closed for the summer recess on Wednesday June 27, with a lovely meal and social evening in the local golf club. The past six months has proved to be an active time in the club. In May, 30 members enjoyed a four day trip to Sligo and went on tours to some interesting places like the Arigna coal mines, Glencar Water Falls, the Ceolaras music museum where we were entertained by a group of traditional musicians, singers and dancers. Also we went on a cruise on the Rose of Innisfree tour boat and that included live commentary and poetry recital. The lovely sunny weather for the four days added to the enjoyment. At the weekly meetings that take place in Cuan Bhride every Tuesday there was a mixed range of activities like bingo, music and dancing, exercises for the elderly. Guest speakers were invited to attend some meetings and delivered some interesting information on a variety of topics. Five members attended the ‘Go for Life’ course in Portlaoise. This was a programme for sport and physical activity for older people. Some social outings also took place. Remember new members are always welcome. The club members were saddened to hear of the recent untimely death of Mary Purcell who had been in the club for some time. Sincere sympathy is extended to her husband Eddie and family.


10th annual charity cycle, Rathdowney to Achill, the August bank holiday weekend. Everyone is training hard with training cycles taking place most evenings departing The Square at 7pm. This year’s cycle is in aid of Aislinn, an adolescent addiction centre in Ballyragget and local charities, all cyclists have sponsorship cards. Pub bingo in O’Reilly’s lounge at 9pm tonight, Wednesday July 11, great night to be had. All welcome, don’t forget to bring your marker and clipboard.


is now open to all during daylight hours. There is no hurling allowed on the MUGA pitch as it will damage the surface, other games allowed football, tennis, basketball, Frisbee. There is no smoking allowed in the playground nor MUGA.


will be held on Sunday, July 22 at the Showgrounds on the Mountrath Road, Rathdowney. For any details or enquiries contact Catherine Fitzgerald 087 9975902, 0505 48939, email ossoryshow@eircom.net website www.ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573, treasurer Irene Newman 086 8402125. Closing date for entries July 11.


fundraising rock event on this Saturday July 14, a great night out in the Ossory Agricultural Showgrounds, Mountrath Road, Rathdowney. 5th annual Irish 66ers’ BBQ 7-9pm with DJ Ali D, followed by local band Outa Diesel and Cork based rock band Revenge on stage from 10.30 to late. Full open bar available. Tickets €10 available in Corcoran’s Bar or in the Card Stand.


for closed cemeteries will be held in Rathdowney Church on Friday July 13.


competition, 1st David Moore, 2nd Aidan Doyle, 3rd Michael Gilman.


is hosting the next leg of the Cahill Cycles Inter Club League this Thursday, July 12, starting at 7pm sharp. The race will start and finish at the Card Stand. There will be parking restrictions along the left side of the main street from Moore St to Peadar’s pub, it will come into force from 6pm until approximately 9pm. We would ask the public to obey the marshals along the route. Please come out to support and encourage the cyclist along the way. RATHDOWNEY NOTES

If you wish to put a note in the Leinster Express please leave it into the Card Stand by Sunday 5pm.