MOUNTMELLICK

Bric a brac sale

Bric a brac sale

St Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke Are holding a cake sale and bric a brac on Sunday, October 20, commencing at 2pm. Saleable items only can be donated to the event. For enquiries please contact 087 2749693 or 087 2580428.

FEC awards night

The annual presentation of certificates for Mountmellick Further Education centre takes place in Mountmellick Arts Centre on Thursday October 24 at 7pm. Certs will be presented to FETAC Level 5 Childcare, FETAC Level 6 Childcare, FETAC Level 5 Hairdressing with Junior Trades and Senior Trades Hairdressing certificates

SCOUTS

The first parents and friends meeting of the season welcomed new members. More parent volunteers are needed, esp male leaders to work with 12 to 15 year olds. Volunteers over 18 years with an interest in outdoor activities may contact Scout Section Leader Winnie O’Reilly at 086 3511297 or Group Leader Mary Lalor-Fitzpatrick at 087 2749830.  Training is provided and paid for by the group. Plans are being considered for a venture section for 15 to 17 year olds. There will be a Halloween fancy dress disco on Thursday October 31 in the Owenass hall, 7pm to 9pm for children up to 12 years, under 6’s must be accompanied by a parent. Admission €3 per child, shop available. Prizes for best fancy dress and dancers. All welcome, strict supervision.

THE ROCK GATHERING

On Saturday October 26 a reunion of all associated with the Rock, past and present, will take place in the Rock GAA clubhouse at 9pm. There will be a photographic exhibition, old video footage, a guest speaker and craic agus ceoil into the early hours. Buffet served. Tickets €10. See Facebook, therockgathering2013. All welcome. Those interested in displaying photos contact 087 2092405.

MACRA

Panto registration for children is on Sunday October 20 from 6pm to 7pm in the Macra hall, €10 once off fee required. Upcoming competitions include public speaking, impromptu public speaking and bowling. Badminton each Monday and Wednesday contact Trevor on 087 9143226. Rehearsals for Capers will be held soon. Anyone interested in joining Macra or taking part in the competitions can contact 087 6962626.

ROSARY

The rosary will be recited each Sunday night at 7pm during the month of October in Castlebrack cemetery and St Joseph’s Church. All welcome.

COMHALTAS

Classes continue at the sports centre. Adults encouraged to attend. Contact 085 713 8940. Irish classes held at 7.30pm starting on Tuesday October 15. Bring pen and notebook. The celebration night is now changed to Saturday December 7 but all other details remain the same. The AGM is on Wednesday October 16 in the ICA hall at 8pm. All welcome.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Wednesday October 16: group meeting in MDA to discuss the Christmas shoe box appeal. Wednesday October 23: walking group at MDA at 10.30am. Wednesday October 30: group meeting in MDA at 10.30am. The outing in October is to ‘The Over 50s Show’ in the RDS on Friday 18 October. To reserve a seat on the special bus (leaving MDA at 9am), tell a committee member soon. ‘The Ageing with Confidence’8 week course in the MDA begins on Monday October 21 at 10.30am. To attend give your name to a committee member soon.  Weekly activities. Mondays: Boccia in the Macra hall at 7.30pm. Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon. The free bus to this leaves the MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays: music and song in St Vincent’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome.

HOSPITAL GROUP

The AGM of St Vincent’s Hospital Support Group was held on Wednesday October 2. Elected were: chairperson Robert O’Mara, vice chairperson Bobby Delaney, secretary Abigail McEvoy, assistant secretary Rosemary Whelan, treasurer Stephen Lynch and subcommittee Gina Smith, Denis O’Mara and William Prior. Votes of sympathy were extended to all families who suffered bereavement over the past year. All future meetings will be advertised and people are encouraged to attend as meetings are a valuable source of information and a forum for discussion.

KNITTING CIRCLE

Meetings every Tuesday in the library from 10.30am to noon. Bring along your needles and wool and join the group for a cuppa and a chat.

enterprise

If you have an idea for an innovative, start-up business with potential for export, come to a free workshop on November 19 and 20, from 2 to 5pm in Mountmellick. Contact margaret.hennessy@enterprise-ireland.com. Telephone 090 6487100.

SOAPBOX FINAL

The library will host a Europe Direct Soapbox regional final competition on Thursday October 17 at 7.30pm with the topic ‘Citizens are at the heart of the EU’. Prizes include an ipad and a trip to Brussels. Regional finalists will compete in the All Ireland final in Dublin Castle for a first prize of €1000. There are two categories, u18 and over 18.  Full details from www.europedirect.ie.

AUTHOR’S VISIT

Author Niamh Boyce will read from her novel ‘The Herbalist’ in the library on Tuesday November 5 at 11am. Niamh was named the Hennessy New Irish Writer 2012.

LADIES BASKETBALL

Mountmellick Ladies Basketball club meet in the Sports Centre every Friday from 8pm to 9.30pm. Contact 085 713 8940.

ROCK GAA

Coaching of Gaelic football for girls and boys continues for u8, u10, u12 and u14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays now at the earlier time of 6.30pm. New players welcome.

MARTIAL ARTS

Classes for juniors, seniors and adults including ladies, contact 087 2768843.

electric recycling

A WEEE public collection Day will take place on Saturday, October 19 in the MDA carpark, 10am to 4pm. Any household items with a plug or battery are accepted.

heritage society

Last Thursday MHS elected its first Executive Committee. Bill Lalor is the Society’s first chairperson, Gerry Mulvaney vice chairperson, Ann O’Brien secretary, Mary O’Brien assistant secretary, Mick Feely treasurer, Sinead Horan assistant treasurer and Mary Fallon PRO. Congratulations to all and every success inpreserving and promoting the heritage of Mountmellick and Rosenallis.

The society are inviting groups and individuals to take part in several interesting local projects. See facebook or contact the committee for details.

SPLASH OF CASH

October 2. €300 A Mangan. €50 T Boland, H Lowndes, M Dollard & S Goodwin.

WHIST

October 3. Old school: top score C Martin. Ladies 1 B Kennedy. 2 E Moran. Gents 1 P Dowling. 2 T Kearns, B Fitzpatrick & S Fitzpatrick. Halves 1 H Kelly. 2 R Cole. Best of three B Hogan. Hatcher D Byrne, V Kearns & R Thompson. October 2. Community care: top score R Cole. Ladies 1 A Walsh. 2 N Thompson. Gents 1 J Harrison. 2 J Delaney. Halves ladies 1 C Fitzpatrick. 2 A Thompson & C Martin. Halves gents 1 S Langton. 2 S Duff. Lowest score B O’Brien. Hatcher M Barrett, M Gowing & R Thompson. Raffle T Gowing, R Cole, F Keenan, M Barrett & D Thompson.

LATE MAUREEN DELANEY

There was much regret at the death of Maureen Delaney of Manor Lane on Thursday October 3. A most kindly neighbour and friend, Maureen will be most sadly missed. Remains reposed at Moloney’s Funeral Home until removal to St Joseph’s Church on Saturday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at noon with burial afterwards to St Joseph’s cemetery. Maureen is mourned by her husband Denis, daughter Martina, son Pat, family, relatives and friends to whom the sincere sympathy of the community is extended.