Martin Langton, John Langton and Matt Kelly at the Stradbally Town golf classic


The Irish Steam Preservation Society’s narrow gauge railway will have full steam up and running on Sunday, July 14 from 1pm - 4pm. The society will play a part on the day to help to entertain children from Chernobyl and their host families from all parts of Laois. The society is happy to play its part in making sure that the children’s visit will be a truly memborable one.

All visitors will have an opportunity to travel with and enjoy the signes of signs and sound of the 1949 steam locomotive. It was built for Bord na Mona do draw turf to Portarlington Power Station. More recently it starred on RTE television. The railway is also home to two veteran diesal locomotives.


Stradbally Flower and Farden Club are organising a trip to Maynooth on Tuesday, September 17 for the big gala demonstration by Jonathon Moseley in the Glen Royal Hotel, Maynooth. Anyone intending to travel please phone or text Dorrie 0872596129, Frances at 0863551756 or Vera at 0857254361.


The club will hold its awards night on Saturday, July 13 in the Napper Tandy’s. Players of the season, young players of the season and top goal scorers will be honoured for the 2012/13 season just gone by. There’s a live band on the night and hot food served. A draw for two premium level tickets to one of Ireland crucial upcoming World Cup games in the Aviva Stadium will also be made on the night and everyone welcome along.


Stradbally Town AFC would like to thank all the teams and sponsors who supported our recent golf classic in the Heath Golf Course and made it a great a great success.


Next whist drive will in St Patrick’s Hall will be held on July 19. Thank you to our helpers and supporters.


A raffle in aid of St Brigids Hospital, Shaen (patients comfort fund) will be held in Portarlington Community Centre at a dance on Friday, August 30 at 10pm. Tickets are €2 and your support would be greatly appreciated.


The organisers of the 49th National Steam Rally being held in Stradbally, County Laois on Sunday 4 and Monday 5 August 2013 are looking forward to another great event. Admission price €10. Children (under 12) free. 10am to 6pm each day.


Neighbourhood Watch church gate collection will be taken up next weekend, July 13 and 14 at all masses in Stradbally. Your support would be much appreciated.


The Stradbally St Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone who came to their official opening last Saturday. It was a great day, food and the weather couldn’t have been better. Thanks also to everyone who helped in any way and to all who bought items from the shop.

They are also looking for unwanted items such as good quality ladies and gents summer wear. Their furniture room is also opened in the Boys Old School on the Vicarstown Road, just phone Pascal on 087 1359382 and he will arrange a time. Confidential line 086 3384055.


A fly fishing competition will be held on the lake on July 13 and a worm competition will be held on July 14 also on the lake from 1pm until 5.30pm. Members only. Entrance fee €10. Contact 085 1414097, 085 1649592, 087 8985212.


Sympathy is extended the family of Mrs Delia Dunne (nee Cushen), Grange Lower, who passed away recently. Mrs Dunne, beloved wife of the late Paddy, is sadly missed by her loving family, son William, daughters Margaret, Mary, Ann and Judith, daughter-in-law Pauline, sons-in-law Pat, John and Alfie, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Her remains were removed to the Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally and internment took place the following day in Oakvale Cemetery.

Laois Walks festival

The festival is running until July 31. This is the year of The Gathering and organisers are delighted to invite all to walk with visiting French walkers from July 18 to July 21. Details of walks and trails workshops are on facebook laoisWalksFestival also on or contact Ann at 057 8661900 for a brochure.