Threshing day

Threshing day

A rare opportunity to see two methods of threshing when both come together on Sunday, September 14 to work and support Knock National School’s Threshing day. Horses and steam engines will tackle the threshing and they will be joined byclassic cars, vintage tractors, machinery and static engines, in what is sure to be a fun filled day. The Threshing day is part of Knock NS’s fundraising project “Renovation for Education” which to raise funds for the building of new classrooms at the school near Abbeyleix. The event is being held at Dayton’s farmyard besides the school. Further information and directions are available on the, Renovation for Education Knock NS, Facebook page and website, Entrance is €5 for adults, children free. Gates open at 12 noon.

Culture night Exhibition

On Culture Night September 19 there will by an open studio exhibition at Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix 3-7pm by artist Carol Booth at Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix. Carol’s studio was built in Fruitlawn Gardens designed Arthur Shackleton. Everyone is welcome to come and visit the studio and wander around the garden. For directions contact- 057 8730146.

Spink Comhaltas

On Culture Night September 19 CCE Timpeall Cnoc Ceili Night at Knock Hall, Spink 7pm-10pm. Enjoy an evening of music, story telling, dancing, song and master class demonstration of flute, banjo and fiddle. For details contact Lawrence Vesey at 086 2660768 or email:

The Spink branch music classes resume in September with registration for members on Friday, September 12 in Knock Hall, Spink at 7pm. Adult classes commence in October. Spink branch operates a comprehensive instrument bank for junior members which allows high quality instruments to be rented at a low cost. Contact for more details.

The branch also celebrated the end of a successful season during which they hosted the Laois Fleadh and a number of members represented Laois at the All Ireland Fleadh in Sligo earlier this month.

Come Dancing

Strictly come Dancing dance classes have commenced at the Abbeyleix Golf Clubhouse on Wednesdays at 8pm. A few male dancers required. Show in the Heritage Hotel on Saturday October 4, For details call 0868180153.

Juvenile soccer

Training for children born in 2006 on Tuesday evening from 7 to 8pm and children born 2005 on Friday evening from 7 to 8pm. Trials for older age groups call Mick 0872765871 Abbeyleix Juvenile Soccer Club.


Abbeyleix Social Services would like to thank everybody for their generous donations at the church gate collections on Saturday & Sunday August 23/4. We are grateful for your generosity.

Kids & Koffee

Ballyroan Playgroup, ‘Kids & Koffee’ every Friday 10am - 12pm in the Ballyroan Community Hall. Loads of toys for kids of all ages - from baby toys & building blocks to soft play & pop up tents - and plenty of space for everyone to have fun & interact. Costs €3 per household and all parents, childminders and pre-school children/toddlers/babies are welcome. Community-run group and a great place to meet and make friends over a cup of tea or beaker of juice! To join us, call Kyra 0860651485, or just come along.


New drama season starting soon, if you have a talent for acting or any of the backstage duities, the counties leading theatre group wants to hear form you. contact Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick on 087 9614235.

Family cycle

Abbeyleix Family Fun Cycle Ride ‘The Sequel’ takes place on Sunday, September 14 from 11am. Register from 10.15am. Cycle from Abbeyleix to Durrow and back. Scoil Mhuire & Abbeyleix Juvenile Soccer club cycle together to achieve one goal. Contact Ed Brown 085 866 5018/ Aidan McEvoy 057 87 31051, Mick Moran 087 2765871.