Grow Community Mental Health Movement meets in the Primary Health Care Centre, Mountmellick at 2.15 pm 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.

Support for carers

The Carers Association Laois would like to invite carers to attend a support group meeting on Thursday July 25, 11-12.30pm at the Primary Care Centre, Mountmellick. Meet other carers in the community for a cuppa and chat. For more information please contact Alison Hackett on 086-7957086


The Tidy Towns committee would like to thank all who have contributed to the Tidy Town effort so far.  As the adjudication on Laois Federation Tidy Town’s and our local competition is yet to take place we ask the people of the town for one final push this year. The local competition adjudication began on Monday last July 22. The MDA’s Quaker Tapestry exhibition from July 27 to August 10 will bring a lot of visitors to the town and it is important that it is seen at its best. We would ask everyone that can to assist in cleaning up your local area or take part in the general clean-up of the town in the coming week. 


An exhibition of Quaker Tapestry is being held from Saturday July 27 to Saturday August 10 from 10am to 5pm each day. Admission: €5. This is a major exhibition of 20 captivating and colourful panels of embroidery. It is a masterpiece of storytelling and celebration of life, people and events across the centuries, set against a backdrop of Mountmellick Embroidery. Not to be missed.


During the visit of the Quaker Tapestries to Mountmellick, St Paul’s Church of Ireland Church will be open every afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. Both locals and visitors are more than welcome to take a look around and discover the history of the building. 


On Thursday August 8 at 7.30pm James Edmundson will give a talk on ‘my journey to find William Edmundson’. James, from Texas, is a direct descendant of Mountmellick Quaker William Edmundson. He has spent decades researching William’s travels in the US, discovering that William held the first Friend’s meetings in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Admission free but booking is essential. Contact the Arts Centre at 057 8697600.

LULLYMORE heritage

Mountmellick Heritage Society is organising a trip to Lullymore Heritage Park open day as part of the Heritage week celebrations. The bus will leave O’Connell square at 1pm on Sunday August 18 and return at 6pm. Cost: €5 pp. Entry to Lullymore is free. The Heritage Society is subsidising the bus cost. Booking essential, contact Mary at 086 7914933..


Mountmellick Heritage Society has organised a ‘Famine Tour’ on Thursday August 22.  The bus will leave O’Connell Square at 9am and return mid-afternoon, taking in many heritage and famine sites including a tour of the site of the former workhouse in Mountmellick.  Cost: €7 per person includes entry to Donaghmore Workhouse and Famine Museum.  The cost is subsidised by Mountmellick Heritage Society.  Booking is essential, contact Mary at 086 7914933.


The monthly social dance takes place on Saturday July 27 in the Owenass Hall with music by Colm Aungier & Twice Shy, dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am. Refreshments served. All are welcome


Dr John Feehan will give a talk on the ‘Heritage of the Slieve Bloom, its natural & human heritage’ on Monday July 29 in the Arts Centre.  Tickets €5 and all funds raised will go towards recording the presentation and Heritage week.  To pre-book contact Mary on 086 7914933 / or the Mountmellick Arts Centre on 057 86 97600 from 9am to 1pm. 


Contrary to popular belief, Mountmellick was not founded by the Quakers. Mountmellick was officially created on February 12 1631, almost 30 years before William Edmundson, the Father of Quakerism in Ireland, arrived. If you’d like to know more, reserve a seat at ‘Foundation of Mountmellick & Rosenallis and their Quaker Heritage’ talk during Heritage Week.  Tickets are €5 with proceeds going to cover cost of Heritage week events. Contact Mountmellick Arts Centre on 057 8697600 to book.


Well done to members who took part in the Leinster Fleadh in Edenderry. Noel, Deirbhile, Líadan, Fiachra, and Cathal took part in the Comhrá. Each excelled and Fiachra got through to the All Ireland in Derry. We had 60 young musicians taking part in the u12, u15 and u18 Grupaí Cheoil, all superb. The u15s won a bronze medal, the first Leinster medals for Mountmellick in the u15s Grupaí. It was the first year to have a full complement of musicians for the u18 Grupaí Cheoil.


All our athletes taking part in the national finals in Athlone on the weekend of August 17 and 18 are working hard on their preparations. We wish them the best of luck and hope it is a most enjoyable weekend. 


