A massive congratulations to our U14 team who won the 2015 Feile final in Derry last weekend. It was a fantastic win for them and for their mentors. They have done the club and themselves proud. They did a fantastic job wining all of their 6 matches. Thank you to all the supporters who travelled to Derry and helped out in any way over the weekend. A great time was had by all through sun and hail. Thank you to our sponsors Manor Stone, Topaz and Supermacs. A large crowd turned out at Manor Stone to welcome them home Sunday night. Thank you to all who supported our recent Cabaret in the Greenroads. It was a great night and thanks to the Drennan family for hosting us. Congratulations to Tommy Hickey, Rathdowney on wining the contents of our recent Trailer fundraiser.

Mid Summer cycle

South Laois Tourism & Ossory Cycling Club stage the 90k Mid Summer Cycle Challenge on Sunday, June 21. Starting from the Square Durrow at 10am with registration from 9.30am the tour continues through Cullahill, Rathdowney, Clough, Ballacolla, Ballinakill, Ballyouskill (where refreshments will be had in the Wheel Inn) Ballyragget, Lisdowney, Gathabawn and concludes back in Durrow. Fee €20 BBQ at finish in Decs Bar Durrow. A 20k Family cycle will also be held with a start time of 11am. This spin will leave the square Durrow and continue through Cullahill, the Five Cross roads to Supermac’s Junction 3 Ballacolla where refreshments will be provided before returning to Durrow via Harveys Cross and the Woodenbridge .This event which is part of National Bike Week is free of charge so come along and enjoy the day.


There was no winner in this week’s Jackpot which was €10,900. The numbers drawn were 8, 14, 18, 28. The 10 winners of €15 were Martin O Brien, Mick Cunningham, Ben Stapleton, Breda Loughlin, Susan Hayes, Mary Campion, Mary Gray, Patricia Bergin, Tess Campion, Joe Fitzpatrick. Next week’s Jackpot will be €11,050. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.


The Summer season has started from now until the end of September. The new opening hours are as follows: Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm. Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday 2pm to 5pm. Check us out on Facebook & Twitter.

Ossory Show

OSSORY AGRICULTURAL SHOW SOCIETY 1898 -2014 Laois County Show will take place on Sunday, July 26 Coolfin, Rathdowney Co Laois. Calf Championship, Crossbred Belgian blue championship, Working Hunter Championship, Vintage, Sidesaddle, Cookery Demonstration, Home Produce and side shows. Other attractions : Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Poultry, Craft, Eggs, Flowers, Baking, Jams, Sewing, Knitting, Vegetables, Photography, Flower arrangements. Junior classes, most suitable dressed lady and gentleman on show day. Little Miss Ossory, most suitable dressed boy on show day. Fun dog show, trade stands, music and lost more. A fun day out for all the family. For details and schedule enquiries contact Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney Mobile 087 9975902, Fax 0505 48939 email: ossoryshow@eircom.net website www.ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573.


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

Summer Arts

Laois County Council Summer Arts Programme in Portlaoise from Tues-Thurs July 7-9. Workshops will include painting, drawing, creative writing and clay sculpture. Contact the Arts Office, Laois County Council on 057 8664033/13 or email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie A full programme of activities will be available shortly.

Befriending Service

Brefriending Laois needs volunteers to visit elderly people for an hour weekly. Training to start shortly. if interested call Laois Partnership 087 2720715 087 1775729 befriending@volunteerlaois.ie

Older persons forum

Laois County Council intends to establish its own Older Persons Forum. To get involved call Geraldine Delaney further details tel (057) 8664107 or email gdelaney@laoiscoco.ie


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