Music Generation Laois will kick-off activity this July with three summer camps in Portlaoise. A School of Rock and Pop, The Music Box – a programme for children and young people with special needs and a Stampede Drumming Camp will offer week-long workshops with highly-experienced music practitioners, marking the beginning of Music Generation Laois’ fantastic programme of music education for the county. See www.laois.ie for further updates/email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie, 057 8674370.


Results for Thursday May 24, 9 table Mitchell movement.

N/S 1st Sally Collins and Noreen Kilkenny, 2nd Carmel Doorley and Rita Arrigan, Gross Helen Williams and Mary Downey, 3rd Bridie Egan and Hanan Meade.

E/W 1st Lil Murphy and Ber Doyle, 2nd Celia and Dave Downes, gross Brenda Scully and Gretta Gavin, 3rd Sr Rosario and Cella Lalor

Bridge sessions are held every Thursday evening thought out the summer in the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy commencing at 7.30 sharp. All are welcome.


On Friday, June 8, 8.30pm in Grellan Delaney’s, Main St. €40 table, €10 person. Raffle on the night, in aid of St Peter’s Church, Portlaoise. All welcome.


There was no jackpot winner in the Portlaoise Parish Community Lotto. Results for Thursday, May 31. The numbers drawn were 2,3,12,18. The 18 match 3s won €56 each. This week’s jackpot is €20,000.


Diocesan Pilgrimage to IEC 2012, Tuesday, June is the diocesan day at the congress. Parishioners are invited to make the pilgrimage to the RDS. Book via the parish centre and also get information about transport. The adult ticket is €30. For those attending the Youth Space (17-25 yrs old) the ticket is €10. (The trip is separate from the concluding celebration in Croke Park on June 17).


Mental Health Ireland, in conjunction with Laois Partnership, is running a one day work shop for community leaders and community workers in Respond Community Centre, Mill Court, Green Lane, Portlaoise on Monday June 11, 10am - 4pm. The aim of this workshop is to train community activists to impart knowledge to community groups on mental health related issues. The training is free contact Storm Powell, Laois Partnership by emailing stormpowell@laoispartnership.ie or telephone 087-1775729.


In Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, Mountrath Rd. Portlaoise from Monday 25 to Friday 29 June 10am-1pm, for all students in secondary school, emphasis on oral Irish. Registration Thursday, June 7 from 7 - 8.30pm at the Gaelscoil. Call Siobhán on 087 7961191 after 3pm.


If you wish to join with Portlaoise parish from June 24-26 on pilgrimage to Lough Derg please contact Margaret in the Parish Centre on 057 8621142 before June 13.


Laois Hospice Sunflower Day takes place on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June. Laois Hospice Foundation are seeking volunteers who would have an hour to spare to collect at the various locations. All monies collected in Laois will be spent on hospice services in Laois. Please support Laois Hospice on that day and buy a sunflower and thank you for your continued support. Contact Mary Delaney, secretary Laois Hospice Foundation 086 8157280.


All those travelling to Lourdes with the Portlaoise small group, from July 1-6 please ensure you have a valid passport and E1-11 which can be obtained from the HSE. For further information, contact 057 8622458.


Art workshops for parents and toddlers. Meet other parents and children and encourage creative play. Starts this Wednesday, June 6 in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise from 11am to 12.30pm. For more info. see www.dunamaise.ie, 057 8663355 or ‘RoArts’ to 085 8161976.


The Laois-Offaly branch of the Retired Nurses Association will hold a meeting on Monday June 11 in the SIPTU offices Tullamore at 3pm. New members are welcome.


Names required for two day trip to Titanic Belfast on July 13. June 14, garden party Mount Wolsey €25 incl lunch. Bowling every Monday in St Marys 2-4pm. Cards continue 10.30am in parish centre. Tuesday bridge, Thursday whist. New members always welcome. Contact 057 8621571, or 057 8621913.


A big congratulations to The Heath under 10s draughts team who won the gold medal at the Community Games national finals in Athlone recently. A huge amount of hard work and dedication was given by the team over the last few months. The team was captain Holly Kavanagh, Cormac Dunne, Ellen Walsh, Aaron Thornton, Lisa Keane, Jack Reddy and Mark Phelan. Many thanks to Ms Anita Fennelly for her time and encouragement getting the team to All Ireland gold standard. She, in turn, has been inspired, as a pupil in The Heath NS, and now as a teacher, by the dedication and successes of Mr Michael Dowling, who continues to work tirelessly in the true spirit of Community Games.


Toastmasters in Portlaoise recently celebrated the end of a very successful year.

President of Toastmasters, Orlagh McCrory was warmly congratulated last Monday night on the wonderful success of the club under her leadership. A presentation was made to her on behalf of the members and she was thanked for her great work in rejuvenating and re-energising the club over the past year.

Toastmasters in Portlaoise is now thriving. The past year saw the arrival of nine new members, eight new ice-breakers were delivered and a total of 26 members enjoyed the year. As well as gaining success in the inter-club competitions, club members achieved two advanced bronze and one competent communicator award. The result of all of this is that the club has achieved select distinguished club status, one of the highest accolades that can be achieved.

At the final meeting of the year, new member Martina Walsh gave an excellent ice-breaker speech and told us all about the happenings during the year she was born, plus a brief history of what she did since. Martina’s speech was full of humour and well delivered and the club look forward to many more speeches from her in future.

This was followed by reports from the outgoing committee and the new committee were elected. Orlagh handed over control of the club to new incoming president, Mark Bastow, who has served as vice president over the past year. Mark has also done trojan work for the club so clearly this is a very safe pair of hands for the coming year. Orlagh is a hard act to follow, but Mark will be a very good successor. A lively party and music concluded a wonderful year’s endeavours. The club looks forward to welcoming many more new members when they resume in September.