Camogie Come & Try It Day

In: Portarlington GAA Club Hall, McCann Park, Portarlington

On: Saturday afternoons from 4.30pm to 5.30pm

November 9th / 16th / 23rd / 30th & 7th of December

Girls & Boys from 6 yrs upwards are invited to come play Camogie (you do not need any experience).  

Helmets and Hurleys will be provided on the day.

This 5 week workshop will consist of fun games and skill development. 

Please come and try it and see if you like this sport.

For further information please contact:

Tara 087 2143531 / Stephen 085 7350777

Marathon Madness & Rathmiles Cup Sat 28th Sept


Marathon Madness & Rathmiles Cup
Saturday 28th September 2013
@ The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort

Marathon Madness
9am -12.45pm
Nine ‘average’ runners will attempt to break 3 hours 45 minutes in a relay around the running track. Come along and witness the big effort. Run with them if you wish and get them over the line. Each runner is raising a euro for charity for every mile covered around the track. You can support them on the day by guessing their exact finishing time. Will they break 3.45? Donate a small amount and have a guess. There is a nice prize for the winner.

Golf – Rathmiles Cup
3pm -4pm
It’s getting like the Ryder Cup as Resident Members take on the Non Resident Members. The Resident Members retained the cup last year. Can the cup be taken off site? If you are a member of the club and want to be a part of either team contact the pros shop and leave your name we will be in touch.

Party Night
8.30 pm into the night
When the kids are finished playing, the runners recovered and the golfers stroll in one must have a beer or a glass of wine. The Rathmiles Cup will be presented and the finishing time will be announced. Sit and enjoy the evening in the members bar. A club member Seamus Muldowney is running the 2013 New York Marathon and all the events of the day are helping him raise funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. So enjoy the day and support a good cause.

Killenard – Winners of Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Category C 2013

Killenard has been chosen as the winner of the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Category C Competition for 2013!!!

The following are the ratings and  comments of the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Inspectors under a variety of headings:

Litter Control (covers Bins, Waste Minimisation & Recycling, General, Gum/Dog Fouling, Effort and Presentation) – from the options ‘Litter Free’, ‘Moderately Littered’ or ‘Littered’, Killenard was rated ‘Moderately Littered’ with the following comments:

Judges were very impressed with the cleanliness of the main thoroughfare with footpaths, kerblines and roads maintained to the highest standard. Two large carparking areas were visited and both were well presented. The first site was that of the well-lined car-park outside the business units/The Thatch pub which was exceptionally clean. Likewise the car-parking area beside the community centre and home to the bring banks was very good with exception of few fragments of litter only on right-hand side. St. Johns Catholic Church was clean however, on closer inspection, small amounts of litter were observed where some grass trimming had taken place to the rear of the building and one tissue at corner in front of building. Whilst there was a few different types of dog fouling notices observed indicating that this form of litter is an issue, there was no dog spoils present in any of the public areas visited. Well done, your initiative in raising awareness of this litter nuisance appears to have worked well for you!!

Natural Environment (covers Wildlife & Nature Amenities i.e. Bird Boxes, Wildflowers etc) – from the options ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ or ‘Would benefit from improvement’, Killenard was rated ‘Excellent’ with the following comments:

It is clear to see that there are plenty of green-fingered enthusiastic gardeners amongst the community with neatly mown grass verges, hedgerows and well-controlled ivy-clad walls which enhance the existing stone walls. This follows through to many private gardens as well as the inviting approach to the Heritage and formal layout of Mount Henry Court. The surrounds of St. Johns Church is immaculately maintained. Trees form the basis of the village which softens the streetscape with plans noted to include additional trees. Judges are pleased to see that the focus is on long-term planting arrangements in the form of perennials at shrubbery beds and carefully chosen plants to promote biodiversity. This focus will be further enhanced with the addition of newly sown lavatera shrubs and plans for appropriate planting in rear car-park. On the day of judging, many bees were observed on the brightly coloured poppies which demonstrates that your aim is working. Great news regarding engaging an ecologist to carry out a detailed survey for you which will be put to good use and promoted via the information boards. Good to see a water butt in use at side of community centre—hope this helps water the many annual beds of brightly coloured pink geraniums and contrasting bold blue lobelia.

