The above group will hold its next meeting today, Wednesday, June 10 at 10.30am in MDA, Irishtown.

The meeting begins with Go-For-Life exercises, followed by a chat and a discussion. The lotto collection will be taken.

The trip to Russborough House takes place on Tuesday, July 9 with the bus leaving the MDA at 9.30am. This trip will include visits to other scenic areas.

Wednesday, June 10 is the last day for deposits for the holiday in Donegal to be paid.

Eyestyle Opticians will give an informative talk on eye care particularly the importance of early detection of eye diseases, especially AMD.

The bus for aqua-aerobics leaves the MDA at 11.20am on Tuesdays.


The Hip Hop dance crew are holding their summer show in the Concert Hall (CYMS) Mountmellick on Friday, June 12 at 8pm. Admission 5euro.


Mountmellick Juvenile Soccer Club are organising a 5-a-side summer soccer league. Teams can have a total of 7 players named on the team sheet (5 players and 2 subs). Players must be aged 16 or over on January 1 2009. Registration forms can be obtained from any of the Mountmellick Juvenile Soccer Club committee members. All completed forms must be returned to Conor Davis Park at 8pm on Friday, June 19. A trophy and statuettes will be awarded to the winning team.For further information please contact Jeff Clover at 086 2076939.


Under 10 football training is on Fridays at 7pm while under 8 and 10 hurling is on Mondays. Under 8 football training is on Thursdays at 7pm.


Congratulations to Gemma Goulding who represented Laois in the Miss Blue Jeans in Athboy.

The AGM of Mountmellick Macra is being held on Friday, July 24 at 8pm, all members welcome.


The charity cycle event on Saturday, May 30 was a great success. Blessed with great weather on the day the cyclists set off from the Rock GAA Club complex at 10.30am and all completed the tour. Well done to all concerned.

The charities benefiting from the event are St Vincent's Hospital Mountmellick Patients Fund, the Fibrosis Association of Ireland and the Heart and Lung Unit at the Mater Hospital.

Many thanks to the following for their help on the day: Jimmy Hilliard route director and tour photographer; governor Gerry Bracken of St. Patrick's Institution who laid on showers and refreshments for all the cyclists at the end of the cycle; Elsie McDonald and John Delaney from St Vincent's Hospital Mountmellick who organised a bucket collection in Mountmellick on the day, and also many thanks to all the public who supported the event financially. As well as raising much needed funds for the charities concerned Tom Flynn who spearheaded the event also hoped to raise awareness of the necessity of organ donors and organ donor cards.

Professor Jim Egan head of the Heart and Lung Unit at the Mater Hospital also participated in the event.


Congratulations to the U-14s on winning the Laois Championship for the second successive year. They defeated St Conleth's in a thrilling final in Courtwood last week. Having already won the Laois Feile competition they are looking forward to competing in the All-Ireland finals in Kildare in July.

Sarsfields: Francesca Corr, Michelle Hogan, Roisin Dunne, Niamh Williams, Avril Westman, Casey Conroy, Daphne Behan, Niamh Coss, Suin Lennon, Lauren O'Connell, Laura Maher, Claire Horan, Ciara Burke, Emer Dempsey, Grainne Scott. Subs: Nicole Mulhall, Amy Coss, Becky Williams, Lorna O'Sullivan, Chloe Dunne.

The Rock Juvenile News

U8s: The Rock U8s were on the Heath on Saturday, May 23 for their first Go Games Blitz of the year. They played two good games against Rosenallis and the Heath with all players putting in good performances. The Rock panel: Conan Kirwan, Cian Luttrell, Dean Mullen, Lee Mullen, Andrew Syomushkin, Siobhan Kelly Zazzera, Lorcan Kelly Zazzera, Jack Piggott, Hannah O Connor, Corey Fox, Sean Cullen, Sean O Neill.

U12s: The Rock was defeated in the Championship away to a strong Abbeyleix side on Friday May 22. The home team was in front at half time by three points and stayed in front to the end. Final score Abbeyleix 4-7, The Rock 3-4.

The Rock team: Fionn Kirwan, Niamh Allen, Cormac Joyce, Eimear Carroll, Daniel Murphy, Christopher Gorman, Aaron Cullen, Davis Pedro (capt), Anavil Storey, Conor Lacken, Aaron Dowling, Mikayla O Connor, Katie Murphy, Jack Carroll, Lauren Dooley, Diarmuid Joyce, Sean Bergin.

U12s are at home to the Harps in the final group game of the championship on this Wednesday June 10 at 6.30pm.

Coaching: coaching continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm for U8's, U10's, U12's and U14s. New players are always welcome.


Division 3: on Wednesday, June 3 The Rock travelled to Stradbally for thepenultimate round of the Division 3 League. In a well-contested game, played in perfect weather conditions, a strong Stradbally side came out eventual winners on a score line of 12 points to The Rocks 8 points.

Panel: Leo Storey, Terence Conlon, Michael McDonald, Donal Mooney, Kevin Donoher, Eoin Dooley, Peter Ging, Diarmuid Dooley (0-2), John McDonald, Brian Moss (0-4), John Flynn, Paul Hibbitts, Paul Delaney (0-1), Colm Burke, Ciaran Carroll and subs: Darren Bennett for L Storey, Steven Brew (0-1) for J McDonald, Colm Flynn for P Hibbitts, David Dunne,

On Sunday, June 10 O'Dempsey's travelled to The Rock grounds for the final round of the Division 3 League. In a lively game with two evenly matched teams, it took a Steven Brew goal to put The Rock into the lead, a lead that wasn't relinquished for the remainder of the game.

