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The fashion extravaganza in aid of the parish 10 year debt campaign is on Friday May 27 in the sports complex. The evening begins at 6pm with over 30 craft and business stands to browse while enjoying a cheese and wine reception. At 8pm the models will take to the catwalk, displaying fashion from No 1 Boutique, Breda’s Gift Shop, Bridal Hall Ballybrittas, Colgan Sports, Eamonn Bracken Menswear, Fashion Boutique and Shaw’s, something to suit everyone. Also featuring inspirational hairstyles from local salons.

Door prize is a load of turf (sponsored). There will also be a raffle and an auction with a great array of items. All welcome along, tickets €10 from local shops


Cake in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital in the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday May 21 from 10am to noon.


Fun for all at the Summerfest on Saturday and Sunday June 4 & 5. Activities in MDA grounds on Saturday and O’Connell Square on Sunday. Live music, entertainment, craft stalls and games are some of the line-up. Highlights of the weekend will include a visit from Laois Rose Kate Hyland and the Gordon Bennett Rally. To book a stall (€40) or demo call Mary 087 7951042 or Lynda 086 0266879.


On Tuesday May 24 from 12pm to 1pm, Mountmellick Library will host a Nutrition Talk to mark the Bealtaine Festival.  Free admission and all are welcome. Call 057 8644572 for details.


The adult crime book club will meet on Wednesday May 25 at 11am to discuss ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue.


All welcome to bible study facilitated by Rev Hayes on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm at MDA.


Rosary in St Joseph’s Church and in Castlebrack cemetery each Sunday at 7pm during May.


As part of the Bealtaine festival the Sing for Joy choir will perform in Portlaoise parish centre on Wednesday May 18 at 11am. All welcome.


Tea Dance for Bealtaine festival in Dunamaise Arts Centre on Wednesday May 18 from 2pm to 4pm with music by Danny Webster with MC Maureen Culleton. Free admission.


The next Rambling House Session at An Sean Chistin Irey Ballyfin is on Sunday May 29 at 7.30pm. All are welcome to sing, dance and play music or just sit back and relax and enjoy the friendship and hospitality.


Yoga classes in The Rock GAA centre, call 087 9852682 for details.


Congratulations to Mountmellick Council on achieving their 16th Gradam Award on Saturday May 7. Mass was celebrated at Gardiner St Church Dublin. The recipient for the Council was Margaret Corcoran. In the May Pioneer magazine, you will find a book of tickets (€2 each or €10 per book) to sell, could counterfoils be returned to Sheila Kearney before June 25. The annual regional Mass will be celebrated in ICA Hall on Sunday June 19 at 7pm.


A busy year continues with practices for the Laois Fleadh on June 4 and 5 in Clonaslee. Tuesdays practice times: u12 Grupa Cheoil 7pm to 8pm and the Ceilí Band 8pm to 9pm. It is crucial that all musicians attend all practices. For the annual outing Laois is joining other Leinster Branches of Comhaltas for a 1916 musical fiesta in Mullingar on June 11 from 3pm to 6pm. Tunes for everyone and ones for Laois Comhaltas as each county will perform separately also. Names of tunes to be announced, and a group practice if possible. Refreshments for musicians will follow the event. To attend, text 086 876 4471.


Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre at 2.15pm on Wednesdays. If you feel anxious or depressed come along to learn practical tips on mental health. Call John 086 8033126. 


New members welcome (086 0618955). Activities: Mondays Boccia at 7.30pm in Macra Hall. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital.


Wednesdays 8pm: music. Thursdays 3pm to 5pm: gardening classes. Thursdays: woodwork. All men welcome along, call Michael 086 3767530.


The parish joins the Diocesan pilgrimage on Sunday June 5 with bus leaving St Joseph’s Church at 8am. €10 per seat, contact parish office 057 8624390.

A 2 night pilgrimage from September 7 to 9 with B&B and evening meal, €170 to include bus (single room supplement €20/night). Call Eleanor 087 7670915 or parish office 057 8624390.


Workshops on planning for succession in MDA shortly. Full details from Imelda at 057 8624525 or 085 8831985.


On Thursday May 19 at 8pm in the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise, Laois Heritage Society present Tom Nelligan, Historian of the Standing Tom will discuss ‘The Use of 3D Reconstruction for Heritage and Archaeological Sites with a focus on Laois’.  This is a major addition to preserving historical sites and mitigates the risk of damage or loss of precious cultural assets. It is very useful in relation to faded stony constructions. All are welcome.


May 4. Community Care. Top score T Dunne. Lady 1 Sr Rosarii. 2 B Srahan. Gent 1 F Keenan. 2 J Delaney. Half lady 1 C Martin. 2 A Walsh. Half gent 1 J Harrison. 2 P Stephenson. Lowest score D Kelly. Hatcher B Hogan. Raffle L O’Brien, J Harrison, A Walsh, C Martin, Sr Rosarii, B O’Brien.

May 5. Old School. Top score S Wilkinson. 2 J O’Shea. 3 B Thompson. Half 1 C Drought. 2 D Byrne. Best of three B Kennedy. Hatcher T Kearns. Raffle A Walsh, D Kelly, J O’Shea, P Stephenson.


No jackpot winner. €20 G Mulvaney, J Jestin, Marie, Tricky, Eoin, Aaron Lily Rooney Next week’s jackpot 2,200


Classes for ladies and gents kickboxing and self defence, all ages, TRX suspension training and ladies keep fit. Call 086 3399287.


The concert at St Paul’s Church has been postponed until further notice.