Abbeyleix news

Abbeyleix fete winners

Abbeyleix fete winners

Rectory Fete Draw Winners: 1st €500 - Kate Phelan; 2nd €300 Fyffe’s Voucher - Padraig & Deirdre Cahill; 3rd €100 George Pratt; 4th €100 Brian Andrews; 5th €50 voucher for Moynan’s Fuel Services The Nuzum family.

Other Prize Winners: Gate Prize - Kay Caldbeck; Most suitably dressed lady - Maura Shanahan; Most suitably dressed gentleman - Fred Hosford; Bottle whiskey - Joan Dobson; Bottle cream liqueur – Les Braithwaite; Lucky Square - Leila Acheson; Open Windows - Emily Jacob; Lamb - Valerie Case; Skittles - Eddie Hutchinson; ‘Who am I’ quiz - Belinda Gyves; Hamper - Richard Claxton; Remote controlled car - Reuben Harvey.

Book on Bog

The Abbeyleix Bog project is working on a book about the social, cultural and environmental history of the bog. We are looking for stories, documents or photographs about turf cutting by local families or the army in 1940’s, the railway line, fires, training of horses, etc.

Please contact any of the committee members or Chris at 083 1106210 or send an email to

Sharing of Skills

Bee-keeping: Monday, 19 August 8-10 pm in Heritage House by members of the Laois Bee-keepers Association. Growing Vegetables: Wednesday, 21 August 7.30 - 9.00 pm in the GIY Community Garden (Entrance next to Abbeyleix post office). These workshops are organised by Laois Environmental Action Forum (LEAF). For more information people can contact


Sonia Mc Donnell from Scotchrath, Abbeyleix, exhibits a photography collection in Abbeyleix Library Art Gallery from Tuesday 6th August until Friday 30th August. For more detail contact Sonia at 087-6478038.


On Thursday 15th August from 5.30-7.30pm Sinead Holland, archivist and Portlaoise library staff member, will conduct a Genealogy Workshop for beginners. Teenagers and adults are welcome for this free event.

history live

The library is holding 2 Irish History Live interactive shows for children aged 7-13 on Tuesday 20th August at 10am.

The first show is about the Tudors while the 2nd looks at the 1913 Lockout and Easter Rising in Ireland.

Weaponry, clothes etc from those eras will be shown to the children. Booking is essential through Abbeyleix Library, tel: 057-8730020. The event is free of charge and is part of the library’s celebration of heritage week.

Hurling play

‘Hurl’ by Carnation Theatre Group Wednesday 21st August 2pm – 3:30pm (FREE) .

An interactive, all-ages, theatre show exploring hurling, taking place in the main hall alongside our artefacts - including an old hurl. Venue : Heritage House, Abbeyleix. Organiser : Abbeyleix Heritage Company, Sinead Marshall,, 057 8731653

Turf, Trains & Treats

A picnic with stories on Abbeyleix Bog Saturday 24th August, See for times. (FREE) A picnic on Abbeyleix Bog with stories of turf cutting, the railway line and the bog’s previous military use.

Stories will be told by members of families who used to cut turf, local historians and railway enthusiasts. Organiser : Abbeyleix Bog Project Ltd, Gary O`Keefe,, 087 2651220,

Heritage House

Free Admission to Museum Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd August.

Free admission to our historic building and museum - discover the Titanic link to this beautiful estate town. Explore the story of Abbeyleix from its earliest people to the present day in our exhibition. Playground on site for under 12’s. Venue : Heritage House, Abbeyleix. Organiser : Abbeyleix Heritage Company, Sinead Marshall,, 057 8731653, ttp://