Revive Rathdowney

Revive Rathdowney

St Fergal’s Colleges hosts the Rathdowney Revive Enterprise Showcase incorporating a community expo on Friday & Saturday, October 10 -11.

The Business Expo takes place Fri day 10 from 3pm -7pm

Sports & community expo on Saturday 11 from 11-3pm

Guest speakers over the weekend include: Louise Phelan Pay Pay, Gavin Duffy Dragons Den, Minister Charlie Flanagan Social Media Expert, BOI head of Enetrprise Development, Laois Partnership & Laois Enterprise Board

The busiess Expo on 10t h 3-7pm the Sports and Community Expo is on 11-3pm on 11th.

The weekend is supported by Bank of Ireland. To get involved contact 087 8260355 or maria.harris@boi.com

A Christmas Fair is fixed for Friday, December 5.


the 30th edition of the Rathdowney Review is being compiled and will on sale from December 1. Anyone who has anything they wish to be published in the review should contact Betty O Brien, Maureen Guilfoyle or Niall O Doherty. The closing date is the end of October but the committee would appreciate any material to be submitted as soon as possible. The review especially welcomes weddings, anniversaries, graduations, sporting achievements, family profiles, poems etc. The 30th edition is expected to fill up very quickly. The committee wish to thank everyone who was involved with the Rathdowney Review in any way over the past 30 years.

Halloween Disco

CYMS snooker and billard hall are hold a Halloween Kids Disco on Friday October 31 from 7 -10pm in the Parochial Hall. Admission is €3, fancy dress optional, prize for the best dressed. All proceeds to the CYMS snooker club. The club is now re-open for the winter. Membership now due adults €20 juveniles €10, family €30. We look forward to meeting everyone again and for your valued support.

Painting lessons

COMMUNITY CENTRE painting lessons every Wednesday from 10 to 12 noon, Set dancing for those aged 8 and over, adult or child on Wednesday from 7 to 8pm €5 per session, minimum of 10 required for classes to commence. For more details please contact Pauline on 087 6572701.


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 locall Helpline 1890303302.


From Rathdowny National School (C of I) - Congratulations to the Rathdowney/Errill senior team on becoming the county champions once again. Our pupils continue to develop their hurling skills in the school with Andrew Kavanagh (team goalie) and are part of various GAA teams. We are so proud of our pupil Ross Handcock and the under 10 hurling team – winners of the recent hurling blitz in Durrow. Our senior children enjoyed performing with the Garda band in Ballacolla for the Aghaboe Abbey Concert last week.


There was no winner in this week’s Rathdowney GAA lotto Jackpot which was €5,500. The numbers drawn were 5, 9, 16, 24. The 10 winners of €15 were Mark Aylward, Mary Gray, Rosie Fitzpatrick, Mrs O’Dwyer, Mary Whelan, Nelly Bergin, Betty Delaney, Johnny Bowe, Paddy Bowe Snr, Saoirse Stenson. Next week’s Jackpot will €5,650. Tickets can be purchased from all shops or from any local promoter.


Many thanks to the staff of St. Fergal’s College for the donation of €107 raised in aid of Laois Hospice from their coffee morning on Friday 12th September.

Fire service night

Rathdowney Fire and Rescue Service open night is on Wednesday October 8, from 7pm to 9pm in the station. Please come along to see the specialised equipment they use. There will be a fire demonstration on the night.


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


If you wish to put a note in the Leister Express please leave it into the Card Stand by 5 pm on Thursday.


The club will be having their presentation night on Saturday October 11 at 9.30 in Iano’s, can all outstanding cards be handed in to Iano’s or the Card Stand as soon as possible.


The results of the fishing competition held on Sunday 26 September are 1st John Murphy, 2nd Pat Noonan and 3rd Sean Moore.

Trad for Trócaire

St Fergal’s College is involved in Trad for Trócaire every year and that is taking place nextThursday, October 9. This is a big annual event in the school where 6th class students from local primary schools and students of our own school are invited to listen to the school’s talented Trad band. Transition year students and the music department organise it and usually includes other activities such as a music themed Table Quiz. All money collected goes to Trocaire.