kindly sponsored.


The knitting club continues to meet every Friday morning 10:30-12:30pm all welcome.


The sale of jam continues in Costcutters Mountrath and Phelan’s Shop Castletown. We would like to thank everyone for their continuing support for this worthy cause by buying jam and donating fruit.


The outdoor gym in the local amenity park can be used by all ages. We would encourage all local clubs and groups to use this facility.


Mountrath Country Markets is open every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon in The Macra Hall on Main Street. Come and see for yourself. To place an order phone 87 32510 or 8735368.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St. Peter and Pauls Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or or the locall Helpline 1890303302.