Mountmellick Notes

Santa comes to town

Santa comes to town

Mountmellick Christmas Tree committee will bring Santa Claus to town on Sunday December 16 in the Arts Centre.

The hall will be specially decorated for the occasion and will be open from 3pm. Santa will arrive at 4pm. He will be giving toys to all school going children up to the age of 10 years old. This will include the following schools: St Josephs, St Patricks, The Rock, St Pauls, Clonaghadoo.

Fuel for pensioners

Any old age pensioner in need of fuel for Christmas can apply to Brian Lynch, Chapel St, or any member of Mountmellick Christmas Tree committee. The committee will again this year finance the erection and lighting of the Christmas tree in O’Connell Square, as well as giving a toy to all young children. To carry out all this work your support is needed and appreciated.

christmas fair

The first every Mountmellick Christmas Fair takes place next Sunday December 16 around the tree in O’Connell Square, from 12 noon to 6pm.

Over 50 stalls will sell art, crafts and food, while local shops will have special offers.

Children’s entertainment, face painting and carol singing and local musicians will be on hand, so come out and enjoy the fun.


If you would like to give an alternative gift to a friend or family member this Christmas you might consider donating to Mission Alive. Your gift will benefit the HIV/ AIDS Orphan Project in Lusaka, Zambia providing the children there with food, medicines, educational materials and uniforms.

A gift certificate will be issued to you to give to friends to show that you have donated to Mission Alive. Donations can be made and gift certificates to donors will be given in the Parish Office.

We thank the people of Mountmellick who have so generously donated to this project in recent years. All money is sent directly to Zambia.


The Advent prayer hour continues this Wednesday December 12 from 7pm to 8pm in St Joseph’s Church.

This hour of prayer and reflection includes prayers, music, hymns, readings and time for quiet reflection. There will be a guest speaker. This is an opportunity to take a step back from the busy commercial aspect of Christmas and reconnect with the true meaning of the season. The final prayer hour will be on Wednesday December 19 also from 7pm to 8pm.


The Christmas street lights committee will hold a coffee morning in The Druid this Saturday December 15 from 10.30am to 1pm. All proceeds will go towards the cost of lighting up the town for Christmas. Why not drop in for a cuppa and a chat. All support greatly appreciated.


All are invited to join in three upcoming carol services in the town.

On Sunday December 16 two services will be held, one at 5pm in St Paul’s Church and at 7pm in St Joseph’s Church there will be carol singing, seasonal readings and Christmas reflections.

A service will also be held on Sunday December 23 at 7pm in Mountmellick Methodist Church.


The Advent/Christmas penitential service will be held in St Joseph’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday December 17. Visiting priests will attend.


There is a busy schedule in the library for December. Tom Joyce’s new painting exhibition continues in the Gallery.

On Thursday December 13 all can enjoy story time with Sharon from 4pm to 5pm.


A Christmas craft workshop will be held in the library on Friday December 14 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. This workshop is for ages 7 to 10 and they will be making marzipan fruits. Booking is essential; please contact the library at 8644572.


The knitting circle meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to noon in the library. Drop in for cuppa and a chat. All donations of wool would be greatly appreciated.


The CCE Christmas party will be held in the YM Hall across from the Square on Tuesday December 11 at 7.30pm. Please try to have your seat taken by 7.15pm. A selection of music will be played by all the classes and refreshments will follow.

If you have anything to donate for spot prizes it would be appreciated. There is no charge on the door and all are welcome to what is always an enjoyable night. Classes and cupla focal will continue after Christmas.


On St Stephen’s day at noon a charity football match in aid of cancer will be played on The Heath between The Heath and ‘The Conlon’s’ (including all cousins on the Conlon side).


All ladies and gentlemen of 50 years plus are invited to the Gandon Inn on Thursday December 13 from 2pm to 4.30pm for an evening of dancing with Maureen Culleton. Come along and enjoy the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot etc. with refreshments served at 4pm. Admission €5. This is a get together for an evening of fun, exercise, friendship and dance.


We hope to see all our members at the ‘music and mince pies’ party on Wednesday December 12 in the MDA at 10.30am.

