heritage week

heritage week

Saturday August 22: Working with Greenwood demonstration, 10am - 3pm in Heritage House. Call 8731653. August 22 and 23: Abbeyleix Heritage Weekend, 10.30am - 7pm at O’Shea’s Demesne, Cork Rd with Heritage talks, children’s games, craft stalls, tradition music and craft demos. Call 087 7696211. Tuesday August 25: 10.30am Children’s Wildlife Art Workshop in Abbeyleix library, call 8730020 to book, 7-12 years. 11am: ‘Kids Shipwreck Dig’ at Heritage House, book at 8731653. 3pm ‘What’s in that Rock?’ geology and fossil workshop. 11am ‘Botany on the Bog’, meet at Abbeyleix bog entrance for an expert guided tour of bog ecology. Wednesday August 26: Interactive ‘Irish History Live’ on the 1916 Rising in the library on, 2.30pm, ages 8-12. Thursday August 27: ‘Abbeyleix - A Planned Town’ talk in Heritage House at 8pm.

Free admission to Heritage House from August 22 - 29, 9am-5pm, see museum and model railway.


Arthritis Ireland has established a new group in the Laois area and are trying to create awareness within the county. They have a new friendly strolling group that meet each Wednesday at Portlaoise Leisure Centre swimming pool from 7-8pm. Its a social weekly meet-up for a gentle stroll and a chat for any persons, any age, with Arthritis, Fibromylgia or any such conditions, their families and/or carers. Come along & give it a try? They very much look forward to meeting you. For further information about the group please call 089 2525344.


Following the annual O’ Leathlobhair Clan gathering on the weekend of July 17, 18 and 19 the following officers were elected: Margot Coogan was returned unopposed as Clan Chieftan; Chairperson/PRO, Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick; minutes secretary, Annie Lalor; assistant secretary, Mary Mahony; computer secretary, Mary Carmody; Treasurer, Paddy Lalor; Clans of Ireland, Margot Coogan and Aine Ni Caisheagh; website operator, Stuart Lawlor; Vice-chairperson, Tom Lawlor; assistant treasurer, Margot Coogan. The full clan committee and a write up of the full weeekend will be listed in the next edition of the notes.


The very successful summer seisiúns continue at Heritage House with a mixture of music, song, dance and story telling. Anyone who is there and would like to perform will get the opportunity, either individually or in a group. The seisiúns continue until August 26. There is no charge for the evening, but donations are accepted to cover costs such as tea and coffee which are provided. Please encourage neighbours, friends, visitors and relations to come along as all are welcome. This is a very enjoyable evening, and the more people that attend, the better it is.


Sincere condolences to the family of the late George Thompson of Ballytarsna, Abbeyleix whose death occurred on Saturday July 25. George passed away peacefully in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Vera, children Audrey, Betty, Noel, Georgina, Valeria, Hilary and Ron, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. He reposed at his home on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26. The funeral service was on Monday 27 in St. Michael and All Angels Church, Abbeyleix with internment following in the adjoining graveyard.


Top scorers: Gerry Kealy. 1st lady: Peg Cahill. 2nd lady: Etna Kennedy. 1st gent: John Harrison. 2nd gent: Teresa Phelan, Damien Carter. Halves: 1st: Margaret Flanagan, Lena McEvoy, Liam McCarthy, 2nd Bridget Cashin. Quarters: 1st Nora Fitzpatrick. 2nd Bridget O’ Neill, 3rd Nora Delaney, Tom Jacob, 4th Teresa Mulhare. Juvenile: Ciaran Breen. Raffle: Etna Kennedy, Paddy Delaney, Teresa Phelan, Breda Fitzpatrick. If you are interested in playing or learning to play whist please contact Tom Lawlor on 087 7721871.


Tidy Towns judging is imminent and the committee would really appreciate it if everyone could play their part and keep in and around their properties weed and debris free over the coming weeks. The group meets every Tuesday evening but this kind of work can be done at any time. If you want to help out, even for one hour, or want to get more information contact Mary on 057-8731257.

The committee also want to thank people for their continued support.

HERITAGE WEEK in the library

Heritage Week Abbeyleix library will host a variety of activities. On Tuesday August 25, wildlife artist Gordon D’Arcy presents a workshop for 7-12 year olds. Michelle Castiaux presents geology for kids also on Tuesday August 25 from 3pm - 4.15pm and is suitable for children aged 8 to 12. It includes rock identification, fossil identification and a short arts & craft activity at the end. There are only 15 places available for this so please book in advance.

There are other exciting events and activities such as an illustrated talk on the heritage of trees presented by Kevin Hutchinson in the library from 6.30-7.30 on Thursday August 27.

And on Wednesday 26 historian Brian Hanley will present Irish History Live, an interactive history show from 2.30-3.30pm. This is for children aged 8-12 years and will look at the 1916 Rising.

All Heritage Week events are free. For further information on all library activities telephone 057-8730020 or see


Scoil Mhuire will be opening an after school club in September 2015. There will be lots of fun activities and it is a great way of making new friends and getting settled back into the school year. To book a place contact Sylvia on 087-4514883.


The summer reading challenge for 4-12 year olds continues at Abbeyleix Library. Enquiries to the library desk. A treasure hunt will takek place on Thursday August 20 as part of the challenge and booking is essential.

Artist Charlene Delany will exhibit mixed media in the library gallery on July 31.

Mary Slevin and Laura Amy Dunne, Mount Henry Studio, will exhibit paintings, 3D work and ceramics in the library from August 4 to 29.

Storytelling with Leslie for 3-6 year olds continues each Saturday morning at 11.30am.

The Junior Chess Club continues every Sat morning at 10am and the adult chess club will recommence in the autumn.

The adult book club are also taking a break and will resume in September.

The knitting club meets on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Members and non-members are welcome.

Abbeyleix Library offers many services including: adult, young adult and children lending, audio books, language learning resources and reference books, large print fiction, internet and wifi and photocopying. It also has a study section and leisure reading area.

Further information on the summer library activities is available in the library or online at


The Befriending Laois group are looking for suitable volunteers to visit elderly people in their community for 1 hour weekly. Volunteer training will commence shortly.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Laois Partnership Company at 087-2720715 or 087-1775729 or email


The club holds Saturday morning coaching for ages 4-12 from 10am to 1pm and supervised teenage tennis with coaching is on every Friday night from 7.30pm. Adult beginners nights with coaching is every Wednesday from 7.30pm.

For more information about the tennis club contact them on Facebook or call Leisa on the club phone at 086-6684049.