Mountmellick

HALLOWE’EN disco

HALLOWE’EN disco

Mountmellick Soccer Club is holding a Hallowe’en fancy dress disco on Friday October 31 from 7pm to 9pm in Conor Davis Park for children aged 14 and younger. €5 includes minerals and snacks.

MEN’S SHED

Men’s Shed is now up and running at the house beside St Paul’s Church. Open to all men regardless of age or ability. At present the group is busy with woodturning, music such as guitar, drums and pipes and socialising. Call Joe 086 0760853 or Ray 087 6578736.

HOSPITAL GROUP AGM

St Vincent’s Hospital Support Group is holding its AGM on Wednesday October 29 at 8pm in the Town Hall.  

OUR LADY’S SEWING GUILD

Due to bereavements the Guild will not be holding its annual fundraising sale of work this Mission Sunday October 19. Instead Fr Murphy PP has very kindly offered space in the Church to display some of the Guild’s work. They would greatly appreciate donations, however small, to help keep up their work for the missions which has been ongoing since 1956.

MACRA RECRUITMENT

Recruitment night in Macra hall on Saturday October 18 at 9pm. All welcome, bring a friend. We are looking forward to a good night. Contact Helen 087 9511765 or Sadhbh 086 0310111. Find us on Facebook @ Mountmellick Macra.

RACE NIGHT

Mountmellick GAA is holding a Breeder’s Cup Race Night Live on Saturday November 1 in Butch’s Bar, first race 9pm. Guaranteed jackpot of €300, many prizes including a weekend for two. Special guest DJ on the night John O’Loughlin.

LINE DANCING

Tuesdays 11am to 12pm at An Sean Chistin, Irey, Ballyfin. All abilities welcome. Call Maureen 0876482038

ROSARY

The Rosary will be recited in St Joseph’s Church each Sunday evening in October at 7pm, all welcome. The Rosary will be recited in Castlebrack cemetery every Sunday evening in October at 7pm, all welcome.

YARN BOMBING

Yarn Bombing Mountmellick meets in the Methodist Hall (behind Methodist Church) on alternate Monday and Tuesday nights at 7.30pm. Meeting dates for October: Tuesday October 14, Monday October 20 and Tuesday October 28.

A bus will travel to the Knit & Stitch Show in the RDS on Sunday November 2. Seats still available, call Dolores 087 2713491 or see Yarn Bombing Mountmellick on Facebook.

ECUMENICAL HARVEST THANKSGIVING

On Sunday October 19 at 7pm in St Joseph’s Church. Following the success of our gathering last year, everyone is invited to gather again as a Christian family to thank God for the harvest, sing praises and to welcome back to Mountmellick our preacher, Canon Jonathan Pierce. Jono, son of Lily and the late Douglas (formerly of Mountmellick Community School) is now the Church of Ireland Rector in a Belfast parish.

ROSE

‘Rose’ a one woman play, brilliantly performed by Fiona York is in the Balcony Theatre on Friday October 17 at 8pm. See Facebook page on Mountmellick Arts Centre for more information. Book early, call 8697600, 9am to 1pm. Tickets €10. A story of survival of one Jewish woman through her time in a Warsaw ghetto.

LATE FINTAN (VINCENT) DUNNE

There was much sadness at the news of the death of Fintan Dunne of Twoomey Park on Sunday October 5. Fintan, known to family and friends as Vincent or TY was the son of the late Danny and Catherine Dunne and brother to Ray, Catherine, Noeleen, Veronica and the late Danny. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Remains reposed at his residence until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Monday evening. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon on Tuesday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Vincent’s family and friends on their bereavement.

THE ROCK GAA

New juvenile coaching times: u12 & u14 Wednesdays 6.30pm. U6, u8 & u10 Thursdays 6.30pm. New players welcome.

JUNIOR BOOKCLUBS

Junior Bookclubs in the library for ages 8 to 9 and 10 to 12 resume in October. To join or find out more detail, please contact 057 8644572.

