Community Forum

Community Forum

Congrats to all the Abbyeleix people and groups who were recognised for their voluntary work at the Laois Community Forum Community and Voluntary Awards which are supported by the Leinster Express. Special congrats to the Abbeyleix Bog Project and the Ballyroan and District Athletics Club who were winners on the night.

lAOIS huNT Christmas FAIR

Laois Hunt is holding its annual Christmas Fair in The Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, on Sunday, 8thDecember from 2pm – 6pm. There will be a lovely festive atmosphere, with lots of locally produced food and crafts for sale. It’s a great place to find special gifts, and there’ll be live carols to help get you into the spirit of the season. For more information, contact Barry Fingleton: 0860871935,


Abbeyleix Business & Community Development Forum are putting the final touches to their 3rd Christmas Market & Craft Fair, which is due to take place on Sat 7th December 2013 in the Market Square from 4pm. The fair will include food stalls, school choir, craft stalls, music and entertainment, christmas and gifts, and lots lots more.


The group held their AGM recently. Incoming committee: Chairman Arthur Holohan, Secretary John Brady, Treasurer Sean Bonham, Assistant Tres. James Furney and PRO Aidan Ring. After a very successful meeting, the group have some charity runs in the pipeline so watch this space. New member’s always welcome, contact any of the committee for details.

Hibernian Bridge Club

Results: Monday, November 4 7Table Mitchell 1st Maura Horan Shay Malone, 2nd Rose Talbot Dolly Harding, 3rd Nuala Molumby Sadie Phelan

11th November Free Sub. 8 1/2 Table Mitchell 1st N/S Paddy Purcell Sam Moore, 1E/ W Nuala Molumby Sadie Phelan

18th November 71/2 Table Mitchell 1st N/S Tom Reilly Mark Kirwan, 1E/W Dolly Harding Rose Talbot 2nd N/S Breda Brislane Nora Delaney 2nd E/W Maura Horan Olive Delaney.

Abbeyleix Bridge Club

Results Tuesday, November 5 71/2 Table Howell 1st Phil Ryan Breda Corcoran,2nd Mary Lalor Nuala Molumby 3rd Sean Bolger Michael Delane

The Rose Mary Higgins Trophy was played for over two weeks November 12 & 19. Result: 1st Mark Kirwan 2nd Anne Cummins Gross: Catherine Brennan 3rd Barbara O’Donnell.


Pilgrimage to Knock for night vigil on December 7. Bus leaves Abbeyleix at 6.45 pm. Calll Maura 086 3344722 to book.


Eadrom children’s art class for Christmas takes place on Saturday December 7 between 11am and 12.30pm in the library. It caters for 6-12 year olds. Booking is essential. Contact the library at 057-8730020. Christmas Storytelling with Lesley on Saturday December 14 at 11.30am for 3-7 year olds, with Special Guest!


Vocalese will perform Christmas Carols in the library in Abbeyleix at 6pm on Thursday, December 19. All are welcome. Free Admission