Full forward Colm Burke compounded The Rock's position by contributing 1-5 to the final score line of O'Dempsey's 12 points to The Rock's 3-7.Well done to the panel and mentors for theirwork and supportduring the League campaign.

Panel: Pio Wall, John Molloy, Leo Storey, Donal Mooney, Terence Conlon, Michael McDonald, Peter Ging, Eoin Dooley, Diarmuid Dooley (1-0),Ciaran Carroll, John Flynn, Paul Hibbitts, Steven Brew (1-0), Colm Burke (1-5), Paul Delaney (0-2) and subs: Darren Bennett for L Storey, David Dunne,


Football: ACFL Division 5 – well done to Mountmellick's third football team who qualified for the league final by virtue of a dramatic win over Portlaoise at Pairc Acragar on Thursday night, June 4 in the semi-final. Mountmellick came into this game undefeated in the league but were up against a high scoring Portlaoise side. The home side had the lion's share of possession in the first half but failed to convert many of their chances and led by only 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval.

Portlaoise came more into the game in the second half and with time running out they led by 4 points. However Mountmellick were not to be denied and in a thrilling finish they scored 3 goals to win by 4-7 to 2-8. They now play Kilcotton on Thursday night, June 11 in Mountrath in the final.

Scorers: James Donoher (3-1), Karl Donoher (1-2), Robert Hibbitts (0-4), Niall Lynch (0-1).

Team: Ross Morrissey, Ciaran O'Mahony, Philip Doolan, Ronan Bishop, Mark Parkinson, Eoin Culliton, Willie Whelan, Jim White (capt), Karl Donoher, Niall Lynch, Eddie Melia, James Donoher, Robert Hibbitts and subs Gary Fitzpatrick, Mark Dowling, David Forde and Conor Dormer.

ACFL Division 3: Mountmellick's second team travelled to play Rosenallis in their last league game requiring a win to guarantee a semi-final spot. They led throughout the game but were caught by a last minute Rosenallis goal. Final score: Rosenallis 1-8, Mountmellick 1-7. They now await the results of other outstanding games.

Laois Football: good luck to Laois on Sunday next against Louth in Parnell Park. Best wishes to the Mountmellick contingent of John O'Loughlin, Ger Reddin, Shane Conlon and Colm Coss.

Lotto win: congratulations to Martin Lawlor of Davin Park who won the big prize in Mountmellick GAA Lotto on the last draw.


This Sunday, June 14 Richard Jack will lead a Grade D walk through Clonaslee Woods. This easy, informative walk is suitable for families and will take about 2 hours to travel 5km. Walkers are asked to meet Richard at Clonaslee community centre at 3 pm. Appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn. For further information please view or email


The PTAA annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, July 19. Please contact any member if interested.


The Guild will hold a meeting tonight, Wednesday, June 3 at 8.30pm in ICA House.


Mini-Feis: on Friday, June 12, our junior members will take part in a mini-feis in the Methodist Hall from 6pm to 7pm. Fiona is very pleased with the progress of these young players in the past year.

Concert: also on Friday, June 12 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall, everyone is welcome to a performance by older Comhaltas members. This is in aid of Tiglin Drug Recovery Centre. Admission is free but donations for this worthy cause will be very welcome.

Congratulations to individuals, grupai ceoil and ceili bands who did us proud at the Laois fleadh in Camross. In the medals were u12 and u15 grupai ceoil and u18 ceili band. Further results next week.


June 6: top score, B O'Brien, ladies, 1, J O'Shea, K Kavanagh; gents, 1, J Coyne; 2, L Kavanagh; halves, 1, A Walsh; 2, F Keenan; best of three games, J Delaney; hatching, V Kearns, E Moran; lowest score, M Gowing. The committee appreciates the continued support every Thursday night in the old school, Pearse Street.


June 3: 5, 18, 21 and 29. No jackpot winner, jackpot stands at 20,000euro. Mountmellick match 3s (35euro): Kathleen Phelan (Marian Phelan); Terry Conway (Joe Culliton); Margaret Delaney (Ann Reddin); Eileen Grumley (Catherine Malone).


It was with regret that the community heard of the death of Christopher (Noel) Goode of 7 Wolfe Tone Court at the Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore on Wednesday, May 27. Better known as Noel, he was a man of pleasant and friendly disposition, whose passing is sadly regretted by all who knew him.

Removal from St. Vincent's Hospital to St. Joseph's Church took place on Thursday evening. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday morning at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph's cemetery.

The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Noel's family, relatives, neighbours and friends on their bereavement.


Grow is a uniquely structured community mental health movement. It is anonymous, non-denominational and open to all. Groups are run by their own members with the support of a field worker and are held weekly. If you are someone who suffers from depression, shyness, anxiety or panic attacks, the why not come along to our group. Meetings take place in the MDA Irishtown at 2.15 pm every Monday. For further information please contact the office at 057 9351124 or John at 086 8033126. Website: or Info line: 1890 474 474.


Final payments are now due for our Pilgrimage to Lourdes on August 4. There are still a few seats available. Contact Fr P Hennessy Ballyfin 057 8755227; Mountmellick Parish Office 057 8624390; or Eleanor at 057 8624216 / 087 7670915.


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