NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING
A meeting of the Stradbally Neighbourhood Watch will be held on Thursday, March 28 (Holy Thursday) in St Coleman’s National School after 7.30pm sermons.
STRADBALLY SPADE BRIGADE
Stradbally Spade Brigade planting of over 5,000 trees will be held inthe Stradbally Community Gardens (beside the allottments) on Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23 from 10am onwards. Bring your spade and help the community. Further details from 087 2827398.
LAOIS HUNT HUNTER TRIALS
The Laois Hunt Hunter Trials will be held on Easter Saturday, March 30 at Stradbally Hall.
CAKE SALE IN AID OF COSBY NS
A cake sale in aid of the Cosby National School will be held at the Hunter Trials in Stradbally Hall on Easter Saturday, March 30 from 10am to 2pm. Cakes, buns, tarts, jams, bread, etc. Your support would be very welcome.
The following are the results of the whist drive held in St
Patrick’s Hall, Stradbally on February 15. Top score Lorna Allen and Michael O’Brien, 1st lady Maree Finnin, Lena McEvoy and Kit Farrell, 1st gent John Harrison, 2nd gent David Smith, 1st half Mick Foy, 2nd half Bea Hendy, low score Billy Ransome, hatching Rosaleen Cole, raffles 1 Maud Wynne, 2 Charlotte Glynn, 3 Leslie Hunter, 4 Bea Hendy and 5 John Graham. Next whist will be heldon Friday, March 15 commencing at 8.30pm and thanks to all our supporters.
STRADBALLY FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB
Angela Behan O’Carroll will be back to give the Easter demonstration on Wednesday, March 27 and all her displays will be raffled at the end of the evening. This is also an open night. Club members are busy at the moment gathering
Shamrock for distribution for the St Patrick’s Day parades.
FORESTRY FESTIVAL FOR STRADBALLY
The Irish Forestry, Woodland and Bio Energy Show 2013 will take place at Stradbally Hall Estate on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. The show is a bi-annual event that will feature forest and woodland machinery with all the ancillary activities that go with tree growing and harvesting. The show will host the National Tree Climbing Championships and will feature the top tree surgeons competing for a place to represent their country at European and world events.
STRADBALLY COUNTRY MARKETS
Stradbally Country Markets open every Saturday from 10.30am - 1pm with lovely fresh cakes, buns, vegetables, flowers etc.
STRADBALLY CONCERN GROUP
Anyone interested in having an alarm installed can contact any of the following Joe Oakley 057 8625511, John Delaney 057
8627093, Pauline Harrison 057 8625359 for more details.
LAOIS FLEADH 2013
The Laois Fleadh 2013 will be held in Ratheniska and Stradbally on June 2. The committee would very much welcome any suggestions, ideas or volunteers to help to make this a great event. For more information contact Michael 087 9933162.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
First Holy Communion will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally on Saturday, May 18, 2013 and in St Michael’s Church, Timahoe on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
July 1-6, Portlaoise/small group from Stradbally. For more information contact 057 86 22458.
STRADBALLY PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP
Stradbally Parents and Toddler Group every Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon in the GAA Hall, Polesbridge, Stradbally. Coffee or tea and a chat for parents, healthy snacks and play for the kids. All welcome, €3 per family. More information contact Orla Fee on 086 886244t or Fiona O’Donnell 086 3840052.
Arles Pilgrimage to Fatima on May 23 for seven nights. Santo Amaro Hotel. €699 fully inclusive. Spiritual director Fr Brian Kavanagh. For more information contact Frank Horahan 0871331750.
FUNDRAISING EVENTS IN AID OF SERVE
Table quiz in Timahoe Hall on Saturday, March 16 at 8pm. Cake sale in Timahoe Hall on Easter Sunday after 10.30am mass. All support welcome.
ST PATRICK’S DAY
St Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday this year and every effort will be made to make the parades in Stradbally, Timahoe and Vicarstown as colourful as ever and inviting individuals, clubs, organisations, businesses to take part. Vicarstown parade 9am to 9.30am mass, Timahoe parade 10am to 10.30 am mass and Stradbally parade 11am to 11.30am mass.
LAOIS CYCLING AND TOURING CLUB
Laois Cycling and Touring Club are inviting you to come and join us for our weekly beginners cycle. Starts at the Maldron hotel on the Abbeyleix Rd on Sundays at 8.50 for a 9am start. Easy pace, distance 20-30km. All levels catered for. For more information contact Mick 0851522945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIMAHOE LADIES FOOTBALL
Underage training will be cancelled this Saturday, March 16 and will resume as normal on March 23 at 10am in Stradbally GAA grounds. All new members welcome.
WHIST DRIVE IN AID OF CRUMLIN HOSPITAL
Friday, March 15 commencing at 8.30pm in St Patrick’s Hall, Stradbally. Your attendance for this very worthy cause would be much appreciated.
STRADBALLY ST VINCENT DE PAUL
Stradbally St Vincent de Paul shop opening hours Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm. If you have any unwanted items please drop them into the shop on Main Street. If you have any good quality unwanted furniture please phone Pascal at 087 1359382, Breda 085 7573468.
STRADBALLY COMMUNITY ALLOTTMENTS
Still available for 2013. Please contact Noel 087 6577188, Siobhan 086 1986286.
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who were confirmed in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally on Saturday morning.