On Sunday August 4 The Rock GAA will hold a summer fun day in the Club grounds from 2pm to 6pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. The highlight of the afternoon’s activities will be our duck race. Buy a Duck for €5, enter it into the Triogue river and watch it ‘swim’ home in the hope of winning one of three great prizes. Join us for some family fun with bouncy castles, novelty races and stalls, food, music and much more.


The children’s summer reading challenge continues until the end of August. Call into the library to sign up and collect your Creepy House card.

photography LAUNCH

The launch of Jane W. Shackleton’s ‘Ireland’ will take place in the library gallery on Thursday July 25 at 7.30pm. The exhibition will run from Thursday July 25 to Saturday August 31. All welcome to come an d view this historic collection.


The PEP (Personal Employment Pathway) Programme is a free job skills programme specifically for those in receipt of a disability payment. Jim Nelson from the National Learning Network will give an information talk in the library on Friday July 26 at 11am.  


Visitors from France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan will attend a Gathering Festival in Community Centre Ballyfin from Wednesday July 31 to Monday August 5.Maureen Culleton has planned an extensive event which includes music, song, dance, sightseeing tours, mountain walks and rambling house sessions. Further details on or 0876482038.


Wednesday July 24 at 10.30am: the last group meeting until Wednesday September 4. Weekly activities in June: Mondays, Boccia in the Macra hall. Tuesdays aqua aerobics in Portlaoise leisure centre at noon, with the free bus leaving MDA at 11.15am. Thursday’s music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm. The annual club holiday this year will be in the Westport Woods Hotel, Co. Mayo.  The group will leave by bus on Sunday September 8 and will come back on Friday September 13.  Early booking is advised.


Pilgrimage on Saturday September 6 with 4 nights in Rome and 3 nights in Assisi, costing €899 per person. Contact Eleanor at 087 7670915. 


The St Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock will travel on Saturday September 14 with the bus leaving Mountmellick at 8.30am. Please call 086 4003469 to book. Full details on the church notice board.


St Joseph’s Mountmellick Sunday July 28 at 3pm. Graigue cemetery Friday August 2 at 7pm.


Cubs enjoyed a fun filled camping weekend in June to Lough Keel Scout Campsite in Roscommon. Cubs and leaders are now on their summer break and will recommence in September.


Mountmellick Gymnastics Club will host two talks by Coaching Ireland on Wednesday July 24 & Wednesday July 31 in the Community Arts Centre at 7.30pm.  Advice on fitness, training, hydration and nutrition for different sports will be given.  Admission free but donations of €2 towards costs welcome.  Call 869700 to book your place.


There will be no rounders next week. The next rounders training will be on Tuesday July 30 from 5pm to 6.15pm. Rounders will continue as usual after that on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6.15pm.There is no training on Saturday mornings. All boys and girls aged from 10 to 14 welcome.


Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp takes place at the Rock from Monday August 19 to Friday August 23 from 10am to 2.30pm daily. For more contact Laois GAA supervisor James Kelly at 085 7744397 or club juvenile secretary John Allen at 086 3264102. Coaching of Gaelic football on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm at the Rock. New players welcome.


July 10. Community care: top score M Gowing. Ladies 1 R Cole. 2 D Byrne. Gents 1 P Dowling. 2 F Keenan. Halves ladies 1 B Keegan & T Mulhare. 2 B Fitzpatrick. Halves gents 1 C Thompson & B Srahan. 2 J Delaney. Lowest score A Walsh. Hatcher M Coyne & C Martin. Raffle H Kelly, L O’Brien, P Dowling, J Harrison & N Kelly.

July 11. Old school whist: top score K Kavanagh. Ladies 1 R Cole & Mrs Gorman. Gents 1 T Gowing & D Kelly. Halves 1 C Martin & C Thompson. 2 D Byrne. Best of three A Walsh. Hatcher E Moran.


July 10. Numbers: 3, 10, 25 & 29. No jackpot winner. Match 3s (€84) B Weston (A Weston), E Young (M Murphy), M O’Reilly (B Murray), L Ging (parish office).


July 17. €300 J Clarke. €50 M O’Driscoll, N Kaye, F Horan & K Mullen.