Blood Donor Thanks

Blood Donor Thanks

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service thank all those who attended the blood clinic in Rathdowney recently. A total of 96 attended including 4 new donors and 11 lapsed. The following received awards on the night.

Silver Awards Liam Browne, 4 Quigley Park, Rathdowney and Cliodhna Mahon Harristown, Rathdowney. Gold Award Seamus Finane, Mooreville, Rathdowney.


The Easyriders Club 2015 cycle was launched on Sat April 18, this year’s cycle route is from Rathdowney to Limerick then Tralee a distance of 220km. This year’s chosen charity is The Cuisle Centre Portlaoise. Places for the cycle are filling up quickly so book your space to avoid disappointment.

Contact details are Helen 086 3102189, Graham 086 3184423, Liam 087 7731405, Rachel 087 6292566, Chris 086 3064291 or call into Iano’s. Get pedalling.

First Aid

Paediatric First Aid will take place in Rathdowney on June 6.

The course is child specific and will cover emergency plans for accidents involving a child.

Topics include: chocking, burns, CPR, fractures, bleeding, medical emergencies etc. Each participant will receive a book on Paediatric First Aid. The course is suitable for parents and anyone working with children and everyone is welcome.

For further information or to book contact Trish 087 9741420 or Mary Rose 086 8591941.


Results from the Smithwicks Cup on Sunday April 26. . Juniors: 1st Dylan Doyle 280g. Seniors: 3rd Willie Burke 710g, 2nd Dave Moore 780g, 1st Paddy Fitzpatrick 1590g. Well done to all, .next competition will be announced. The draw for the raffle will take place Sunday night in Corcoran’s Bar.

Ossory Show

The Ossory Agricultural Show Society 1898 -2014 Laois County Show will take place on Sunday, July 26 Coolfin, Rathdowney Co Laois. Calf Championship, Crossbred Belgian blue championship, Working Hunter Championship, Vintage, Sidesaddle, Cookery Demonstration, Home Produce and side shows.

Other attractions : Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Poultry, Craft, Eggs, Flowers, Baking, Jams, Sewing, Knitting, Vegetables, Photography, Flower arrangements. Junior classes, most suitable dressed lady and gentleman on show day.

Little Miss Ossory, most suitable dressed boy on show day. Fun dog show, trade stands, music and lost more.

A fun day out for all the family. For details and schedule enquiries contact Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney Mobile 087 9975902, Fax 0505 48939 email: ossoryshow@eircom.net website www.ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573.

The Cut Challenge

Ossory Cycle Club is hosting The Cut Challenge on Sunday, May 10. Sign on from 9am in the GAA Centre Rathdowney Co. Laois. Race starts at 10am for the 100k and 11am for the 50k. Registration fee €25 (€20 with Cycling Ireland Membership). Contact 087 6446792; 087 7605446


Takes place in Rathdowney Parish on Sunday, May 31.

Bealtaine Festival Painting

Wednesday, May 13 at the Rathdowney Library 3pm-5pm Painting workshop at Rathdowney Library with Lorraine Walsh (paint will be supplied, bring your own canvas & table-top easel).

Phone Rathdowney library to book a place T: 0505 46852.

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society will hold its annual Church gate collection on the weekend of the May 23/24. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Late Hilda RYAN

Condolences to the family of the late Hilda Ryan (née Henderson), Coolkerry, Rathdowney and formerly of Ennis, London who died at Cahercalla Nursing Home, Ennis.

Beloved wife of Jackie (formerly of Errill), sadly missed by extended family, relatives and friends.

Reposed at O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Rathdowney. Removal to the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney for Funeral Mass followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery. Donations to St. Vincent De Paul, Rathdowney.


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