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 www.aware.ie or the local Helpline 1890303302.

Clean Up

Help clean up Rathdowney, a group meet every Wednesday night at 7.30 in the square, if you can spare an hour please come along and help out. If possible bring a shovel, brush or hoe.


A charity Texas Hold’em night will be held in Iano’s on Friday June 6, to raise funds for this year’s charity Pieta House. €20 entry and €10 buy back, cash prizes. Names can be given in advance in Ian’s or on the night.


St Vincent De Paul the shop in Rathdowney are in need of donations, of ladies, gents and children’s clean clothes. Bags, shoes and accessories also accepted. Your donations are very much appreciated and can be dropped into the shop Vincent’s any day.


Rathdowney GAA Lotto. There was no winner in this week’s jackpot which was €2,800. The numbers drawn were 16, 17, 18, 20. The 10 winners of €15 were Evan Treacy, Paddy Powell, Mgt Hennessy, TD Walsh, Malachy Fogarty, Peter Butler, Sean Whelan, AOG, Ann Walsh, Teresa Cahill. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,950. Tickets can be purchased from all shops or from any local promoter.


Donaghmore Workhouse and Agriculture Museum. Summer opening hours from Saturday May 31 - the museum will be open all weekends and bank holidays throughout the months of June, July, August and September between the hours of 2pm to 5pm. If you wish to avail of a tour outside of these hours please phone Trevor on 086 829 6685. The museum is on Facebook and Twitter please come and join us.


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

Art Classes

Art classes for adults every Tuesday 10-12 in the Rathdowney Community Centre also painting classes for children 3pm – 4.30 every Friday. Call Elga on 086 2485887 or 057 8737899 for more information.


Takes place every Tuesday at 7pm and Pilates every Tuesday 8.15 - 9 in the Parochial Hall, 8 week courses, all fitness levels welcome. Contact Brid on 086 3850977.

Ossory Show

Ossory Agricultural Show takes place on Sunday July 27 at the Showgrounds, Coolfin Cross, Mountrath Road, Rathdowney. There will be classes in cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, eggs, jam, home baking, arts, crafts, vegetables, produce, flowers and photography, and also junior classes.

Further details available from secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney at 087 9975902 or 0505 48939; Show chairman Peter Ging 086 23945783, Irene Newman 086 8402128 or www.ossoryshow.com.