Heritage House

Heritage House

Heritage House announce the return of the very enjoyable Viking Shield Making workshop which will take place on Saturday, January 17 between 2 pm and 4 pm.

There will also be a St. Brigid’s Cross Making Workshop on Saturday, January 31 at 2 pm, which is just in time for the feast day of one of our Patron Saints on 1st February. All are welcome and booking is recommended. For more check out Heritage House facebook page, call Paula on 0578731653 or email


Benefit night in aid of Pat Tynan in Abbeyleix Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Saturday, January 31 9pm. Music by Abbeyfolk and guests. Finger food & raffle. Admission €10.

St Vincent de Paul Shop

Abbeyleix St. Vincent de Paul would be delighted to accept donations of good quality men’s, women’s, and children’s clean clothing, toys and games and quality homeware.

Abbeyleix Bog

The Abbeyleix Bog Project is planning to build another section of the board walk in 2015, which will continue this loop in the picture across the entire bog. It will be open to the entire community to buy their very own metre of Board walk , which will have your own name plaque which you can dedicate to whoever you like . The cost per metre is €90 and all work will be done voluntarily . what a fantastic real community project. Contact Gary O’Keeffe 087 2651220,

The first Conservation Work Group for 2015 will take place from 10am on Saturday, January 31 in conjunction with IWT Laois/Offaly Branch and Groundwork. The aim of the day will be to sweep an area adjacent to the old railway, remove the smaller and manageable rhododendron saplings and trees, and map the bigger clusters for cutting and removal later on.

Bring wellies, weather suitable clothes and some lunch. Gloves, tools, tea & biscuits provided. Call 085 78322545 Meet at the Manor Hotel car park. Work for four hours.

Sue Ryder Shop

The Sue Ryder shop in Abbeyleix is always looking for donations of ladies, gents & childrens clothing. Bric a brac, bed linen, gift sets, jewellery and furniture. Contact Mairead or Marguerite.

Tidy Towns

Abbeyleix Tidy Towns are providing a recycling cage for small electric items such a kettles, toasters and batteries. Items can be dropped into the cages provided at the back of White & O’ Donoghue’s office at Market Square for collection.

Work is already underway on the 2015 Abbeyleix Tidy Towns plan. The committee is pleased that the application for Laois County Council funding for The Southern Gateway (as part of their Sustainable Communities plan) has been successful.

This grant will improve the green infrastructure, by planning through green pathways and connecting existing biodiversity hotspots of the town. The committee would like to recognise the tremendous assistance and generosity of both time and expertise received from Emma Seale (Ecologist), Brian Gaynor (Landscape Architect), and Brian Maher (Planner & Chartered Architectural Technologist), who drew up a very compressive workable plan and provided their services free of charge.

This is a very exciting initiative and we are delighted to have the support of our partners – The Abbeyleix Bog Project and Laois County Council Special Project Section.

Tidy Towns will be installing tree identification labels on the trees around the town and on the Main Street. This was made possible with funding received from Laois Partnership.

Tidy Towns are happy to pass on the many compliments that visitors to our town made about the tremendous effort made by so many people to give the town a very festive appearance. Our thanks to Abbeyleix and District Lions Club, especially Bernard and his great support network that transforms the town into a winter wonderland every year. Our thanks also to the C.E scheme, which provides vital support to the Lions Club Lights Committee every year and for all the assistance they give to the many groups during the year.

The work of Tidy Towns is 365 days of the year and much has been achieved by working together for the common good of the town.

There is still room for improvement, however. If you have free time or a skill that you think would be of benefit to the town, we would be delighted to welcome you on board.