A great Bingo is held every Tuesday Night at 8.30pm in the Rathdowney Community Centre. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Bingo is run by the Community Centre Group.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Pauls Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge. There is no referral required and you do not need to book a place. If you require further information contact 016617211, www.aware.ie or the local Helpline 1890303302.


The Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum is open from Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm. Come and see for yourself what life was like in a real workhouse. Group tours are also very welcome here. if you wish to book a group tour please ring Trevor on 086 829 6685. We are also available on Facebook and Twitter.


Rehearsals for the 2014 Rathdowney pantomime Time of our Lives are at an advanced stage with the opening night on Thursday April 10 fast approaching. The show, which has a cast of 130 men, women and children, will be staged for four nights in the Community Centre, April 10-13, with an afternoon matinee on Sunday April 13. Booking will commence in the Card Stand from Thursday April 3. The new Rathdowney Panto, penned by Michael Creagh and Niall O Doherty, is full of music and drama with a special story. It will be well worth seeing.


Bootcamp takes place every Tuesday and Thursday, 7-8pm. Pilates takes place every Tuesday at 8.15pm. These are 8 week courses. All fitness levels are welcome. Place are limited, so to book contact Brid on 086 3850977.

Gaa & Camógie

Rathdowney Errill GAA & St Brigid’s Camogie Club had the showing of the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 DVD in Rays Bar, Errill on March 15. Thanks again to each and every one of you who participated and helped out with the event. A great night was had with such a fantastic bunch of people. DVDs are now on sale for €10 each. Just ask any committee member - Paula, Breda, Justin, Berna, Eileen or Noreen. We might be looking for dancers for 2015 so get your name in there now!


Chess for adults is on every Wednesday night at 8pm in the Golf club. Contact 087 2388046 for more information.


The launch for the 2014 Easyrider’s charity cycle will be held in Ian Maher’s on Saturday March 29 at 9pm. Names will be taken on the night and cycle packs will be handed out to cyclists. Come along and sign up for the challenge. We have also started a bonus ball in Ian’s. Draw takes place every Saturday night. Only 2euro per line, please support.


The results for St Patrick’s Day fishing competition are as follows: Junior 3rd Ruth Hartigan Hogan 720g, 2nd Dale Carroll 770g, 1st Dylan O’Neill 800g. Senior 3rd John Holohan 1080g, 2nd Michael White 1585g, 1st John Hogan 1915g.

The next competition for the Patrick White Memorial Cup will take place on Sunday March 30. Usual rules apply. Membership available between 9-10am on the morning of the competition or from the Card Stand or Keanes Petrol Station.


The Parent and Toddler Group meet on Friday mornings 10am-12pm in the Marion Centre. All parents and minders with children from new born to pre-school are welcome.

Laois Ica federation

Laois week in An Grianán takes place from June 16-20. Courses available include cookery, dancing, fabric boxes, Assissi Embroidery, bets & bits, photography, pamper me, aromatherapy and encaustic art. Places are open to members and non members.

If you are interested in any of the courses please contact Anne Sinnott on 057 8622176 for more details.


To put a note in the Leinster Express leave it into the Card Stand by Thursday by 5pm.