Laois County Council have announced that they will shortly be carrying out a tarring job on the New York lane which is good news for the three families who reside in this area and also for the farmers who make daily use of the lane. It is hoped that the Grennan road will be on next year’s tarring programme. 

The Ballinslee Realignment Scheme has been reactivated. This important project affecting the N77 between Ballyragget and Durrow has been on and off for many years now. Last week Kilkenny County Council invited property owners affected by the realignment to an information afternoon in the Canon Malone Hall in Ballyragget where they outlined the present proposals that are under consideration. This will entail the building of a two carriage main road with hard margins leaving the existing road at the Laois border travelling for a distance of 2 km and rejoining the road at the Ballinaslee/Ballycondra bounds. Upwards of 23 property owners are affected by this proposed major development. Further consultation will take place in the autumn. 


Three ladies arrived in the village last weekend from a French farming background and were very interested to study the Irish agricultural scene. They were shown around a number of dairy farms in this area and also visited an organic farm in Cullohill. They were very impressed and pleased with the welcome they received from the locals and wish to express their thanks to the farmers who gave up their time to show them around their farms. 


Congratulations to John and Michelle Cahill whose second daughter Anna was christened last Saturday in Ballyouskill Church by Very Reverend Fr Murphy PP. 


Since summer has arrived, for one week anyway, a clean up will take place in the village this Thursday evening from 7.30. We would be obliged if each household could at least send one representative to help for a couple of hours to help with some weeding, litter picking etc.