Our annual Christmas dinner dance was held in The Gandon Inn on Friday December 7 and ‘The Happy Hearts’ ARA Portarlington shared this occasion with us. This was a wonderful evening of music, dancing, fun and friendship, hopefully to be repeated in the future.

Some of our weekly activities continue. We have Boccia in the Macra Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm. Aqua aerobics are being held in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am.

The Wednesday dancing classes have now finished until after Christmas. The Thursday art classes are also finished.

The Thursday music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital continues from 2pm to 4pm.


In conjunction with The Gathering 2013 and the centenary of WW1 in 2014 Mountmellick Museum would like to form a small group of interested people to research and ascertain information on local sailors and soldiers who fought in WW1. We hope to obtain enough information to hold an exhibition in remembrance of those who died and detail what life was like for those who returned to the Mountmellick area. If you would like to be part of this group, have a story to tell or have any artefacts from the Great War which you would like included in our project, contact Kathleen Comerford or Dolores Dempsey in the museum at 057 8624525.


Well done to the organising committee of the Laois Macra Christmas party for organising such a successful event on December 1. Mountmellick Macra attended and a great time was had by all.

Capers rehearsals are in full swing at the moment with the semi-finals due to take place in January.

The next club meeting is on Wednesday December 12. Mountmellick Macra Christmas party will be held on Friday December 21, details to follow. If you would like to join Macra or find out more please contact Eoghan on 086 3976216


Many thanks to all our supporters who came out to the table quiz on Wednesday last and thanks to those who gave donations to the group.

Thanks to the business people and individuals who donated raffle prizes and to the quizmaster Michael Linehan and his assistants Angela and Elaine Young.


Results: 1 Fr Mícheál Murphy (man’s bicycle). 2 Tom Kearns (Christmas Hamper supplied by Supervalu). 3 Ciara Powders (bottle of whiskey).

Thanks to all who sold and bought tickets for our raffle. The amount raised on the raffle was €1,000. The money raised at the quiz and raffle is for the orphan project in Lusaka in Zambia.


Classes for all ages from 4yrs old upwards held in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. There is a full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach and National Champion. For details contact 087 2768843.


December 5. €300 E Grant. €50 M Conroy, L Costello, P Doody and P Bracken (Kildare).


November 28. Numbers drawn: 6, 9, 11, 22. No jackpot winner. Match 3s (€50) B Conlon (Sr Madeline), F Dunne (C Griffin), J Westman (M Lawlor), M Murphy (C Lindley) and M Daly (C O’Connell).


December 5. Top score M Gowing. Ladies 1 C Martin. 2 N Thompson. Gents 1 C Thompson. 2 J Delaney. Halves ladies 1 L Pierce. 2 R Cole and B Fitzpatrick. Halves gents 1 P Dowling. 2 S Wilkinson. Lowest score S Langton. Hatcher Sr Rosarii.

November 28. Top score S Duff. Ladies 1 F Keenan. 2 R Cole. Gents 1 D Kelly. 2 T Kearns. Halves ladies 1 N Thompson. 2 T Mulhare. Halves gents 1 C Thompson. 2 P Dowling. Lowest score Sr Rosarii. Hatcher T Gowing.


November 29. Top score L Kavanagh. 2 C Martin. 3 K Kavanagh and C Thompson. Halves 1 B O’Brien. 2 J O’Shea. Best of three J Delaney. Hatcher E Moran.


Christmas prizes: NS 1 Sr Rosarii and Sr Madeleine. 2 A Colgan and T Joyce. 3 P Storey and A Flynn. 4 C Walsh and L Tynan. EW 1 H Meade ad B Hourigan. 2 V Turley and A Rochford. 3 C Lawlor and M Hourigan. 4 M Fennelly and K Horan.


The committee of St Mary’s Hall Clonaghadoo thank all who supported their recent church gate collection. The centenary celebrations planned for December have been postponed until next year.


The Photographic Society has 2013 calendars for sale featuring scenes from around the county. These calendars would be a special gift, particularly for those living away from their home place. Contact Paul Lalor at 087 6264791.