Abbeyleix active retirement are re-opening after the summer break on Thursday, September 5 at 2pm. Meeting takes place in the Respond Centre, Gort na Noir, Abbeyleix. New members welcome. Lots of events and outings planned for the autumn.


Abbeyleix Community Alert meeting takes place on Tuesday September 10 at 8pm in the Social Service Centre, Mountrath Road, Abbeyleix. New members very welcome.

Cannonball run

A big thank you to all the sponsors for helping organise the abbeyleix stage of cannonball run 2013

Spink Comhaltas

Spink Comhaltas registration night on the Friday, September 13 for the coming year. New members are always welcome. Registration starts at 7pm in the evening and we will be there until 8.30pm in Knock Hall SPINK. We will then be starting back to tuition on Friday 20th following the school cycle. Classes for Under 18 members, in Knock Hall, Spink on Friday’s, from 7pm until 9pm (in 3 classes) (September to May). Adult classes in Heritage House, Abbeyleix, on Thursday evenings, at a time which suits participants. The club’s extensive Music Instrument Bank allows members to have access to high quality instruments at a low cost. The music teachers are highly experienced. Instrument taught include: tin whistle, flute, fiddle, acccordion, concertina, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, uillean pipes, harp, bodhran, drums, and guitar and piano.

Music in d’house

Music in D’House was launched at the start of the Summer and what a good summer it was too! Now that the days are a little cooler we are planning to resume the Sunday afternoon sessions at Heritage House, Abbeyleix from Sunday, September 1 onwards.

The sessions are led by professional musicians such as Áine McGeeney (lead tutor), Colm Phelan, Yvonne Bolton and others. The sessions are open to anyone who can hold a tune and all age groups are welcome.

Funding is provided by Laois Partnership Ltd so that cost is not an issue for participants

Threshing day for Knock NS

Two of the oldest and best preserved ladies of steam will come together in Spink, Abbeyleix on the 15th September, to work and support Knock National School’s “Threshing day”. They will be joined in what will be a full day of history by a number of local vintage clubs and associations with classic cars, High Nelly bikes and working machinery to display.

The Colleen Bawn a 113 year old, fully restored Marshall general purpose steam engine and the Foyle family’s 105 year old, unrestored Aveling and Porter Steam Engine will come together for the first time in many years. While the Aveling and Porter has been resting in a hay barn for 40 years, the Colleen Bawn originally owned by the Keating family of Knockbaun, then the Fleming family of The Swan spent a number of years in the UK and she is now owned by Pat Kelly of Wexford.

The Colleen Bawn will drive the restored mill for some of the thrashing followed by various vintage tractors, the traditional farming and working methods being used will give an insight into past farm practises. The oats being threshed on the day will be used to re thatch the roof of the nearby Old House, Aughnacross.

Other entertainment on the day will include sheaf throwing, archery, bull’s eye, bottle and wheel of fortune stands, book and craft stands, live music, refreshments and a barbeque. The opportunity to guess how long it will take to seize the engine of a car depleted of water and oil and the best day of the year for dressing up in your vintage duds.

As part of the Threshing Day a baking and crafts competition will be held for children and adults. Kelly-Lou Cakes, Kew-Lew Business Park, Portlaoise have agreed to judge the competitions. Entries to be handed into Marquee at the Threshing Day on Sunday 15th between 12 noon and 1pm with Results & Prizes at 3pm

The Threshing day is part of Knock NS’s fundraising project Renovation for Education to raise funds for a new classroom at the school. Information and directions available on the, Renovation for Education Knock NS, Facebook page and website, Admiss €5 for adults, children free. Gates open at 12noon.