St Peter’s Church would like to thank everyone who made the recent fun dog show (June 4) such a huge success. In particular, they would like to express their gratitude to the many local businesses for their generous prizes. Special thanks also to David and Phyllis Clegg for generously allowing use of their garden and grounds and to Kathleen Whitcroft for her expertise, advice and for recommending judges for the event. Thanks to the Cllr Matthew Keegan, for giving his time to award the ‘Dog I’d Most Like to Take Home’ prize. Finally, thanks to everyone who helped to make the event happen, in spite of the last-minute change of date, so many that attended commented on how well-organised it was. We look forward to doing it again in 2013.


Results for Thursday June 28. Eight and a half table Mitchell movement.

N/S 1st Noreen Kilkenny and Sally Collins, 2nd Kevin Kennedy and Maire Fennin,Gross Margaret Nee and Ette Kennedy,. 3rd Frances Conroy and Ethel Culliton. E/W 1st Sr. Madeline and Kay Horan, 2nd Hanna Meade and Bridie Egan, Gross Celia and Dave Downes, 3rd Meera Saxena and Suzanne Downes.

Summer bridge sessions are held every Thursday evening in the Sue ryder Centre, Kilminchy starting at 7.30pm sharp. All are welcome.


The well known floral artist and garden designer Enda Thompson-Phelan has very generously agreed to open her spectacular gardens at Clonohill House, Coolrain Co Laois (beside the Laois Angling Centre) to the public on Sunday July 15 in aid of Laois Hospice Foundation. An ideal summer outing is promised either for the keen gardener, the armchair gardener or just to enjoy a day out in these spectacular gardens. Open from 1pm to 7pm, those attending can enjoy Enda’s informative guided tour followed by afternoon tea. Admission is €10 which includes afternoon tea. A day not to be missed.


Club now closed until September 5. Bowls will continue Mondays St Marys 2 – 4pm. Wishing all our members a good summer. July 25 2 day trip Belfast and Carlingford. Bus leaves 8am. Last day for paying balance French holiday

July 27 after 10am mass. New members welcome in September. Contact 057 8621571 or 057 8621913.


Market is on this Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm in St Mary’s Hall, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, then closing for August.


Youth Work Ireland Laois are looking for volunteer leaders to work in the new Portlaoise Youth Café opening soon.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as a volunteer in partnership with young people, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders, to empower and enable young people in matters that shape their lives, communities and society at large. Volunteer leader training and ongoing support will be provided. If this is for you, contact Joe Thompson, 057 86 65010, or email jthompson@ywilaois.ie.


Community mental health support group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Community Mental Health Centre, Bridge St, Portlaoise for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety etc.


The library is organising a summer reading challenge for primary school children called Story Lab, it will run until Friday, August 31. Children are asked to register for the challenge at their local library (becoming a member if they are not already) and to read six books, collecting library stamps for each one. At the end of the summer, everyone who has received their six stamps will be invited back to the library to receive their gold medal. Story Lab promises to be great fun with a pack for entrants, stickers to collect along the way and its own story and characters on the website www.story-lab.org.uk.


The Laois Domestic Abuse Service now have a book stand in the Dunamaise Theatre and would appreciate donations of books. Please contact 057 8671100 or call in to our office located at 3 Kellyville Court, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise. All donations would be much appreciated.