clothes recycling for ben & Jake Fund
Today Tuesday June 26, drop in your bags of clean unwanted clothes, shoes, bed linen etc all day from 10am, to The Druid Inn Mountmellick, in aid of the Ben & Jake Connolly Trust Fund. Coffee and cake served. Please support this worthy cause for two severely disabled young local brothers. See www.benandjakeconnollytrust.com
FAMILY FUN DAY
Funday in Mountmellick GAA Club, Acragar on Sunday June 29 (note change of date) from 1pm to 6pm with free admission. Lots of fun activities for all ages including bouncy castle, penalty shootout competition and BBQ.
CAR BOOT SALE
Car boot sale in the Carnival Field from noon to 6pm, on Sunday July 13. Car entry fee €10. Call Annette at 087 9438430.
BALD HEADED FOR CANCER
There will be a Today FM fundraiser shave or dye in The Druid Inn, Mountmellick on Saturday June 28 at 9.30pm. Edna Brazil (Cushen) will be shaving off her hair off and it will be donated to The Princess Trust in England to be made into a wig for a child who has lost their hair through chemotherapy either in England or Ireland. The night includes music and raffles. All support appreciated and all welcome to a great night out. Edna has a page on my charity.ie if you would like to donate, www.mycharity.ie/event/edna brazils_event.
The monthly social dance is on Saturday June 28 in the Owenass Hall. Dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am with music by Brian McDermott. Refreshments served. All welcome.
The summer reading challenge called ‘Mythical Maze’ starts on Tuesday July 1. All you have to do is sign up, read six books of you own choosing and you will receive your Mythical Maze chart with a wristband and stickers throughout the summer.
Artist Caroline Conway who specialises in print making will feature in the library gallery for July. The launch of her exhibition takes place on Tuesday July 1 at 6pm. All are welcome.
SUMMER AT LIBRARY
Now booking for our summer events for July and August. Check out our comprehensive line up on the Mountmellick Library webpage at www.laoislibraries.ie. Please note that all events are free but that booking is essential as places are limited. Call 057 8644572 for details.
Weekly activities for June. Monday: Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm. Tuesday: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre noon (free bus MDA at 11.15am). Wednesday: June 18 10.30am walking group. June 25 10.30am group meeting with a guest speaker, all encouraged to attend. Thursday: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital. New members welcome, call 086 0618955.
The PTAA Matt Talbot pilgrimage to Knock is on Sunday July 20. Bus leaves Mountrath at 8am and arrived in O’Connell Square Mountmellick at 9am. Contact any Council member.
Wednesday June 25 8pm Dallas Buyers Club. Sunday June 29 3pm Muppet’s Most Wanted.
WW 1 FLAG DAY
World War One Commemoration Group is holding a flag day in town on Saturday June 28 to raise funds for commemoration events and to raise a WW1 memorial in Mountmellick.
Pottery workshops for ages 7 to 12 years will take place in MDA from Tuesday July 15 to Thursday July 17 (2pm to 4pm). Cost €20. Call 057 8664033.
Be alert for texts calling all the grupaí cheoil musicians (u12, u15 and u18) to practice as they are all playing in the Leinster Fleadh in Moate next month. Also going to Moate are Niamh O’Connor (concertina), Maeve Áine Ní Dhúfaigh (harp), Fiachra Ó C-Fionnghaill (mandolin and comhrá), Alanah Ní Chonaire (harp), Derbhla Ní Ghiolla Phádraig (duet with Niamh), Deirbhile and Líadan Ní C-Fhionnghaill (comhrá). We wish them all the best. Remember all those going to Brú Ború on Tuesday July 1, we are meeting at the MDA at 6.30pm for the bus. For all those who would like to join in in the seisiún there please bring your instrument, voice, dancing shoes or whatever for the part you would like to play. Further information 085 713 8940.
A few seat remain on the pilgrimage to Fatima August 2, call Eleanor 087 7670915.
Ciorcal comhrá (Irish conversation group) meets in the library on Thursday mornings from 10am to 1am. All ages and levels welcome for a friendly chat ‘as Gaeilge’ in a relaxed atmosphere.
June 11 Community Care. Top score J Harrison. Lady 1 N Thompson. 2 B O’Brien. Gent 1 T Kearns. 2 T Jacob. Half lady 1 F Keenan. 2 T Gowing. Half gent 1 S Duff. 2 S Langton. Lowest score Sr Rosarii. Hatcher S Wilkinson. Raffle P Dowling, T Jacob, J Delaney, D Kelly, A Walsh. C Conroy.
June 12 Old School. Top score R Cole. Lady 1 D Byrne. 2 K Kavanagh. Gent 1 L Kavanagh. 2 J Delaney, J Harrison. Quarter 1 M Gowing. 2 B Fitzpatrick. 3 Mrs Gorman, T Gowing. 4 B Hogan. Best of three B O’Brien. Hatcher B Keegan. Raffle B Hogan, T Jacob, K Kavanagh (x2).
June 11. Jackpot winner (€20,000) J Dempsey (seller MJ Dunne).Match 3s (€100) M Thompson, A Brennan. Promoters of Lotto needed, contact 057 8624390.
€50 B Conroy. €20 S Young, A Dunne, E Maloney, M Lawlor.
Training times U10 Sundays 11am. U12 Tuesdays 6.45pm & Fridays 6pm. U14 Tuesdays 6.30pm & Fridays 6pm. Adult Tuesdays 8pm & Fridays 8pm.
Coaching for 10 to 14 year old boys and girls is on Saturdays at 11am in GAA field Acragar. Call 086 8651339. Adults interested in playing Rounders call 086 8651339 or contact Hollow Bar.
THE ROCK GAA
New players welcome, register on our training nights Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm. A weeklong camp for football will be held at The Rock from August 18 to 22. More details in the weeks ahead. Weekly results of the Rock GAA & Rock NS lotto draw are available on the club’s Facebook page.
LAOIS MARTIAL ARTS
Classes for juniors, seniors and adults available daily mornings and evenings. Ladies classes also available on Monday and Thursday morning and Wednesday night. Fully matted professional studio. Classes taught by a fully qualified coach. Call 086 3399287 or Facebook at Laois Martial Arts.
Classes in the sports complex. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Junior (5 to 14) 6pm to 7pm. Senior (14 +) 8pm to 9.30pm. Ladies bootcamp on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. Ladies core & kettlebell workout on Thursdays from 7.15pm to 8pm. New members welcome, contact Tommy Delaney 086 8496205.
The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre Portlaoise. Free service, no referral or booking required. Call 01 6617211 or www.aware.ie or the local Helpline 1890303302.
Coffee Morning/Cake Sale
In aid of Neurosurgery Fund - Beaumont Hospital Foundation on Saturday July 12 at Macra Hall, Mountmellick from 10am to 3pm. There will be plenty of home baking and a raffle on the day. Your support would be greatly appreciated.