Time to start planning for the vegetable growing year ahead. Martin Lawlor of Lawlors Nurseries in Abbeyleix in an All Ireland champion vegetable grower. Martin will run a free GIY workshop on planning the year ahead on Wednesday, February 12 at 8pm in St Columbanus Hall. Ideal event to get you growing all you questions answered. Beginners & experienced growers all welcome Call Richard 086 8175361, Margaret 086 3149610.

St Patrick’s Day

The Abbeyleix St Patricks Day parade takes on March 17. Starts at the Heritage House at 12.30pm finishes at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel. To put a float or stall into the parade or on the street contact Caroline Cleland of Clelands Supermarkets.


Abbeyleix Business & Community Development Forum AGM will take place on Monday, March 3. All welcome.


The Open Door Theatre group present Out of Order a comedy by Ray Cooney, on Friday and Saturday March 28 and 29 at 8pm in Dunamaise Arts Centre/theatre.

Tennis Club AGM

AGM in the Manor Hotel, February 13 at 8pm. All are welcome to help develop the club.


Takes place on Friday February 21 in Camross. The winning senior solo singer will receive the Perpetual cup presented by the Hearns Family in memory and honour of the late great Johnny Hearns who was secretary of Colt GAA club for many years. So all you senior solosts wouldn’t it be nice to bring that trophy back to Colt. All interested in taking part call Kevin at 087 9614235. Scorn a Nog on Saturday February 22 Portlaoise, Scor na Paisti follows.

Abbeyleix Bog

Abbeyleix bog race night in the Horse Shoe Bar on Friday, February 21 at 9.30pm. All proceeds to develop Abbeyleix bog as community amenity. Support greatly appreciated Weekly guided walks on the bog on Saturday mornings. Assemble at the Manor Hotel car park at 10.45 am. Parts of the walk are mucky at present so suitable wear suitable footwear.


Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyleix enrolment week from February 10-14. Parents who wish to enrol children in Junior Infants can visit the Junior Infants classroom from 2–2.30pm on Friday 14. Enrolment Forms and school handbooks are available from the school and various local pre-schools. Completed forms must be returned to the school by February 18 to secure a place for your child. Please inform the Principal of any possible special needs requirements.

Abbeyleix South NS

To enrol children in Junior Infants in the South School September 2014 - enrolment forms from the school office. Forms to be returned by midday on Tuesday, February 18. Feel free to contact the school at any time for information or to make an appointment to talk to the Principal or see the school. Tel (057) 8731920.


February meeting held in Social Services on Tuesday 4. Pat O’Halloran, President presided. Vote of sympathy with Bernie Hennessey on the death of her daughter. Alice Reilly secretary read minutes of last meeting. Laois week takes place June 16 – 20, two members will attend. Centenary dinner dance in Abbeyleix Golf Club on February 28 at 7.30pm with music by Har Ramesbottom. Tickets from any ICA member. Members will attend table quiz in Spink. Catherine Smith gave finance report. Knitting group is being well attended in the library. Meeting ended with supper served by Maureen O Keeffe. Next meeting March 4 at 8pm. Competition: 1 Alice Reilly, 2 Pat O’Halloran. Raffle 1 Alice Reilly and 2 Bride Reilly

Hibernian Bridge

AIB League Cup results played over three weeks: 1st Catherine Kirwan, 2nd Louise Kavanagh, 3rd Jack Murphy, 4th Sam Moore, 5th Rose Talbot, 6th John Bowe, 7th Una Whelan, 8th Shay Malone. Abbeyleix Annual Charity Bridge will be on Friday, February 21.

Library events

Juvenile Chess Club now on Saturday mornings. Members sought for new adult chess club every Thursday, 6pm - 7pm. Storytelling 3-6 year olds every Saturday at 11.30am. Our knitting club each Wednesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Next meeting of our Adult Book Club on Thursday February 13, 6pm-7pm. The book to be discussed is ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F Scott Fitzgerald. Janet O’Grady, Happy Mondays Group exhibition from Tuesday February 4 - Saturday March 1.

Late Sr Felicitas

Condolences Brigidine Order and family of the late Sr Felicitas Devery Abbeyleix and Cloghan, Co. Offaly who died peacefully on January 31, in her 100th year in the loving care of the staff of the District Hospital, Abbeyleix, her family and the Brigidine Sisters. Deeply regretted by her loving sister Bridget, extended family, her Brigidine Sisters, relatives and friends. Reposed at the Brigidine Sisters, Carlow Road, Abbeyleix. Removal to the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix for Requiem Mass with interment afterwards in the Convent Cemetery.