Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair

A great was had by all the recent Christmas fair which was held in the Old School Community Hall. Santa arrived at 1.45pm to be greeted by a great crowd of children all excited and looking forward to meeting and having a chat with him. All the usual stalls were there, bottle stall, guess the weight of the Christmas cake, bric-a-brac, spin the wheel, farm produce and a competition for children to make a Christmas card with a picture of Santa’s house. Winners on the day were Katie Healy, Andrew Kennedy, Chelsea Orr, Rachel Fitzpatrick, Emily Mulhall, Kaitlin Fenelon and Michael Lacey. Well done to everyone who entered. Winner of the Christmas cake was Kathleen Gorman, Ballypickas who guessed the correct weight of 13lbs 12 1/2 ozs. The annual Christmas draw was also held on the day and the winners were €1,000 Isabella Bulger, Spink. €600 Kathleen Delaney, Castlecoole. €400 Katy & Lucy Doyle, Ralish. €100 each to Ray Duggan Durrow Road, Ella O Shaughnessy Kilcronan, Liam Lalor Lisbigney, Mairead Phelan Ralish and John Fitzpatrick Knockbawn. Congratulations to all winners. Well done to all volunteers who worked so hard and made it a very enjoyable day for everyone who attended.

Parents Assoc.

Ballinakill Parents Association would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Christmas hamper raffle. Winner of the hamper was Pauline McDonald, Barna. Other winners were Bernie Moran Abbeyleix, Robbie Kennedy Monaclear, Christina Hall Masslough Meadow, Gillian Doran Kilkenny Road, Laura Siney Cappanashannagh and Amy Lacey Raggetstown. Congrats to all winners. The committee would also like to wish everyone and very happy and peaceful 2014.


There was 8 tables. Winners on 11 games were Marie Simms and Josie Garrett, Willie Reilly and Larry Dunne, Mary Kelly and Dick Costigan. Runners up on 10 games on Mary Kelly and Noreen Ryan. Raffle winners were Grace O Neill, Eugene Murphy, Kathleen Walsh and Grace O Neill.


Bingo is back is the old hall. The committee wish to thank the parish council and Fr Conlon for the use of the old school community hall during the renovations. Also thanks to all our customers who continued to support us during this time, we hope you all like our new and refurbished rooms. Over €1,200 in prize money every Monday night, also a raffle. Come and enjoy a great night out and you might be lucky.

Parish Lotto

Numbers 5, 6, 9, 16. No winner. €20 each to Eamon Siney, Liam Barry, John Miller, Phil Cahill, Brid Gowing, J & TJ Lalor, Jollytots, Mary Farrell, Angeline Moran, Celine Cahill. Next week’s jackpot €4,400

Ossory Cycling Club.

OCC is a newly formed cycling club in Laois, we are now into our Third year as a club.

We carter for both Leisure and the more competitive Cyclist. Our aim is to promote cycling

in Laois and surrounding areas. we currently have cyclist from both Tipperary and Kilkenny.

We have come quite a long way since we started up. There has being two Leisure cycle events

and one cycling Ireland road held in Rathdowney and our club has also being taking part in an inter Club

cycling Competition for the last two years. if you are interested in joining our club feel free to join us on Sunday Mornings from the Square Rathdowney starting at 10am sharp.

For more Information Contact Seamus Kavanagh Club Chairman on 0876446792 Interesting Dates for events in Rathdowney.

Clubs 100k and 35k Sportive 4th May start GAA Centre.

Ras an Laoighis Road race 20th April start The square Rathdowney.

Ballagh Challenge 100k start Durrow 22nd June.