Built Environment (covers Public/Business/Residential Buildings, Signage/ Roads/Streets, General Impression) – from the options ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ or ‘ Would benefit from improvement, Killenard was rated ‘Excellent’ with the following comments:

As you correctly point out in your application, the village has a “distinct centre” demonstrating how existing buildings and the more modern built environment can work in harmony with each other . Approaching from Ballybrittas and although outside the remit of judging, the ongoing renovation of the Mount St. Anne’s retreat was noted and complimented on an inviting avenue with fine mature trees. Stone walls are a great feature of the village and well done to the designers in restoring Mount Henry Court to its former glory and, despite a more period look, this entrance and that of the Heritage Resort work well. All buildings in the village are well maintained from the older buildings of the fine St. John’s Catholic Church, the Old School building, Thatch Pub/restaurant, buildings already mentioned to the more modern buildings of the Community Centre, local school, shop units and new residential developments. Despite the size of the entrance approach, judges quite rightly agree that the Heritage Spa/Golf does not infringe too much on the main thoroughfare which retains its village feel.

The built environment is excellent in this village with no obvious issues of dereliction despite your concerns about one property close to the cemetery. Derelict sites is a difficult one to resolve along with the frustrating acts of vandalism/theft you have been subjected to.

General Comments:

Whilst we note your difficulty with cigarette butts at “The Thatch Pub” on your application, judges wish to complimented the owner/s in providing a range of cigarette disposal facilities for its customers—public houses are a high-risk area for cigarette butts but the area was butt free during our visit. Well done.

Since the inception of Killenard Tidy Towns and the ongoing partnership approach with key groups, the village has transformed greatly with wonderful attention to detail. Small matters make a huge difference and every effort is made to make this village a pleasure to visit!

Judges noted no form of fly-posting or abandoned ties/paper posters in the village—again our comments were taken on board from last year and a concerted effort made to ensure their eradication.

The street furniture (street lighting poles, bollards, signage) is very well maintained and judges note the new addition of attractive “welcome signs” each side of main thoroughfare.

Judges remarked on seating at strategic points at rear of community centre and in graveyard (some new). These seats offer peace and tranquillity and time to reflect on loved ones maximising on beautiful scenic countryside. To quibble a little, the seats may benefit from painting.

Well done on your Tidy Towns newsletter—it is very comprehensive and makes great reading. Your website and Facebook Page are also great ways of creating awareness.

We note Killenard National Schools green flag flying proudly—this is great programme ensuring that the youth of today are educated on all environmental issues.
Great to see you working with the scouts in relation to the Gum Litter Taskforce Competition and helping to work towards their Community Service Special Interest Badge.


The community centre window is an ideal opportunity at this central location to showcase your hard work as a Committee. Whilst information on the school, GAA, historical and background information on Killenard was noted, don’t be afraid to highlight your work with pictures (i.e. gum initiative, planting, before and after pic- tures of areas) and may encourage volunteers to get interested/involved.

The heritage-style information boards will be a great asset.
We note your ability to achieve much success/help with the assistance of grants. It is a great way of financial assistance which may otherwise not be available to you.

2013 Tidy Towns Results Are In!!

Killenard has retained all its points earned last year and gained an extra 10 points this year!!!

That’s another fantastic result thanks to the effort, commitment and support of the whole Killenard Community!!!

The full report is as follows:

Tidy Towns Competition 2013

Centre: Killenard                   County: Laois

Category: B

Overall Development Approach                                             31/50 (increase of 3 from 2012)
The Built Environment                                                            33/50 (increase of 1 from 2012)
Landscaping                                                                          38/50 (increase of 1 from 2012)
Wildlife and Natural Amenities                                               23/50 (increase of 1 from 2012)
Litter Control                                                                          33/50 (increase of 1 from 2012)
Sustainable Waste And Resource Management                  11/20 (increase of 2 from 2012)
Tidiness                                                                                 20/30 (same as 2012)
Residential Areas                                                                  33/40 (same as 2012)
Roads, Streets and Back Areas                                           33/50 (same as 2012)
General Impression                                                              8/10 (increase of 1 from 2012)
TOTAL MARK                                                                    263/400


Thank you for the excellent application form and pack which includes detailed supplementary material such as letters of support, pictorial records and detail of school and other local community involvement. The Village map was also very much appreciated as it made it easier for the adjudicator to find places of interest.

The adjudicator would love to be in a position to comment on all aspects of your submission but this report has to be concise and address the criteria of the competition.

Rest assured that the adjudicator has read all of your first-rate application and will adjudicate accordingly. The level of cooperation between the local authority and other agencies is admirable plus the fact that you have the full support of your community augurs well for the village in the years ahead.
The Committee structure which involves youth leaders is strong and looks as if it has the capacity to get work done in an orderly and practical manner.

Obtaining grant support from both the Laois County Council and Laois Partnership indicates that you have a programme of work that is worth supporting and in this austere climate of cutbacks with more on the way this is a big plus for your community as a whole.
This was the adjudicator’s first visit to Killenard and I was very impressed with its overall appearance and the little touches that are appealing to a first time visitor.
The Heritage Golf Complex and Hotel has been a big bonus to the village and indeed to tourism in County Laois and one notes that you have good support from the management.
Mount Saint Anne’s Retreat Centre, which was undergoing some refurbishment work, is also a contributor to the local economy and a supporter of your efforts.
Having everybody in the community supporting you, well I presume most people, is very encouraging and it shows that you as a committee have succeeded in harnessing all the good will that is out there in the parish of Killenard.
The standard you have attained in his particularly category that involves forwarding planning merits an increase of 3 marks. Keep up the excellent and planning approach that has been well documented in your application.

