Playground - On Friday night, 27th January the launch event of Rathdowney Playground took place in the Parochial Hall. Councillor John King opened the meeting and welcomed the very large attendance.

Playground - On Friday night, 27th January the launch event of Rathdowney Playground took place in the Parochial Hall. Councillor John King opened the meeting and welcomed the very large attendance.

Deputy Charles Flanagan said he was proud to be present at the official launch of the playground, an important facet of the town and a chance to enjoy outdoor sport. Laura Hayes said she worked closely with Councillor John King, Laois Co.Co., the local community and Laois Partnership. Two years ago they held a meeting and invited Anne Maher from Laois Co.Co. to advise them, there was no money, no site, she opened their eyes and a committee was organised as follows, Chairman, Councillor John King, Laura Hayes, Anne Keating, Anne Creagh, Trisha Maher, Fiona Maher, Cormac Bracken, Orla Doyle, Dominic Hayes and Linda Hayes. This committee set up fundraising in several different ways and with very hard work they began the fund to commence the playground. They are proud to say that very soon the state of the art playground will be up and running. The project is very worth while and is about community spirit.

The site was acquired in the grounds of St. Fergul’s College. Councillor John King thanked the V.E.C.; Laois Co.Co.; Laois Partnership; Councillor Brendan Phelan and everyone who helped, the Chocolate Factory in Errill, the Ice Cream Factory Rossmore. John King worked so hard to get this project off the ground. Other speakers on the night were Irene Murray V.E.C., Orla Doyle, Anne Marie Maher, Anne Goodwin, Michael Creagh read his poems, and Rebecca Treacy sang ‘Over the Rainbow’. Gill MacGee spoke on the equipment for the playground. A huge competition to name the playground was undertaken by large numbers of children from the schools. The overall winner was 12 year old Isobel Kelly who came up with the name “Gort Na nOg, Rathdowney, the field of the young. Isobel unveiled the plans for the playground and she gave a wonderful performance on her tin whistle. The evening came to a close with excellent goodies and refreshments for the children and a cup of tea for everyone. Councillor John King addressed the large attendance on behalf of his committee and expressed a sincere thanks to all for coming along and giving so much support. A raffle for a fine hamper was won by Bernie Hayes.

Ossory Show - The Ossory Agricultural Society Co. Ltd. held a meeting on Wednesday, 16th January at the meeting rooms of the showgrounds. Chairman, Peter Ging welcomed all present. The meeting adjourned for five minutes and a vote of sympathy was passed on the death of Ena Stanley, former show secretary. Catherine Fitzgerald read the minutes from the last meeting which were proposed, signed and seconded. 1898 - 2012 the annual show will take place on Sunday, 22nd July. Laois Co. Show affiliated to I.S.A. and I.P.S. Contact Catherine Fitzgerald on (087) 9975902, fax. (0505) 48939, e-mail ossoryshow@eircom.net Website www.ossory shoe.com Votes of sympathy were passed with the following families, Jim Stanley and family, Coolfin; Betty Stanley, Paddy Delaney, Emo; Pattersons, Errill; Brendan Phelan on the death of his sister-in-law; Sean Sherman on the death of his aunt; Finnane family; Paddy Campion; The Madden and Tynan families, all the Ryan family, Rathdowney on the death of their sister-in-law.

Moving On - Three St. John of God nuns are moving from Rathdowney to retire in Kilkenny. It is very sad for everyone after having a lifetime of the nuns in the parish. On Monday morning, 30th January Rev. Fr. Eamon P.P. offered Mass to say farewell to three excellent nuns, Sr. Murdock, Sr. Mary and Sr. Ita who lived in the Convent House. He paid very special tribute to the nuns for all their dedication and good works in the schools and especially in the church. They will be sadly missed from the town, parish and beyond. We all join in wishing them every happiness and good health and they will never be forgotten.

Classes - Classes will continue in the Library, Rathdowney for a six week course, Decorpage Pictures samples can be seen in the Library and will be in 3 dimensions special paper prints. For more information ring Catherine or call to the Library, or ring Kathleen (087) 2041288.