The 10th anniversary Slieve Bloom Storytelling Festival takes place this week and the storytellers will be visiting the local schools in the area on Thursday and Friday. A special performance by the storytellers will take place at Roundwood House on this Thursday, 11 October at 8pm. Admission €12.00. All welcome
Anyone interested in forming a camera club is invited to an open meeting on Wednesday, October 24 at 8pm in Phelan’s Restaurant Mountrath.
he Irish Red Cross will be holding a Practical First Aid Course and a Defribulator Course in you area in the coming weeks. If you are interested in doing either of these courses contact Monica Middleton at 087 9513344.
CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL
Children’s Book Festival at Mountrath Library: Judi Curtain, Wednesday October 10. Animal Magic, 11am & 1.30pm Friday, October 12.
LAOIS HEART SUPPORT GROUP
The Mountrath branch of the Laois Heart Support group will hold their AGM in St Fintan’s Hall Mountrath on Wednesday October 17. All members new and old are welcome.
ACTIVITY CENTRE MEETING
Raymond Carroll and Clare Brooks are holding a meeting on Tuesday, October 9 from 8pm at St Fintan’s Hall Mountrath on their plans to develop a Rural Activity Centre for children. The Centre will incldued indoor activity rooms and a large outdoor activity area. Off-site outdoor pursuits such as Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Trekking and Bouldering will be facilitated using the rural setting of the Slieve Blooms which is in close proximity to the Centre. The Centre opening hours will be 8am to 6pm. It will provide employment for 8 to 10 people. It is good to see the above development coming into our community. The Brooks say the Old Tennis Court beside, their property on the Castletown Rd, could be used in some way to facilitate the development of the centre and, as such, have expressed an interest in purchasing that area. This is a matter for the people of Mountrath.
OSSORY CYCLE CLUB
The first AGM of Ossory Cycling Club takes place on Thursday, October 18 in O,Reilleys lounge Rathdowney at 8.30pm. Existing and new members are welcome.
Mountrath Christmas Lights Committee would like to thank the community for their contribution to their bucket collection last weekend. All funds raised will go towards further enhancing the town this festive season. A special word of thanks to all collectors, who gave so generously of their time. Your support was greatly appreciated. The committee would gladly welcome new members. If interested contact any committee member: Colette Phelan, Catherine Burke, Lynda Deegan, Celine Cripps, Carol Boyhan or John Joe Fennelly.
Knitting Club: The knitting club continues to meet every Friday morning 10:30-12:30pm all welcome. Ms Readathon Application forms for the national MS Readathon, which gets underway in October, are now available in the Library.
BEES AND BEE-KEEPING
Tom Hussey will give an introduction to the fascinating world of the honey bee and the work of bee keeper in St Fintan’s Hall on Wednesday August 22 at 7pm. Contact Derek Banim, Dunamise Beekeepers Association at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
KNUCKLES BOXING CLUB
U-11s Mon, Wed and Fri 5.30-6.30pm Over 11s beginners Mon ,Wed and Fri 6.30-7.30pm Over 11ss advanced Mon,Wed and Fri 7.30 to 9pm Girls over 11years Tues and Thurs 7 to 8 and Sat 1 to 2pm Adults Fitness classes Tues and Thurs at 8pm and Sat 10.30am Ladies Fitness classes Mon to Fri mornings 9.30am and 11.30am Any enquiries contact Noel on 0851981551
HOME MADE JAM
The sale of homemade jam continues in Costcutters and in Phelan’s shop in Castletown. The proceeds of this goes to the Laois HospicePortlaoise. Your support is greatly needed. Thanks to all who have supported.
OLD TIME DANCING
Every Sunday night in Portlaoise GAA Centre from 9:30pm to11:30pm for only €7. Music will be supplied by Brian Dermot this coming Sunday night, October 14.
THE MOLLY MAGUIRES
Adults interested in cycling dust-down your old bike (it doesn’t have to be a High Nelly) & come along. Short cycles at your own pace around the locality with a bit of fun. All welcome. Contact PJ 087 2859651 or Donal 087 0567918.
Various members and volunteers of Mountrath Tidy Towns committee, which is a sub-committee of Mountrath Development Association, will be meeting every Thursday evening at the Car Park on Main Street at 7:00pm - weather permitting, for a quick tidy up of the town. This usually involves picking up litter and keeping an eye on areas which might need a more thorough cleanup by our local Fás scheme participants. All are welcome to come along for the odd half hour or so from 7-8pm.
The outdoor gym in the local amenity park can be used by all ages. We would encourage all local clubs and groups to use this facility.
Dog fouling is a growing litter problem Local awareness to identify the dog owners is required Please contact the Council’s free litter hotline @ 1800 323 230 with specific details if witnessed.
Mountrath Country Markets is open every Friday from 9:00am to 12 noon in The Macra Hall on Main Street. Come and see for yourself. To place an order phone 87 32510 or 8735368.