Mountmellick Camera Club made history by electing its first ever all female executive at their AGM last week. The committee for the coming year are Chairperson Kathleen Culliton, Secretary Velma Mercer and Treasurer Stephanie Lewis with Paul Lalor as PRO. Last year activities included trips, photo shoots, workshops, guest speakers and competitions and their 25th annual exhibition.
The next meeting is on Wednesday January 27 at 8pm in the MDA. New members are welcome to join. Follow them on Facebook at Mountmellick camera club.
Grants for Projects to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising are now available for community groups and organisations .
Projects must be in keeping with the Laois programme available to download at www.laois.ie. Printed copies on request. Closing date for applications is February 1.
HOSPITAL GROUP AGM
St Vincent’s Hospital Support Group is holding its AGM on Wednesday January 27 at 8 pm in the Town Hall. Everyone welcome.
SLIEVE BLOOM ASSOC
The Association’s Christmas dinner was held in the Community Hall, Clonaslee on November 29. A large crowd enjoyed the lovely meal by Marie Egan and her team, who had the hall decorated beautifully. Martin Delaney provided the music and those that adjourned to Shelly’s Pub had a great night of music and song.
The AGM is deferred to January 28, in the ICA Hall Mountmellick at 8pm, following which, the Imbolc Festival arrangements will be finalised and all members are asked to attend. Imbolc is celebrated on the first Sunday in February (7). We wish all our members and friends all the very best for 2016. All events will be posted on our web page, www.slievebloomassociation.com.
An open meeting for friends and supporters of the IFA presidential candidate Henry Burns will be held in Mountmellick Macra Hall on Wednesday January 20 at 8:30 pm. All welcome.
Activities: Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus from MDA at 11.15am). Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital.
Laois Republican Centenary 1916 committee is holding a meeting today Tuesday January 19 at 7.30pm in the Town Hall. All interested in being involved are invited. Contact 086 8803760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scoil Phádraig Naofa boys national school enrolments take place on Tuesday and Wednesday January 19 and 20 from 1pm to 3pm.
Scoil Iósaif Naofa girls national school enrolment is on the same days, but from 9am to 2.45pm.
Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate and PPS number.
Enrolment in The Rock NS can be applied for during January. Forms and information from Principal Mr Liam Ahern 057 8624490. All forms to be returned by Friday January 29.
AN SEAN CHISTIN
Set dancing Mondays 8.30pm to 10pm. Line dancing Tuesdays 11am to noon. All abilities welcome. Social dance lessons starting soon. Private lessons available. Call Maureen 087 6482038
SING FOR JOY
Rehearsals each Wednesday from 11am to noon in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise. Call Maureen 087 6482038.
Mountmellick Men's Shed activities: Monday evenings, social chat & music. Tuesdays 2pm to 5pm, pyrography and art. Thursdays 8pm to 10pm, woodwork, wood turning and crafts. Call Ray 087 6578736 or John 086 0760853. Christmas raffle: 1 P Culleton, 2 M Feely, 3 M Joyce.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If one of them was to join your local library, from January 1 2016 membership is free throughout the Laois Libraries branch network.
Fancy a new hobby and being creative in a mindful way? Why not join our new Adult colouring group. Please call 057 8644572 or give your details to staff
The library knitting group meets from 10.30am to noon on Wednesdays. All are welcome.
JOHNNY CASH ACT
‘Walk the Line’ will be in the Arts Centre on Saturday February 6 at 8pm, tickets at €15 on sale in O’Horain’s or contact Eamon mountmellickartscentre@ gmail.com or 057 8697600.
The parish pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave on July 17, cost €799. Contact Eleanor 087 7670915.
The Penny Bank has resumed on Friday at 7pm in the Town Hall.
‘Gentle Zumba’ classes in St Mary's Hall, Portlaoise starting on Tuesday January 26 from 6pm to 7pm. The first night is a ‘Taster Night’ free of charge to try it out. This will be followed by 6 consecutive weeks - same time - same place, cost €30. Instructor is Suzanne Toumi. Contact Branch Phone: 089 2525344, Anne: 087 9067386 or Caroline 086 8852503. email:email@example.com or find them on Facebook at Arthritis Ireland Laois Branch
Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre, Mountmellick at 2.15pm every Wednesday. If you feel anxious, isolated or depressed why not join us and learn a practical psychology of mental health. Contact John on 086 8033126.
January 6. Community Care. Top score B Fitzpatrick. Lady 1 A Holland. 2 K Fox. Gent 1 MBarrett. 2 J Feeney. Half lady 1 B Srahan. 2 P Horan. Half gent 1 S Coffey. 2 J Bracken. Lowest score H Kelly. Hatcher T Kearns. P Stephenson. Raffle P Horan, V Kearns, A Walsh, R Cole, K Fox. January 7. Old School. Top score S Wilkinson. Lady 1 M Gowing. 2 J O’Shea. Gent 1 H Kelly. 2 B Ransome. Half 1 T Gowing. 2 A Walsh. Best of three J Delaney. Hatcher B O’Brien, C Martin. Raffle Mrs Gorman, B Ransome, A Walsh, S Wilkinson.
€50 J Hilliard. €20 G Fitzgibbon, B Coffey. JJ Strong, 3 Boys.
THE ROCK GAA
€20 I Harney. C McGuirk, B McDonald, L Flynn, R Holland.
Numbers: 16, 19, 25, 32. No jackpot winner, no Mountmellick match 3s. Next jackpot €16,000.