Master composter

Master composter

With the support of enthuastic volunteers in Laois County Council’s Master Composter programme, a new master compost demonstration site was recently launched in Clonaslee. Located behind the Community Centre, the particpants in the Master Composter Course built various composting systems during a recent build day including a sod pile, food digester, 3 bay turning system, home compsting unit and thanks to John Callaghan and John Troy of Clonaslee Tidy Towns, a tumbler composter. Full details of the Master Composter Demo site will be available on and on

Slieve Bloom Assoc AGM

The AGM of the Slieve Bloom Association has been set for Thursday June 24th next in Kinnity Community School at 8:30pm. The Ardeireann Festival coming up on the last weekend in July will also be discussed. All members are kindly requested to attend. Look us up on Facebook and on


Work continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting from the Heritage Centre at 6pm. Hanging baskets and flowers are being done at the moment. Weeding, painting and a lot of other work to be done yet so if you can spare an hour it would be appreciated. Please keep everywhere litter and cigarette butt free.

green flags on Tuesday at a celebration in Athlone. Well done to the students and teachers.


“The Lost Village” book is a story of The Cones in the Barony of Tinnahinch and the Slieve Blooms. Sean Flanagan from Tinnahinch has recorded some very interesting history and stories of the area. The life and times of the people, and how they lived. The Clear family were the last family to leave their house in Cone in 1962 and as a result The Cones was deserted. On the other hand the Battle of Tinnahinch in 1653, wiped out Tinnahinch village. The book is now available in Clonaslee at the Post Office, Clonaslee Pharmacy, and Hogans Shop. It is also available in Rosenallis and Mountmellick.

bread baking comp

The National Ploughing Championship brown bread competition, supported by the ICA has a prize fund of over €7,600 and is open to everyone; you do not have to be a member of the ICA. However there is a €20 fee for non-members to enter the competition. The first stage will take place in Clonaslee on June 24. Please contact Maureen Cusack 087-757-1455 for further information.


Corrigeen cemetery Friday June 26 at 8 pm; Kilmanman cemetery Friday July 3 at 8 pm.

Summer Arts

Laois County Council’s Summer Arts Programme runs in July & August around the county. Workshops run for two hours over three days and cost €25. Places limited so early booking is advised. Application forms from The Arts Office on 057 8664033/13 or email:

Oder persons Forum

Following the recent forum for older people in Abbeyleix Laois County Council intends to establish an own Older Persons Forum. To get involved call Geraldine Delaney further details Tel. (057) 8664107 or email