This year Daffodil day will take place on Friday March 28. All donations and sales of daffodils will be greatly appreciated.


Thank you to all who contributed to the recent church gate collection for Mountrath Community School. Thank you to all who contributed to the bucket collection for the maintenance of the children’s playground. Your support was greatly appreciated.


The parents council of Ballyfin NS will be hosting a cake sale and Easter raffle in the school hall on March 23 after 10am mass. There will be tea/coffee, a cake sale, a draw for numerous prizes including a dinner for two at the prestigious Ballyfin House.


Ballyfin Community Alert is currently setting up a text alert system in conjunction with the Garda Siochána as a crime preventative measure in the area. We are holding our first registration session for anyone interested on Sunday March 23 after 10am mass in the community centre. Cost €20 per phone. Contact Sheila on 086 1570145 for more information.


All age groups & skill levels wanted to join. Training resumes on March 31 from 6-7pm in Burke’s Field, Shannon Rd. Call 085-1119550 for details.


There will be a Brigidine Past Pupils’ Lunch on Sunday April 6 at 1pm in the Kaedeen Hotel, Newbridge. If interested, please contact Maeve at 087 6569975.


Condolences to the family of the late Jack Sinnott of Newline Road, Mountrath who died on March 20. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sister, Mary Lowry, brothers Bill and Louie, nephews, nieces, extended family. Reposed at Burke’s Funeral Home, Mountrath, with removal to St Fintan’s Church, Mountrath for funeral Mass. Burial St Fintan’s Cemetery.


Bus to Emmanuel House Clonfert, Galway for a day of prayer and reflection led by Eddie Stones on Saturday March 29 at 10.30 am. Contact for Bus: 059-86-25215 or 087-7528531. Bus times Portlaosie 8.45am, Mountrath 9am, at St. Fintan’s church gate. Advanced booking for bus is required. Please bring a packed lunch.

Line Dancing

Line dancing continues at An Sean Chistin, Irey, Ballyfin each Friday from 10am-11am,please note change of day and time.All welcome.Further details Maureen 0876482038


Boxing classes: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6.30 to 8 pm Adult Fitness classes: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, (men & women).

Tuesday & Thursday (women only). Morning classes at 10 a.m. every day. No appointments needed. Walk in at any time and train. All levels of fitness catered for. Good selection of weights/machines. Contact Noel @ 085 1654495.


The knitting group continues to meet every Friday morning 10:30-12:30. New members always welcome


The outdoor gym in the local amenity park can be used by all ages. We would encourage all local clubs and groups to use this facility.


Mountrath Country Markets is open every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon in The Macra Hall on Main Street. Come and see for yourself. To place an order phone 87 32510 or 8735368.


Dog fouling is a growing litter problem in the town. Please contact the Council’s freephone litter hotline @ 1800 32 32 30 with specific details if witnessed i.e. dog owner, location, time and date.


GROW in Ireland Info line 1890 474 474.To donate to GROW please visit volunteer for GROW visit


Dog fouling is a growing litter problem in the town, every path in the town is covered in its daily. It is a nightmare for walkers and a health hazard for young children. Local awareness to identify the dog owners responsible is required. Please contact the Council’s Freephone litter hotline @ 1800 32 32 30 with specific details if witnessed i.e. name and address of dog owner, location, time and date.


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, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or or the local Helpline 1890303302.