Rally - On Sunday, 24th February Birr and District Motor Club held Abbeyleix Manor Hotel and Laois Tourism stages Car Rally in this area.
It was a very exciting weekend. On Saturday the stewards were on the road erecting signs and notices and arranging for road closures. It was all extremely well organised. Sunday morning saw the place alive with activity. The weather was very dry and cold with sunshine. Competitors were driving standard road cars and looked really well. The people were not allowed out and watched the rally from their front gardens. We had stages 2 and 4 and all went very well for the racers. We compliment all the stewards and people involved for their friendship and genuine interest and all the people of the area.
Hunt - On Wednesday, 20th February the Hunt met in Donaghmore village. It was a wonderful sight as they set off for Killesmeesta area. The village was packed with jeeps, horse boxes and all kinds of vehicles. The weather was good and an enjoyable chase was had by all. They returned to the village in the late afternoon and loaded up the horses.