We welcome Fr Martin Delaney as our new parish priest in Rathdowney/Errill. We wish him well in his new position and we are sure he will get to know us all in due course. Fr Martin asks those who booked masses, Weddings etc with Fr Foley to please make contact with him to confirm these dates and times. Call 0505 46282 or 086 2444594.


10th annual charity cycle to Achill will be leaving the square at 9am sharp, Saturday August 4, registration at 8.30am. All outstanding monies should be paid to Ian Maher’s Bar or The Card Stand as soon as possible. If anyone could volunteer spare bicycles it would be appreciated. T-shirts to be collected from Ian’s on Friday. The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped prepare for this year’s cycle. All support, fine weather and prayers welcome Saturday morning to see off the 47 cyclist and support crew.


held in O’Malley’s Bar last Friday night was a great success. Thank you to everyone who supported it and donated spot prizes, it is very much appreciated. A grand total of €730 was raised on the night for the Rathdowney Playground Group.


Clover are hosting their soccer blitz on Sunday, August 12 starting at 10am, six a side panel of nine entry fee €100 per team. Phone 087 9253640 for more details.


Urgent appeal for drivers to deliver meals on wheels, only 20 hours in the year so hopefully you can help us, we would hate to have to give up this service. Contact Gina on 087 2454722.


The next meeting for the Rathdowney Book Club is on Monday September 3 in the library at 8pm. The books for the summer review are The Colour Purple by Alice Walker and Tess of the d’Urberilles by Thomas Hardy.


A great bingo is held every Tuesday at 8.30pm in the Rathdowney Community Centre.


at Masses on August 11 and 12 for Laois Friends of Midland Simon Community. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.


Last Thursday night was the second last stage of the Cahill cycling league. A group of cyclist travelled to Carlow to take on the 50K course. The pace was quite fast throughout the race. Osssory cyclist did quite well with Willie Alyward finishing in fifth place followed by David Hyde, Harry Hoare, Terence Smeaton. Other cyclists who took part, Seamus Kavanagh DNF and Derek Ryan DNF. The final stage takes place in Mondello Park Thursday night at 7.30pm. On Sunday Derek Byrne travelled to Clare to take part in the A3 Road race. Derek only needed 4 points from this race to be promoted to the A2 division. He finished in third place to gain that promotion. This now allows him to compete in Tour of Ireland cycling Races for 2013. We at the club wish Derek well with his winter training in preparation for this wonderful event. Also on Sunday three of our cyclist Donal Ryan, David Moynan and Terence Smeaton travelled to Birr to take part in the 115K Sportive which took in Wolftrap Hill in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Ossory Cycling Club would like to wish the Easy Riders charity cyclists the best of luck on their great cycling challenge to Achill at the weekend.


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