The Mountrath branch of the Laois Heart Foundation monthly meeting in the Cosy Cafe at 8 pm on Wednesday August 14. All welcome


Text to win a calf worth €5000 competition is still running to help support Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Mountrath GAA. To be in with a chance to win simply answer the following question Celtic sires is based in the same Midlands County that Mick O Dwyer

trained to win a Leinster Senior Football title in 2003 it is A Laois or B Carlow Text CELTIC along with your name and answer to 57080 (e.g. CELTIC B JOHN DOE)text cost €2.


Training for girls Gaelic Football continues at Burke’s Field, Shannon Rd, Mountrath (200 yards on right after end of footpath). Training every Monday at 5.30pm for all girls aged 5 up to 10 yrs old. We encourage new members to join Mountrath Ladies Football Club. It is a great way to keep fit, have fun and learn a new skill. Subscriptions are €2 per week. For further information or any queries, please contact Carmel on 0872023608 or the Club Secretary on 0851119550.

Irish History Live

Heritage week: WWII Friday, August 23 10:30–11:30am (FREE) An interactive history show for children. Learn about World War II by examining weaponry, dressing up in uniforms and listening to interesting stories about life during the war. Places are limited. Booking essential. Venue : Mountrath Library. Aoife Anton,, 057 8756378

heritage CÉilÍ

Heritage Week: Traditional Céilí & Set Dancing on August 21 8:30 - 10.30pm with Maureen Culleton. Adms - €10. Organised by Laois Heritage Office at the Ballyfin Community Centre. Email: Tel: 087-6482038.

Marine experience

Heritage week: The Marine Experience Wednesday, August 21 2.30pm – 3.30pm (FREE) An interactive marine workshop that introduces all ages to Ireland’s marine world. Organised by Laois Libraries at Mountrath Library, Shannon St. Contact Aoife Anton Shannon St, Mountrath Email: Tel: 057 8756378.


A big thanks goes out to Ballyfin Vintage Club for their kind donation towards the Grotto restoration.M ore funds are needed for this ongoing restoration.To donate contact Paddy Grehan, Dan Russell.


Mountrath GAA are running strictly come dancing on Friday, October 25 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel for the re-development fund for the clubrooms and playing field. 15 couples across the community are taking part in this competition which will be a night of fun filled, family entertainment not to be missed. Tickets are €20 each. For tickets contact Colette on 0874162377 - Lynda on 0864002140

GAA Lotto

No winner of this week’s lotto. Numbers drawn were 17, 18, 22, 26. Next week’s jackpot €2,000. Seniors and juniors back in championship action this weekend versus Roseallis and Ballacolla. Don’t forget our text competition be sure to enter and pass the word around for this very good cause to raise money for the club and the children’s hospital Work continues on the pitch and dressing rooms so all help is very much needed and appreciated if you have some free time be sure to come along Thank you Gerry Williams 086 3902308


Ballyfin Parish (RC) is in the process of applying for a tax rebate against donations made to the Parish over the past four years. Receipts [CHY2 Forms] for donations made in the years 2009 –’12 are being distributed. Please complete, sign and return them to the Parish asap or by August 25. Your parish, its church, school and hall, cannot function without your support. Help US MAKE THE MOST of the money you have already donated

Ballyfin lotto

Parish Lotto August 8: No winners, Next week’s lotto is €18,000

Late Nora Burke

Condolences to the family of the late Nora Burke (nee Whelan) (Clonin, Mountrath, formerly of Clonad, Portlaoise) who died on August 2, (peacefully). Mother of the late Tommy; deeply regretted by sons Joe & Sean, daughters Mary & Nancy, sister Agnes, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Reposing at her daughter’s residence (Nancy Mooney, Fermoyle, Attanagh, Co Laois). Removal to St Edmund’s Church, Castletown for Requiem Mass followed by Burial immediately afterwards to St Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.


Classes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7-8pm in St. Fintan’s Hall Mountrath only €5 absolute beginners always welcome. Contact Mags on 087 8129149.


Knitting Club

The knitting club continues to meet every Friday morning 10:30-12:30pm all welcome.


Under 11years Mon, Wed and Fri 5.30 to 6.30 p.m. over 11years beginners Mon, Wed and Fri 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. over 11years advanced Mon, Wed and Fri 7.30 to 9 p.m. Girls over 11years Tues and Thurs 7 to 8 and Sat 1 to 2pm. Adults Fitness classes Tues and Thurs at 8pm and Sat 10.30 a.m. Ladies Fitness classes Mon to Fri mornings 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Any enquiries contact Noel on 0851981551.


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. Local awareness to identify the dog owners is required. Please contact the Council’s free phone litter hotline @ 1800 323230 with specific details if witnessed i.e. name and address of dog owner, location, time and date. Thank you.