Taking Control Workshop run by Shine takes place as part of the Laois Connects Week on Tuesday, October 1 from 9.30am-4.30pm at the Respond Community Centre, Kiln Lane Mountrath. Facilitated by Karen Boylan of Shine the workshop is about practical ways to face life’s challenges by taking conrol of your physical nad mental well being. Booking esential. Contact Karen on 086 8525281 or

Strictly Dancing

All the dancers are geared up for this incoming weekend when rehersals begin for Strictly. The show is on Friday October 25 in the Hertiage Hotel Portlaoise. Tickets are €20 each and can be purchased from Colette on 087-4162377 or Lynda 086-4002140.

Strictly - The Movie

All roads lead to Mountrath GAA Field on Saturday September 21 at 3 pm. There will be a camera crew coming that day to make a short comedy promotional movie for the Strictly Come Dancing Show to be shown on the night. What we need is 100 people or more to come along as extras for the movie. It won’t take long and will fun. All ages are very welcome to take part.


Text to win a calf worth €5000 competition is still running to help support Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Mountrath GAA. Simply answer Celtic sires is based in the same Midlands County that Mick O Dwyer trained to win a Leinster Senior Football title in 2003 it is A Laois or B Carlow. Text CELTIC, your name & answer to 57080 (text €2). on 087 8129149.

Ballyfin Parish

Thanks to all parishioners who have returned CHY2 Forms to the Parish over the past few weeks. The work of compiling the information and of making the submission to The Charities Section at The Revenue Commissioners is currently being undertaken. If you have not yet completed the forms for your family, please do so immediately and return them to the Parish so they can be included in the Parish submission to the Revenue Commissioners. Your parish, including its church, school and hall, cannot function without your support. Help US MAKE THE MOST of the money you have already donated


Our condolesences go out to the family of the late Jimmy Tynan who passed away during the week. He was a native of Mountrath and ran Jim’s Country Kitchen in Portlaoise for over 20 years. He also wrote some cook books which were very successful. He will be greatly missed by the community.

Late Claire O’Hara

Conodolences to the family of the late Claire O’Hara (nee Bennett), Beresford Avenue, Dublin 9 and formerly of Deerpark, Ballyfin, who died suddenly at Beaumont Hospital on Saturday, September 14. Claire, beloved wife of John and mother of Caroline, Adrienne, and Louise is also sadly missed by extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her home with funeral Mass at Corpus Christi Church, Dublin with burial afterwards in Ballyfin Cemetery.