Our club is hosting two registration and information evenings on October 11 at 9pm in Bobs Bar Durrow and October 18 at 9pm in the Manor Hotel Abbeyleix. To become a member of Macra contact 0857665838.


October meeting was held on Tuesday October 1. President Pat O Halloran presided. Meeting opened with prayer and My Land. Alice Reilly, secretary read minutes of last meeting. Group meeting will be held in community centre in Gort Na Noir on Wednesday October 16. Competition will be for a tea brack. Craft day in Castletown on October 26. Congratulations to Abbeyleix Tidy Towns committee on their success in this year’s competition. Alice Reilly gave report on federation meeting in Cullohill. Winter federation meeting on Sunday December 16. Preliminary arrangements are being made for centenary book launch on November 6 in Heritage House, Abbeyleix at 7.30pm. National president Liz Wall will attend. Competition for Christmas stocking, knitted in red wool size 15 x 10. Meeting ended with supper served by Madeline Cahill. Next meeting November 5 at 8pm. Hostess for November is Yvonne Porter. Competition 1 Pat O Halloran, 2 Yvonne Porter, 3 Alice Reilly. Raffle 1 Yvonne Porter and 2 Maureen o Keeffe.


A fancy dress party will take place in Eamon A’Chnoics Raheen on Saturday October 19 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Spot prizes for best costume, and a raffle will be held. Admission €5, contact Geraldine, 086 3726565.

Late Joseph MARTYN

Condolences to the family of the late Joseph Joe Boley, Abbeyleix, who died at the District Hospital Abbeyleix on September 27. Brother to the late May, deeply regretted by his sisters Georgina, Sadie and Alice, extended family and friends. Reposed at the District Hospital Abbeyleix Chapel of Rest, with removal to Roskelton Church, for Funeral Service followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.

darina Allen

Laois native and Ballymaloe chef Darina Allen will be in at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Thursday November 7 in support of Abbeyleix Golf Club.

She will be joined by Rory O’Connell at the fundraising cookery exhibition which gets underway at 7.30pm. Tickets €25 from Elizabeth Meagher 087 676 8256; Gerry O’Hara 8730643; Theresa Bradshaw 087 2137244. A draw will take place on the night.

Gospel concert

The Irish Wheelchair Association Laois are holding a concert featuring Portlaoise Gospel choir with special guest appearance by the IWA ROC Misfits choir at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Friday October 18 at 8pm. Tickets €10, available at the door or at IWA Laois, contact 0578694030.