gathering festival

gathering festival

Plans are in place and bookings are in from France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan for a Gathering Festival taking place in Community Centre Ballyfin from Wednesday July 31 to Monday August 15. Maureen Culleton has planned this extensive event which includes music, song, dance, sightseeing tours, mountain walks and rambling house sessions. Further details on or email or 087 6482038

Bloom walk

Heritage week Hidden Quarries & Woodland Gems Tuesday 20th August 10:00 – 13:00 (FREE) A circular, guided forest walk in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Meeting Point: Festival Field, Rosenallis. Organiser : Owenass Active Living Group, Mary O`Brien,, 083 1616186

Wildlife walk

Wildlife Walk in the Slieve Bloom Mountains Tuesday 20th August 14:00 – 16:00 (FREE) Wildlife walk with NPWS staff at the Ridge of Capard, Slieve Bloom Nature Reserve. Bring suitable clothing. Venue : Slieve Bloom Nature Reserve, Ridge of Capard, Co.Laois, Clara Bog Visitor Centre, Mary Healy,, 057 9368878


An exhibition of historic local photographs by Quaker photographer Jane W Shackleton is running in Mountmellick library until August 31. The photos feature scenes from Rosenallis and Mountmellick.

mountain cycle

“Around the Mountain” charity cycle in aid of St Johns Ward Crumlin hopital Sunday 4th August Venue Portlaoise Rugby Club. Sign on From 9am starting 10 am. 100 Km route is taking in the best scenery in the Slieve Blooms, without the painful climbs! Starting in Portlaoise and heading through Emo, next Mountmellick, Rosinallis, Clonaslee, Cadamstown and Kinnitty. Sharp left turn at the church in Kinnitty and left again at Boheraphuca and on to Gorteen, Camross, Ballyfin and Portlaoise.

There are loads of shortcuts home for anyone would prefer a shorter route. There is a food stop at Cadamstown with showers and hot food on return at the Rugby Club.