The Built Environment:

In your application you have gone into great detail to give a good outline description on the main points of interest under built environment and this was much appreciated by the adjudicator as he traversed your lovely village.
The Heritage Complex dominates the village but not in an obtrusive manner it has dovetailed in the fabric of Killenard very well and is not out of place in the built environment infrastructure.
The bonus of having such a prestigious complex outside of the economic benefits it contributes is that ancillary services such as roads and footpaths have been upgraded to cater for the large numbers that use the complex and in doing so visit the village.

Killenard has a very orderly look about it and this is due to the quality of the aforementioned road and footpath combination plus the exceptional street lighting, traffic control area, effective street bollards to deter vehicles from parking in an area in the centre of the village and encourage users to avail of car parking unit across the road.
All of the above improvements have been done without affecting the rural look of the village.

The Heritage Complex has many fine building features without being anyway brash looking and the enclosed housing development is extremely well managed and of course it helps when owners of properties are in a postion to ensure proper upkeep.
St John’s RC Church and grounds were in splendid condition and with nice mix of greenery and shrubs in the landscaping arrangements.

The adjoining graveyard was also very well maintained and credit to the people that maintain both the Church and graveyard.
The newly contemporary designed Scoil Naomh Eoin was as would be expected one of the highlights of the built environment and isn’t it fortuitous that it was completed before all the austere cutbacks hoisted upon the education sector now.

The Community Centre was in very good condition and some ongoing maintenance work was in progress on the day. Well done to the members of the famed O Dempseys GAA Club for presenting their grounds in such a good state.
You as a committee are very lucky that you have virtually no dereliction of unoccupied properties to contend with and that you are very much on top of any problems that exist in this context. Mount St Anne’s was in the throes of some refurbishment or extensional building work and was very busy on the day which is good for the local economy.

The closure of retail units at the Heritage end of the village is disappointing but not uncommon in the present commercial climate.
Overall the standard was very good and this is due in no small way to the Committee’s ability to get issues addressed.


The standard and quality of landscaping was in the top tier for villages of the size of Killenard.
It does help that the Village attracts large numbers of visitors to both the Heritage Complex and Mount St Anne’s Retreat Centre in that the local authority were proactive in putting some very fine planting arrangements in place on both the outskirts and in the main core area. The Council has also provided you with young tree stock which doesn’t happen in many centres around the country.
All of the above is all well and good if these planting areas are not maintained properly and judging from the application form you as a committee are very much hands on when it comes to basic maintenance.
The following appealed to the adjudicator, a well presented flower bed of marigolds, stocks and alyssum outside the Heritage Complex entrance, at the very attractive name plates at entrances to the village, a few noted form Duke Street Bridge end into the village, in front of the Community Centre and also in the previously mentioned St John’s Church grounds.
The adjudicator would also like to make a positive comment on some excellent private gardens that he encountered during his travels around the village and its outskirts,
Well done to these homeowners for adding to the colour and attractiveness of the village and as was stated in lat years report contributing to the well being of various insect species and other forms of wildlife in the area.
One negative there were signs that weed killer was used to kill weed growth in a few places and this is not a recommended practice.

Wildlife and Natural Amenities:

Some of the initiatives that you have in place are very much in keeping with good practice for the conservation and promotion of wildlife in your area.
Simple ideas that can be implemented easily are often the most effective and the provision of bird boxes in places of high density foliage such as in the Graveyard grounds is just one example of this.

The now ubiquitous insect hotel at the area that houses the recycling centre was visited and noted.
As a Tidy Towns Committee you have an important role to play in protecting and increasing the appreciation of wildlife in your community and judging by your input in the application form and what is in place on the ground you are doing this in admirable fashion.
One presumes that you are in occasional communication with the wildlife officer of Laois County Council for advice and also for awareness of any relevant seminars or workshops that maybe taking place at different times.

Litter Control:

Litter control in the village was very good and this is due to the efforts of you the Committee who have been proactive in promoting the message of anti litter by practical actions such as litter picks and also promotional posters advocating what litter does to the environment.
The Community as a whole has seemingly bought into what is being done by the Committee as the vast majority of people have helped by keeping the village virtually litter free.

As in other centres there will always be those that have very little or no civic spirit but one has to keep promoting the good message.
Scoil Naomh Eoins involvement is very important and any educational programme that can advance the cause of good litter management is something that should be always supported.

