Late Delia Phelan

Late Delia Phelan

Condolences to the family of the late Delia Phelan (née Fennelly) of 25 Ailesbury Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin and Rathdowney, Laois

Formerly of Glebe House, Donaghmore, who died peacefully in the loving care of her family at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Dublin on Friday, December 6 last. Beloved wife of the late Pat and dear mother to the late Senator Kieran Phelan and Cecelia; she will be very sadly missed be her loving sons and daughters Paschal, Brendan, Sean, Mina, Breda, Fintan, Sheila, Loretta, Martin, Anne, Christena, Margaret Mary, Kevin, Laurance, Louise, and Ursula, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, her 46 grandchildren, and 5 great -grandchildren, extended family, relatives and many friends. Reposed at 25 Ailesbury Park and Glebe House Donaghmore. Removal on to The Church of the Holy Trinity for 11am Requiem Mass, followed by burial in Belady Cemetery.

Late Jack DORAN

Condolences to the family of the late Jack Doran Rapla, Rathdowney, who died on December 5 suddenly at his residence. Deeply regretted by his family, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. Reposed at his residence. Removal to St Tigearnacs’s Church, Cullohill for Funeral Mass with burial in the adjoining Cemetery.


Our live crib is now open in the square rathdowney. Everyone is welcome to come and have a look at our life size nativity scene plus lots of live animals including Sockey, Dusty, Tom and Gerry our four friendly donkeys. There are also some goats and a huge cow with long horns so don’t get too close to her. All the animals are in pens so all visitors will be safe while at the same time being able to rub them and feed carrots to the donkeys, There is no need to bring carrots with you as lots of them have been generously been donated to us. We will be thanking everyone later, in the mean time spread the word that the crib will be open every day from 11am to 9pm. don’t miss it.


For adults on every Wednesday night at 8pm in the Golf club. Contact 087 2388046 for more information.


You and your family are invited to a Carol Service on Friday December 20 at 19.30, in the church of the Holy Trinity Rathdowney. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards in the Marion Centre. We look forward to seeing you there.


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


Strictly Come Dancing Rathdowney/Errill Hurling club and St. Brigid’s Camogie club are hosting “Strictly Come Dancing” in the Templemore Arms on Saturday March 1 2014. Keep an eye out for further information in the coming weeks. This guarantees to be an enjoyable night for all.


Thanks to everyone for a huge turn out last Monday for the official turning on of the lights in Rathdowney. All went great a big Thank You to 3 generations of Campion men for all their hard work in putting up the lights. What an achievement for a great family who blush and turn away from any complaints passed. Thanks so much Paddy, David, Oisin and Ben. Thanks also to our local talented singers, the Creagh Family (Margaret, Helen and Michael – who will always be known as the Creaghs) Helen Campion and Charlie Ford who had all the children singing their favourite Christmas Carols at the top of their lungs fair dues to the Beavers leaders – the beavers were so well behaved. A special mention to our fantastic Under 16 and St Fergarl’s hurlers who brought the Silver down to show the children what can be achieved with hard work and dedication – what role models they are. Thanks to all our local businesses who contributed to help pay for the lights and all the people who made a contribution into our collection boxes in the shops and pubs. A big thank you to Mary and Grainne in the Card Stand, who, every year, make up the collection boxes for us without ever having to be asked. Thanks girls – it takes a lot of time and means a lot. We have bought new LED lights this year and they look amazing but we couldn’t do it without your support. Enjoy your Christmas and when you see the lights you can say with pride ‘my few bob helped to put them there’. Well done Rathdowney.

Ossory Cycling Club

The annual AGM was held recently in O’Reilly’s lounge. See sport for more


Rathdowney Errill are holding a 6km walk in aid of St Vincent De Paul on St Stephens day. Registration will take place at 10.30am and the walk will commence at 11am. Entry fee is a voluntary donation which would be greatly appreciated. The walk will begin and end at the Rathdowney GAA grounds. There will be light refreshments served in the clubrooms afterwards. So come out and show your support for this local charity.


Lotto results there was no winner of this week’s Jackpot which was €11,050. The numbers drawn were 3,8,14,21. The 10 winners of €15 were Mark Kavanagh, Thomas Lawlor, Emma Whelan, Marian O Brien, Nelly Bergin, Alma Campion, Oisin Barry, Ann Kennedy, Martin O Brien, Peadar Phelan. Next week’s Jackpot will be €11,200. Tickets can be purchased from all shops or any local promoters.


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