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Killenard is a small village situated between the town of Portarlington and the village of Ballybrittas in the north-eastern corner of County Laois. The geographical area encompassed by Killenard consists of the townlands of Ballycarroll, Ballybrittas, Rathmiles and Tierhogar.

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Host families needed for young international students participating in golf/language programme at the Heritage 7th to 21st July (2 weeks). Contact John at 0578647056 or 087 3418595. ... Read MoreSee Less

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Don't forget Killenard Spring Clean tomorrow, Sunday, between 1pm & 4pm. Gathering at the Thatch car park. Please come out & give a hand if you can spare some time during the afternoon. ... Read MoreSee Less

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Killenard Spring Clean Up Day

There will be a Spring Clean Up Day on Sunday 19th April between 1pm and 4pm in conjunction with Laois Clean Up Week. Please come out and give a hand anytime during the afternoon. Volunteers will meet at the Thatch car park. Adults and children welcome, the more the better! If you have any queries, please contact Sandie O’Leary on 087 7651396.
If you can't make it on the day, please help by 'doing your bit' and maybe collect litter on any of the approach roads or through the village.
If you could sweep up leaves or clear weeds from public spaces near your own homes, that would be a big help. Also the grass on common green areas/verges needs to be cut as the recent lovely spring weather has given the grass a growth spurt!
The various flower beds need weeding and a general tidy up so any help at all would contribute to keeping the area looking good for all of us.
Hope to see a good turn out on Sunday afternoon!!!
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Laois County Council is looking for volunteers througout the county to take part in a master composter programme – the only one of its kind in the whole Country during 2015. The aim of the programme is to develop a base of community volunteers who will promote the prevention of food and garden waste at home as well as encouraging home composting. The programme is looking for people who have an interest in protecting our environment, who want to make a difference in their community and who want to meet like minded people and have fun.
Composting is the natural breakdown of garden and food materials into humus - a dark, crumbly and earthy smelling material that can be used beneficially in our garden. Volunteers will be trained in alls aspects of composting from its biology to the practical building and operation of a range of composting systems. Composting at home makes sense! Anyone can reap a heap of benefits, including saving money through the prevention of waste, conservation of resources and protection of our local environment.
Experienced Master Composter, Mike Holden, will be on hand to provide support and encouragement to all participants.
The programme runs for five consecutive Wednesdays commencing on Wednesday 29 April from 7pm to 9pm. Participants will also help build a master composting demonstration site on Saturday 16 May. Certificates of participation will be distributed at the grand opening of the compost demonstration site on Friday 29 May (it is important that all participants attend all events to ensure they are fully trained).
Full details of the programme and timetable are available from Ann-Marie Kelly, Environment Awareness Officer / Tidy Towns Faciliator with Laois County Council. Places are limited but if you are interested in signing up for this new and exciting programme please contact Ann-Marie by emailing amkelly@laoiscoco.ie or by phoning 057 867 4331 / 087 2492293.
Editors notes:
Further information is available from
Ann-Marie Kelly
Environment Awareness Officer / Tidy Towns Faciliator
Phone: 087 2492293
Email: amkelly@laoiscoco.ie
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Laois County Council have organised two free evening biodiversity courses for April. On wed 15 April at the Killeshin Portlaoise from 7 to 9pm is 'Understanding Wildlife in your area' and on wed 22 April in the Killeshin from 7 to 9pm on 'Planting for Wildlife'. If anyone is interested in attending either of these courses, please let me know. Sandie 0877651396 ... Read MoreSee Less

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