Commendations to the Scout Troup for its involvement as well as the younger generation of today will be the adults of tomorrow and best wishes in their quest to achieve their “Community Service” special award.

Sustainable Waste And Resource Management:

This is a category that in the past under its previous heading of waste minimisation has caused some headaches in terms of interpretation.
This new revised section with additional guidelines advocates the prevention of the actual production of waste as distinct from just reduction.

Projects that relate to this concept is what is required under the heading and to help with this advice can be sought form either the local council environmental officer or from a number of web links such as or
It is quite obvious from your application that you have embraced the idea and put in place a large number of mini projects that are attainable and that will help educate people in ways to actually reduce the production of various forms of waste.

Your application indicates to the adjudicator that you have informed yourself of what is actually needed as projects under sustainable waste management.
School projects such as Waste Free Lunch other very innovative ideas that such as the use of recyclable materials to create first communion artwork, composing of the Green Anthem are just wonderful examples of what can be done when some thought is put into developing ideas.

Contributions from businesses and the community by way of using water butts to collect water, growing plants from slips and seeds not alone is practical in terms of building up replacement plant stock but cost effective as well.
Overall the input into this category was top class and merits an increase of 2 additional marks


The standard of tidiness was quite good and the basics of good and acceptable tidiness were very much in evidence on the day of adjudication.
The Village was very orderly in appearance and was devoid of clutter and unsightly overhead wires or excessive fly posting of any kind. Weed growth or farm related activity residue was minimal one or two pockets as one exits the Village by the Duke Street Bridge end.
Certainly the standard is on par with what was reported on last year and there is work being done that helps maintain that level of tidiness on an on-going basis.
The recycling area and it surrounds were clean and free from any “maverick” bags of litter lying around but that whole area could do with resurfacing

Residential Areas:

Carriglea is a very well maintained and manageable housing estate at the Duke Bridge end of the Village and it was noted in the application that the residents have undertaken work of their own volition on the communal areas of the estate.
The map of the estate will be a nice addition when the funds are available to do it.

One or two boundary walls in the estate just needed to be power washed or dashed accordingly.
Killenard Lodge is a very impressive development and again the residents have taken it upon themselves to get work done that benefits both their own area and the village as a whole.
Many houses in these areas have beautifully managed and presented gardens something that was mentioned under the landscaping heading.

Roads, Streets and Back Areas:

The adjudicator was impressed with the entrances in to the village from both main sides.
Duke Street entrance has been enhanced in practical way by tarmacking the walls of bridge to stop the grass and weed growth.
Portarlington entrance is quite impressive with nice stone walls and striking tree coverage but some of the road surface a little further out is somewhat rough.
The siting of very nice nameplates at entrances enhances the entrances even further.
All these nameplates, directional and speed limit signage was in good condition both clean and visible. Verges were cut back in accordance with good practice to encourage and promote wildlife conservation.

General Impression:

This was the adjudicator’s very first visit to the very impressive village of Killenard.
The level of commitment and hard work undertaken by the very proactive committee has paid off handsomely as the results achieved in the competition have proven over the last number of years. This adjudicator will look forward to seeing Killenard realise its potential in the Tidy Towns in the years ahead and you are wished well for the future.

Tidy Towns Local Competition

Please see the gallery of new photos that were taken during the inspection of Killenard for a local Tidy Towns competition which we didn’t win but we scored very highly and received very positive feedback (see below) …. So maybe next year!!

National Tidy Towns competition results will be out on 9th September, so fingers crossed!

  • Main street litter free. Kept to a high standard.  Swept, neat, colourful, delightful flowers.
  • One housing estate is chosen for inspection each year, this year it was Carriglea.  Comments – No litter visible, kerbs kept to perfection.  Excellent shrubs, red robin adds colour, grass cut.  Lanterns are an added feature – beautiful area.
  • Re Community Centre area – Oil drum left at bins plus 2 alcohol boxes & 1 large piece of plastic.  Very tidy – well maintained.
  • Overall Comment – Killenard is a beautiful village, great attention to litter.  Shrubs colourful and well maintained.  Kerbs/streets are swept.  Flowers were in abundance, adds colour on a beautiful day.

Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns 2013

As you probably all know by now, the summer inspection period began on 1 June and the village is looking great at the moment!  Please help by keeping an eye on the public space in front of your homes.  If there is litter, please bin it appropriately (recycling if possible) and if there are weeds, please clear them away.

Thank you to everyone who has undertaken to keep a flower bed or planter watered during the dry spells!  This is one of the most difficult jobs at the moment and every little bit of help we can get with this is appreciated.

If anyone has an hour to spare and would like to help out, please contact Sandie on 087 7651396.

Killenard Tidy Towns Committee