SEWING GROUP

The children’s sewing group for ages 10 to 12 will meet on Tuesday October 28 from 4pm to 5pm in the library. Learn how to do basic stitching, sew in buttons and much more. To join this group, call 057 8644572.

LOOMING AT LIBRARY

Due to demand loom banding sessions continue every Saturday at the library from 11am to 12.30pm and on Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm. Call in and check out our folder of loom banding ideas for you to make. All welcome.

KNITTING GROUP

The library knitting/crochet group meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along your needles and wool and join us for a cuppa and a chat.

BIRDS OF PREY VISIT

Raven Haven Aviaries will visit the library on Wednesday October 15 at 10.30am with their birds of prey. All are welcome.

Hallowe’en fun

Library staff now taking bookings for Halloween crafts and storytime. Call 057 8644572 for more details.

art COMPETITION

The library is running an art competition during October. There are two categories: a colouring competition for pre-schoolers to first class pupils and a drawing competition for 2nd to 6th class. The theme for the drawing competition is ‘I love Reading’. Name, address, age, school, class, clearly printed on the back of the picture.  Entries must be submitted on A3 (420 X 297 mm) or A4 (210 X 297 mm). One entry per person. Drawings can be in pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt tip markers, crayon, pastel, watercolours, acrylics, oils, poster paints or collage. No computer aided design may be entered.  Closing date is Tuesday October 21. Colouring entry forms in the library.

STRICTLY COME DANCING

Mountmellick United Soccer Club will host Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday February 14 2015 in the Heritage Hotel. Tickets €20 available soon. Also sponsorship cards for dancers available soon. Contact any committee member.

MACRA

New members welcome, call secretary Emma 087 6962626.

BADMINTON

Congratulations to Macra’s men’s grade 6 team for winning 3-1 against Lisdowney. Hard luck to the women’s grade 5 team on losing 4-0 to Kinnity. Training is on Monday nights at 8.45pm and Wednesdays at 8.30pm in the Macra Hall. New members welcome. Call 087 9143226.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT

The meeting on Wednesday October 22 will be held at 10.30am in the Balcony Theatre to watch the film ‘The Butler’. Activities: Mondays: Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm.  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. Fridays: ‘Go for Life Games’ Macra Hall 7.30pm. New members always welcome, contact 086 0618955.

COMMEMORATION MEETING

A public meeting will be held in the Town Hall on Wednesday October 29 at 8pm, to elect a committee to organise the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Easter Rebellion 1916 in Mountmellick town and district. All welcome.

ROCK PRESENTATIONS

A presentation night for The Rock GAA U12 division 3 shield winners took place in the clubhouse on Saturday October 4. See GAA Digest.

PARENT’S COUNCIL

The Parent’s Council of Mountmellick Community School held its AGM on Wednesday October 8 reviewing a very successful year. They thank all the businesses in   Mountmellick and surrounding areas for their continued support and help. Officers: chairperson Paddy Conroy, assistant chairperson Orla O Connor, secretary Bernadette O’Toole, assistant secretary Debbie Devane, treasurer Brenda Forde, assistant treasurer Fiona Hyland, PRO Mags Foynes.

BRIDGE

NS 1 C Walshe, L Tynan. 2 B & M Conlon. 3 T Lalor, B Sheils. EW 1 A Conroy, K Walsh. 2 K Dowling, T Mitchell. 3 P Sheils, A Higgins.

WHIST

October 2, Old School. Top score T Gowing. Lady 1 D Byrne. 2 B Thompson. Gent 1 P Stephenson. 2 S Wilkinson. Half 1 B Hogan. 2 B Coffey. Best of three J O’Shea. Worst of three Mrs Gorman. Raffle B Thompson, J Harrison. D Kelly, T Dunne.

PARISH LOTTO

October 1. Numbers: 15, 17, 27, 31. Match 3 (€200): B Fox.

GAA LOTTO

€50 L O’Connor. €20 JJ Strong, G Dunne, J Griffin, A Dunne.