Rev Olive Donohoue

Rev Olive Donohoue

On Sunday 6 April a large congregation gathered in St Patricks Church for the last service by Rev Olive Donohue as rector of Stradbally Union of parishes. This was followed by a lunch for parishioners & friends in St Joseph’s hall where a number of gifts were presented to her. Rev Olive was very popular with her parishioners and with the wider community where she was well known. She will be greatly missed but her legacy of involvement with St Vincent de Paul and the ‘homeless’ in particular will live on in the parish. We wish her well in her new parish of Athy.


Thank you to everybody for their generous support on Daffodil Day. Special thanks to all who helped on the day bought the daffodils the generous donations of fresh flowers and money and the shops for taking the collection boxes. €3,050 was lodged to the Irish Cancer Society. Your support is much appreciated.


Saturday May 10 the Club are travelling to the Arboretum in Leighlinbridge where they will have a guided tour of the Gardens followed by afternoon tea in Rachel’s Garden Cafe. Bus will leave Social Services hall at 12 Noon and return at 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to travel please give your name to Dorrie at 0872596129 or Frances at 0863551756. Some seats available for the World Flower Show to be held in the RDS on June 20. (Bus, admission ticket and evening meal). Contact any member of the committee. This is the first time that the World Flower Show has come to Ireland.


A meeting of the Stradbally Neighbourhood Watch will be held on Monday, May 12 in St. Mary’s Hall commencing at 7.30pm.


Rays gang head shave will be held in the Napper Tandy, Stradbally on Saturday, May 24. All proceeds are in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Music on the night, not to be missed. Please support this very worthy cause.


The following are the results of the Whist Drive held in St. Patrick’s Hall on Friday, April 25. Top score Kathleen Hennessy, 1st lady Molly O’Brien, 2nd lady Cora Moore, 1st gent Tom Finn, 2nd gent John Graham, 1st half Chris Browne, 2nd half Michael O’Brien & Nora Fisher, lowest score Jer Jordan, hatching Alice Finn, raffles Birdie Langton, Kit Farrell, Alice Finn & Tom Finn. Next whist will be held on Friday, May 16. Proceeds will be given to the Glebe fund for the young people who are going out to Zambia to work by helping those in orphanages, hospitals, schools, etc who are living in appalling circumstances. A donation towards prizes would be greatly appreciated. Please support if possible. Whist commences at 8.30pm sharp


May 17 at The Laois Arthouse, Stradbally from 11am-1pm. In conjunction with National Drawing Day Laois based artist, Caroline Keane will host a fun and creative drawing workshop for the Vicarstown Active Age Group. Contact: 057 8641740. Invitation only. Saturday, May 10. Venue: Meet at Vicarstown Community Centre. Time: 2.30pm. Vicarstown walk along the Canal with tea/coffee after in the Community Centre. Led by Ann Lanigan. All Welcome.


Looking for unwanted good quality clothes for the shop on Main Street and you can drop them into the shop. Open Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. To donate unwanted good furniture call Paschal 087-1359382 or Breda 085-7573468. Confidential line 086-3384055.


A reminder to support your local community – Stradbally Country Markets are held every Saturday in St. Patrick’s Hall, Stradbally from 10.30am until 1pm. The best of home produce straight from our kitchens and gardens to your table.


Annual Vicarstown Recreational Active Group’s outing to Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Carlingford, on July 27. Cost €170, dinner and B&B for two nights. Phone 0578626158. Walking from the bridge every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.


Irish Cancer Society church gate collection Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. Please support.


First Holy Communion will be held in Stradbally on Saturday, May 17 at 11am and in Timahoe on Saturday, May 24 also at 11am.


A reminder that this year’s Medley Day in Timahoe will be held on Sunday, June 29. A day’s outing for all the family, not to be missed.