Mountmellick’s 25th drama festival runs from this Friday March 6 to March 13. RTE midlands correspondent Ciaran Mullooly will officially open the festival. An exciting week of theatre in the Community Arts Centre. See Stage Left for full details. Season ticket (8 nights) €50, concessions €25. Nightly €10, concessions €5. For group bookings call Tricia at 086 1604363 or email


Talk on rehoming battery hens at the MDA on Monday March 9 at 7.30pm. Phone Laois hen rescue 087 9667828 or email


U6/8 indoor hurling training on Mondays at 6.30pm in the Sports Complex. New coaches for the U6 group. Help welcome. Membership to be paid by March 31. County Board tickets are on sale from the treasurer at any time, especially at lotto draw. The county draw is hugely important to annual fundraising and support is appreciated. Lotto: €50 B Quigley. €20 J Davis, J Moss, J Davis, P Culleton.


Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in Laois for a charity collection day on Friday April 24. Call Jill 01 629 6999 or email


Mountmellick United FC thank everybody who contributed to the success of their Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser, which raised €22,000. Thanks to the dancers, judges and all who supported in any way. Congrats to winners Grainne Scott & John Edward Moloney. See page 23 for story.


The committee will meet at 8pm on Thursday March 5 in the Town Hall.


Training: u8 & u10 at 11am Sundays in Acragar. U14 Tuesdays and Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Acragar. New members always welcome, contact 087 9700505.


Mountmellick Scout group is holding a fashion show on Thursday April 9 at 8 pm in the Community School, tickets €10, proceeds towards the scout trip to Japan for the World Jamboree. Tables €20 for displays by local craftworkers, bakers etc. Contact Annette 087 9438430.   Doors open at 7 pm so guests can see crafts and enjoy a free cuppa.


Laois based artist Rebecca Deegan will launch her exhibition in the library gallery on Tuesday March 3 at 6 pm.


Junior book clubs meetings on Wednesday March 4. Book Buddies group (8 to 9yrs) from 4pm to 4.30 pm and Rapid Readers ( 10 to 12yrs) 4.30pm to 5pm. Some places left in older group, call 057 8644572.


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

French classes

Conversation classes by native French speaker for adults begin on Friday March 6 at 11am in library. 8 week course €50.


‘Paint your Pet’ workshops with artist Lorraine Walsh begin on Friday March 6 in the library. The free classes will run for 4 weeks from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring your own materials. Contact 057 8644572.


O’Moore’s camogie registration night takes place on Friday March 6 from 7.30pm to 9pm in the following venues, Ballyfin Community Centre, The Rock GAA Clubhouse and Rosenallis GAA Clubhouse. 


Meetings on Mondays at 8pm in the house beside St Paul’s Church of Ireland. All are welcome along. Contact Ray 087 6578736 or Joe 086 0760853.


Classes in Mountmellick Work every Tuesday night from 8pm to 10pm in Museum, MDA. Beginners and improvers welcome. No booking necessary. Call Dolores 086 0886664.


Tuesday nights at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. All who can knit / crochet or would like to learn are welcome.


The annual monster draw is the club’s main income, support is greatly appreciated. Tickets €130 from committee members. Twenty prizes in four monthly draws, top prize €10,000. First draw on Friday March 6. Lotto: €20 B Coffey, W Jestin, S McDonald, J Brennan, Emma Rose Quinn. Tickets €2. Thanks to all for support. Adult players training on Fridays, 8pm sharp.


Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 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. New members welcome, contact 086 0618955.


Lourdes July 19 €799. Medjugorje October 7 €639. Contact Eleanor 087 770915 or Rena 087 6130224. Instalments can be paid to Eleanor, Rena or in the parish office.


The St Joseph’s Sunday Choir CD is on sale, with proceeds to the Cuisle Centre. At only €10 it features many favourites.


Community Care. Top score L O’Brien. Lady 1 B O’Brien. 2 B Langton. Gent 1 T Kearns. 2 S Wilkinson. Half lady 1 S Duff. 2 T Mulhare, B Cooley. Half gent 1 J Harrison. 2 D Kelly. Lowest score B Kennedy. Hatcher B Srahan. Raffle T Kearns, C Martin, T Dunne, B Langton, S Duff, P Dowling.

Old School. Top score M Gowing. Lady 1 V Kearns. 1 A Walsh, M Morris. Gent 1 P Dowling. 2 T Kearns. Half 1 J Delaney. 2 T Gowing. Best of three F Keenan. Raffle T Dunne, J Delaney, A Walsh, T Gowing.


Well done to musicians who played at the launch of the drama festival. The group will perform on St Patrick’s Day, followed on March 27 by their annual concert.


There was much regret at the death of Sean McEvoy on Friday February 20 at St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. Sean of Clontygar Acragar, was a former resident of Ridge Road Portlaoise and Clonaheen Rosenallis. Sean was predeceased by his wife Una. Remains reposed in Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Saturday evening. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon on Sunday with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Sean’s daughter Patricia, sons Eddie, John, Seamus and Joe, sister Sally, brothers Joe and Seamus, family, relatives and friends.


There was widespread grief at the death of Ian Quigley of Salt House Lane on Friday February 20. The high esteem in which Ian was held was evident in the large attendances at his reposal, removal and funeral. Remains reposed at his home from Monday evening. Removal to St Joseph’s Church took place on Tuesday afternoon. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 2pm with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. The deepest sympathy of the community is extended to Ian’s parents Frank and Breda, his sister Deirdre, brothers Kevin, Anthony, David and Colm, family, relatives and friends.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Mary Smith (neé Carroll) 14 Church View Portarlington and formerly of Emmett St Mountmellick who died suddenly on Saturday February 21. Mary was predeceased by her parents Liam & Mary & her brother Michael. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband David, daughter Carol, son David, grandchildren Muireann, Saoirse & Caoimhe, her sons in law Garrett & Stephen, sisters Mag (Knight) & Ann (O’Neill) and brother Joe, her father in law Christy, mother in law Chrissie, her extended family and friends. Requiem Mass took place on Monday February 23 in St. Michael’s Church with burial after in St. Michael’s Cemetery. May Mary’s gentle soul rest in peace.