Workhouse restoration

Workhouse restoration

The formal opening of the Conservation Project at the Donaghmore Workhouse Dining Hall will be performed by Minister Charlie Flanagan at 2pm on Friday, July 25. This is a partnership project between Donaghmore Workhouse Museum Committee, Laois County Council and Laois Partnership and will add greatly to the heritage value and visitor experience at Donaghmore.

Late Mary FINANE

Condolences to the family of the late Mary Finane (née Hyland) of Kilcoran Road, Rathdowney who died on June 22 peacefully at home with her loving family. Mary, deeply regretted by her husband Billy and her family, Ciara (Carroll), Raymond and David, sisters Norah (Duggan) and Catherine (Cooke) extended family, relatives and friends. Reposed at her residence. Removal to the Church of The Holy Trinity, Rathdowney, for funeral Mass followed by burial in Rathdowney local cemetery.

Clean Up

Help clean up Rathdowney - a group meets 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 or brush or hoe.

St Vincent De Paul

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.


Donaghmore Workhouse & Agriculture Museum Summer Opening Hours: 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.


Rathdowney GAA Lotto: There was no winner in this week’s Jackpot which was €3,400. The numbers drawn were 9, 11, 25, 26. The 10 winners of €15 were M O’Sullivan, Brian Campion, Emily Treacy, Aine Loughman, Samantha Costigan, Ger Mitchell, Ann Breen, Aidan Campion, Ian Maher, Eamon Whelan. Next week’s Jackpot will be €3,550. Tickets can be purchased in all shops or from any local promoter.


Rathdowney Anglers - Winners of Fly Fishing Competition of June 20th are: 3rd Pat Noonan 540g, 2nd Dave Moore 590g, 1st Michael Gillman 860g. Thanks to all who took part.

Charity Cycle

Easyriders Charity Cycle’s next fundraiser is Rock n Roll Bingo with DJ Noel Brennan in O’Malley’s Saturday July12, kicking off at 9pm. It promises to be a great night, all welcome, music afterwards. Training still taking place every Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm from the square, please continue to pay for the trip in Ian Maher’s, The Card Stand or to any committee member.


On Saturday 21 local athlete Kaley Cozens won an all Ireland gold medal in turbo javelin in Tullamore. This is an outstanding achievement for such a young athlete who has worked very hard over the past year in this discipline. Kaley has got great encouragement and coaching from her mother Kate and Sandra Gillick (Templemore AC coach). Kaley threw 16.3 meters, this was over 2 meters ahead of the field. Her team mate Molly Nevin threw 11.6m so they also won the combined gold. Kaley is following the footsteps of the great local throwers from the 50s Paddy Cleere and the Creaghs of Harristown. Well done also to Casey Crous silver in Munsters and ran a great All Ireland.

Cycling Club

Ossory Cycling Club every Tuesday night until end of summer months OCC are reintroducing their A, B and Leisure group cycles. Cycles will commence at 7pm sharp. Each group will have its own team leader and each leader will pick a course that will suite their group. New Leisure cyclist welcome to joins on our cycles, the leisure cycle is guaranteed to be at a pace that will suite everybody in the group [Slow]. All are welcome to join us, Juveniles must be accompanied by a Parent or guardian. Important, helmets must be worn at all times. No helmet no cycle. For information on Leisure group contact Terry Smeaton 0877605446.