Abbeyleix Tidy Towns were declared overall winners in their category at the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns ceremony in County Hall on September 11. The Judges commented the Tidy Towns committee had embraced the the focus of gearing more towards sustainability for long-gains rather than a temporary display of colour i.e hanging baskets and annuals.

The planting of 200 native trees was applauded.

The remarkable work undertaken at your key area Abbeyleix bog was noted. Great credit was given to the business premises and private residence who made such a great effort to enhance their buildings. The judge was very impressed with the Community Garden, also with the rain water harvesting Top score was also achieved in the Built Environment section.

The Bank of Ireland,The Heritage Centre, The Post Office ,Preston House and all the houses of worship were greatly admired, Great credit was given to Abbeyleix Park Development for the recent installation of the outdoor gym and for the ongoing commitment to ensure a full range of activities to suit all age levels in Fr Breen Park.

The ability to use all the schemes i.e CE,RSS, and Giy is working very effectively as many open spaces, parks, and church grounds are maintained to a very high standard.

The plan submitted was read with great interest and demonstrates the level of background work that has been undertaken especially in ensuring a sustainable environment while protecting and encouraging biodiversity to the area.

Laois connects Cookery Demo

A healthy Food for a Healthy Mind talk and cookery demonstration will take place in respond Community Centre in Abbeyleix on Wednesday October 2 from 10.30am as part of Laois Connects.

Booking not necessary and everyone is welcome.

Laois Connects MOtivational talk

Managing adversity in business and surviving is a talk that will take place in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Thursday October 3 from 8pm. it will be given by Tommy Murphy and Sean Dunne as seen on RTE’s Taking Care of business.

Booking not necessary and everyone is welcome. This is part of Laois Connects.

Laois Connects Caring for Carers

This workshop tailored to meet the need of carers takes place in Respond Centre in Abbeyleix on Thursday October 3 from 7.30pm. Booking not necessary and everyone is welcome.

Late Conor Foley

Condolences to the family of the late Conor Foley, Cliff Road, Tramore, Co. Waterford, and Abbeyleix, former Co. Engineer, Longford, who died on Sunday September 8. Removal to The Holy Cross Church, Tramore followed by Requiem Mass. Funeral afterwards to St Declan’s Cemetery, Tramore.


Condolences to the family of the late Margaret (May) Hanhrahan (nee Dunne) of of Lombard St. Dublin and formerly Abbeyleix who died on September 9 (peacefully) surrounded by her loving family at the Meath Community Unit. Beloved wife of the late Michael and loving mother of Mary, Geraldine, Claire and son Michael. Funeral mass at the Carmelite Church, Whitefriar St with burial at Mount Jerome Cemetery.

Bog Body Talk

Heritage House, Abbeyleix is hosing a talk by Eamonn Kelly of the National Museum of Ireland on October 3 at 8pm.

Eamonn was the archeaologist responsible for excavating the bog body following it discovery by Abbeyleix native, Jason Phelan. His talk promises to give us an in depth understanding of why we find bodies deposited in bogs, what special significance it has and how it was discovered that this body is the oldest bog body to have been found anywhere in the world! Tickets are now available directly from Heritage House and people can contact them directly for more information or to book tickets.

It promises to be an entertaining and informative evening for people who have an interest in heritage, archaeology or just in their local area.