Chess club (adults) has changed its venue it will be held in O’Malley’s on Thursday night at 8pm. All chess players welcome, phone 0872388064 for more information.


Painting lessons every Wednesday from 10 to 12 noon, Set dancing for those aged 8 and over, adult or child on Wednesday from 7 to 8pm €5 per session, minimum of 10 required for classes to commence. For more details on above please contact Pauline on 087 6572701.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St. Peter and Pauls Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the local Helpline 1890303302.

Charity shop

St Vincents De Paul shop is looking for clothing donations all men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories are gratefully accepted.


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.


Inter town snooker tournament starting soon in the CYMS, this is a snooker tournament consisting of a two man team, €20 entry fee per team. Winners received €100, for more details please contact Anthony Costigan on 087 9104974. Reminder that membership is now due for new and existing members, €30 per family, €20 for senior and €10 for junior members.


The next meeting is Tuesday December 9, from 8-9pm in Rathdowney Library, new members always welcome to come along. The book for this month is Worth Dying For by Lee Child. For any more details contact the Library on 0505 46852.


There was no winner in last week’s Jackpot which was €6,550. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 19, 22. The 10 winners of €15 were Mrs. Maher, Marie Dempsey, PJ Kilmartin, Jim Ryan, Mrs M O’ Sullivan, Abe Kavanagh, Grainne Foyle, Brid Sinnott, Dwayne Palmer, Maura Bourke. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,700. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.

Blood donors

Thank you to all those who recently attend at the blood clinic in Rathdowney. A total of 74 attended including 3 new donors and 4 lapsed donors. Silver Award Congratulations to Kevin Percy, 6 The Showgrounds, Rathdowney on receiving his silver award.


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

scrap saturday

A O’Keefe park on Saturday, December 6 from 10am to 4pm. Bring your unwanted ‘scrap metal’ items. For collection of heavy items, call Cathal 087 6420936 Paul 087 2597398 or Tony 087 2020040.