Spink Dev Assoc

Spink Dev Assoc

Emergency First Aid course being run in Knock Hall on November 26 by Ali Shrahestani (Ali Active Training) from 7 to 9pm with a question and answer session afterwards. cost is €10. Those interested should contact Ali, Michael Mc Evoy, Anne Cass, Peggy Costigan, Noreen Cahill, Eamonn Brophy, Micheal Kehoe or any committee member to book a place.


Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine for night vigil on December 7. Bus leaves Abbeyleix at 6.45pm. To book call Maura 086 3344722.


Home Instead Senior Care will hold a seminar in the library from 5.30pm - 7.30pm on November 14. Home Instead Senior Care is the largest non medical home care provider in Ireland. They provide assistance to older people e.g. light house keeping duties, meal preparation, personal hygiene, incontinence care and Alzheimer and Dementia Care. Our new Chess Club takes place every Wednesday at 3.30pm. Adults and children are welcome. Storytelling 3-6 year olds every Saturday at 11.30am. We are currently taking names for a knitting club which we hope to start in mid November, more detail will follow. The next meeting of our Adult Book Club is on Thursday November 28, between 6-7 pm. The book to be discussed is ‘At Swim-to-Birds’ by Flann O’Brien.

ICA Book launch

A huge crowd turned out to Heritage House last week for the launch of the Abbeyleix ICA’s book to celebrate 100 years in existance. They hardback book gives a wonderful social history of the town and its characters, and will be a great stocking filler this Christmas. Contact any of the ICA members to pick up a copy.


The group present “A Variety Night”, with music, song, dance and comedy. Something to suit all ages on Thursday December 5 at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Friday December 13 at athy Arts centre, Saturday December 14 at Shanahoe hall and Sunday December 15 in Portlaoise Parochial hall. 8pm nightly all enquiries to 087 9614235. Top talent with local and visiting artists. A night not to be missed at a venue near you.

Vita Music and Song

Friends of Fr Kevin Doheny are hosting a concert on Friday 22nd of November at 8pm in The Church of The Assumption Ballyouskill. Local choirs and musicians will perform to raise funds for the charity founded by Ballymartin native Fr Kevin Doheny whose vision was to enable and empower rural households and communities in Africa to build sustainable livelihoods. Fr Doheny dedicated his life to helping people in need to become self-sufficient and the proceeds from this concert will go directly to projects in Ethiopia. Tickets E10 and are available from members of the committee (email or on the door.