Lions Appeal

Lions Appeal

The Christmas lights are going up around the town. The Abbeyleix & District Lions Club would like to thank you for your support for the Christmas lights. The massive effort by a dedicated few helps the town to shine brighter year after year and encourages visitors but without the support of local people and businesses in Abbeyleix the Christmas lights would not be possible. We would be very grateful for you support. email All money raised will be used to maintain and service the running costs of lighting over 60 trees. There will be a church gate collection on November 29 and Sunday 30 of November. The lights will be switched on the December 6. Fr Ahern and Rev Harvey and David Wellwood, local president of the Abbeyleix lions will perform the light switch on

Christmas fair

The Abbeyleix Christmas Market & Craft Fair takes place on the Market Square, on Saturday, December 6 from 4pm – 8pm. Now its 4th consecutive year, the Christmas Market – which is presented by Abbeyleix Business & Community Development Forum (ABC) will launch the festive season and the town’s ‘Shop Local’ campaign. The market will be a hive of activity with lots of entertainment promised. Over 40 traders will be selling a host of crafts, festive food, treats and Christmas gift ideas. Live entertainment programme throughout the evening with entertainment being provided by local musicians and choirs. Among the many popular features due to make a welcome return to the market are the switching on of the Christmas lights by Abbeyleix & district Lions Club. The hardworking committee have again pulled out all the stops to ensure over 60 trees will be dressed and ready to Check out the Abbeyleix facebook page. Interested traders should email to check stall availability as booking is essential this year. See more in next week’s Leinster Express.

Toy & Food Appeal

Support the St. Vincent De Paul Food & Toy Appeal this Christmas. Collection Points are located at Supervalu (Abbeyleix), Clelands (Abbeyleix) and Ryans Gala (Ballyroan).


Condolences to the family of the late Ann Malone (née Burke), Carlow Road, Abbeyleix who died on November 24. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Dick, sons Ronan, Declan and Damien, daughter Marian, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her residence. Removal to The Church of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix, for Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Community Awards

The closing date for the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards has been extended to December 12 with the Awards night now scheduled for January 15. For info please contact Geraldine Delaney, Geraldine Delaney, 057 86 64107 or


East Midlands Parkinson’s and Laois Alzheimer’s Association wish to thank all those who supported the dance in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow. A big thank you to the band and many sponsors, all who bought tickets and to all who helped out on the night. Your support is very appreciated.

Hibernian Bridge

Results: Monday, Nov 3: 7 Table Mitchell Free Sub. 1st N/S John Bowe Jack Murphy, 1st E/W Mary Holohan Catherine Kirwan. Monday, Nov 10 7 1/2 Table Mitchell 1st N/S Louise Kavanagh Ita Dunne, 1st E/W Marie Corby Breda Corcoran, 2nd N/S John Bowe Jack Murphy, 2nd E/W Sam Moore Paddy Purcell.Monday, Nov 17. Prize sponsored by winners of the President’s Prize 2013 Paddy Purcell and Sam Moore 1st Olive Delaney Noreena Moore, 2nd Paddy Purcell Sam Moore, 3rd Sadie Phelan Phil Kingston


The library is taking names of adults interested in learning Spanish. Price €50 for 8 weeks.’ Hoping to commence in early 2015. On Thursday, December 18 at 6pm the library will host an evening of Christmas carols and pop songs. Spink Comhaltas and Knock NS will be performing. Refreshments will be served.

Storytelling with Lesley for 3-6 year olds each Saturday at 11.30am. Special Christmas Storytime Sat, December 13.

Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 year olds. Next class is on Saturday, December 6 from 11am to 12.30pm seasonal Christmas Eadrom. Children are to wear something ‘christmassy’, be it a bit of tinsel, mistletoe etc.