St Fintan’s Gaels calendars for 2014 are now available at a cost of €10 each from John Sinnott or Seamus Lahart.


Heywood Community School Enrolment Night will take place on Thursday 23 January at 7 p.m. for Prospective 1st year students and their parents.


A 13-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place form 1 to 13 March 2014. The trip will take in Bethlehem, Nazareth, The visitation site, Sea of Galilee, Cana, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, Mount of the Beatitudes, Jericho, Bethany, Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea. The cost of the trip is €1885pps and a single supplement of €290 applies. The spiritual director for the trip will be Fr. Brian Kavanagh and the leader of the trip is Maureen Ahern, phone 087 2319639. Tour operators - Pilgrimages Abroad, Dublin. Phone 01 6359300.


Numbers drawn: 5,9.16. No winner. 4 x €20: Eimear Walsh, Maud Dunne, ArranMcGowan & Dan Sinnott. This week’s jackpot: €900.

Tidy Towns

Do you know that there are 32 Tidy Towns Groups in Laois. If you are looking to do something different for the new year why not help out with your local group.

Tidy Towns groups work tirelessly to improve the areas in which we live and a few hours a week can make a huge difference. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in your local community you should contact a member or check the local newspapers / newsletter to find out what is happening in your area.

If you do not have contact details for your local group please contact Siobhan Donoher who will assist you in this regard. Email: sdonoher@laoiscoco.ie or call 057 86 74330.#

Well done

Congrats to all those involved in the staging of the Hansel and Gretel Pantomime which was staged last week in the James Fintan Lalor Hall, Raheen.