It’s set to be a busy few days around the county. Between Heritage Week, quizzes, socials, photo exhibitions, family fun days and barbecues, there is something for everyone in Laois this weekend.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
- Do you have what it takes to be called, ‘The Brains of Arlington?’ Arlington FC are holding their ‘Brains of Arlington’ quiz on Friday 18 August in the Barrow lodge. Entry is €10 per head with four people per table.
- Portarlington GAA also have a busy evening. They play Emo Courtwood The Rock in the MFC ‘A’ Final in O’Moore Park at 7pm.
- In the intermediate hurling quarter-final, Clough Ballacolla take on Slieve Bloom in Mountrath at 7pm.
- A must-see if you’re a fan of Princess Diana. A ‘Quintessentially Diana’ photo exhibition is on display at the Gallic Kitchen in Abbeyleix. The photos were taken by Abbeyleix woman Michelle Rogers Dunican and feature exclusive photographs which were never shown to the public.
- The monthly Borris-in-Ossory parish social takes place in Killasmeestia Community Centre tonight with music by Brian McDermott. Dancing begins at 9.30pm.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
- Heritage Week kicks off today and has a huge focus on family-friendly events over the nine days. Events like workshops, displays, films, walk, talks and re-enactments are all covered in the action-packed week. For more information on what events are on during Heritage Week, visit here.
- It’s a busy day in the GAA as O’Moore Park is the venue for a triple-header. Camross play Mountmellick at 4.30pm in the JHC ‘B’ Final. In the SHC ‘A’ quarter finals, Rosenallis play Mountrath at 6pm and Clonaslee St Mammans play the Harps at 7.30pm.
- Timahoe is holding a photographic exhibition of the village in times past and present in the Heritage Centre, Timahoe.
- Timahoe are also hosting a family fun 5km walk/run around the back avenue this Saturday. All funds will go to financing youth activities in the village.
- The Laois Vintage 22nd annual car run takes place in Tracey’s, The Heath, at 10am.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
- Timahoe are holding their annual Medley Day this Sunday 20 August. The green will hold a number of acitivities including the Dog Show, bouncing castles, kids races, spin the wheel, penalties, the Medley Mile road race and much more. Entry is free.
- Durrow are remembering the Laois war hero Jack Moyney with a historical re-enactment and High Nelly cycle in period costume at Bob’s Bar, Durrow. The cycle starts at 3pm with the re-enactment at 5pm. Tickets range from €5 to €10.
- O’Moore Park is home to more showdowns as Ballinakill Gaels play Camross in first SHC quarter final at 5.30pm while Clough Ballacolla play Rathdowney in the second quarter final encounter at 7pm. For more GAA fixtures on at the weekend, visit here.
- The 200th year anniversary of the Cloneygowan Gooseberry Fair takes place on Sunday 20 August. The parade takes place in the village at 1.30pm.
- Arles Parish are holding a barbecue in aid of Arles Parish Church from 3pm at Coolanowle Country House and Organic Farm, Arles. Tickets are €20, children go free.
- Abbeyleix Tennis Club are holding the annual Dickie McDonald perpetual cup on Sunday from 12pm. Cost of entry is €20, which includes a meal.
- Clogh Vintage Club are holding their 10th Annual Vintage Road Run today. Registration takes place at 11am at Cloneen Hurling Club.