Motor Racing - On Sunday, February 27th the Birr and District Motor Club took place in the Rathdowney and Cullohill area. Many roads were closed from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone was well aware of this so there was no problem. The weather was ideal and a very large number of people turned out to watch the cars. On Saturday, February 26th all the cars taking part in the rally were on view at Oliver Stanley’s garage. It was a most successful rally with all proceeds going to the Laoise Branch of the Alzheimer’s Association. Everyone was very generous and very grateful for the rally going to such a worthy cause.
Lourdes - The 2011 Ossory Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 22nd to May 27th inclusive. The fare is 750 euro per person including the return trip by coach to Cork Airport. The price also includes insurance, full board, full pilgrimage travel to and from Cork and Lourdes airport and the services of J.W.T. Travel Agency Staff. For bookings and information contact Eleanor on (051) 880414 between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. weekdays, (except Wednesdays).
The Late Mrs. Margaret Lalor - The death took place on February 21st of Margaret (Peggy) Lalor of Bunlacken. She was originally Peggy Campion of Coolkenny, Rathdowney. She was in failing health for some time. A very industrious and hard working lady. She was predeceased by her husband Paddy and her son Johnny. Peggy is sadly mourned by her sons Pierce, Noel and Phil, daughter Mary, extended family, grandchildren, brothers, sister-in-law, neighbours and friends. Remains reposed at Phelan’s Funeral Home. Removal took place to St. Tiernagh’s Church, Cullohill. Requiem Mass was celebrated and followed by burial in Durrow Cemetery in the family plot. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
New Shop - Congratulations and welcome to Bernard Geraghty and Teresa White who have opened a new shop called Valuezone at Main Street, Rathdowney. They carry a huge range of stock, household goods, cards, wool, needles, stationery, helium balloons (delivered).
Elections 2011 - On Friday last elections were held in the Marian Centre with a really good turn out. Congratulations to the five elected T.D.’s in our constituency of Laois Offaly.
Show - The Ossory Agricultural Society Show Ltd. held a meeting on the 7th February at the Showgrounds. The Chairman, Peter Ging welcomed everyone to the meeting. The Show Secretary, Cathy Fitzgerald read the minutes from the last meeting, which were proposed, seconded and signed. Votes of sympathy were passed to families who suffered bereavements.