Mountmellick News



The Tidy Towns Association held their local presentation night on Friday October 19. The awards are a chance to recognise the great volunteer effort by businesses, estates, groups and individuals to show off the town to its best, supported by the local Tidy Towns committee.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants. Best overall location went to Twomey Park this year, while Most Improved area was awarded to Ballincollig. Best shop front went to Ivor and Brigid Cox.

For the full report, including a list of award winners and photos, see page 35.


Condolences to the family of the late Carmel Gorman (nee Furlong) of Mountmellick who passed away peacefully on October 24 at the Regional Hospital, Tullamore, surrounded by her loving family. Carmel, beloved wife of the late Jack (Connolly Street), was dear mother of Sean, Liam, Stephanie and Donal. Also deeply regretted by her sister May Healion, extended family, neighbours, relatives and many friends. Reposed in Moloney’s Funeral Home last Thursday until Removal to St Joseph’s Church for Requiem Mass on Friday. Funeral afterwards to St Joseph’s Cemetery.


The students of Kilbride art group will launch their exhibition in the gallery at the library on Tuesday October 30 at 6pm. County arts officer Muireann Ní Chonaill will officially open the exhibition. All are welcome.


The Rock GAA will hold a monster auction on Sunday November 18 from 1pm onwards in the clubhouse. The club needs saleable items and all donations in good condition will be most gratefully received. All items must be sold on the day so there’ll be plenty of bargains to be had. Admission is free and all are welcome. For further information please contact any of the following: John Storey 087 9696220, Donal Mooney 087 9730470, James Murphy 087 9800498 or John Allen 086 3264102.


To celebrate children’s book festival the library is holding a competition whereby children can describe their favourite literary character. Pick up an entry form and return it to the library before November 1.


The library staff have organised the following activities for Halloween and the midterm break.

Tuesday October 30: make a Halloween banner from 4pm to 5pm for ages 8 to 12. Wednesday October 31: make recycled Halloween spookies from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for ages 5 to 8. Friday November 2: Beast Quest fun quiz. This quiz is based on Beast Quest series of books by author Adam Blade. It will be held from 3.45pm to 4.30pm for ages 8 to 12. Saturday November 3: Autumn leaf collage from 11am to noon for ages 5 to 7.

Please note that all events are free but that booking is essential. Contact 057 8644572 to book a place.


The knitting circle meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to noon in the library. Drop in for cuppa and a chat. All donations of wool would be greatly appreciated.


A fundraiser in aid of the liver unit at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin is being organised by Pat Horan and family.

It will be held in Turley’s Pub on Friday November 2 at 9pm. There will be an auction and raffle on the night. All donations and prizes welcomed. For enquiries please contact 087 9075515 or 086 4079244. All support will be greatly appreciated.


Laois GAA will host a gala fashion show in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on Friday November 9. Laois footballers and hurlers will showcase the latest fashions along with some of the top models from around the county, including the 2012 Laois Rose Niamh Bracken. A champagne reception will take place in Sally Gardens, Portlaoise from 6pm until 8pm with the fashion show starting at 9pm in the Heritage Hotel. Entertainment will be provided on the night and there is also a golden opportunity to win a week’s break in Spain with free accommodation and €200 towards the costs of flights. Tickets at €20 each are available in the Laois GAA offices, Sally Gardens, The Pantry, the Heritage Hotel, Kearns & Cuddy Menswear, Annie Apple, Bridal Hall and Hat Hire Portlaoise. For more information contact the Laois GAA office 057 8660674.


The next fortnightly club meeting will be on Wednesday October 31 in the MDA at 10.30am. New members are always welcome. Our weekly activities are Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon. The free bus to this leaves MDA at 11.15am. Wednesdays: there will be no dancing classes on Wednesday October 24 and Wednesday October 31. Dancing resumes on Wednesday November 7 from 3pm to 4.30pm in Wolfe Tone Court.

Thursdays: art classes in Wolfe Tone Court from 2pm to 4pm and music and song in St Vincent’s hospital from 2pm to 4pm.

The November outing to the Titanic exhibition in Belfast is on Friday November 30. The bus for this will leave MDA at 8.15am. The bus is fully booked now but please notify a committee member is you would like to put your name on the waiting list.

The annual Christmas dinner dance will be held on Friday December 7 in the Gandon Inn.


Classes for all ages from 4yrs old upwards held in Mountmellick and Portlaoise on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. There is a full matted professional gym including punch bags and boxing ring. Classes are taught by a 4th degree Irish national coach and National Champion. For details contact 087 2768843.


The branch will start an easy to learn Irish session called cupla focal after Halloween. It will run from 7.45pm to 8pm each Tuesday. Adults and young people welcome. Ratheniska are holding an American Tea Party on November 2 to raise funds for next year’s county fleadh. It is hoped that each branch will be able to take one table of 10 people. Tickets are €10 per person. Details will be given at the classes.


Classes are held in MDA on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11am. Everyone welcome. For details contact Nicola at 087 6234291.


Mountmellick Photographic Society’s 2013 calendar featuring images of the Mountmellick and greater Laois area is on sale for €5 in a number of outlets and can also be purchased by contacting the club at


October 24. €300 J Dunne. €50 F Tobin, M Murphy, F Tobin & E Power.


October 24. Top score A Walsh. Ladies 1 R Cole. 2 A Rochford & Sr Madeline. Gents 1 V Kearns & T Kearns. 2 B Cooley. Halves ladies 1 C Martin. 2 N Thompson. Gents 1 J Harrison. 2 M Barrett & S Duff. Hatcher D Byrne. Lowest score J O’Shea. Raffle A Walsh, S Duff (x3), B O’Brien.


October 18. Top score Mrs O’Gorman. Ladies 1 E Moran. 2 R Cole. Gents 1 N Thompson. 2 B Fitz. Halves 1 D Byrne. 2 B Thompson. Best of three S Duff & K Kavanagh.


October 17. Numbers drawn: 2, 26, 27 & 28. No winner. Match 3 (€200) R Comerford.


October 25. NS 1 A Colgan & T Joyce. 2 C Walsh & L Tynan. 3 K Horan & M Fennelly. EW 1 A Meade & B Hourigan. 2 A Conroy & K Walsh. 3 M Hourigan & C Lawler.

Cemetery collection

St Joseph’s Cemetery Annual collection this weekend November 3 and 4. Your continued support is greatly appreciated and will be spent on further improving the image of our Cemetery.


A monster table quiz with proceeds in aid of the PTAA will be held in the Grand Hotel, Moate, Westmeath on Saturday November 10, starting at 8pm.

The prize fund is €1000 divided as follows: 1st €500, 2nd €300 and 3rd €200. Tables of four are €50 to include hot finger food.

Hair-raising fun for cancer care

‘Cool Guys & Pink-haired Ladies’ is the fun name for a new group who hope to raise €10,000 in November for The Cuisle Centre, who provide support for cancer patients and their families.

The whole of Mountmellick and surrounding areas are encouraged to get involved, as unfortunately cancer has touched so many. Headshaves, beards, moustaches, pink hairdye are the order of the day, with a pink ‘wig walk’ planned for November 18, and a gala fundraising night on December 1 to round off the month.

A meeting takes place tonight, Tuesday, in the Town Hall at 9pm, for anyone interested in getting involved. For more information contact Noel Cleary at 086 8251116 or John Storey at 087 9696220.