Heritage Al Fresco

Heritage Al Fresco

Abbeyleix Heritage Company are very proud to be involved with the art students of the Further Education Centre Abbeyleix who are embarking on a unique work experience project in the coming weeks. The students are also working with Tidy Towns and the Abbeyleix Bog Project. The concept is to create a fresco painting in Heritage House recording the historical aspects of the town focusing on the flora, fauna, architecture, stories and the essence of this unique town. This is part of the students’ work experience and is being facilitated by Enrico Ferrarini, an Italian artist based in Florence. The group will work with Enrico to realise the finished piece and aim to create a memorial of continuing intrigue that celebrates the town as it was and is now; a liminal space to reflect and absorb. Working alongside Enrico will be John Hennessey of Kerbute Productions who will aid the students to create a documentary based on the process. The painting of the fresco will run from Monday to Friday, February 23-27 in Heritage House, Abbeyleix. Visitors are most welcome.

School musical

Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Co. Laois, Staff and Students present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to Wednesday to Friday 25-27 at 8pm . Adults €12 / Students €10. Tickets available at The School and in Moran’s Newsagent, Abbeyleix. See Schools Express


An exhibition of work by A.G.E. Conceptual Artists runs in Abbeyleix Library from February 12 until March 5.

Strictly Dancing

Abbeyleix GAA Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday, April 5. To get involved call Denise Bonham on 086-8580857 or Richard Kennedy on 087-9254754. Winning couple receives €1,000 for their chosen group or charity. Details to follow.

Hibernian Bridge

Monday, February 9, 10 Table Mitchell 1st N/S John Bowe Jack Murphy, 1st E/W Catherine Kirwan Mary Holohan 2nd N/S Tom Reilly Mark Kirwan 2nd E/W Dolly Harding Rose Talbot.

Abbeyleix Bridge

The Bank of Ireland League Cup was played for over the past three weeks, congrats to the winner Breda Corcoran. 2nd Anne Cummins, 3rd Lucy Hyland, 4th Colin Murphy,5th Canice Bergin, 6th Shem Mulhall, 7th Mark Kirwan,8th Mai Mulhall 9th Barbara O’Donnell, 10th Catherine Brennan. Our Annual Charity Bridge Night in aid of Laois Kidney Association and Laois Multiple Sclerosis is on Friday the 27th February at 7.45pm at Abbeyleix Golf Club. We look forward to your support.


On Thursday 12th March at 6pm we will celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge in the Library. We will host an evening of song, dance, music and storytelling brought to us by Spink Ceolamhtas.

Our Adult Book Club resumes on Thursday 26th February at 6pm. The Book is ‘The Storyteller’ by Jodi Picoult.

Storytelling with Lesley for 3-6 year olds each Saturday at 11.30am. Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 year olds takes place roughly every 4 weeks. Next class will be announced shortly. Our adult Spanish and German classes are currently booked up. Juvenile Chess Club every Saturday morning at 10am.From 3rd February to 28th February 2015 Amy Guilfoyle will exhibit a selection of clay figures, print making photography and wire sculpture.

From March 3rd to March 28th Janet O’Grady and The Happy Mondays will exhibit in the library. Knitting Club 10.30am each Wednesday.’


Male and female volunteers required urgently to help out at Abbeyleix Youth Cafe. Call Chris on 087 2424060 if interested.


The annual awards night will take place on Friday, February 27 with an adult/junior competition. Presentation of awards afterwards and food will be served. To take part put your name down in the clubhouse or text the club phone.

Abbeyleix Bog

The Abbeyleix Bog Project is planning another section of the board walk in 2015, which will continue this loop across the entire bog. Contact Gary O’Keeffe 087 2651220,

The Killamuck & Collins Bog Loop Walks is to benefit from a generous maintenance grant from the Dept of Environment via the National Trails Office obtained with the help of the office of the Rural Recreational Officer and Laois Partnership. The track on the western edge of Abbeyleix Bog will be upgraded with almost 1.2 km of ‘bog bridge’, similar to the tracks in the Slieve Blooms. The track has become very wet and mucky over the last two years due to blocking of drains on the raised bog. First delivery of the materials and work will start during the second half of the week. Work will take 2-4 months and will once again done with voluntary labour and the help of the Rural Social Scheme participants. We will be looking for volunteers on weekends to help put the timbers in place.