It is now open to all during daylight hours. There is no hurling allowed on the MUGA pitch as it will damage the surface, other games allowed football, tennis, basketball, Frisbee. There is no smoking nor dogs allowed in the Playground nor MUGA.


The seventh annual Mass at Ballyquaid Mass Pit will take place on Wednesday August 15 at 7.30 pm. The ancient Mass Pit was used to celebrate Mass during the penal times when public Masses were not allowed. A committee of local interested people restored it.

An altar was constructed, a wooden canopy was erected over the altar, thatched by local craftsmen just as the original chapel was a thatched structure, almost three centuries ago.

The altar is enclosed by railings and a wooden gate. This annual thanksgiving Celebration of the Mass on the feast of the Assumption is offered in memory of our late forefathers who kept alive the faith and risked their lives in order to attend Mass. All are welcome to attend this special Mass.


Urgent appeal for drivers to deliver meals on wheels, only 20 hours in the year so hopefully you can help us, we would hate to have to give up this service. Thank you to all our wonderful drivers some who have been with us for more than 20 years. Contact Gina on 087 2454722.


in aid of Knockaroo Church renovation fund, final two draws. June winners 1st prize €1,000 Mary Kilmartin,

The Diarys Coolrain Camross the promoter was Sr Regina. 2nd prize €300 Carol Giles promoter Carol Giles. 3rd prize €100 Eileen Campion, Kyle Rathdoweny, promoter Elizabeth Treacy. Promoters Prize of €100 Michael Dollard, Knockaroo. July winners 1 prize of €1,000 Lorraine Treacy, Doon, promoter Elizabeth Treacy. 2 prize of €300 Mary Maher, Rathdowney, promoter Tommy Whelan. 3 prize of €100 Margaret & Joe Burke, Ballyduff House, promoter Eileen Daly. Promoter prize €100 Elizabeth Treacy.

Thanks to everyone in Rathdowney, Errill, Grogan, Kilbreedy, Templethoghy and surrounding areas your support is deeply appreciated.


Well done to Emma Phelan from Camross Macra in representing Laois Macra Na Feirme 2012. She did very well and we are proud of her. If you are interested in joining Macra contact Julie 085 8480303 or check out Rathdowneymacrafacebook.com.


The Easy Riders would like to say well done to everyone involved in The Easy Riders charity cycle last weekend. It was a huge success. Well done to the cyclists, motorcyclists, cooks, collectors, sponsors, helpers, drivers, mechanics, the entire group arrived safe and sound in Achill on the evening of Monday 6 August.

There were so many people involved in the organising that it would be impossible to thank everyone individually here, but to the entire team and to you the public for your good wishes and support we thank you all. We need to get the sponsorship cards in as soon as possible so get out there and collect the money which each and everyone deserve for your efforts.

If you haven’t already made a contribution and would like to do so you can call to the Card Stand, Iano’s Bar or contact Mick 087-9407573, Felicity 087-6336271 or Rory 087-2388064.

Your name will be in a draw for the chance to win a weekend away in Westport, County Mayo. Roll on 2013


A great Bingo is held every Tuesday Night at 8.30 in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Your support would be greatly appreciated this Bingo is run by the Community Centre Group.


If you wish to put a note in the Leinster Express please leave it into the Card Stand by Sunday @ 5pm.