Winners from the whist drive held in St Patrick’s Hall, Stradbally on January 16 were top score John Graham, 1st lady Michael O’Brien, 2nd lady Molly Kavanagh and Leslie Hunter, 1st gent Ena Wallace, 2nd gent John Harrison, 1st half Alice Finn, Sean Langton and Freda Coyle, 2nd half Charlotte Glynn, lowest score Catherine Cardiff, hatching Mai Hendy, raffles Sean Langton, Tom Gowing, Birdie Langton and Mick Foy.

Next whist drive will be held on Friday, February 20 at 8.30pm sharp and all are welcome.


The death occurred on Sunday, January 18 of Michael (Mick) Kilduff late of Ballintubbert, and formerly St Patrick’s Park, Celbridge and Rathcoole, Dublin, peacefully at his home. Sadly missed by his loving wife Betty and his family, daughters, sons, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, brothers, sisters, relatives, neighbours and his many friends. His remains were reposing at the Presentation Chapel, Stradbally, until removal to the Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally, for funeral mass on Tuesday and burial took place afterwards in Oakvale Cemetery.


The death occurred on Sunday, January 18 of Matthew Costigan, Dysart, Stradbally.Beloved husband of Anne and much loved father of Matthew, Alison and Ronan. Deeply regretted by his loving family, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends. His remains were removed to St Fintan’s Church, Raheen, on Tuesday for 12 noon requiem mass. Interment took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.


Bus to Clonfert for a day of prayer and healing on Saturday, January 31, leaving Stradbally at 8.30am. Phone Eileen 8625215/25902.


The Parish Mission in the Church of the Sacred Heart will be held from Saturday, March 21 to Friday, March 27 directed by the Vincentian Fathers.


A parish council meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 28 in the Parochial House commencing at 7.30pm to discuss same and meet up with people giving the mission.


Laois Arthouse presents ‘The Clearing’, an end of residency exhibition by artist Lorraine Walsh. The exhibition runs until February 12. Gallery open to the public Monday to Friday 1pm-4pm. More information 0578641740/8664050


Stradbally, April 18 at 11am and in Timahoe on May 23 also at 11am.


Stradbally, May 16 11am and in Timahoe on May 23 also at 11am.


Stradbally PlayHouse Drama Club for 8 to 12 year olds, Tuesdays in St Mary’s Hall 3.15 – 4.45pm at a cost of €45 per ten-week term. Stradbally PlayHouse Drama workshops for adults has started back in St Mary’s Hall 7.30 – 9pm at a cost of €60 per ten week term. No experience needed, just a willingness to give it a go. For more info contact tutor Siobhán Coffey on 086 3300943.


Saturday April 4 - Laois Hunt Hunter Trials Stradbally Hall, 10am. Sunday, April 19, Laois Hunt Point to Point, Stradbally Hall. Sunday May 17, Laois Hunt Point to Point.


St Colman’s National School, Stradbally are currently accepting applications for enrolmentn in our Junior Infant Class for September 2015. Application forms available online at or from the school office at 0578625348. Closing date is Friday, February 6. Return the application form along with an original birth certificate and PPS number.

The Parents Committee Annual Christmas Hampers Raffle was very successful. €7,516.24 was the final tally . This was indeed a massive sum of money and we wish to acknowledge the generosity of the entire school community. There were an amazing 66 prizes and this Raffle has certainly lived up to its reputation. Thank you to everyone who donated, sponsored , sold and bought tickets and well done to the hard working Committee for a fantastic day on Friday 19t. Thanks to John Maher who provided the music and to our 6th Class Teacher Ms Karen Kelly who co ordinated the singing/musicians and to Ms Kelly for singing so beautifully for us . We are very blessed to have such a wealth of talent in our school . I would like to extend a special thanks to the man himself….Santa Claus who took time out from his busy schedule to pay us a visit in St. Colman’s. Well done everybody and Céad Míle Buíochas Congratulations to the Winners:-

1st Prize €250 Hamper Holly Miller, Vicarstown

2nd Prize €150 Hamper Elizabeth, Margaret & Kate Oxley

3rd Prize €100 Hamper Elizabeth Oxley

4th Prize Shaws Hamper Napper Tandy’s

5th Prize Food Hamper The Oxleys

6th Prize External Drive Sean Sheridan

7th Prize Food Hamper C Mooney

8th Prize Hamper Amanda Byrne

9th Prize Hamper Vanes c/o Cathy Hewitt

10th Prize Hamper James McDonald

11th Prize Hamper Tristan Malone

12th Prize Hamper Grace Miller

13th Prize Hamper Amy O’Shea

14th Prize Hamper Fergal Lawlor

15th Prize Hamper Julianne Walshe

16th Prize Hamper Michael Kelly

17th Prize Hamper Ann Simpson

18th Prize Hamper Marion Kelly

19th Prize Gaa Hoodie Kathleen Sheridan

20th Prize Hamper Tadgh Brennan

Other prize winners:- Mick Moore, Leah Kelleher, J Kennedy, Jack Lynch, Bridie O’Shea, Donal Kelly, Better Dillon, Stephen Crowley, James Miller, Dovyadas Kibickdas, Paddy Corcoran, Ronan Mulhall, Tomas Laffan, Sheila Maloney, Christy Moran, Aoife Kelly, Mary Swane, Bernee Hayden, Fiona Fennessy, David Delaney, Ameila McArdle, Briain Carroll, Aran Costello, Aoibhe Kelly, Denis O Connor, Dolores White, Sheila Graham, Breda Kennedy c/o Frank Handy, K. Donohoe, Terry c/o Frank Handy, Ryan Lawlor, Tom McDonald, Haleema Buggie, Mick Moynan, Pamela Foley, Paul Brennan, Conor McDonald, Bernie Deegan, Barry Scully, Noah Delaney,